Ringing in a new year is definitely cause for celebration and, for many of us, that means raising a festive glass of something a little spirited. But come Dec. 31, we’ve got something even better than a New Year’s toast in mind.
Instead of simply raising a glass, why not raise a plate? Or, to be more precise, raise it to your mouth to get a bite of a boozy dessert? That’s right, you can have your alcohol and eat it, too — with caramel and chocolate and sprinkles … you get the picture.
We’ve rounded up some of the most delectable confections we could find so that you can get your new year off on the right foot (or should we say fork?).
Cranberry champagne Jell-O shots
Just think of these as the grown-up version of the Jell-O shots you slurped at parties in your youth. Sweetened cranberry juice makes them delightfully seasonal, while the champagne they’re spiked with gives them a sophisticated spin.
Poached saffron pears and mascarpone with marsala wine
There are few desserts more elegant than poached pears, making them a perfect pick for the most refined New Year’s party. This version also works well if you only want a hint of spirits in your dessert — the pear itself is steeped in spices, while the accompanying mascarpone is laced with marsala wine.
Chocolate bourbon pecan pie truffles
Want to whip up a boozy dessert on Dec. 31 that doesn’t take a ton of time or effort? Look no further than these delectable chocolate bourbon pecan pie truffles. Basically, you just toss together a handful of sweet ingredients — plus bourbon, natch! — and then roll the resulting mixture in chopped pecans.
If you really want to impress your guests with your culinary prowess, serve up a festive platter of champagne gelées from Sprinkle Bakes. Not only are these just way too much fun to look at, but they’re a treat within a treat. Once you make your way through the champagne jelly, you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate truffle waiting at the bottom of the glass.
Spiked eggnog is the quintessential adult beverage for the holiday season, and this recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen is pretty much the cookie equivalent. While the buttery sugar cookie base is alcohol-free, the delicious icing on top features a hint of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum.
Boozy gummy bear cupcakes
If you want to throw a fun fete, there’s no way you could possibly go wrong if you serve these boozy gummy bear cupcakes from Erica’s Sweet Tooth. This recipe pairs a simple funfetti cupcake with a champagne flute full of drunken gummy bears — you’ll need to let the colorful little guys take a swim in fruity vodka for between 16 and 24 hours prior to serving.
Pink champagne ice cream
Everyone knows that New Year’s calls for champagne, right? Well, this recipe from 1 Fine Cookie takes it to the next level, and that level is pink ice cream. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making your own ice cream either — it’s relatively easy, and you can customize it however you want once you get the hang of it.
Bourbon chocolate tipsy cake
It’s our firm belief that every holiday should include chocolate cake, and New Year’s is no exception. This recipe from I Am Baker is a no-brainer because, firstly, it’s super-chocolatey and, secondly, there’s bourbon in the sour cream hard sauce. Prepare to get chocolate wasted, friends.
Champagne and raspberry Chambord confetti macarons
Feeling fancy? Well, Fancy, meet Best Friends for Frostings’ macarons. Champagne and raspberry Chambord liqueur buttercream gives them an unexpected kick, while sweet details like pastel sprinkles make them really darn irresistible.
Boozy bourbon caramel spice cake
A tender and moist spice cake in and of itself would make an enjoyable dessert on New Year’s. However, a tender and moist spice cake spiked with bourbon is even better — especially when it’s topped with bourbon caramel cream cheese buttercream and garnished with gingersnap cookies. Check out this recipe from Sugar & Soul.