15 Desserts and Sweets to Ring in the New Year
What better way to celebrate the end of the year (and the start of the new one) than with a sweet dessert? From elegant Chocolate Mousse Parfaits to fun caramel-nougat swirls, these New Year's Eve desserts are absolutely delicious and deserving of a place at your festive gathering.
Having an elegant dinner party at home? Whether it's a party for two or a larger meal, we have a few desserts that are just right for the occasion. Our lightweight Cloud Cake is delicate and delicious for a group of at least eight people. It's sweet but not too sweet, creamy without erring on heavy, and just a touch crunchy. Creamy Chocolate Mousse Parfaits can be made in advance and prepared in individual bowls. The recipe makes two servings, but can easily be doubled or tripled. And on a cold night, there's nothing more comforting than our version of molten lava cakes. Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes are an extra-special treat to dig into as the ball drops.
Need a New Year's Eve dessert that is more casual and crowd-friendly? Lemon-Date Bars taste like pure sunshine, even when the temperatures are in the single digits. Dust with powdered sugar for subtly sweet topping that just happens to look like freshly fallen snow.
If you're hosting a New Year's Eve party, homemade candies are the perfect favor to send home with guests. Our Date Truffles, pictured here, are an unexpected but crowd-pleasing choice. Dark Chocolate Truffles look gorgeous and taste so decadent, too. Choose from a variety of different toppings such as cocoa powder, chopped nuts, bee pollen, or toasted coconut so everyone can try something new. Eggnog Caramels are another great item to give to family and friends—their sweet, slightly spicy flavor is perfect for the season and wrapping them in gold foil is a festive touch.
So, before you kick off your healthy resolutions and count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, take a bite out of these indulgent New Year's Eve desserts. Who's ready to party?
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Mousse Parfaits
Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Start the new year off on a sunny note with these lemon bars that are perfect for a crowd. Prep work is easy but they take a while to bake to make them the morning of, or even night before, your party and wrap tightly until serving time.
Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes
Spice up classic caramels with warm ground allspice, nutmeg, cloves, plus a generous splash of brandy. Try to resist eating them before the party starts.
White Chocolate Fudge with Cranberries and Candied Citrus
No-Bake Chocolate-Eggnog Crème Brûlée
Coffee-Caramel Swiss Roll
Giant White-Chocolate Pecan Cookies
If you're looking for a more casual dessert to end the year, these jumbo nutty cookies should fit the bill.