Get ideas for the best Christmas desserts to make for parties or gifts! Includes recipes for bars, cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, truffles, fudge, cookies, and more.
Now’s the time for complete honesty, my friends. It’s the Christmas season, and Santa isn’t going to come down your chimney if you lie. So be honest.
Your favorite thing about Christmas is the desserts.
It’s okay! Because it’s mine too! All the holiday cheer, gifting, loving one another . . . it’s all great. But I just really love the Christmas desserts. Haha! I’m partially kidding.
But, to be honest, it’s one of the things that I look forward to every year. It’s actually one of the only times I get excited about baking, and I love to make things to bring to parties, as well as to give away as gifts.
I also like to try something new every year. I don’t want to make the same Christmas sweets every single time. I like to expand my horizons! One year I’ll try bars and the next year, truffles. Then the year after that? A tart. Because life is short, people.
If you’re looking for a great list of Christmas dessert ideas, I’d love to share these with you. These are my favorites. Take a peek at them, including some that I’ve made and posted here on the blog!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these, or if you try any. Or if you have some sweets that you’d like to recommend. Keep on reading.
You're going to love this list of Christmas dessert ideas! Make sweets in all different dessert categories, including some that are great for gifting or parties.
These easy gingerbread cookie bars have a delicious ginger molasses flavor and a soft, chewy texture. Instead of royal icing – they’re topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting for the perfect Christmas treat!
These M&M’s marshmallow dream bars are as easy as 1-2-3, and will disappear just that quickly. Made with just a handful of ingredients, no bake, five minutes max – these Christmas bars are what dessert dreams are made of!
Christmas desserts with plenty of peanut butter are my favorite! These bars are loaded with Christmas mix peanut butter m&m's, chocolate chips, peanut butter, oats, and Christmas red & green sprinkles.
There's still time to bake some special for the holidays, something peppermint-y and cheesecake-y. These peppermint cheesecake bars are the perfect sweet treat to make and gift away to family and friends for Christmas.
Make this adorable Ugly Sweater Cake for the holidays this year! It’s easy to make using your favorite cake mix. Then frost with homemade buttercream and add some crazy cute details to make it the ugliest sweater cake at the party!
Do you want a Christmas dessert recipe that didn’t require a ton of work, but still has that “wow” factor? This Christmas bundt cake does the trick! Because it’s a bundt cake, there’s not preparing layers, no spreading frosting. And, there’s a surprise inside that makes it really fun! It makes the perfect holiday cake.
This is an amazing Christmas cheesecake to make your holiday season as delicious and magical as you imagine! This heavenly dessert is a vanilla bean cheesecake layered with an easy cranberry jam and smooth white chocolate mousse.
This smooth and creamy no bake peppermint cheesecake is a festive make-ahead dessert for the holidays! It has a vanilla cookie crust, a pepperminty filling with crushed peppermint and a light whipped cream on top.
Mmmm, this festive white chocolate cranberry tart is so incredibly smooth and creamy, you’re gonna be in heaven. It’s decadent filling is so delicious with no baking required. The perfect dessert to bring to any Christmas party.
Rolo cookies are quick, easy, and delicious! Follow this simple Rolo cookie recipe (only requires five ingredients) to make this incredibly tasty, chocolatey, and gooey dessert! Great for a bake sale or Christmas cookie exchange.
Salty and sweet, what is there not to love? My Christmas crackers are deliciously delicate and adorned with holly sprinkles. Take one bite and you’ll instantly feel festive! These are easy to make, yet, look very impressive.
These spritz cookies are buttery, tender and such festive Christmas cookies! The cookie dough is super easy to put together and there’s so many ways to decorate them. A great make-ahead cookie for a Christmas sweet.
Beijinhos are Brazilian coconut truffles that are incredibly easy to make – they only take four ingredients, and are amazingly sweet and delicious! Perfect for Christmas since they look like little snowballs.
This delicious copycat Starbucks cranberry bliss bread recipe tastes just like the famous recipe, only better! It’s light and fluffy, with sweet cranberries and creamy white chocolate baked right in. It’s just the right amount of sweet, with a touch of tartness that only cranberries can bring to the table.
Delight your friends and family with this festive wreath cookie cake, perfect for holiday parties and gatherings galore! It's also great for gifting to a teacher, neighbor, or anyone else who likes Christmas sweets.
These decadent vanilla bean macarons are topped with gorgeous edible glitter for a completely magical, festive holiday treat. Get creative with these vibrant Christmas pastries! Learn to make three tasty macaron variations.
This delicious and smooth peanut butter fudge recipe uses marshmallow creme and chocolate for some added tastiness! Reminds me of buckeyes but in more of a bar form. So delicious for edible Christmas gifting!
This tasty yule log cake recipe features a delicate chocolate sponge cake wrapped around a silky cream cheese filling and covered in whipped chocolate ganache. It's festive enough to be the centerpiece at your holiday table.
This festive holiday Pavlova Wreath is such a lovely dessert and makes the perfect addition to any special occasion. Pavlova is a meringue dessert with a delicate, crispy crunchy shell with a soft light, marshmallowy, almost custard-like inside. It is traditionally served topped with whipped cream and fruit.
Decorating a delicious cake is just as fun as baking it, as seen in this lovely winter woodland cake that you can make all season long. It's simple yet pretty, which makes it perfect for a celebration.
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