15 Dessert Recipes That Will Probably Ruin Your New Year's Resolutions But Are Totally Worth It (Sorry Not Sorry)

Maybe this year was the year you really laid down the law. No more preservatives, needless snacks, fast food, and no more sweets. Or at least, a major cut-back on all those amazingly rich and decadent desserts is in order. You threw out all your candy from the holidays into the trash with reckless abandon, and you even replaced all your old food boards on Pinterest with recipes that involve applesauce and avocado instead of butter and sugar. You are killing it.

Except, come ON. There is some dessert that you just need to give in to, no matter what. I'm not trying to bully you into anything, but just by merely glancing at these beautiful, buttery masterpieces, you will probably reconsider your New Year's resolutions on your own. It's OK, it happens to the best of us — and seriously, you deserve a little break. Happy baking! 

Petits Pains Au Chocolat

Oh hi, little rolls of pastry dough enveloping rich, luxurious chocolate. I didn’t realize how necessary you were until now. The best part about Bake. Love. Give’s recipe is that it’s ridiculously simple. 

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Lemony Winter Shortcakes With Whipped Cream + Jam

These shortcakes from A Better Happer St. Sebastian  will make you feel like you’re dining in a fancy London hotel. They’re pretty marvelous with coffee, but will also do just fine all by themselves.

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German Chocolate Brownies

German chocolate and brownies? Yes and yes. German chocolate cake is one of my favorites, but when you combine the richness of that coconut-y frosting and the density of brownie, you get something completely out of this world amazing. Find the recipe on Brown Eyed Baker

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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Not only are these peanut butter cookies, but they’re peanut butter cookies dipped in melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. You must have these in your life. Find the recipe on  3 Pastries A Day.  

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Tagalong Cupcakes

Girl Scout cookie season is almost here! Celebrate by making these really easy Tagalong cupcakes by My Baking Addiction

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White Chocolate And Raspberry Cake With Orange Buttercream

Doesn’t the picture just make you think of a wedding, or a fairy birthday party? There’s something magically whimsical about this cake, and I love it. Learn how to make this gorgeous cake with Sugar Et Al’s step-by-step instructions. 

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Crispy Coconut + Chocolate Tart

Want to quickly whip up something quick and elegant to impress everyone? Of course you do. This recipe from  The Fromagette tells you exactly what you need, and the results are extraordinarily decadent. 

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Funfetti Cake Batter Oreo Ice Cream

Sometimes you just need cake batter ice cream fit for an 8-year-old’s birthday party. For this recipe from The Messy Baker, you need an ice cream maker. And if you don’t have one, I promise this recipe is worth the buy. 

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

Yup. It’s a ball made of sugar, peanut butter, and cream cheese. I’m not sure whether this is dessert, or whether it should just have its own food category, but it’s endlessly wonderful nonetheless. Find this quick recipe from What’s Cooking, Love.

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Rocky Road Cookies with Almonds and White Chocolate Chips

Rocky road ice cream is a vastly underrated classic. Who can realistically resist chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts all perfectly swirled together? No one. No one can resist this. Now, using this genius recipe from A Pastry Affair, you can switch things up and make rocky road COOKIES. Game over.

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Boozy Brownie Pretzel Trifles

One of the easiest, most effortless ways to make something totally delicious is by throwing it all together in a jar or a glass. That’s why trifles are the best. In this Cookie Monster Cooking recipe, all you need is pre-made brownies, heavy cream, Irish cream liqueur, sugar, and BAM. You have a yummy trifle. 

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Chocolate Thin Mint Ice Cream

Thin Mints are my favorite Girl Scout cookie, so this Thin Mint chocolate ice cream is very, very necessary. Find the recipe on Dessert Now Dinner Later

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Peach Berry Cobbler with Sour Cream Biscuits

No need to wait until summer for this cobbler — you can just used canned peaches. This Southern-inspired recipe is everything. Buttery biscuits and sweet peaches with berries? A thousand times, yes!

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Vanilla Cupcakes

Not only are cupcakes adorable, they are perfect for just about any occasion. So as long as you’re going to be eating cupcakes anyway, you might as well treat yourself to these little guys by A Pastry Affair. Basically, they’re amazing.

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Muddy Buddy Pie

If Muddy Buddies are great, Muddy Buddy Pie is even better. The Crepes of Wrath even uses Chex cereal to make the crust of this must-have dessert.

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