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3 Decadent Desserts to try this Holiday Season


Halladay’s Cheesecake and Dessert Mixes are easy to whip up for a party. You can serve them as a dip with fresh fruit, cookies, or graham crackers. They will also make a great pie. Just fold the prepared cheesecake mixture into a graham cracker shell then chill. Garnish the top if you like just before serving.

We have had some fun in the kitchen and made these delicious blends into some party ready desserts with a bit of a different twist. These three recipes were often served at Ladies Night at our Florist. They had rave reviews and seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye!

Our cheesecakes are always the hit of the party. Try a holiday version of our Funfetti Cheesecake. Decorate the top with crushed peppermint or holiday sprinkles before serving. Serve it in a classic graham cracker crust or a chocolate pie shell.


1 (8 oz.) bar softened cream cheese, softened

1 package Halladay'sNew York Style Cheesecake

1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip

3 Tbsp. rainbow sprinkles

1 9-inch prepared graham cracker pie crust

Beat cream cheese with cheesecake mix. Fold in Cool Whip and 2 tablespoons of sprinkles. Spoon into prepared pie shell and top with remaining sprinkles. Chill and serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Our Nutella Parfait just might be my favorite dessert ever. It has a rich chocolate flavor and a smooth mousse like texture with none of the work of a classic mousse. It is very rich and is best layered into pretty little dessert glasses. The combination of the Nutella filling and the chocolate crumb layers are decadent and irresistible!


12 Oreo's, crushed

3 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 (8 oz.) block of cream cheese, softened

1 package Halladay'sDouble Chocolate Cheesecake

¾ cup Nutella

1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, divided or 8 oz. whipped cream

Combine Oreo's with butter; reserve for later. Blend cheesecake mix with cream cheese and Nutella; fold in half of the Cool Whip. Spoon small amount of Oreo mixture into the bottom of a dessert glass followed by a layer of cream cheese mixture. Add another layer of Oreo followed by another layer of cream cheese mixture. Let chill. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Variation: pour cream cheese mixture into a prepared Oreo or chocolate pie shell; let chill.

Halladay’s Cannoli dip is addicting. I love the Cannoli of my childhood, unfortunately we do not have Italian bakeries on every corner in Vermont. This simple and delicious dip is mixed with cream cheese, ricotta, our NY Style Cheesecake Mx and some mini chocolate chips. Serve it with waffle sugar cones broken into bite sized pieces for an authentic flavor.


1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 package Halladay'sNew York Style Cheesecake

2 Tbsp. sugar

⅔ cup mini chocolate chips

Blend ricotta, Halladay's cheesecake mix, sugar and softened cream cheese. Fold in mini chocolate chips. Chill for at least one hour. Serve with waffle sugar cones broken into medium size pieces.

So, there you have it; three festive holiday dessert recipes to wow your family and friends with this season!

If you try any of these recipes, we want to see your pictures! Post to Instagram or Facebook and tag us @halladaysharvestbarn and use the hashtag #halladaysathome so we can see them.

-Kathleen Govotski, Owner Halladay’s Harvest Barn