Turn back the clock with 55 of our best vintage Christmas dessert recipes. Stroll down memory lane and reminisce with us at Christmas on a Dime! Here are the most famous and culturally significant Christmas desserts in history!

Turn back the clock with 55 of our best vintage Christmas dessert recipes. Stroll down memory lane with us at Christmas on a Dime! Here are the most famous and culturally significant Christmas desserts in history! #christmasonadime #vintagechristmasdesserts #christmasdesserts
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Best Vintage Christmas Desserts 

These vintage Christmas desserts will never fail to bring you back to your childhood memories. Every bite and spoonful will surely remind you of those radiant sunshine and tranquil mornings. Every sniff of its luscious aroma will comfort anyone’s inner child! 

If we could only wish and turn back time to the good old days, life would be easier. Luckily, our recipes can do exactly just that. Munch away as we give you these fantastic vintage Christmas desserts!

Turn back the clock with 55 of our best vintage Christmas dessert recipes. Stroll down memory lane with us at Christmas on a Dime! Here are the most famous and culturally significant Christmas desserts in history! #christmasonadime #vintagechristmasdesserts #christmasdesserts

1. Cherry Fluff Salad

My idea of a perfect Christmas is a bowl of the creamiest cherry dessert! You can easily prepare one with marshmallows, pineapple, and condensed milk. Make your Christmas dinners fluffier with a dessert of cherry fluff salad!

Cherry Fluff Salad
Cherry Fluff Salad is a classic no bake dessert that is loaded with flavor. This dessert salad is made with simple ingredients and is perfect for the holidays.
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2. Caramel Apples

A caramel apple a day keeps the holiday spirit from wasting away. Simple dip and twirl your freshly picked apples in a luscious caramel sauce. Enjoy a batch of these delicious candied fruits this Christmas! 

Caramel Apples
Decadent caramel and your favorite topping make this caramel apples recipe delicious.
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3. Italian Zeppole Donuts

Who doesn’t love a tray of perfectly fried bread coated in sugar? Grace your festive Christmas dinners with an Italian dessert classic! Munch down on these simple yet flavorful Italian zeppole donuts!

Italian Zeppole Donuts
This Zeppole recipe is light and fluffy while being easy to make.
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4. Thumbprint Cookies

Put your stamp on this Christmas with these apricot jam delights! These classic German Christmas desserts are fancy looking but extremely easy to make. Grab a bite of these delicious Christmas thumbprint cookies.

Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies are super easy to make and light and delicious.
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5. Classic Cinnamon Pie

Homemade pies will always be a staple dessert every Christmas season. Make your homemade desserts a staple as well in your Christmas reunions. Let those dear to you enjoy a slice of our classic cinnamon pie!

Cinnamon Pie
If you are looking for a delicious pie to serve this holiday, make Cinnamon Pie. It is loaded with warm flavors, creamy texture and rich taste.
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6. Easy Pecan Pie

Pie is always best enjoyed when baked with the perfect proportions of ingredients. Make your Christmas dinners more comforting with a dessert pie. Our easy pecan pie recipe is the perfect dessert for that!

Easy Pecan Pie
Try this classic pie recipe for a real Southern treat. It is perfect for holidays but easy enough to enjoy all year.
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7. Christmas Cranberry Cake

Here’s an ode to your family with the classic cranberries. Do you have to let those cranberry cravings linger? Take a gander at our beautiful Christmas cranberry cake recipe! 

Christmas Cranberry Cake
Cranberry cake recipe is the perfect dessert or snack and so easy to make.
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8. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pump up your Christmas dinner crowd with a lively dessert! Kidding/pudding aside, a festive meal should always end with a hearty plate of sweet pudding. Treat your guests to our very palatable pumpkin bread pudding!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Pumpkin Bread Pudding made from crusty French Bread and layered with pumpkin custard is the perfect Fall dessert
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9. Christmas Fruit Salad

There’s nothing more vintage and timeless than the classic fruit salad. Make your version with a variety of luscious fruits and creams. Or better yet, try our delectable Christmas fruit salad recipe!

Christmas Fruit Salad
This Christmas Fruit Salad is loaded with red and green fruit. Light and refreshing side dish that is drizzled with a honey and lime dressing.
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10. Homemade Snickerdoodle Cookies

If it’s the perfect blend of cinnamon and sugar. That you’re looking for in a dessert, you’ve come to the right recipe. Every bite of these tasty cookies will make you want to doodle rays of sunshine and rainbows. Munch away on our melt in your mouth, homemade Snickerdoodle cookies!

Homemade Snickerdoodle Cookie
The cookies are so soft and delicious.  Each bite is the perfect blend of cinnamon and sugar for a recipe everyone will love.
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11. Easy Homemade Gingerbread Cake

Home is where all classic Christmas desserts come from. Our recipe provides a moist, flavorful cake that leaves you wanting more. You can’t just make that up with our easy, homemade gingerbread cake recipe!

Gingerbread Cake
Gingerbread Cake Recipe is so moist and delicious for a festive holiday treat.
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12. Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

Lay out those crescent rolls and peel out those fresh apples. Fill your guests up with these amazingly delicious crescent roll apple dumplings!

Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings
Apple Dumplings are flaky and so amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
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13. Carrot Cake

This cake is the perfect dessert to trick your kids into enjoying nutritious carrots. Load up your evenings with fiber and vitamin A with a touch of cream cheese! Treat your loved ones to a beautiful slice of our luscious carrot cakes!

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake is sweet and decadent with layers of cream cheese icing.
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14. Butterscotch Cake

Santa Claus is coming soon, and you butter be on your best behavior. Calm your nerves and chill out with a slice of our delightful butterscotch cake recipe!

Butterscotch Cake
Butterscotch Cake Recipe is a luscious dessert topped with rich butterscotch frosting. 
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15. Easy Sopapillas

Here’s another classic Christmas favorite originating from Mexico. Add this recipe to your arsenal of fried desserts! Enjoy the crunchy sweetness of our easy sopapillas recipe!

Easy Sopapillas
This delicious restaurant style Sopapilla Recipe is easy to make at home with pantry ingredients and everyone loves them too. 
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16. Christmas Cowboy Cookies

Giddey up this Yuletide season with another Christmas classic! Brace for a surprise of a delicious blend of oatmeal, M&M’s, and shredded coconut in one tasty cookie. Check out our yummy Christmas cowboy cookies recipe!

Christmas Cowboy Cookies
Christmas Cowboy Cookies are thick, chewy and loaded with simple ingredients. The perfect cookie for the holiday season that is easy to make.
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17. Sweet Potato Pie

Back then when times were simpler, all you needed was a kitchen and sweet potatoes. Bring back the good old days with the richness and simplicity of sweet potatoes! Take a bite from a delicious dessert with our sweet potato pie recipe! 

Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato pie recipe is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving and super easy.
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18. Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake

Founded way back on May 23, 1946, Chick-fil-A has found its place in the hearts of many. Decades later, it still has yet to leave as it remains a popular crowd favorite. Bring its flavors to your home with our Chick-fil-A peppermint milkshake recipe!

Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake Recipe
Chick-Fil-A Peppermint Milkshake is delicious and easy to make. Make your favorite copycat peppermint shake at home with this easy recipe.
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19. Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins

Start your Christmas mornings right with the perfect blend of crispiness and tartness. Keep your legs moving as you bake a sweet and savory tray of muffins! Try out our signature oatmeal applesauce muffins!

Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins
If you need a quick breakfast option for busy mornings, try oatmeal applesauce muffins recipe.
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20. Lemon Blueberry Muffins

If you think blueberries blended with the citrusy tang of lemon is a recipe for disaster, you haven’t tried ours. Cook up a delightfully delicious muffin with these easy to find ingredients. Take a gander at our beautiful and eye catching lemon blueberry muffins!

Lemon Blueberry Muffins
Homemade Lemon blueberry muffins are soft and delicious.
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21. Mini Banana Bread Muffins

You can never have too many muffins. Add more to the flavorful variety of Christmas muffins you already have. Have a hearty evening dessert with our mini banana bread muffins!

Mini Banana Bread Muffins
They are easier to eat (especially the little ones), they cook in minutes instead of an hour,  and they freeze great!
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22. Chocolate Milkshake 

Here’s a chocolate beverage classic that has seen decades of Christmas celebrations! Turn your kitchen into a Christmas chocolate factory with just three easy ingredients. Gulp down on your mugs with our signature chocolate milkshake recipe!

Chocolate Milkshake
Save time and money when you make this easy Chocolate Milkshake recipe at home.
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23. Easy Homemade Eggnog

And just as the Powerpuff Girls’ narrator says: it’s sugar, spice, heavy whipping cream, and egg yolks! Whisk away as you make this creamy and flavorful holiday dessert drink. Have a blast with your family and friends while drinking our easy and homemade eggnog!

Homemade Eggnog
This easy eggnog recipe has the perfect blend of spices for a great holiday drink
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24. Eggnog Fudge

Bring the comforting holiday flavors of eggnog into your regular fudge desserts. Enjoy your Christmas gatherings with a dessert table full of our eggnog fudge.

Eggnog Fudge
This Eggnog Fudge is full of eggnog flavor. If you love eggnog then this dessert is a must. Creamy, rich and decadent this fudge is a must for the holidays.
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25. Eggnog Cupcakes

Incorporate your favorite Christmas drink into these delicious cupcakes. Make your guests rich and sweet vanilla flavored cupcakes with an eggnog twist. Try making use of our eggnog cupcakes recipe!

Eggnog Cupcakes
Turn your favorite holiday beverage into Eggnog Cupcakes. These light, fluffy and easy to make dessert is the perfect holiday treat.
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26. Pineapple Dream Dessert

I had a dream, that pineapple infused in cream cheese would make a perfect Christmas dessert! Add to that a vision of a crisp yet moist and flavorful graham cracker crust. Leave your guests dreaming about the next Christmas dinner with our pineapple dream dessert recipe!

Pineapple Dream Dessert
Enjoy this light and fluffy Pineapple dream dessert anytime you are craving something sweet.
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27. Easy Candy Cane Pie

Since its introduction way back in 1912, Oreos remain a worldwide cookie favorite. Twist, lick, and dunk your spoons into the creamy fillings of our easy candy cane pie!

Candy Cane Pie
Once you try this light and fluffy Candy Cane Pie Recipe, it will quickly become a family favorite.
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28. Gingerbread Men Cookies

Nothing speaks Christmas more than the tang of sweet gingerbread! Fill up your stomach with a plateful of these treats. Don’t waste a second to grab a plateful of these gingerbread man cookies.

Gingerbread Man Cookies
These Gingerbread Men are the ultimate Christmas cookies! 
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29. Christmas Cranberry Pudding with Butter Sauce

When we think of vintage, we think of grandma; when we think of grandma, we always remember pudding. Christmas dinners are not complete without a plate of deliciously flavored pudding for dessert. Chow down on this amazing Christmas cranberry pudding with butter sauce!

Christmas Cranberry Pudding with Butter Sauce
This cranberry pudding is a moist molasses cake covered in a rich butter sauce. It’s everything a traditional Christmas pudding should be!
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30. Homemade Peach Mango Pie

A dessert recipe with fresh fruit and an assortment of spices will never fail to satisfy any sweet tooth. Enjoy a freshly baked dessert that will take you home to the place where you belong!  Savor every bite of this luscious homemade peach mango pie!

Homemade Peach Mango Pie
Fresh peaches and ripe mangoes are lightly spiced with cinnamon and allspice before being baked into a homemade pie crust!
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31. Old Time Grandma’s Molasses Fruitcake

Our grandmas will always have a warm place in our hearts and our kitchens. Here’s an ambrosian Christmas dessert perfect for reminiscing the good times with our beloved grandmothers. Grab a big bite of this old time, grandma’s molasses fruitcake.

Old Time Molasses Fruitcake
This spicy loaf is packed with raisins, candied cherries and fruit peel.
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32. Marzipankartoffeln 

Translating to potato shaped balls in German, these candied treats are a staple in German Christmas celebrations. Marzipankartoffeln is very easy to make, and it takes nothing more than three ingredients! Munch on these on your Christmas evening strolls in the streets of Germany!

Marzipankartoffeln
Marzipankartoffeln is a marzipan candy dusted with chocolate. These potato-shaped balls are a popular German Christmas treat and are so delicious
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33. Mexican Hot Chocolate

A cup of hot chocolate will always bring comfort to anyone down in their spirit. Spice up your usual cup of hot chocolate with a touch of vanilla, cinnamon, and chili powder! Have your taste buds melt over this amazing Mexican hot chocolate recipe!

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Made with a combination of cocoa powder and melted chocolate this homemade drink is rich, lightly sweetened with a hint of spice.
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34. Eggnog Milkshake 

Drown your regular eggnog recipe with a dose of thick vanilla ice cream. Shake off all your worries and fears with every flavorful sip of this delectable dessert beverage! Try this creamy and delicious eggnog milkshake recipe for your holiday night outs!

Eggnog Milkshake
This Eggnog Milkshake is the creamiest, most indulgent frozen holiday beverage to sip. 
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35. Harry Potter Butter Beer

It does not matter if you say “wingardium leviosa” as “wingardium levi osa.” This Harry Potter butter beer recipe is here so that even muggles can enjoy a mug or two.

Harry Potter Butterbeer
It is easy to make with only 4 ingredients.
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36. Mulled Wine

Here’s a beverage you can prepare for your parents and elders this Christmas. And if you behave well enough, maybe they’ll allow you a quick taste of it as well! Help Mom and Dad catch a break during the holidays with a warm mug of the classic, delicious mulled wine

Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine is on my must-have holiday cocktail recipe list.
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37. Eggnog Cranberry Muffins

Anything works well with a perfectly prepared eggnog! Take those same eggnog ingredients in making this beautiful Christmas pastry for everyone to enjoy. Spoil your little kids with endless servings of these delightful eggnog cranberry muffins!

Eggnog Cranberry Muffins
Eggnog Cranberry Muffins are the perfect muffin recipe to bake during the fall and winter holiday season.
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38. Snickerdoodle Muffins

Bring the familiar taste of Snickerdoodles we came to love into a brand new Christmas pastry! A fluffy holiday dessert featuring the same cinnamon kick from everyone’s favorite Christmas cookie. Add a touch of milk and Greek yogurt to these mouth watering Snickerdoodle muffins

Snickerdoodle Muffins
Soft and tender Snickerdoodle Muffins with a cinnamon sugar topping represent my favorite cookie, in muffin form!
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39. Gingerbread Muffins with Creamy Lemon Glaze

Just looking at pictures of these delectable holiday pastries will make your mouth water instantly. Munch away on a hearty batch of beautifully glazed Christmas gingerbread muffins! This gingerbread muffin with creamy lemon glaze is oozing with flavor and is worth all the public craze!

Gingerbread Muffins with Creamy Lemon Glaze
Sparkling gingerbread muffins have beautiful crackly tops, robust spice flavor, and are finished with zippy lemon glaze.
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40. Grandma’s Old Fashioned English Trifle

Dig into an explosion of flavorful layers in this fancy looking Christmas dessert. Watch as old fashioned becomes a modern colorful treat with each layer. Friends and loved ones can never resist the charm of Grandma’s old fashioned English trifle!

Grandma’s English Trifle
This scrumptious trifle recipe is a family heirloom. 
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41. Molded Cranberry Orange Salad 

Bring life to those monotonous potlucks with a luscious pot of this exquisite looking dessert. Amaze your friends with this delectable fruit delight. Savor every bite of this molded cranberry orange salad recipe!

Cranberry Orange Salad
Love gelatin salad? Then check out this cranberry-orange flavored mold that can be made at home – perfect for side dish.
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42. Amaretto Ricotta Cheesecake

Stray away from your regular cream cheese cheesecake and treat your friends with something new. Get your closest friends to get a taste of your latest addition to your dessert recipes! Relish every creamy spoonful of this lush amaretto ricotta cheesecake recipe!

Amaretto Ricotta Cheesecake
This is a great dessert for any occasion.
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43. Grandma’s Scottish Shortbread

Here’s a Christmas dessert that perfectly blends savory and buttery in a pastry dessert. Share the love and affection in Grandma’s cooking with this Scottish specialty recipe. Munch down on endless servings of Grandma’s Scottish shortbread!

Grandma’s Scottish Shortbread
Delightfully Scottish, these sweet buttery biscuits are what dreams are made of.
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44. Cranberry Almond Apple Pie

If it’s the perfect pie you’re looking for, look no further from this three ingredient recipe. Savor the goodness of cranberries, almonds, and apples as they blend perfectly in one delicious pie. You haven’t tasted genuinely delectable pie if you haven’t had a taste of this cranberry almond apple pie

Cranberry Almond Apple Pie
My grandmother made this treat every year for Christmas. It’s much better than everyday apple pie. The recipe is a family treasure
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45. Easy Apricot Pecan Christmas Sugar Plums

You’re my honey bunch, sugar plum, you’re my apricot pecan Christmas sugar plum! You’ll find yourself mindlessly chewing on an entire bowl of these sugary delights.

Easy Apricot Pecan Christmas Sugar Plums
This quick and easy recipe for Christmas sugar plums comes together in no time!
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46. Granny’s Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce 

Christmas gatherings will never be without a dessert featuring the familiar tang of gingerbread. Spice it up with a healthy drizzle of sweet and luscious caramel sauce. Mix it all up and you have yourself a delicious serving of Granny’s gingerbread with caramel sauce!

Granny’s Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Sauce
The rich molasses and spice flavor of this old-time dessert is complemented with a buttery caramel sauce
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47. Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Toffee pudding by itself is already one hell of a delicious dessert. Why not make it stickier with a touch of lush butterscotch sauce? Spoil your sweet toothed friends with a hearty serving of your sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
This recipe has proven to be popular year after year, but don't just take our word for it, try for yourself.
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48. Old Fashioned Steamed Carrot Cake Pudding

Here’s another way of making those little kids appreciate the flavors of carrots! If you can’t beat them, then the only other option is to join them. So dig in with your kids as you nourish yourselves with this delectable, old fashioned steamed carrot cake pudding!

Old Fashioned Steamed Carrot Cake Pudding
If you love moist carrot cake, you should make my Steamed Carrot Pudding recipe — because it's steamed, the amount of moisture it retains is perfection, and the carrot cake flavor is out of this world.
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49. Molasses Sandwich Cookies with Coffee and Cream

Sweeten up those regular cookies with a touch of coffee, cream, and the sweet tang of molasses. Enjoy a perfectly baked batch of these molasses sandwich cookies with coffee and cream! Your friends will surely keep coming back to your household for a taste of more of these!

Molasses Sandwich Cookies with Coffee and Cream
Adding ground coffee to both the cookie dough and the filling turns these cookies into something deeply more interesting than your average holiday spice treats.
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50. Traditional Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies 

There’s a reason why fruit and nut are a staple flavor in a variety of our favorite sweets. The contrast of their textures and flavors is just perfect for each other. And there’s nothing more perfect than the flavors of these traditional raspberry almond linzer cookies!

Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies
Our raspberry-almond treats are an homage to that classic cookie.
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51. Nana’s Rocky Road Fudge

Add a different twist to your regular, chocolate hot fudge with a dash of salted peanuts. Have a taste of this luscious, Nana’s rocky road fudge.

Nana’s Rocky Road Fudge
We make rocky road-style fudge every Christmas, but why wait until the holidays for a recipe this good?
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52. Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Chiffon cake has always been a staple in most family gatherings. Imagine making it even more flavorful with a hearty topping of whipped cream frosting. See for yourselves when you finish preparing this chocolate chiffon cake with whipped cream frosting recipe!

Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting
Chocolate chiffon cake with whipped cream frosting – chocolatey chiffon cake that’s light as air frosted with whipped vanilla cream that’s equally light and fluffy! 
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53. Decorated Christmas Cut Out Cookies

Cut out all stress by immersing yourself in cutting out assorted Christmas cookie shapes. Show and tell your favorite Christmas stories with our decorated Christmas cut out cookies! These are perfect for making Christmas gatherings with your favorite cousins warmer and more interactive.

Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies
Rich and buttery Christmas cutout cookies like these never last long at a party.
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54. Chocolate Cake Roll with Praline Filling

Chocolate chiffon cake alone isn’t enough chocolate! Add to that experience a burst of oozing praline filling. Boost your chocolate experience with this luscious chocolate cake roll with praline filling recipe!

Make one of these traditional Christmas desserts for your family this year. We love making Christmas cakes to give out as gifts.

Chocolate Cake Roll with Praline Filling
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55. Mocha Baked Alaskas

Enjoy every spoonful of this fluffy and decadent chocolate themed dessert. You will never find another kind of dessert experience like this one. Spoil your family and friends with something new with these mocha baked Alaskas!

This dessert is perfect for the holiday season and other times of year.

Mocha Baked Alaska
Make these baked Alaskas ahead of time—you can torch the completed desserts and freeze them up to 24 hours before serving.
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Turn back the clock with 55 of our best vintage Christmas dessert recipes. Stroll down memory lane with us at Christmas on a Dime! Here are the most famous and culturally significant Christmas desserts in history! #christmasonadime #vintagechristmasdesserts #christmasdesserts

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