It’s the time of year when your sweet tooth seems to be in overdrive! That’s why 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 special—and that everyone looks forward to—is 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.” We couldn’t agree more! Click through to see her favorite sweet recipes.