12/13/2014 08:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Festive Fruit Desserts

1. Baked Pears in Spiced Pomegranate Syrup


This is a wonderful light dessert for the holidays, especially served with coffee, tea and crunchy Italian-style cookies, like Walnut and Cinnamon Biscotti or Double Chocolate Biscotti. GET THE RECIPE

2. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble


This old-fashioned dessert of warm baked apples and tart cranberries with a crunchy oat streusel topping comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. It's easy to make, feeds a crowd and is perfect for the holidays! GET THE RECIPE

3. Sticky Toffee Banana Cake


This warm banana cake drizzled with hot toffee sauce and topped with sliced bananas and pecans is a cozy, delicious treat. It's a fresh take on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding -- which is not really pudding at all, but rather a warm, moist cake made with finely chopped dates covered in a sticky toffee sauce. GET THE RECIPE

4. Pear & Dried Cherry Crisp


Rustic desserts that pair soft, tart fruit with buttery-crisp toppings are one of my favorite things to bake: they're easy to throw together, completely foolproof, and always warm and comforting. This one is a stand-out thanks to the combination of sweet D'Anjou pears and tart dried cherries, which are plumped up in an orange-scented caramel syrup before baking. GET THE RECIPE

5. Luscious Lemon Squares


With a crisp and buttery shortbread crust, luscious lemon filling and powdered sugar topping, these lemon squares are as pretty as they are delicious. GET THE RECIPE

6. Citrus & Pomegranate Fruit Salad


This beautiful salad of oranges, grapefruits and pomegranates is the perfect antidote to all the overindulgence of the holidays -- and it's so much more enticing than the typical store-bought fruit salad. GET THE RECIPE