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You can’t walk into a party empty-handed. And the holidays are a great excuse for indulging, so why not treat your family to something sweet as you celebrate?

From chocolate chip cookies that go perfectly with milk to holiday-themed peppermint bark, ENTITY shares seven of the best recipes for your holiday party.

1 Chocolate Chip Cookies

You just can’t beat a classic. Gooey chocolate chips and a cold, crisp glass of milk should put smiles on everyone’s faces. You could even mix it up by throwing in some cinnamon or swapping Andes Mints or red and green M&Ms to make them more festive. Check out this recipe for a starting point.

2 Snickerdoodles

Chewy, cinnamon delights make the perfect companion to a chocolate chip cookie or pumpkin pie – or are great on their own. A doughy batter will require a bit of elbow grease to mix, but then makes for a perfect, chewy cookies. Check ’em out here.

3 Pumpkin Pie

This is another classic. Pumpkin pie may be most associated with Thanksgiving, but it’s a perfect blend of the season’s best spices …  and makes for a great vehicle for whipped cream, too. Whatever feast your family is planning, this would make a delicious addition to the table.

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4 Pudding

This dessert is great in a pinch. Just pick up a box of JELL-O Instant Pudding, add milk, whisk away, and you’re good to go! No one’s going to complain about a nice bowl of pudding, especially if it comes with a dollop of whipped cream.

5 Peppermint Bark

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Another quick, yet delicious offering is peppermint bark. And if you’re baking with children, they’ll have a blast breaking the candy cane pieces in a plastic bag. Then all you have to do is melt down some chocolate and spread it all together in a baking pan. For a more detailed explanation, check here.

6 Sugar Cookies/Gingerbread Cookies

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The gingerbread is the more festive of the two, though both can be used with cookie cutters to make fun, holiday-shaped cookies. And they can even turn into an art project if you put out icing and candy to decorate.

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7 Chocolate Cake

No explanation necessary for this one. Who doesn’t love a good, chocolate cake? Check out Hershey’s take here. And don’t forget heaping, chocolate buttercream to go along with it!

Now that you have plenty of options, what are you waiting for? Get to baking! And let us know your favorite recipes in the comments.

Edited by Ellena Kilgallon