Christmas is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to serve for dessert. This is a list of the 60 best Christmas desserts and treats. Whether you are looking for something traditional or something a little more inventive, we have got some inspiration for you!
The holiday desserts do not have to be just a plain pumpkin or apple pie. There are so many other flavors you can try like cranberry orange, gingerbread, and peppermint. You can also add some festive garnishes and toppings. So many great choices for a holiday party, night at home, and for kids as well. Get some ideas to make for a holiday bake sale, to give as gifts, or to make for a class party at school. Whatever the occasion, there is sure to be a great Christmas dessert recipe for you!
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The Chocolate Babka is a sweet bread that is filled with chocolate filling and topped off with a sugar syrup. Living Smart & Healthy also provides a list of 16 different fillings you can use on the bread! Everything from Cinnamon Sugar and Pumpkin Spice to Garlic Butter and Pesto.
Brown Butter Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats
Add a holiday twist to your traditional rice krispie recipe and add in browned butter and peppermint pieces. They both look and taste like Christmas. This recipe is from Plating Pixels.
Candy Cane Whoopie Pies
The Christmas Whoopie Pie recipe uses a chocolate cookie that is filled with a peppermint flavored filling. The recipe was created by Delicious on a Dime.
Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods
These Christmas pretzel rods are made using melted chocolate and caramel sauce. They are decorated with Christmas themed sprinkles and decorations. Recipe is from Cincy Shopper.
Cherry Filled Crescent Snowflake
The Cherry Filled Crescent Snowflake makes a great dessert or even a delicious breakfast! Even better, it is so easy to make because it only has two ingredients! The recipe is from Stef’s Eats and Sweets.
Chocolate Cherry Coconut Cheesecake
This holiday cheesecake recipe was created by Delicious on a Dime. It combines a chocolate coconut peanut base, an almond filling, and is then topped with maraschino cherries.
Chocolate Covered Christmas Pretzels
Honest & Truly has created an easy and delicious Christmas treat recipe. The pretzels are covered with chocolate and made to look like Christmas presents.
Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cupcakes
This Christmas cupcake recipe uses a chocolate cupcake and tops it with a peppermint flavored frosting and peppermint candy. The recipe was created by Ottawa Mommy Club.
Chocolate Peppermint Truffles
The Christmas truffle recipe from Ottawa Mommy Club includes chocolate and peppermint as the main flavors. The recipe can even be doubled or tripled to make a larger batch for a party or for gifts.
Chocolate Pretzel Bites With Peanut Butter
Natural Deets has created a dairy-free Christmas pretzel recipe that is drizzled with chocolate and peanut butter. Top it off with some festive holiday sprinkles.
Chocolate Rudolph Cake
In The Playroom has created an adorable Christmas cake recipe that has a printable antler template. This is a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
Christmas Caramel Marshmallow Rice Krispies Balls
This Christmas dessert recipe involves dipping a large marshmallow in caramel sauce and then rolling it in the Christmas themed Rice Krispies cereal. This recipe is from Moore or Less Cooking.
Christmas Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie boards are fun to create and perfect for your next holiday get together! This one uses a variety of crackers, cheese, meats, fruits, and veggies. This idea is from Love From the Oven.
The Christmas Cheesecake is a vanilla cheesecake that is topped with clementines, pomegranates, and figs. Beautiful to look at and delicious to eat! The recipe is from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.
The Christmas Crack recipe starts with a layer of crackers and topped with a caramel sauce. This is then topped with chocolate and pieces of candy. The recipe is from Moore or Less Cooking.
Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs
Hot chocolate is definitely a holiday season staple! These hot chocolate bombs are so fun to use and also make great gifts to friends and family! The inside is filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows. You could also add candy pieces. The Christmas hot chocolate recipe is from Trop Rockin.
Christmas Tree Brownies
This holiday treat recipe can be made using your favorite homemade brownie recipe or your favorite boxed brownie mix. The kids can even help decorate and create their very own tree! This recipe is from In The Playroom.
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
These Christmas cupcakes are chocolate with a buttercream frosting. They are topped with a fun Christmas tree with sprinkles. The recipe is from The Forked Spoon.
Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes With Brown Sugar Frosting
Alpine Ella has created a holiday cupcake recipe that uses a vanilla cake with a cinnamon swirl. They are topped with a cinnamon brown sugar frosting.
This version of Tiramisu is made using whipped cream instead of the traditional raw egg yolk. The recipe is from The Petite Cook and requires only 7 ingredients.
Coconut Rum Balls
If you are looking for an easy to make Christmas dessert, look no further than these no-bake coconut rum balls! Simply combine all the ingredients and make into balls. This recipe is from Aubrey’s Kitchen.
Cranberry Orange Custard Pie
This unique Christmas dessert recipe combines custard, orange zest, and cranberries. It is sure to impress your holiday guests with it’s taste! This recipe was created by Barth Bakery.
Cranberry Orange Pound Cake
This Christmas cake recipe can make 2 regular sized pound cakes or 12 mini loaves. The Cranberry Orange cake is topped with a delicious orange glaze to finish them off. This recipe was created by Barth Bakery.
Cran-Raspberry Yule Log
Here is another amazing Christmas cake recipe by Barth Bakery. This recipe contains a chocolate sponge cake filled with a cran-raspberry mascarpone cream. It is then topped with a chocolate ganache and whipped cream.
This Christmas candy recipe was created by Crayons & Cravings. It uses only four ingredients, including peanuts, chocolate chips, almond bark, and sprinkles.
Easy Christmas Fudge
This recipe for Christmas fudge is dairy free and contains only three ingredients. Even better, it takes only ten minutes to make! The recipe is from Natural Deets.
Easy Condensed Milk Fudge
This fudge recipe is so easy to make and uses only 7 different ingredients. It is also vegetarian and gluten-free. It uses the flavors of gingerbread and white chocolate. The recipe is from Nourish Plate.
Easy Skillet Apple Crisp
This is a great dessert recipe for the holiday season! It uses two kinds of apples and can be easily topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. The recipe is from Homebody Eats.
Eggnog Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce
The Eggnog Bread Pudding is made using a spiced egg custard and is topped with a rum sauce. It also includes cranberries. The recipe is from A Younique Journey.
Eggnog White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
This recipe for eggnog Christmas pretzels can be made in only 30 minutes and uses three ingredients. These would also be great to give as gifts! The recipe is by Tao of Spice.
Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Icing
This Christmas cake recipe will impress even those who are not typically gingerbread fans. It has a milder flavor and isn’t overpowering. It is topped with a caramel icing. The recipe is from Thrifty Frugal Mom.
Gingerbread Energy Balls
This holiday dessert recipe requires no baking and is made using dates, nuts, seeds, and spices. They are then coated in ground flax seed. The recipe is from Natalie’s Health.
Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cupcakes
These gluten-free Christmas cupcakes are made using the spices of ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg. They are topped with a cinnamon and vanilla icing. The recipe was created by Gluten Free Tranquility.
Gluten-Free Vegan Fruitcake
The traditional candied fruit and nuts are switched out for natural dried fruits, including cherries, raisins, and apricots. You can use any dried fruit that you like. The recipe also excludes the traditional nuts and alcohol to make it allergy friendly. This Christmas cake recipe is from Strength & Sunshine.
Grinch Rice Krispie Treats
The Grinch Rice Krispie Treats are a festive holiday treat! All you need is some green food coloring, heart shaped cookie cutters, and some red decorating gel. This recipe was created by How To Make Rice Krispie Treats.
It just would not be the holidays without having a little fruitcake! This Christmas fruitcake recipe, by Barth Bakery, uses dried fruit, citrus zest, and spices. It is then topped with apricot preserves, pecans, and candied cherries.
Holiday Peppermint Cake
This peppermint Christmas cake recipe uses white cake that has been infused with peppermint flavored syrup. This could also be made with a chocolate cake if you prefer. The outside is iced with a peppermint favored icing and topped with crushed peppermint candies. It is the ultimate peppermint cake! The recipe is from Love Bakes Good Cakes.
Homemade Torrone Italian Nut Nougat
This Italian Christmas candy recipe was created by XOXO Bella. The torrone contains roasted nuts, like almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, or pecans.
Hot Chocolate Brownie Bites
This Christmas brownie recipe was created by The Cagle Diaries. Combine brownie mix with vanilla pudding and a few other ingredients. Top with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and peppermint candy.
Instant Pot Donuts
The instant pot donuts recipe uses chocolate box cake mix and tops it with melted chocolate and peppermint candy pieces. This recipe is from The Six Figure Dish.
Instant Pot Fudge
This easy Christmas fudge recipe uses only three ingredients and can be made in the Instant Pot in only 10 minutes! The recipe was created by Culinary Shades.
Keto Spice Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
This Christmas keto cake recipe has only 4 net carbs per serving. It is made using the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The recipe is from Low Carb Africa.
Maple Pecan Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is one of my favorite holiday treats! I love that you can make it with so many different variations. This version, from The Spice Train, adds maple syrup and is served with a maple cream sauce.
Mint Chocolate Bark
This version of Christmas chocolate bark uses chocolate chips and uses both regular and white chocolate chips. Peppermint extract gives the nice peppermint flavor. The recipe is from Delicious on a Dime.
Nutella Snowman Pop Tarts
This recipe uses store-bought pie crust and is filled with Nutella. Top it off with a melted marshmallow snowman. This adorable Christmas treat recipe is from The Six Figure Dish.
Nutellotti Soft Nutella Cookies with Filling
This Italian Christmas cookie recipe is a chocolate and vanilla flavored cookie that is topped with Nutella. This recipe was created by xoxoBella.
Pecan Pie Cheesecake
This holiday cheesecake recipe tops a brown sugar cheesecake with pecan pie ingredients, like pecans and caramel sauce. The crust is made from graham crackers, but has a few options you could use instead. The recipe is from Baking Beauty.
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
If you are looking for a festive Christmas cheesecake recipe, Barth Bakery has the perfect one for you! The cheesecake recipe has an Oreo crust along with a white chocolate peppermint flavored mousse. It is then topped with chocolate and peppermint pieces.
Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow
Puppy chow is a classic holiday treat! This version contains peppermint to make it more festive for the holiday season. This is a great recipe for parties, as a snack, or to give away as gifts! The recipe is by Strength & Sunshine.
Peppermint Candy Cane Dip
The Peppermint Dip is made using cream cheese, peppermint extract, and crushed peppermint candy, among a few other ingredients. You can serve it with cookies or graham crackers. The Christmas dip recipe is from We Dish It Up!
Pomegranate Parfaits with Pistachios
This holiday dessert recipe layers honey vanilla mascarpone cream with pomegranate compote. It is topped with pistachios, pomegranate seeds, and rose petals. The recipe is from Happy Kitchen.
Pumpkin Gingerbread Toffee Crunch Trifle
Here is another unique Christmas dessert recipe from Barth Bakery. It has layers of gingerbread, pumpkin pie filling, and Dulce de Leche whipped cream.
Red Velvet Brownies
This Christmas brownie recipe combines the flavors of red velvet and white chocolate. The recipe is from Everyday Gifter.
Reindeer Pudding Cups
The reindeer pudding cups are an easy to make snack perfect for your kids! It requires only a few ingredients and the kids can even decorate and make their own holiday treat! This recipe is from Two Kids and a Coupon.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes
These adorable Christmas cupcakes are made using nutter butters, pretzels, and chocolate. They are almost too cute to eat! This Christmas cupcake recipe was created by Mommy Made That.
Santa Hat Cheesecakes
In The Playroom has created a delicious mini Christmas dessert. The mini cheesecakes are topped with strawberry Santa hats. Kids and adults alike are sure to love them!
This pull-apart Star Bread is filled with a cinnamon sugar filling. Living Smart & Healthy also provides 16 other filling variations including Nutella, Garlic Butter, Chai Spice, and Cheese and Herbs with Caramelized Onions.
Typsy Laird, Authentic Scottish Trifle
The Typsy Laird is a Scottish holiday dessert that contains pound cake, raspberry jam, and cream along with sherry and Drambuie. Recipe is from Christina’s Cucina.
Vegan Peppermint Bark
The vegan peppermint Christmas bark is also gluten-free and allergy-free. It is simple to make and uses only four ingredients, including dark chocolate, white chocolate, peppermint candy, and peppermint extract. This Christmas treat recipe was created by Strength & Sunshine.
White Chocolate Spiced Eggnog Bundt Cakes
This Christmas Bundt Cake recipe contains a white chocolate spiced eggnog flavored cake. It is topped with a brown sugar crumble and a white chocolate ganache. This Christmas dessert recipe was created by Barth Bakery.
I hope you have enjoyed this list of the 60 best Christmas desserts and treats. Which one are you most looking forward to trying?
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