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The best part of the holidays? Some say it’s the presents. Some say it’s the gift of being with those you love. And some, well, they’re just here for the desserts. Amp up your holiday spirit with a taste of one of these five unique holiday dessert recipes. Trust us, your belly – and guests – will be thrilled.

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Instead of whipping up a classic cheesecake, go beyond the norm and try out this Peppermint Bark Cheesecake. There are three delicious layers to devour – an Oreo crust, a creamy cheesecake filling loaded with peppermint bark pieces, and a white chocolate ganache with crushed candy canes sprinkled about. It looks pretty and tastes delicious – a win-win.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie can sometimes be a little, well, bland. But add in some salted caramel sauce and wow – it’s a party in your mouth. Simply add a salted caramel sauce into the pie mix before baking and create an outta-this-world Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie that everyone is sure to love.

Peanut Butter Snowballs

The no-bake Peanut Butter Snowballs are a sweet treat and the best little festive dessert around. Mix all of the filling ingredients together, form the filling into tiny “snowballs,” and then dip them in melted white chocolate to create that snowball effect. Not a fan of white chocolate? You can easily swap that out for milk chocolate. The best part? There’s no added sugar in this recipe.

Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

This easy recipe offers a twist on chocolate, chocolate chip cookies. Mix the dough, and when forming cookie balls, place a peppermint patty right inside the dough ball. It’s that easy! Add some chocolate frosting sprinkled with candy cane pieces if you’re looking for an extra-sweet treat.

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Warm up the best way there is this holiday season with a hot cup of cocoa. Homemade hot chocolate bombs are a fun way to enjoy the classic beverage, and luckily they’re not too hard to achieve.

It’s the sweetest time of the year, pun intended. Change it up with these five unique holiday dessert recipes to check out this year. For more baking tips and the scoop on all things Gilbert, Arizona, stay tuned to the Town Commons blog.