11 Desserts You'll Want to Ring in the New Year With

Updated 12/17/18

While health goals may be top of mind come January 1, New Year's Eve is a time to indulge one last time. Along with bubbly cocktails, tasty appetizers, and savory main dishes, allow a few decadent desserts to help you ring in the New Year. Surely you could use a dose of caffeine to help you keep your eyes open until the ball drops,and these chocolate-y, coffee-infused, sugar-coated treats should do the trick.

Whether you're hosting a year-end bash of your own or just attending a friend's, a shareable dessert is always appreciated. Whip up a batch of delectable brownies, flavorful fudge, or even homemade ice cream to serve a crowd. These New Year's Eve desserts are filled with seasonal flavors, from classic chocolate to spiced chai and sweet peach. Here are 11 indulgent treats to ring in the New Year with—just add champagne.

Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies
Wu Haus

If you're hoping to get jump start on your New Year's resolutions, whip up a batch of these healthy pistachio thumbprint cookies. Although they're grain-free and vegan, the pistachio and rose flavors come together for a sophisticated dessert perfect for sharing. They're also quite simple to make, as the dough and cashew cream filling are both made by combining all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

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Classic Tiramisu

Classic Tiramisu
Foodie Crush

To get your coffee fix, try your hand at a classic tiramisu. The Italian after-dinner dessert would make for a lovely New Year's Eve treat at a smaller gathering. It's the traditional combination of espresso- and Kahlua-dipped ladyfingers layered with mascarpone custard and hefty dollops of whipped cream. To finish it off, top with a light dusting of cocoa powder and serve with a cup of coffee if you and your fellow partygoers need an extra boost of energy.

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Crinkle Top Brownies

Brownies
Half Baked Harvest

Brownies will always be a classic dessert choice that works well for a crowd. This recipe for crinkle top brownies yields a batch of chocolaty, fudge-filled, bite-size desserts that somehow remain perfectly fluffy and light, despite the rich flavors. Stir together the usual mix of brownie ingredients, along with some star add-ins like instant coffee granules and chocolate chips for extra flavor.

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Almond Peach Bread Pudding

The Modern Proper

A cozy, seasonal dish, this almond peach bread pudding will stand out an any New Year's Eve fête. You'll need baguette loaves, ripe peaches, chopped almonds, and cream to create the flavorful dessert. Once your dessert is baked to perfection, serve with warm caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream for a dessert that everyone will be talking about long into the New Year.

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Iced Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream
Stuck in the Kitchen

Yes, you could buy a few cartons of ice cream from the market, but making your own frozen treat from scratch is just so much more satisfying. Despite the cold weather outside, this recipe for iced coffee ice cream is just the thing to keep people awake until midnight (and it's rather simple to make). All you need is milk, cream, sugar, eggs, instant espresso, and dark Dutch cocoa powder.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Minimalist Baker

The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter comes to life in this seriously simple recipe for chocolate peanut butter freezer fudge. It calls for just four ingredients and will only set you back about 30 minutes in the kitchen. Simply use a food processor to mix dates, salted peanut butter, unsweetened cacao powder, and melted coconut oil. If you want to give the fudge a bit of crunch, you can also add in roasted salted peanuts and cacao nibs.

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Chai Spiced Buttermilk Beignets

Chai Spiced Buttermilk Beignets
Spoon Fork Bacon

For a bite-size festive dessert made for sharing, try this recipe for chai spiced buttermilk beignets. When made just right, you'll be left with a light, fluffy doughnut-like treat complete with a seasonal twist thanks to a bit of chai spice. Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg give the pastries their delightful winter flavor, while simple ingredients provide the right texture. 

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Raspberry Fool

Raspberry Fool
Foodie Crush

This simple no-bake dessert is sure to impress a New Year's Eve crowd. It's a raspberry fool that calls for raspberries, sugar, whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Create a light, fruity dessert that looks as sweet as it tastes. Serve it up to a group in delicate glassware for extra presentation points.

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Chocolate Coffee Pudding

Chocolate Coffee Pudding
Stuck in the Kitchen

What could be more fitting for a New Year's Eve bash than a rich chocolate coffee pudding served with a side of vanilla ice cream? If you're hosting more of a dinner party, this is the perfect after-dinner treat. The warm chocolate-y coffee creation topped with a decadent sauce will taste incredible when paired with a light ice cream.

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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies
Half Baked Harvest

With just five ingredients, you can make party-ready chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies sure to be the star of any year-end soirée. Simply prepare your cookie dough by combining ingredients like peanut butter, dates, and vanilla in a food processor; then bake to perfection. Once the cookies are out of the oven and cooled, you can dip or drizzle them with a rich melted dark chocolate.

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Chai Tea Fudge

Chai Tea Fudge
The Modern Proper

Fudge is always a popular wintertime dessert, but this chai tea creation—with its festive ingredients—is perfect for ringing in the New Year. You'll need chocolate chips, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves to get the punchy flavors just right. Stir the ingredients together over the stovetop before pouring in a parchment paper-lined pan to set.

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