3. For the Oven-Averse Cosmopolitan
You already know that you can't show up to a Christmas party empty-handed, but get a bit more creative than your standard fruitcake. If you're tasked with bringing dessert to your next holiday pot luck, try this pumpkin cheesecake from Brooklyn-based Cecil & Merl. With a familiar loaf shape and notes of cinnamon, clove, and ginger, it hits all the right notes for a hearty, seasonal sweet.