25 Sweet, Savory and Spiked Christmas Treats

Get in the holiday "spirit."

Whether you're at the beginning or end of your Christmas feast, offer guests a little something sweet, savory or (our favorite) boozy. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

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MIKE GARTEN
COCKTAILS: Citrus Whiskey Punch

This citrus punch is spiked with cinnamon-infused simple syrup and is the ideal beverage for sipping around a roaring fire before dinner.

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How Sweet It Is
COCKTAILS: Cranberry Chai Sangria

Kick off your Christmas party with a cocktail treat that hits two major flavor notes of the season: chai and cranberry.

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Vegan Yack Attack
COCKTAILS: Apple Pie on the Rocks

This cocktail will make your guests feel like they're having dessert first — which is the true marker of a great evening.

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Foodess
COCKTAILS: Merry Manhattan

This aperitif is especially apropos if you're spending Christmas in the Big Apple — but regardless of where you're celebrating, everyone deserves a little Christmas "spirit."

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Boulder Locavore
COCKTAILS: Candy Cane Cocktail

With peppermint infused vodka and a crushed candy cane rim, this cocktail perfectly represents the season.

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
JOHN KERNICK
COCKTAILS: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

A little bubbly, a little sweet and a little tart — this cocktail has it all! Serve it like a dessert wine after eating for something festive and different. 

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Buff Strickland
COCKTAILS: Elderflower Ginger Fizz

Flavors of ginger and cherry make for a truly remarkable cocktail — serve in chilled champagne glasses for a classy presentation.

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MIKE GARTEN
APPETIZERS: Brie and Apple Tart

If you're looking for a snack that'll impress guests, but requires little to no effort, this sweet and savory recipe is calling your name. 

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JASON WYCHE
APPETIZERS: Boozy Cherry Log

A cheese log is a classic party app, but this one kicks it up a few notches with a rum-infused and pecan-encrusted barrier. Pair it with graham crackers if you want to serve it as dessert.

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MIKE GARTEN
APPETIZERS: Gingery Shrimp Toasts

The only problem with these crispy panko and spicy jalapeño bites is that they're so delicious, guests will have a hard time resisting eating several before dinner.

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MIKE GARTEN
APPETIZERS: Sprigs in a Blanket

Everyone loves pigs in a blanket, but this fancied-up version of the puff-pastry favorite is filled with asparagus and thinly-sliced prosciutto.

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What's Gaby Cooking
APPETIZERS: French Onion Soup with Gruyere Toast

Melted. Gruyere. Toast. Do we need to say more? These mini crocks of savory French onion soup are textbook decadent.

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Melina Hammer
APPETIZERS: Candied Popcorn Stars

Give guests something salty and sweet before the feast, and feel free to fashion this popcorn treat into any seasonal shape you see fit.

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Con Poulos
APPETIZERS: Fried Honey Bites

These sweet little fritters are simple to make and even easier to eat — trust us, they'll be gone in no time.

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ETHAN CALABRESE
APPETIZERS: Baked Brie with Honey and Rosemary

Is there anything better than an appetizer that is gooey, savory, sweet and earthy all at the same time? We dare say there is not.

Get the recipe from Delish »

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Con Poulos
APPETIZERS: Grainy Mustard Soft Pretzels

If you ever had any doubt, bread is most certainly, unequivocally, undeniably a treat. We're fielding arguments for why bread is actually more of a treat than traditional dessert. Set out these doughy pretzels and discuss.

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Eclectic Recipes
DESSERTS: Coffee Cocktail

Everyone needs a night cap. The caffeine will bring you back to life after (heavily) feasting with family.

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Kate La Vie
DESSERTS: Salted Caramel White Russians

This is — essentially — a boozy milkshake. Garnish with chocolate bark and rosemary sprigs for a seasonal touch.

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Mike Garten
DESSERTS: Gingerbread Wands

Watch how quickly the kids turn these rolled gingerbread cookies into Harry Potter wands.

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The Merrythought
DESSERTS: Christmas Style Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels are a dessert classic — upgrade them for Christmas time by swapping out traditional milk chocolate for a red-and-white color palette.

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MARCUS NILSSON
DESSERTS: Candy Bars

We'll take these bars as displayed in the photograph. In a stack of five.

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Con Poulos
DESSERTS: Banana Pudding

Creamy banana pudding topped with fluffy whipped cream looks even better in a mason jar. Or in our stomachs.

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Romulo Yanes
DESSERTS: Mini Cheesecakes with Sugared Pecans

"Mini" and "treats" go together so perfectly. You'll want to pop these tiny cheesecakes well into the night.

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I Heart Naptime
DESSERTS: White Chocolate Reese's Christmas Trees

If you're looking for a chance to show off your icing skills, these tiny Reese's Christmas trees take a healthy dose of precision.

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One Little Project
DESSERTS: Christmas Tree Brownies

Create mini Christmas trees that your children will love. Better yet, give them them triangular brownies, icing, sprinkles and peppermint sticks and ask them to decorate their "Christmas trees" themselves. They'll be occupied all throughout dessert time. Genius.

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