We asked Kelsey Nixon
, chef and star of Kelsey's Essentials
on Cooking Channel, to share her favorite festive confections to sweeten up your next holiday celebration. "One thing that makes the holidays so specialand that everyone looks forward tois they give you permission to be a little bit indulgent," Nixon says. "It's liberating to know that you can have that piece (or 2 or 3!) of pie, or 8 cookies on Christmas." Whip up some of these must-try treats at your next holiday party for a perfect end to the evening.