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32 Best Christmas Desserts for the Holiday Season

Thanks to these Christmas desserts, your holiday season is sure to be full of joy.

And you don’t even have to wait until to holidays to make them! After all, there’s never a bad time for sugar, spice, and everything nice.

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If ever there’s a time to indulge, it’s Christmas.

But why wait until the 25th? These Christmas cookies, cakes, and pies are perfect all through the holiday season.

And I have such a fun mix here, too.

So whether you need classic Christmas desserts for your family or something sweet for a potluck, you’ll find it here.

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1. Gingerbread Chocolate Christmas Wreath Cake

There’s nothing wrong with this gorgeous, delicious cake. It’s 100% perfect. Its appearance is absolutely stunning and festive.

And its flavor? Well, that’s ALSO absolutely stunning and festive. You’ll get notes of chocolate, gingerbread, and hints of coffee in every bite.

And if you’re lucky enough to get a raspberry or cranberry on your piece, that’s even more Christmas flair!

Slice missing sweet potato pecan pie on a casserole dish,

2. Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

No Christmas is complete without pecan pie. Then again, no Christmas is complete with sweet potato pie, either.

This unique dessert is the perfect combination of both! I like to think it makes things doubly delicious.

Top it off with some vanilla ice cream, and you’ll have a new family favorite for the holidays.

Bunch of assorted coated rum balls.

3. Rum Balls

Looking for holiday treats that are strictly 21 and up? Try these quick, easy, and supremely boozy rum balls. They’re so sweet, so soft, and unbelievably delicious.

You’ll love them, and so will your friends and family. Just be sure to keep them away from the kiddos. All that chocolate can be tempting.

A slice of eggnog cheesecake on cake.
Source: Lifeloveandsugar.com

4. Eggnog Cheesecake

Spiced cream and bourbon (or rum) thickened with eggs make one amazing Christmas milkshake.

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But adding it to cheesecake? Even the Grinch would come back for more.

This cheesecake has eggnog in the filling, and you’ll top it with eggnog whipped cream.

The spiced bourbon adds something special, and this needs nothing more than a plate and a fork.

Raspberry swirl pavlova wreath sprinkled with chopped pistachios.
Source: Donnahay.com.au

5. Raspberry Swirl Pavlova Wreath

Despite its intricate, gorgeous appearance, this edible holiday wreath isn’t hard to pull together. You’ll need just ten ingredients, and it’s much simpler than it looks.

It also has the perfect balance of sweet vanilla and tangy raspberry flavors. It’s definitely one of those holiday dessert recipes that’ll wow a crowd.

Bunch of mince pies with cherry filling.
Source: Drizzleanddip.com

6. Mince Pies

Though not as popular today as a few decades ago, mincemeat is still a Christmas staple in many households.

And these mince pies are my favorite ways to incorporate it into the holidays. Unlike the original recipes, though, mincemeat today doesn’t contain actual meat.

Instead, these are individual fruit and spice pies that even the kids will love.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies stack on top of each other.

7. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

When making desserts for the holidays, you must always have something red on the table. (And something green, but we’ll get to that.)

These vibrant crinkle cookies are just the thing. They look, taste, and even smell incredible and have a terrific texture.

Just be sure to make a double batch. People won’t be able to stop at just one.

Slices of homemade moist and tender cranberry Christmas cake.

8. Cranberry Christmas Cake

Cranberries are another of those typical holiday foods that should always grace your table around the holidays.

And what better way than in a tender, tart, and tangy cranberry cake?

This cake is an easy favorite for most people, especially when served with a tall glass of ice-cold milk.

Rudolph inspired Rolo pretzels.

9. Rolo Reindeer Pretzels

Rolo reindeer pretzels are the perfect Christmas dessert to make with the kids!

You know I love a good cheat recipe. I don’t have elves to help me out, unfortunately.

That said, bringing the kids in to assemble (not cook) reindeer pretzels is always a good time.

Those candy eyes make for some pretty adorable Rudolphs. 

Slices of chocolate peppermint bark with crushed candies.

10. Peppermint Bark

I can’t tell you how much I love peppermint bark — or any kind of bark, really. It’s always colorful, easy to make, and festive.

There are tons of ways to make and decorate bark. Plenty of ingredients you can add, too. For Christmas, though, peppermint bark is the way to go.

It’s crunchy, chocolatey, and minty fresh!

Triangle slices of cranberry bliss bars.

11. Cranberry Bliss Bars

I have a love-hate relationship with these bars.

The spiced brown sugar and cranberry shortbread crust is crumbly and decadent. And there’s also the cream cheese frosting!

I mean, how am I supposed just to have one?!

(In case it wasn’t obvious, the love-hate relationship is that I love the bars and hate what they do to my waistline.)

Log inspired chocolate Swiss roll cake decorated on top of a wooden chopping board.
Source: Lifeloveandsugar.com

12. Bûche de Noël

If you can’t say Bûche de Noël, don’t! This delicious holiday treat has a much more common name — the yule log!

And don’t worry. It doesn’t require as much advanced baking skill as you’d think. Making the cake is much like making a pumpkin or Swiss roll.

Then, you’ll simply add chocolate “bark” and a few tweaks. Easy peasy.

Slices of chocolate brownies with mint filling.
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13. Classic Mint Chocolate Brownies

If you’re a chocolate and mint fanatic like me, you’ll never say no to something that combines the two. And these classic mint chocolate brownies…

Well. Let’s just say you wouldn’t say no to them even if you WEREN’T a chocolate and mint fanatic. These things are heavenly.

Every bite is rich, decadent, and yet still refreshing. The perfect dessert.

Homemade tiramisu with mascarpone, whipped cream and cocoa powder.

14. Tiramisu

Believe it or not, pulling together a classic American Christmas dinner doesn’t mean sticking strictly to American food.

When looking for treats for the holidays, don’t be afraid to look outside the US borders. For example, take this delightfully layered tiramisu.

Even the staunchest red-blooded American wouldn’t turn down a second slice if offered. It’s good stuff.

Source: culinaryginger.com

15. Classic British Christmas Pudding

While we’re world-traveling for desserts, let’s not overlook this tasty British pudding. It’s somewhere between bread pudding and fruit cake.

But it tastes even better than both.

A quick glance at the ingredient list will tell you everything you need to know. It’s full of raisins, currants, almonds, brandy, treacle syrup, and more!

It truly is an unbelievable British classic.

Christmas cookie fudge with sprinkled candies.

16. Christmas Cookie Fudge

These chunks of creamy Christmas fudge will be on everyone’s Christmas lists. And since it lasts up to 3 weeks in the fridge, it actually makes an excellent gift.

It requires four ingredients and about 15 minutes to prepare. It tastes like sweeter-than-normal white chocolate.

Make it for yourself, for Christmas dinner, or to stick in stockings or gift bags.

Christmas fruit salad with grapes, marshmallows, cherries and pecan nuts.

17. Christmas Fruit Salad

When coming up with your Christmas dessert recipes, it’s easy to overlook fruit-based ones like fruit salad.

After all, we typically tend to overindulge during the holidays.

Fortunately, Christmas fruit salad is just as sweet, tasty, and addictive as all the other non-fruit desserts on this list.

It’s light and fluffy and full of juicy grapes and nutty pecans.

Slice of Danish dream cake with caramelized coconut topping.
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18. Danish Dream Cake (Drømmekage)

This cake is light and moist. When you make it, you’ll think it needs frosting. Don’t be tempted!

I promise the caramelized coconut top is more than enough.

That said, a drizzle of warm caramel creme Anglaise would make an already delicious cake something truly decadent.

Dark chocolate peppermint brownies topped with cream cheese frosting, ganache, and candy cane.
Source: Spendwithpennies.com

19. Peppermint Brownies

I make a batch of brownies at least twice a month. Chocolate and fudge perfection in every bite is worth every calorie!

I often like to top mine with something different, and peanut butter mascarpone frosting is my all-time favorite!

But since it’s the holidays, peppermint just feels right. Plus, the crushed candy canes really pop against the cream cheese frosting.

Slice of Layered dark chocolate mint cake frosted with a pink peppermint cream cheese buttercream.
Source: Thekitchenmccabe.com

20. Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cake

Do you want a holiday dessert that’ll take people’s breath away with just one glance? This cake is just what you need.

The indulgent chocolate ganache is absolutely stunning against the pretty-in-pink frosting. And don’t even get me started on the peppermint meringues!

If I were giving cakes a letter grade, this one would easily get an A+++!

Pumpkin roll with cream filling sprinkled with powdered sugar.

21. Pumpkin Roll Recipe

This cake is everything you want from a pumpkin cake. 

The spice is just right against the creamy cream cheese frosting, and it looks super cute rolled up and sliced. 

The trick to getting the perfect roll is to roll it right away, fresh out of the oven.

Be sure to sprinkle the cloth with powdered sugar so it doesn’t stick and unroll slowly before spreading the frosting on. 

Toffee pudding in a casserole served on small mugs with scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Source: Thecafesucrefarine.com

22. Ridiculously Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding

Move over, figgy pudding! Sticky toffee pudding is here to steal the show!

It’s not just nostalgia that makes this pudding taste so good. (Though that helps, I’m sure.) 

This is a self-saucing sticky toffee. It’ll bake and create the perfect toffee sauce right under the cake.

Serve with real British Custard for the most authentic dish!

Four pieces of big ginger cookies on a plate.

23. Ginger Cookies

Are you a “warm spices for Christmas” kind of person? If so, you’ll adore these ginger cookies. They combine the robust flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

However, unlike store-bought ginger cookies, these are exceptionally soft and chewy. (Not hard and crumbly.)

Plus, adding molasses to the recipe is a simply inspired idea. Everyone will have compliments for the chef!

White frosted covered fruit cake topped with fresh cherries.
Source: Recipetineats.com

24. Christmas Cake

Did you know that many people start their Christmas cakes as early as August? I’m not kidding.

I can still picture my Nana pulling hers down from its place in the cupboard. She’d unwrap the parchment paper and pour over a “tipple of brandy.”

She did this at least twice, if not three times, a month, making it the booziest and moistest cake you’ll ever taste.

Be sure to soak your fruit overnight (in brandy or rum, preferably) and wrap it in parchment until you’re ready to eat.

Portion take out from a sponge cake with cream and raspberry filling covered with icing sugar.
Source: Thespruceeats.com

25. Christmas Spiced Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge is a classic for a reason, and the Brits just can’t get enough!

Filled with jam and cream, the sponge is light and tender. 

This holiday version adds a little spice to the cake to warm things up as it gets colder outside.

Although strawberry or raspberry is traditional, a good apple jam would make an excellent pairing to the spiced sponge. 

Sugar cookie bars with green frosting and sprinkles.
Source: Familycookierecipes.com

26. Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars

These thick, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth Christmas bars are fun, festive, and fantastically delicious.

They taste like homemade sugar cookies, only enhanced with even more yummy flavor. And their texture is out of this world.

Plus, the thing that makes them Christmassy is simply the green food coloring and sprinkles. So you can change the decorations and make these year-round.

Gingerbread cookies truffles coated white chocolate.
Source: Sixsistersstuff.com

27. No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Truffles Recipe

Usually, these cake-ball type truffles require baking a cake first – a step I sometimes resent. 

But these use store-bought ginger snap cookies to speed things right up.

When mixed with cream cheese and vanilla almond bark, they make the best truffle filling in no time.

Sugar coated plums in a small bowl.
Source: Runningtothekitchen.com

28. Sugar Plums

Sugar plums are a spiced mixture of dried fruit and nuts. In this case, it’s almonds, prunes, dates, and raisins.

They might not have wings like the fairies, but they are sugar-coated, making them just as sweet.

Coarse sugar is the best choice, giving them a nice crystal-like coating.

You could even dust them with edible glitter if you’re feeling extra festive.

Cup cakes topped with Christmas tree inspired cupcakes sprinkled with sugar icing,
Source: Preppykitchen.com

29. Christmas Tree Cupcakes

It’s hard to contain my excitement for these cupcakes. They’re so stinking cute! It’s like Cindy Lou Who appeared just to give these that extra dose of adorable.

And all you need are plain ice cream cones, green frosting, and a star tip in your piping bag.

You can use any flavor cupcake you like, but the dusting of icing sugar is not optional.

Trust me, set your phone to slow-mo, and get ready for more Insta-likes than you’ve ever seen!

Doughnuts topped with eggnog glaze on a cooling rack and plate.
Source: Thespruceeats.com

30. Baked Glazed Eggnog Doughnuts

We don’t need to go over how incredible eggnog is, right?

Creamy, boozy, spicy… what’s not to love?

These donuts are the perfect thing to serve for the holidays – morning, noon, or night!

The light baked donuts are perfectly spiced, and when topped with the eggnog glaze, they’ll be hard to resist. 

Layered cranberry orange cream trifle on a glass trifle bowl.
Source: Chef-in-training.com

31. Cranberry Orange Cream Trifle

This one is for the big day!

Trifle is always a show-stopper. When you bring it out in that big, tall glass dish, everyone will be in awe of the layers and beautiful colors.

And it looks far more complicated than it really is. The secret? Store-bought pound cake!

For an even bigger splash, why not add some crumble meringue to the top? It’s Christmas, after all.

Sliced whole gingerbread cheesecake topped with crushed pecan and graham crust.
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32. Gingerbread Cheesecake with Pecan-Graham Crust

Cheesecake is great for any holiday.

And what screams Christmas more than creamy gingerbread cheesecake on top of a pecan and graham cracker crust?

It uses molasses for that deep flavor we love in gingerbread. I would also use brown sugar for the most caramel flavor you can get.

Top with candied pecans or your favorite candied nuts and a dollop of whipped cream.

Did You Make Any of These Christmas Dessert Recipes?

Have you made any of these Christmas desserts? If so, I’d love to know!

Leave a comment below. Or let me know on Facebook. What are your favorite holiday desserts?

32 Best Christmas Desserts

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

638

kcal

Looking for the best Christmas dessert recipes to finish off your holiday feast? Try these fluffy and festive Christmas cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened (2 1/2 sticks)

  • 5 cups powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • green gel food coloring

  • sprinkles

Instructions

  • For the Cupcakes
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cupcake pan with liners. Set aside. 
  • Combine the flour and cocoa in a medium bowl. Gently mix in the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Ensure everything is well mixed and the baking powder and soda are evenly distributed. 
  • Use a separate bowl to beat together the eggs and sugar. Beat for 2 minutes on medium power until the mixture is creamy and light. 
  • Add the softened butter and vanilla to the bowl with the eggs and sugar. Beat on low for an additional 1 minute. 
  • Gently mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients. Mix with a spatula until all the flour is incorporated. Do NOT over-mix.
  • Gently mix in the sour cream until incorporated. 
  • Pour the batter into the lined cupcake tin. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, remove the tin from the oven and let the cupcakes cool inside it for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, remove the cupcakes from the tin and transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. 
  • For the Frosting
  • Add the softened butter to a bowl and beat on low until smooth. 
  • Mix in the powdered sugar, stirring until it completely mixes with the butter. Next, add the cream, vanilla extract, and food coloring. 
  • Beat for 3 minutes until the frosting is fluffy. 
  • Once the cupcakes are fully cooled, frost them. (A piping bag with a star tip works best for this step.) Top with sprinkles, serve, and enjoy! 

Notes

  • The amount of food coloring you add will vary depending on the brand. Start slow and add more as needed.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 638kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 80g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 37g
  • Saturated Fat: 22g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Sodium: 315mg
  • Potassium: 123mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 70g
  • Calcium: 42mg
  • Iron: 1mg
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