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Help for Christmas dessert for in-laws, please?

alysonlaurel | Oct 4, 201110:26 AM

My mother-in-law and step-father-in-law are likely coming to visit for Christmas. We had originally planned to visit them, but I broke my foot over the summer and need to work more around the holidays than I thought I would.

I am good with the rest of the Christmas menu, but would really appreciate some help with a showstopping dessert.

I work in retail, so the days before Christmas will be extremely busy for me. I will have some time to do things ahead of time, but not a lot of time. I sadly won't have long afternoons to spend doing super elaborate things. That being said, I really want to have a dessert that is beautiful and can be done ahead of time. There will be enough cooking with the dinner that I won't want to make dessert on Christmas Day as well.

On Christmas Eve I'll do a nod to my in-laws' tradition of having appetizers for dinner. My husband makes this great ham, and I'll have make yeast rolls ahead, which I'll parbake and freeze and then bake off and serve with the ham for sandwiches. I'll also have veggies, dip, a really good shrimp cocktail, spiced nuts, and maybe one other little bite of something.

On Christmas morning we'll have donut muffins (we did them last Christmas and they were amazing!), fruit, and bacon. After breakfast and presents, we'll go sightseeing a little.

When we get back I'll make dinner. We'll have leftover ham, cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, and maybe two other sides. I have made all those things a hundred times and I can make lots of the components ahead.

I need a really decadent, gorgeous dessert to serve after Christmas dinner that can be made ahead and stored in my fridge. I am hoping to have something with lots of rich chocolate, since that's my mother-in-law's favorite flavor. I am open to other flavors, though.

Can y'all help? Thank you so much!

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