Dessert is always the most important meal, especially during the holidays. If your family is anything like mine, the holidays are a well-rehearsed affair, perfectly coordinated down to the sides. But dessert is always a chance to surprise or stick to the classics—both are welcome options. Also Read - SSR Death: Rhea Chakraborty, Father Indrajit, Brother Showik Grilled by ED For 11 Hours in Money Laundering Case

On the day when eating copious amounts is second to giving thanks, you are left with the difficult choice of what rich dessert you should whip up. Fear not! From vegan options to the kitchen table classics, we have put together our list of 15 holiday desserts that your family and friends will enjoy right down to the last crumb. You can thank us later! Also Read - Donald Trump Briefly Leaves Press Briefing After Shooting Outside White House

The Classics

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Apple, pumpkin and pecan pies are an expected holiday tradition. Nothing brings together family and friends together like a tangy apple pie à la mode or an aromatic pumpkin pie that leaves a warm cinnamon and nutmeg scent in the air. Bake up one of these pies for the traditionalist at your holiday dinner.

1. Best Ever Pumpkin Pie

This is a classic recipe that uses all your favorite holiday spices: ginger, nutmeg and clove. With only 15 minutes of prep time, this pumpkin pie will definitely satisfy your guests’ dessert cravings.

2. Paula Deen’s Crunch Top Apple Pie

This apple pie recipe is my contribution to my family’s annual holiday potluck (every year, my family calls me just to confirm I’m bringing two of these pies to dinner), but it’s a delicious addition all through the holiday season. Make sure to bring some vanilla ice cream and hot caramel to enjoy it with.

3. Good Housekeeping’s Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie

In my mind, any food labeled as “old-fashioned” means tastes better, right? Just try to avoid glancing at the nutritional information on the right-hand side. This is the season to indulge. (pic 3)

Gluten-Free Treats

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Naturally, you want to accommodate to everyone’s tastes and dietary needs. Gluten-free recipes are in abundance, as everyday home cooks are coming up with unique fixes to create the same texture and taste of baked goods. Picking which one of these unique treats to serve is the real challenge.

4. Beth’s Grain-Free Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts (Gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free)

Once you visit Beth’s blog, Tasty Yummies, you won’t be able to go back. Her recipes are gluten-free and promote wholesome and conscientious eating. On top of that, she is a total self-proclaimed autumn junkie. These tarts will give your guests the classic pumpkin taste and warm flavors they crave without the post-pie remorse.

5. Café Johnsonia’s Pear, Chocolate, Hazelnut Tart

How could you go wrong with pear, chocolate and hazelnut all in one tart? The best part of this gluten-free dessert is the chocolate almond crust. The tart not only tastes great, but also looks beautiful once the pears set. It’s almost too pretty to eat–almost.

6. Maple Baked Apples

This simple dessert with just five ingredients will save you time and effort. Just prep the apples, fill with walnuts and raisins and pop in the oven for a delectable treat. Serve the warm apples with a scoop of ice cream.

Vegan Sweets

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Who said vegan desserts can’t be decadent? Your vegan guests will love you for featuring one of these desserts on your holiday dessert table. You can never go wrong with chocolate torte, chocolate cupcakes or mini pies.

7. Chilled Double Chocolate Torte

This recipe featured on Oh She Glows is a testament to how chocolate can cure all. One look at this no-bake torte will leave your dinner guests guessing if this dessert is really vegan. The crust is a crunchy, flavorful combination of pecans and cocoa, and the chocolate mousse filling gets its texture from three avocados.

8. Food and Wine’s Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Food and Wine magazine gave its official stamp of approval for this one, perfecting the recipe in their test kitchen. The recipe does call for some advanced ingredients that may require a little more shopping around than usual. However, this classic combination of chocolate on chocolate is sure to please even your pickiest guest.

9. Angela’s Cashew-Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

The tart plum flavor works well the sweeter blueberries, giving this pie a little bit of an edge. This unexpected holiday fruit pairing will be a great surprise at the dinner table.

Raw Desserts To Savor 

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10. Raw Fig Cheesecake

Oh, Ladycakes takes the cake with this raw cheesecake recipe. It is an absolutely beautiful dessert, the cheesecake itself being a lovely shade of pink. If you want a delicious, fresh dessert that’s Instagram-worthy, this should be your top pick.

11. Raw Carrot Cake Slice with Tangy Citrus Frosting

Don’t let its name fool you: this raw and vegan recipe makes an 8-inch square cake. The tangy frosting is made from soaked cashews and orange zest, and the cake features all the traditional carrot cake spices: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. Yum!

12. Raw Pear Tart with Vanilla Cream

This recipe featured on Just Eat Love tastes best freshly made because the tart can get soggy if left out for too long, so make sure to prepare it closer to when dinner starts. This light dessert will be the perfect ending to a filling main course.

Just Because Sweets…

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Sometimes you’re that lucky host that has no dietary restrictions to conform to. Butter, eggs and unbleached flour are your best friends. Instead of sticking to the classics, serve up a new and unique dessert this winter.

14. No Bake Nutella Cheesecake

If you have some die-hard Nutella fans coming to dinner, this recipe will be a welcome deviation from the classics. A Nutella and cream cheese filling is the star of the cheesecake. Top with some Ferrero Rocher Chocolates for extra hazelnut-chocolately goodness.

16.  Spiced Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

It might not be Thanksgiving anymore, but these festive cookies are perfect for your next round of holiday celebrations. A version of kicked-up sugar cookies with an addition of pumpkin puree, this simple recipe will be a crowd-pleaser and give your friends and family something to snack on during the ride home.

17. Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

This recipe incorporates every part of the pumpkin, even using the seeds as an elegant and tasty topper. It’s an unexpected twist on the classic pumpkin cheesecake and will leave you without the sugar coma.