Not sure what our New Year’s Eve plans are yet but you can be sure it will involve festive New Year’s Eve Desserts. I have quite a collection of desserts but these are the best desserts for New Year’s Eve.

Many of these desserts can be made ahead of time and several of these desserts can use up frozen fruit, which I usually have in my freezer.

Absolutely Perfect Almond Cake

This recipe come from a dear friend of mine. It’s adapted from Alice Medrich’s Pure Desserts. The recipe is true to its name; it is absolutely perfect! This cake is very rich so you only need small slices. I served it with Ginger Ice Cream and my company asked for seconds! That good! It would also be delicious with fresh fruit. Tightly wrapped the cake keeps for several days.

Cake, dessert

Nantucket Welcome Cake

What better way to welcome in the New Year than with a Nantucket Welcome Cake!  I found this recipe years ago in the Nantucket newspaper. I’ve been making it ever since and it’s always a hit. One of these days I’ll modify the recipe to have the whole thing be from scratch but it the meantime I will continue to use the recipe as is.

cake, desserts


Perhaps you’re like me and have never heard the word affogato. My daughter shared this fabulous dessert just before the holidays and it was so easy and delicious. Affogato describes and names a dessert composed of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato. What could be simpler! 


Chocolate Mint Brownies

Are you looking for a low fat dessert to serve over the holidays? These Chocolate Mint Brownies are just the thing. No one will ever know they are low fat!

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Blueberry Crunch

This recipe is similar to an apple crisp but made with blueberries.

blueberry crunch

Cranberry Apple Crisp

This recipe is from one of my favorite books; Simply In Season. This book is full of recipes that celebrate fresh, local foods and encourages you to eat in season! Fall and winter is a perfect time to make apple crisp.

crisp, apples, cranberries

Rhubarb Cake

This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen rhubarb. Enjoy the taste of summer this New Year’s Eve!

rhubarb cake

Candy Cane Brownies

Not only is this a killer brownies recipe but the frosting helps use up those leftover candy canes!

candy canes, brownies

Surprise Cake

I’m sure many of you have fond memories of those delicious icebox cakes made with the Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers. In all the years of enjoying them I never thought to make them as individual cakes. However I came across this recipe in a book called Cook What You Love by Bob and Melinda Blanchard. This recipe makes the most elegant but extremely simple dessert. You make it several hours ahead or even a day ahead so the cookies have time to soften and then serve as a fancy dessert the next night. This is my favorite choice when choosing festive New Year’s Eve desserts!

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Apple Cake

One of my favorite recipes to make is my Aunt Cathleen’s Fresh Apple Cake. My aunt shared this recipe years ago with my mom and it has been a family favorite ever since! It is delicious anytime of the year but especially good in the fall when the apples are fresh.

Apple cake, apples, baking

No matter what your plans are for New Years Eve having a selection of festive New Year’s Eve desserts will help you celebrate in style.

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