For many (myself included,) baking can be super intimidating. That’s why it was no surprise to discover that the 5 most popular holiday desserts on Pinterest all have one thing in common: they’re simple. No dough-rising, fondant-shaping, or meticulous piping here folks. The recipes below are approachable enough for a novice, and sure to satisfy guests of all ages — I’m lookin’ at you M&M Christmas Cookie Bars.

featured image by Kristen Kilpatrick

Chocolate Rugelach from Just a Taste

M&M Christmas Cookie Bars from No. 2 Pencil

State Fair Winning Whoopie Pie Cake from Midwest Living

Skinny Holiday Fruit Crisp Recipe from Savory Nothings

Gluten Free Chocolate Babka from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

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