50 Festive Christmas Desserts

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Christmas checklist:

1. Lights

2. Inviting annoying relatives

3. Wrapping more gifts than Santa’s elves

Wait…What about desserts?!!

No need to panic, I’ve got you covered. Is it even Christmas if there isn’t an overwhelming amount of desserts in your house? And I am here to do help you do just that. These mouth-watering Christmas desserts will ignite the Betty Crocker in you as you whiz around your kitchen making them!

50 Festive Christmas Desserts

1. Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Via Goodhousekeeping

This spicy chocolate cake covered with a delicious creamy white chocolate frosting is going to be the star of your table. Decorate it with some sugared rosemary and it’s going to look like a dream.

2. Gingerbread sandwich cookies

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Gingerbread is a classic flavor that is needed every festive season. Give your gingerbread a whole new twist by making these sandwich cookies decorated with some royal icing.

3. Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)

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The name sounds fancy but this is actually very simple to make and is sinfully delectable. This cake represents the yule log that a lot of families would start burning on Christmas Eve.

4. Buckeyes

Via Thehappyhousewife

These classic Christmas candies are not only very easy to make, but they also don’t require any fancy baking equipment. They can be made in a few easy steps.

5. Retro Christmas Tree Cake

Via Countryliving

This cake will quite literally light up your festive season. This retro Christmas cake has a lot of character and the decoration is eye-catching, festive, and lucrative. What more could you possibly need?

6. White Chocolate Truffles

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Truffles are one of the most underrated Christmas desserts. But they are so tasty and they just melt in your mouth. These white chocolate ones look like little snowballs with mistletoe on them. Cute!

7. Chocolate, Hazelnut & Caramel Tart

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Tarts are famous in every household, especially during Santa Season. This gooey caramel tart, layered with some rich chocolate and hazelnut will give you all the Christmas feels. Top it off with some gold flakes to look like a professional baker.

8. Perfect Sugar Cookies

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Sugar cookies are very easy to make and all the fun lies in the decoration. You can have full creative control over their decoration and make them look like festive cookies from the North Pole itself.

9. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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Chocolate and peppermint are the holy sweet pairing for Christmas. These cookies will tingle your taste buds and will be the star of every party that you host.

10. Cherry Dark Chocolate Shortbread

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You can never have too much shortbread. Filled to the brim with festive flavors such as cherry and chocolate, it will always leave you wanting more. 

11. Mint Milano Cookies

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Milano cookies are those classic cookies sandwiched with chocolate and a little dash of mint that will get your tastebuds tingling. The fact that they are very easy to make is an added bonus.

12. Ginger Snickerdoodles

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You can never go wrong with the classics. These ginger snickerdoodle cookies are honestly my staple diet when Christmas is around the corner. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa!

13. Cranberry Tart

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We have another tart, and I have a feeling this is right up your alley. Not only are cranberries and tarts Christmas staples, but they also give you an incomparable warmth when combined. Enjoy this while opening gifts with your family.

14. Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartlets

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If its winter, you might as well take advantage of the winter citrus season. These are the perfect bite-sized grapefruit tartlets that bring something new to the generic desserts table.

15. Vanilla Bean Clafoutis With Raspberries and Nectarines

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Want something fancy to impress all your friends and family at your Christmas party? Well, this French dessert is the way to go. You can easily whip up this creamy dessert in your blender, and the red raspberries will give off a festive feeling.

16. Linzer Cookies

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These Linzer cookies are the right choice if you want some simple cookies with an interesting twist. Made with crushed ground almonds and some plum jelly in the middle they are perfect for the white season.

17.  M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies 

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I don’t know about you but I definitely cannot resist some classic M&M choco-chip cookies. These are perfect to be given as a present as they are soft, chewy, and heavenly.

18. Molasses Ginger Cookies

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These molasses ginger cookies are a must in my Christmas desserts line up. Filled with the undercurrents of classic Christmas flavors, they are so soft that they just melt in your mouth. 

19. Cookie Cheesecake Bites

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These mini cookie cheesecake bites are all I need this Christmas season. They are so easy to make and are perfectly bite-sized. I can easily toss a dozen in my mouth in one sitting.

20. Caramel Apple Pie

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Instead of making the generic apple pie, switch things up a bit and make the caramel apple pie. This pie is juicy and gooey and I could eat it all day, every day. It’s just pie-tastic.

21. Gingerbread Cheesecake With Pecan-Graham Crust

Via Countryliving

Clearly, I love gingerbread. We all know that by now, but have you ever had gingerbread cheesecake with pecans on it? It possibly can’t get more festive than this.

22. Driven Snow Cocktail

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It can’t be Christmas with at least one boozy dessert cocktail. This 2-in-1 cocktail is perfect for the adult table. This rum-based drink will go perfectly with the sugar cookies we have mentioned above.

23. Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

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Light up your kitchen with these Christmas light cookies. You can easily change the color depending upon your liking and decorate it with an assortment of licorice, M&Ms, and rock candy.

24. Christmas Fudge

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You can never go wrong with chocolate fudge. It is at the very core of the festive season and will be a hit at the adults’ and kids’ tables. The best part is that this well-loved dessert is super simple to make.

25. Brioche Bread Pudding With Bourbon-Caramel Sauce

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We’ve got another one for the adult table and this time its fancy with a capital F. You’ll truly feel the Christmas spirit when you taste this delicious bourbon-infused bread pudding. It honestly can’t get better than this.

26. Peppermint Bark

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This classic yet unique dessert is amazing if you just want something to casual munch throughout the day. It doesn’t get more Christmassy than this.

27. Peppermint Snowball Cookies

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The only snowball I want to be hit with is powdered sugar and white chocolate balls in my kitchen. Add some peppermint to it and you get a mint snowball fantasy that is scrumptious!

28. Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Via Creationsbykara

There is nothing wrong with sticking to the classics during the fa la la la days. These retro and classic peanut butter cookies will surely make you nostalgic.

29. Marbled Brownies

Via Thehappyhousewife

If you want to play it safe but still bring something different to the table these marbled brownies are perfect for you. Your family is just going to love these brownies decked with M&Ms.

30. Christmas Crack

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Now while the name is quite questionable, the dessert is not. Trust me! These are amazing and can be made in a few simple steps. Although they are very easy to make, they don’t disappoint at all when it comes to taste.

31. Marshmallow Snowman Treats 

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If you want to get away with some easy gifts or want to bring something to your family dinner but are hopeless when it comes to the cooking, this hack is for you! Just skewer 3 marshmallows and decorate them as snowmen. It honestly doesn’t get easier than this.

32. Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters

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You can never go wrong with a dessert of dark chocolate and nut and fruits. They can be made in under 10 minutes and perfectly balance the saltiness and sweetness. They are also vegan and paleo which is an added bonus!

33. Gluten-Free Cranberry Coffee Cake

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This Cranberry coffee cake is gluten-free and one of my favorites. If you’ve never had cranberry and coffee together you are seriously missing out. This upside-down cake is the perfect cake for breakfast when the holidays come knocking. 

34. Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies

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We have another gluten-free recipe which also happens to be dairy-free. Hence if you are lactose intolerant or on a diet, these cookies are tailormade for you. With some jelly in the middle, these are delectable.

35. Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Nothing like a sticky toffee pudding to bring your family closer on Christmas Eve. This decadent pudding is perfect if you want to try something new this festive season. 

36. Festive Pinwheel Cookies

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These desserts can proudly be the centerpiece of any Christmas dinner you’re hosting. These look so cute and festive and taste divine. This dessert can give you all the Christmas feels you need.

37. Fruit and Nut Trifle

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We have another old fashioned dessert which is filled with layers of sponge cake, berries, nuts, and cream. This old but gold dessert is perfect if you wish to visit the 90s this Christmas.

38. Nancy Fuller’s Double-Crust Apple-Cheddar Pie

Via Countryliving

Chuck your boring generic apple pie recipe out of the window and try this apple pie recipe with a twist. This has cheddar baked into the crust and I’ve never tasted something more delicious than this. Your thanksgiving dinners are going to be pie-nomenal.

39. Maple-Pear Tarte Tatin

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Who said maple syrup is just for fall? This maple and pear fantasy will act as the perfect transition from fall to winter. They perfectly blend together to create a unique taste that is going to leave you salivating.

40. Amaretto Fudge

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Kick-off this Christmas season right with this tried and tested amaretto fudge recipe. You can never go wrong with some good ol’ fudge. This will act as the perfect precursor to all your other Christmas desserts.

41. Candy Cane Crunch Ice Cream Cake

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Instead of making a cake that is covered in frosting and is super sweet, go for this ice cream cake. They are just as delicious, if not more. With crushed candy cane on the top, they are perfectly Christmassy.

42. Candy Cane S’mores

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I’m the biggest sucker when it comes to s’mores. I can’t wait to have a bonfire in my garden and roast some marshmallows. But until then these candy cane s’mores will do great!

43. Caramel Corn

Via Thehappyhousewife

I make uncountable batches of these as the festive season arrives. They can easily be made in under 30 minutes and is perfect for some last-minute dessert or for gifting purposes. Or you could just enjoy these on a lazy Sunday with all your friends.

44. Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake

Via Thehappyhousewife

Believe it or not, this cake is just made with 3 ingredients. If you want to impress your relatives, but don’t have a single baking bone in your body then this cake is the one for you. The cherries and chocolate make it really festive!

45. Cherry-Vanilla Cake With Whipped Cream

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We have another cherry cake but this one is a tad bit fancier than the last one. It’s not Christmas if you don’t have at least one vanilla-infused cake. Coated with whipped cream, this cake is a dream.

46. Red Velvet Cake

Via Delish

This cake is your delicious red and white Christmas fantasy. Nothing beats a classic red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

47. Gingerbread Eggnog

Via Countryliving

We have another boozy cocktail that the adults’ table will love. But you can easily remove the alcohol if you wanna make some for the children as well.

48. Pinecone Brownie Wreath

Via Countryliving

With some help from good ol’ tootsie rolls, you can transform brownies into a pinecone wreath. Pinecones litter the ground during winter so why not bring some to your dessert table. Arranged in the form of a wreath, they look adorable.

49. No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

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Not all desserts have to be baked. These no-bake peanut butter bars are lovely-looking and taste divine. They are filled peanut butter and smell like Christmas to me.

50. Candied Pecans

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Let’s end this with the simple but delicious candied pecans. They smell of Christmas and the taste is next level. It’s a tasty snack to munch on!

You’re going to elevate any Christmas dinner with these desserts that are downright festive. We have curated and made sure that there is something for everyone here. You and your sweet tooth can have the time of your lives this Christmas by trying out these recipes. Because ’tis the season to stuff our faces with some divine desserts!!

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