No matter if your New Year's Eve gathering is large or small, you deserve delicious desserts and drinks to celebrate. From chocolate cakes to creamy cheesecake, you'll find a New Year's Eve dessert to serve, along with drinks to usher in the New Year.
New Year's Eve is a time to indulge with elegance. Fancy dress, fancy desserts, fancy drinks all help to make the evening special.
And it doesn't matter how many people are around, as long as the night is elevated in a way that transitions the old year into the new with style.
That's why I've gathered some New Year's Eve dessert ideas, along with drinks to usher in the New Year.
Sweets: Cakes, Mousse, and more
New Year's Eve desserts don't have to be hard to be fancy. And many of these ideas are scalable up or down depending on the size of your group.
Chocolate and more chocolate
Port Wine takes a plain ol' chocolate cake recipe and takes it up several notches!
Chocolate mousse. Chocolate brownies. Both are wonderful, but when combined in a Chocolate Mousse Brownie cake you've got a superlative dessert!
Speaking of chocolate mousse, here's a dairy-free and gluten-free incarnation that will satisfy anyone's chocolate craving!
If pudding is more your style, this chocolate pudding is silky smooth and luscious with an intense chocolate flavor. Made without eggs, it can also be a dairy-free pudding using a milk substitute. It's easy to make, and much better than a box mix!
This pudding cake dessert makes it own hot fudge sauce along with a rich brownie. Easy to make and great with a scoop of ice cream!
English Toffee features a buttery caramel candy blanketed by chocolate and finely ground almonds. It may look difficult, but is actually quite simple with a bit of time and attentiveness.
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More dessert ideas beyond chocolate
A rich cheesecake can be made elegant in so many ways, and wine is a classy touch. Use your favorite white wine or champagne to change your cheesecake from good to great!
Crème Brûlée sounds fancy and hard, but it's actually really easy to make. Use your slow cooker for custard perfection.
In Scotland, Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) is celebrated with a variety of traditional food, one of them being Cranachan. Cranachan trifle is layers of whisky-spiked raspberries, whipped cream, & toasted oats. A tasty adults-only treat!
This tart is made with apples, boiled apple cider, and store-bought phyllo dough. It's amped-up apple flavor will really turn heads!
Turn shortbread into pecan snowballs with these twice-sugar-coated cookies. They'll melt in your mouth, and tempt you to take another one!
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Spirits: Whisky & Bourbon
If you like to imbibe (responsibly, of course), here are a few recommendations for New Year's Eve drinks. We'll start with eggnog, a true holiday classic.
As for spirits, I have so many reviews of scotches and bourbons on this site it's hard to know which to choose. Start with my suggestions for scotch (both peated and unpeated) and bourbon, then search the site for more ideas that will please your palate.
So traditional this time of year, my version isn't the overly sweet, overly processed stuff you get at the market. Plus, you can make it with or without liquor. It's eggnog the way it was meant to be!
Aberfeldy whisky lies at the heart of the Dewar’s blended whisky, but it's wonderful on its own.
With lots of different combinations of yeast, mashbills, and production methods, Four Roses Bourbon has many levels of spiciness and rich fruity flavors in their expressions. Their Straight Bourbon is a great entry to that lineup.
However you choose to celebrate, and whomever you get to celebrate it with, I wish for you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
Here's to more happy baking and sipping together!
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!