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Creating the Perfect Dessert Table for the Holidays

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Finding just the right desserts to feature at Thanksgiving can be a challenge. Let’s face it we are judged by the creativity and presentation of our dessert table.  Well, maybe not harshly but still we do pay particular attention to the overall appeal and attention to detail when it comes to the dessert station.

What’s the secret?


The dessert table has to be colorful and offer a variety of choices but at Thanksgiving sometimes those choices are bland in color so we have to rely on the props we use to brighten it up a bit. Every year when I go shopping post-Thanksgiving I hit the stores less likely to be scavenged to find my props for next year.

A couple staples for ensuring your dessert table will look it’s best are rolls of material such as burlap and these can be found in your local box stores or craft stores. I currently have an orange roll of mesh and burlap that I use together a lot. I always buy fake or dried gourds and mini-pumpkins because you can’t even tell the difference except these will last forever and it’s a one-time expense. Cute themed accessories such as straws and ramekins and serving dishes to present your desserts is always nice and of course, fun and festive napkins.

But the thing that truly will set your table above all others is what desserts you put on it. This year our table is featuring the Toffee Apple Cheesecake Bars found on Nabisco’s Party Planner website.  You can find everything you need to plan the perfect holiday party at NABISCO Party Planner.


Prep Time: 30 min. Cook Time: 2 hr. 15 min.

Servings: 12


  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 9-1/4 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, divided
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. toffee bits
  • 1-1/2 cup thawed frozen light whipped topping, divided


MELT butter in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add apples; stir until evenly coated with butter. Cook 8 to 10 min. or until tender, stirring frequently. Add 2 Tbsp. sugar and cinnamon; cook and stir 1 to 2 min or until sugar is melted and mixture is well blended. Cool.

CUT 3 whole grahams into quarters using a serrated knife; set aside. Line 9-inch pan with foil, extending ends of foil over sides. Place remaining grahams on bottom of prepared pan, cutting as necessary to form even layer. Stand reserved grahams around edges of pan.

MIX Neufchatel and remaining sugar in medium bowl until blended. Gently stir in toffee bits and 1 cup whipped topping; spread over grahams on bottom of pan. Top with apple mixture.

Refrigerate dessert 2 hours. Use foil handles to remove dessert from pan just before serving; top with remaining whipped topping.


This delicious dessert can be refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving.

Jazz it Up
Garnish with sugared cranberries just before serving. Just moisten 3 fresh cranberries with water then roll in 1 tsp. granulated sugar. Refrigerate until ready to garnish dessert just before serving.

These Toffee Apple Cheesecake Bars can be served for your upcoming Thanksgiving or Christmas occasions.  Right now NABISCO is providing coupon savings exclusively at Publix. Coupon savings include: save $0.55 when you buy ONE (1) OREO Cookies package and save $0.55 when you buy ONE (1) WHEAT THINS Crackers or TRISCUIT Crackers. Be sure to visit your local Publix to get your favorite NABISCO cookies and crackers for your table.

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  1. What a fun idea for a party! I bet the kids would really enjoy these!

  2. Besides sounding delicious and featuring a favorite fall fruit, I like that you can make this the day before the big dinners. Going on my list.

  3. This sounds so good and perfect to do for holiday parties and family gatherings! Definitely have to add this on my list to try!

  4. Mary Ambrosino says

    What a great decorating tip. I am going to try it on my Thanksgiving table this year.