Forget the figgy pud and put down that pumpkin pie because these decadent chocolate desserts for Christmas are all the sweetness you’ll need.
And remember: whether it’s January or July, it’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays!
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning gifts or an elaborate dinner menu, these Christmas chocolate recipes will always be a hit.
From cookies and brownies to cheesecakes and yule logs, you’ll find something here for any size celebration.
And hey, just because the title says ‘chocolate desserts for Christmas‘ doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these recipes year round 😉
Now, let’s get to it!
20+ Easy Christmas Chocolate Recipes
1. Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
If you think gingerbread cookies are good, just wait until you get a load of these chocolate gingerbread cookies.
They’ll blow the regular kind out of the water.
They’re soft, chewy, and chocolatey, with plenty of gingerbread spice. And you can make them in any shape you like.
The chocolate glaze on top makes them even more decadent, but it’s not essential.
Serve these for parties, or package them as gifts. People will love them either way.
2. Chocolate Sugar Cookies
This recipe takes sugar cookies to a whole new level, too.
Made with just eight simple ingredients, they’re more or less traditional sugar cookies with added cocoa powder.
They’re sweet, sugary, and melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious.
They’re also perfect for dipping in a tall glass of milk. Santa will love these bad boys.
3. Yule Log Cake (Bûche de Noël)
Simple or elaborate, yule log cakes taste divine. Fortunately, they’re straightforward to make and always make a splash.
If you can make a pumpkin or Swiss roll, you can make a yule log. Just cut the end off at an angle and stick it to the side.
Then, cover it with chocolate frosting or ganache. How easy is that?
And no, the decorations aren’t that difficult. Run a fork through the frosting and add a few berries.
4. Chocolate Icebox Cookies
These soft, buttery cookies are impossible to resist.
And while they may not look particularly festive, they flawlessly combine chocolate and cinnamon for a warm, rich, unforgettable flavor.
It just isn’t Christmas in my house without chocolate icebox cookies. Plus, you can totally add a white glaze and holiday sprinkle if you want!
5. Christmas Truffles
Want something that tastes great and looks festive? Check out these colorful, chocolatey Christmas truffles.
You’ll need just three ingredients to make the truffles themselves. Then, cover them in chocolate and decorate them with sprinkles or icing.
Stick them in the fridge for a couple of hours, and voila! Delectable little crowd-pleasers in no time at all.
6. Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Truffles
These crunchy, nutty truffles aren’t as festive as the ones above. But luckily, what they lack in festivities, they make up for in flavor.
Plus, you’ll need just five ingredients to make nearly four dozen of them.
And if you want something more Christmassy, go ahead and sprinkle some edible gold sprinkles on top.
7. Molten Chocolate Cakes
Molten chocolate cakes are fluffy, chocolatey, and covered in powdered sugar. That, alone, makes them worthy of a place on our list.
However, none of those is the best thing about these cakes. Nope. That honor goes to the chocolate lava that spills out when you cut them.
The gooey chocolate is rich, warm, and totally indulgent. You won’t find anyone who doesn’t love these sweet treats.
8. Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops
There’s nothing like a mug of hot cocoa by the fire after a family feast.
But instead of making a big pot, why not make some hot cocoa pops and let your family make their own?
Not only do they make terrific gifts for friends, but they’re a super fun little surprise at the end of the big day.
Oh, and they’re insanely delish!
9. Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting
What’s light, spongy, and yummy all over? These Guinness chocolate cupcakes, of course!
They’re sweet and salty masterpieces, combining chocolate, caramel, and espresso.
Boozy, adults-only cupcakes are ideal for any holiday, but I think the rich flavors make them perfect for Christmas.
10. Reindeer Bark
Reindeer bark is a thick slab of chocolate with pretzel antlers and candy eyes.
Add your favorite red candies for Rudolph’s nose, and you’ve got a fun, festive dessert.
It’s sweet and salty and takes just 15 minutes to make.
11. Festive Christmas Rocky Road Fudge
Christmas rocky road fudge is nutty and fantastic.
It’s a chunky, colorful confection that combines chewy marshmallows, salty peanuts, and chocolate candies.
It doesn’t require any cooking. Plus, you can have it ready for the fridge in 20 minutes or less.
Just be sure you give it at least an hour to harden.
12. Gluten-free Triple Chocolate Christmas Cheesecake
This sweet and tangy cheesecake is genuinely decadent.
It features three layers: white chocolate, milk chocolate, and a chocolatey crust.
It’s a gluten-free, no-bake dessert option that takes some time to get right. Fortunately, the process isn’t difficult – just a little time-consuming.
Make it a day ahead so that it can hang out in the fridge overnight and set properly.
Then, top it with some fun holiday chocolates.
13. Godiva Chocolate Brownies
Lady Godiva was a breathtaking beauty. And these brownies are too!
They’re thick, fudgy, and flipping fantastic. No disrespect to the gorgeous Godiva, but these Godiva brownies are far superior.
When something is this gooey, soft, and chewy, no one will turn it down.
And they’re so easy to make festive! Throw on a white and dark chocolate ganache swirl, and scatter over some red and green sprinkles.
Or, add the color to the middle with red and green M&Ms.
14. Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
We all know that mint and chocolate are a match made in heaven. And it’s a pretty standard festive flavor combo.
But you’ve never had it like this before!
The cheesecake filling is impossibly thick and rich, with plenty of chocolate and peppermint flavor.
Add a silky-smooth ganache topping and crushed candy canes, and it’ll rival any old Christmas cake.
15. Easy Chocolate Cherry Trifle
Trifle is such a fabulous dessert. It’s full of tasty and colorful layers, and it looks just spectacular in a large bowl as in individual portions.
And between the chocolate and cherries, this one just screams Christmas!
Make these babies in your favorite festive glasses, and they’ll be a hit!
16. Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Parfait
What’s the difference between trifle and parfait?
Well, trifle is usually served in a tall, glass bowl that shows off all the incredible layers.
Of course, both can be made either way, so what you call them doesn’t matter.
What matters is that these chocolatey desserts are sweet and tangy with a beautiful blend of fluffy and crunchy.
17. Too Much Chocolate Cake
This seven-ingredient cake is the moistest, springiest cake you could ever imagine.
It’s a simple chocolate bundt cake, but there’s nothing simple about its taste.
It packs a bold wallop of chocolatey goodness in every bite. And that’s true with or without the chocolate glaze.
If you need a quick and easy chocolate dessert for Christmas, this is it!
18. Chocolate Pavlova
In the mood for something impossibly decadent? Chocolate pavlova is the recipe for you!
I can’t even adequately describe it to you. It’s just so much deliciousness in one bite.
Everything about it is spectacular, from the silky cream and chewy meringue to the most chocolatey of chocolate flavors.
Plus, it’s ridiculously gorgeous.
The only thing missing is a few red raspberries. Trust me, they’ll make this thing pop!
19. Peppermint Bark Macarons
Is it just me, or are macarons the most elegant desserts ever? I adore them. They’re small and lovely, sweet but not too sweet.
Basically, they’re kind of perfect. And these babies feature yummy, refreshing peppermint and plenty of chocolate.
And how incredibly festive do they look? Put out a tray of these, and they’ll disappear in a flash.
20. Christmas Chocolate Biscotti Recipe
Christmas dessert doesn’t always have to be big and splashy. In fact, after a big feast, something small might be preferred.
And what goes better with an after-dinner coffee than a crunchy, sweet biscotti?
This one is loaded with chocolatey goodness. Add some chopped cherries if you want pops of color.
21. No-Bake Boozy Christmas Chocolate Balls
You’ve cleared the table and put the dishes out of sight until tomorrow. Now it’s time for a plate of these incredibly rich Christmas truffles.
You’ll want to save these for when the little ones are in bed. They’ve got a nice kick of spiced rum that’s strictly adult-only.
They’re smooth, melt-in-your-mouth incredible, and impossible to resist.
Panforte is thick, chewy, and super nutty with a wonderful hint of spice.
Between the chocolate flavor and pleasant texture, it’s almost like a fruit cake and chocolate bark had a baby.
It’s hard to describe but delicious to eat. And who needs a long-winded description when you can enjoy it for yourself?!
23. Chocolate Salami – Italian Christmas Recipe
How amazing does this chocolate “salami” log look?
It’s full of Amaretti cookies and nuts, giving it plenty of crunchy texture. And it’s enrobed in chocolate for the ultimate treat.
Plus, that powered sugar coating is so clever! This makes a terrific addition to any dessert board.
24. White Chocolate Mousse
I had to include one white chocolate recipe, and this mousse is no slouch.
It has a delightful texture that’s pudding-like – only much fluffier. Plus, it’s sweeter and less rich than the darker chocolate recipes.
So it’s ideal for kids!
It’s a cool, refreshing dessert full of chocolate goodness. Don’t forget all the chocolate sprinkles for a little textural contrast!
25. Chocolate Orange Tartlets
These have all the phenomenal flavor of a chocolate orange, but they’re much cuter.
I think these mini tarts are some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. It’s the combination of rich, shiny chocolate and warm orange colors.
And if you can make those enchanting orange slice butterflies, they’re even better.
These will make a real impression at Christmas, and they’re sure to wow the crowd.
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