Easy Holiday Desserts

Looking to classic sweets like s’mores and baked Alaska, F&W’s Grace Parisi reinvents some of her favorite desserts.


Peanut Butter Pound Cake S’mores

Grace Parisi replaces crunchy graham crackers with buttery store-bought pound cake, sandwiched with marshmallow fluff and peanut butter and served alongside a cup of warm melted chocolate for dipping.

Almond Toasted Brioche

Grace soaks store-bought brioche in almond-infused custard—almost as if she were making French toast—and bakes it until crisp.

Related: 4th of July Cakes

Gingered Orange Gratin

Grace mixes cold whipped crème fraîche with candied ginger, then spoons it over warm, sweet orange slices.

Caramelized-Pineapple Baked Alaskas

Grace tops ice cream (preferably coconut) with pineapple chunks that have been sautéed with store-bought dulce de leche, then spoons a quick meringue over the fruit and broils until golden.

Related: 4th of July Desserts

Chocolate-Almond Bars

For these crisp, chewy bars, Grace mixes roasted almonds, almond butter and chocolate chips with sugar and egg, then bakes them.

Lemon-Cherry Yogurt Parfait

Grace folds some yogurt with lemon juice and zest, mixes the rest with chunky cherry preserves, then spoons the yogurt into glasses in alternate layers.

Mini Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecakes

Grace breaks up whole, cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor with hazelnuts and butter to create a supercrunchy crust for these delectable little cheesecakes.


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