Everywhere I look this week, I see blogs and articles promising me ’10 ways to have healthier holidays’, or ‘3 secrets to cutting 500 calories out of my thanksgiving dinner’. All this for what? To spare ourselves the joys of indulging for a few days out of the year? It’s all in the name of “health,” I know, which is a valiant cause, but I’m like, why? If I can’t shovel endless quantities of meat, carbs, sugar, and butter in my face, then aren’t we missing the entire point of the holiday season?!

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you, but I’m not here to give you healthy alternatives to decadent meal plans. I’m not going to ask that you take reasonable helpings of what’s served to you. I’m not pleading that you at least have a nutritious breakfast before indulging. I’m telling you to GO ALL OUT. It’s a few days a year and, dammit, you deserve it.

Here’s a list of enviable desserts that I wish someone would come make for me ASAP because it’s an emergency, k? (Clickable titles for recipe links, FYI!)

1. Smore’s Pie.
I LOVE s’mores. I used to go to a restaurant called Flamestone back in Tampa with my sister, and we’d just sit at the bar for happy hour and order a s’more’s plate that had a little fire to roast the marshmallows at the table. This is the next best thing to sitting fireside.
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2. Champagne Cupcakes.
Champagne cupcakes?! How did I not know this was a thing?! I definitely want to make these ASAP!
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3. Apple Cider Donuts.
I’m not a big apple dessert person, but something about these makes me feel all the Fall feelings 😉 I think they look amazing, and since France doesn’t know how to do donuts properly, I could totally go for one of these. This recipe might even convince me to get a fryer which the Frenchman has been eyeing for months, haha.
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4. Rustic Chocolate Cake with Ganache.
Chocolate over chocolate drizzled in chocolate. My dreams have come true.
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5. Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake.
Surprisingly, this looks incredibly light and airy, which is definitely unusual compared to most cheesecakes I’ve made! So much so that I can trick myself in to believing that it’s healthy, I think 😉 
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Over to you: Which of these is the most drool-worthy to you? Right now, I want that s’mores pie! Are you making anything crazy-decadent for Thanksgiving or a different upcoming holiday? Do share!

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