9 Fabulous New Year’s Desserts to Make Your Party Perfect
No end-of-year extravaganza would be complete without a little flash and pizzazz on the menu — that’s what New Year’s is all about, isn’t it? Lend your holiday gathering an extra dose of festivity (not to mention deliciousness) by capitalizing on the festive colors and flavors of the season. Sparkling golds and silvers complement the elegant flavors of champagne, intense chocolate, and juicy berries in these dishes, sure to be enjoyed by guests young and old.
Serve any of these 9 rich, decadent desserts at your year-end party to ring in the New Year with panache.
1. The Cozy Apron’s Party in a Glass Parfaits are to-die-for treats, offering an exquisite medley of textures and sweet flavors. The dish combines Grand Marnier-soaked pound cake, raspberries, Chambord-infused whipped cream, Maraschino cherries, and edible silver confetti for a dish that is sure to blow your guests away this holiday. Each bite is creamy, moist, and decadent — the perfect way to reward yourself for a year well-lived. The recipe yields 4 (8-ounce) servings, best served in wine glasses to complete the presentation.
2. Erin Wilson of Carosello Blog shares her recipe for gorgeous Gold Glitter Cupcakes, providing a perfectly sparkly addition to your New Year’s party spread. The rich cupcakes are caramel flavored with a simple butter cream frosting, topped off with flashy, glittery gold sprinkles to complete the sleek and sophisticated look. They’re party-perfect and a breeze to make — just stop by the craft store for glitter sprinkles and you’re set on decorations!
3. “With just a little Welch’s Sparkling White Grape Juice, sprinkles and some Gelatin you can make some fancy flavored jello jigglers that are sure to please kids and adults alike!,” writes Bubbly Nature Creations. These little sparkling desserts require just 4 ingredients and take 2 steps to complete. These Sparkling Jello Jigglers are gorgeous, low-maintenance, and a must-have crowd-pleaser that will make your New Year’s all the merrier.
4. “Add this eye-popping metallic punch to create a sweet that’s worthy of the top of the tree but better yet, good enough to eat!” writes P.S. I Made This of her Gold and Silver Cookie creations. Think of these sweets as a festive, New Year’s-style take on classic Black and White Cookies. Best of all, they’re easy to throw together at the last minute: Brush Nilla Wafers with lemon extract, then dust half the cookie with silver highlighter dust and the other half with golden highlighter dust. You can purchase this edible highlighter dust at your local craft or baking supply shop.
5. Fiskar’s offers a crafty cupcake hybrid that’s sure to make a splash at this year’s festivities, noting that these clocks “are a perfect choice for New Year’s Eve décor and make for dramatic cupcake toppers.” Visit Fiskars for the full tutorial on creating these Clock Face Countdown Cupcakes — the decoration can be used in conjunction with any of your favorite cupcake recipes.
6. “Cake pops are a fun treat and can take a little bit of time to put together, but when you use a good recipe, they will taste just as delicious as they look,” writes Lauren, the blogger behind Keep It Sweet Desserts. Indulge your guests with vibrant, decadent Pink Champagne Cake Pops. These bite-size morsels can be prepared in advance to save time on party day — simply make the cake one day ahead of time and cover it tightly. The cake pops themselves can be made up to 1 week in advance of serving. This recipe yields 60 cake pops.
7. Bring a hint of refinement to this year’s New Year’s celebration by whipping up a batch of Simple Provisions’ Cherry Dipped Chocolates with Silver Confetti Sprinkles. Amelia, the blogger behind Simple Provisions, notes that “The chocolate-dipped cherries will look beautiful on the table during the meal, and can be served alongside other desserts as a decorative yet delicious accent that won’t weigh everyone down.” This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
8. These Sparkly Sugar Cone Party Horns offer a splash of sweet color to the New Year’s gathering, and are as lovely to look at as they are yummy to eat. “These edible horns will, I am sure, be a huge hit with kids, and adults who love sweets. You can serve them for dessert on New Year’s eve or wrap them in cellophane bags, and give them as party favors to your guests,” suggests Hungry Happenings. These desserts-cum-decorations serve as a simple accoutrement to a happening shindig. Try filling them with candy and nuts for an added treat! The recipe yields 12 servings.
9. These Champagne Chantilly Custard Cups are petite, piquant, and party-perfect! Sprinkle Bakes notes that these snacks “can be made ahead and are the perfect size for sampling without breaking any newly made resolutions.” The filling has a velvety, custard-like consistency, packed full with enticing flavors of champagne. For optimal presentation, serve the dishes in 6 tall (2.5-ounce) parfait glasses.