These recipes are for those of us whose holiday ambitions live at the intersection of big dreams and little time. While all of these desserts are pretty and delicious, there are no project bakes here. Everything can be put together quickly and with ingredients you can easily find at your local supermarket (the one exception: unsalted roasted pistachios for the Bundt cake, which you can find at specialty markets or order online).
The lineup starts with Lemon-Pistachio Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze, packed with flavor and pretty enough to hold center stage on a dessert buffet. Chocolate-Peppermint Cloud Cake—so named because both the chocolate chiffon layer and the peppermint whipped cream are so light and fluffy—will easily feed a crowd. Gingersnap Brownies are inspired by our favorite molasses- clove cookies, with a layer of store-bought gingersnaps for a crunchy crust. Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Stars get their sparkle and extra flavor from an optional sprinkling of flaky sea salt; Pumpkin Pie Crumble is a cozy dessert with all the flavor of the beloved Thanksgiving pie but without the trouble of making a crust.
Everything here is well within your reach—and well worth a try!