10 Semi-Homemade Desserts to Make for the Holidays

Whether it’s a time issue, a skill issue or a space issue (who really wants that big box of baking powder in their kitchen), there’s almost always a good reason to opt for semi-homemade desserts versus one made completely from scratch. Not only do mix-based recipes often save time, space and money, they leave room for creativity without much hassle (it couldn’t be easier to add a handful of nuts to your banana bread mix or some chocolate chips to a batch of baked doughnuts).

This holiday season, ditch the artificial-tasting mixes from supermarket go-tos like Betty Crocker and opt instead for one of these lesser-known brands, all of which trump most store-bought desserts in flavor and require nothing more than a few basic kitchen essentials.