Christmas Desserts

Whether you want cookies, cake, brownies, cheesecakes, or something else—we have all kinds of Christmas Desserts for you! Look no further for fun and festive holiday treats.

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Collage of Christmas desserts

Yummy + Easy Christmas desserts

Maybe you’re throwing a Christmas party, delivering treats to neighbors, or just want to enjoy festive desserts during the holiday season! It doesn’t matter what your reason is, (do you even need a reason to make Christmas desserts?!), we have all the recipes you could possibly need!

With cookies, cakes, brownies, cheesecakes, candies, and more—there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Before we get into the details of the recipes, I have a few tips on how to turn any treat into fun and festive Christmas desserts! 

  • Colors: Red and green are immediately recognizable as Christmas colors. Use frosting, food coloring, or embellishments in red and green.
  • Embellishments: Christmas themed sprinkles, candies, or toppers can easily be added to most desserts.
  • Serving trays: There are lots of vibrant and festive Christmas trays you can display the desserts on. Make a whole spread by using themed table cloths and napkins as well!

Christmas cookies up close

holiday Cookies

We compiled a list of our favorite Christmas Cookies, but wanted to make sure we included a few of our favorites here too!

Dessert Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe
Soft and tender Christmas sugar cookies are the perfect holiday treat to make and eat as a family.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 30 votes
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Dessert Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
Super soft and full of cinnamon - this Snickerdoodles recipe is sure to be a hit! They're one of our all-time favorite cookie recipes and always get so many compliments!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.89 from 468 votes
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Dessert Holiday Blossom Cookies Recipe
Quick and delicious Holiday Blossom Cookies
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 2 votes
These gingerbread men cookies have soft centers and crispy edges. Then they're filled with brown sugar, molasses & warm spices for the perfect gingerbread flavor.
Dessert Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
These gingerbread men cookies have soft centers and crispy edges. Then they're filled with brown sugar, molasses & warm spices for a delicious gingerbread flavor. Frost with royal icing or a buttercream frosting for the perfect holiday cookie. 
Total Time: 5 hours
5 from 13 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Meltaway Cookie Recipe
Soft and butter-y Peppermint Meltaways are a delicious holiday cookie topped with a peppermint glaze and crushed candy canes!
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
4.67 from 9 votes
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Dessert Christmas Cookies Recipe
These are our family's favorite Christmas cookie recipe! Not only are they delicious, but they are great for gifting to family, friends and neighbors or leaving out for Santa. 
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.8 from 78 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Sugar Cookies Recipe
Peppermint Sugar Cookies - the softest sugar cookie with hints of peppermint and topped with a creamy peppermint frosting and candy cane pieces.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert Ginger Snaps Recipe
Super soft and chewy Gingersnap Cookies - Nutmeg, molasses, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and applesauce make these cookies so soft tasty!!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Dessert Snowball Cookie Recipe
Buttery soft snowball cookies loaded with crunchy pecans.  Not only are they simple, but they're also the best holiday cookie in the world!
Total Time: 24 minutes
4.91 from 22 votes
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Dessert Spritz Cookie Recipe
Spritz cookies are buttery and sweet pressed cookies. They are festive and so fun to make, with all kinds of shapes!
Total Time: 21 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Dessert Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe
Soft and tender Christmas sugar cookies are the perfect holiday treat to make and eat as a family.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 30 votes
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Dessert Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Recipe
Cream cheese sugar cookies are a perfectly soft, melt-in-your-mouth cutout cookie! They are easy to make and fun to decorate.
Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Dessert Shortbread Cookie Recipe
What's not to love about these delicious and buttery shortbread cookies that just melt in your mouth? It only takes a small handful of common ingredients!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.87 from 29 votes
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Christmas tree brownies

Christmas Brownies and Bars

Brownies and bars are some of our favorite treats! These holiday goodies are all great for get togethers. Be sure to make them more festive, with sprinkles, candies and frosting to jazz them up more!

Dessert Christmas Cookie Bar Recipe
Christmas cookie bars are chewy and delicious. The M&Ms add a festive pop, making them perfect for any party!
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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snickerdoodle bars with glaze
Breakfast, Dessert Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe
Chewy Snickerdoodle Bars taste just like the famous cookie only thicker, for a more filling bite. Powder sugar glaze is the icing on top!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Brownies Recipe
Layered Peppermint Brownies are a delicious treat with a brownie base, cream cheese center, and chocolate topping sprinkled with crushed peppermint candy!
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Simple, Cool & Creamy Peppermint Cheesecake bars are topped with candy cane pieces and perfect for a quick holiday treat!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe
Chewy Christmas Tree Brownies whip up in minutes and are perfectly delightful to decorate for kids of all ages.
Total Time: 40 minutes
4 from 4 votes
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Dessert Frosted Holiday Mint M&M Brownies Recipe
Frosted Holiday Mint M&M Brownies Recipe - SO GOOD! Easy to make and recipes includes a box brownie, chocolate chips, & m&m's.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Dessert Scotcheroos Recipe
Chewy, peanut butter Rice Krispie bars topped with a rich, chocolate and butterscotch frosting. It's hard to say no to these delicious chocolate Scotcheroos!
4.79 from 37 votes
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Dessert Sugar Cookie Bars Recipe
One of everyone's favorite cookies in bar form - these soft Sugar Cookie Bars are simple and are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that makes this dessert irresistible. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Dessert Homemade Brownies Recipe
Is there anything better than a chocolate ooey gooey brownie fresh out of the oven? These classic homemade brownies are so simple to make and worth every single calorie.
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.92 from 34 votes
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White chocolate raspberry cheesecake served as Christmas dessert

Christmas Pies and Cheesecakes

Who doesn’t love pie or cheesecake?! It’s a favorite around here!

Yes – we do know they sometimes take a little more time and work, but I think we can all agree they’re worth it. If you’re looking to do a more fancy pie or cheesecake for Christmas, here are some of our favs!

Dessert Hot Cocoa Cheesecake Minis Recipe
These Hot Cocoa Cheesecake Minis are the cutest and most delicious way to enjoy the winter season and spread Christmas cheer.
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
4.8 from 5 votes
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Dessert White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe
White chocolate raspberry cheesecake with a rich Oreo crust, white chocolate cream cheese base, and tasty raspberry swirl. Just like Cheesecake Factory's recipe!
Total Time: 9 hours 30 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
Dessert Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
Oreo crust Peppermint Bark Cheesecake is packed with both white and milk chocolate and loaded with peppermint flavor!!
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
This Chocolate Cream Pie has two types of chocolate in a creamy pudding, topped with whipped cream and chocolate curls!!
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Turtle Cheesecake Recipe
Turtle Cheesecake has a delicious crumbly crust, chocolate layer, cheesecake layer and to top it off, chocolate ganache, pecans and caramel!!
Total Time: 5 hours 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Triple Berry Pie Recipe
Fresh and fruity Triple Berry Pie is easy and delicious with only 30 minutes prep time. It's perfect all year long!
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Best Apple Pie Recipe
There's nothing like a slice of warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream! This recipe for Homemade Apple Pie has proven to be the BEST apple pie recipe around. With a flaky, buttery crust made from scratch, and a gooey, sweet apple filling, this pie will not disappoint!
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
4.95 from 34 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Chocolate Mousse is a sophisticated, smooth and creamy dessert perfect for dinner parties or any time you are feeling fancy!!
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
4.77 from 13 votes
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This no bake strawberry cheesecake is the perfect recipe for summer. So creamy, so easy & topped with fresh berries. Everyone goes crazy over this easy cheesecake recipe!
Dessert No Bake Cheesecake Recipe
This NO BAKE cheesecake is the perfect recipe for summer. With a delicious graham cracker crust, and a creamy vanilla cream cheese mixture, you can top it with anything - like these sugared strawberries! Everyone goes crazy over this easy no bake cheesecake recipe!
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
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Christmas Cake Ideas - chocolate bundt cake

christmas Cake ideas

We love to make cake for the holidays. Having a big family, it’s nice to have a treat that serves a lot. That’s where cakes and sheet cakes are super helpful! We also love that they can always be made ahead of time!

Dessert Yule Log Recipe
Yule log is a traditional holiday dessert made from a chocolate cake rolled with a chocolate filling and covered in a chocolatey ganache. It's as beautiful as it is tasty!
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Pistachio Dessert Recipe
Pistachio Shortbread Dessert - layered treat with a Sandies Cookies crust, cream cheese layer, pistachio pudding layer and topped with Cool whip! YUM!
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.89 from 18 votes
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Dessert Coconut Cake recipe
This Coconut Cake is made from scratch, and topped with a scrumptious cream cheese frosting that is so addicting. The toasted coconut topping gives it an incredible flavor, making it a dessert to enjoy all year long!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Cream Puff Cake Recipe
The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! A cake version of the popular cream puff, it has a puffy crust, pudding and whipped cream layers and often drizzled in chocolate.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.88 from 39 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe
Deliciously decadent chocolate lava cakes are perfect for company or a date night in. These chocolatey cakes are made in just 30 minutes!!
Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe
You will love indulging in this this simple chocolate bundt cake with a chocolate ganache glaze. This moist chocolate cake is just the right amount of rich without being too heavy!
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert German Chocolate Cake Recipe
Homemade German Chocolate Cake is always a favorite. Two layers of tender chocolate cake topped with a decadent coconut pecan frosting. What's not to love?
5 from 13 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Cake Recipe
Delicious Two Layer Chocolate Cake with homemade chocolate frosting. This cake is simple, perfectly moist and the homemade chocolate frosting is simply divine!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.93 from 89 votes
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Dessert White Sheet Cake Recipe
This white sheet cake is moist, and is topped with an amazing frosting with hints of almond throughout. It also feeds a ton, making it great for parties and get together.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe
Our favorite chocolate sheet cake recipe. It's simple, moist, delicious and serves a lot making it our go-to party dessert - perfect with ice cream.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Dessert Caramel Cake Recipe
Caramel cake is tender and tasty, with layers of light cake smothered with caramel frosting and topped off with caramel syrup!
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Christmas crack up close - one of the best Christmas desserts

More Christmas Dessert ideas

What can we say?! We love dessert!

Here are a few more Christmas dessert ideas that would make a great addition to the menu!

Dessert Peppermint Chocolate Delight Recipe
Deliciously fluffy layered Peppermint Chocolate Delight is simple and kid-friendly. It's our new favorite Christmas dessert!
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
3.67 from 3 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Recipe
Easy Peppermint Chocolate Truffles - this homemade candy recipe is simple and the perfect addition to any holiday party or cookie tray.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert Christmas Popcorn Recipe
White chocolate dipped Christmas Popcorn is drizzled with M&Ms and crushed candy canes! It's the perfect Christmas treat for the family.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Dessert Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe
Candy Cane Oreo Peppermint Bark. Quick, easy and YUMMY! Vanilla candy coating melted with oil and butter and mixed with candy cane oreos and crushed candy canes!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.67 from 6 votes
Dessert Christmas Trifle Recipe
This layered Christmas trifle is made with chocolate cake pieces, Oreos, peppermint pudding and Peppermint Andes. It's perfect for your holiday get together!
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Christmas Crack - or saltine cracker toffee - is a delicious homemade candy with crackers, caramel & chocolate
Dessert Christmas Crack Candy Recipe
Christmas crack - also known as saltine cracker toffee - is a delicious homemade candy that's impossible to resist. Made with saltine crackers, caramel sauce & chocolate. 
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.95 from 38 votes
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Dessert Toffee Recipe
This easy toffee recipe is the perfect homemade candy. With sweet and buttery toffee, creamy chocolate and crunchy pecans.
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears Recipe
Sweet and spicy chocolate covered cinnamon bears are snacking perfection. They are easy to make and will disappear in minutes!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe
Picture perfect chocolate covered pretzels make a fun sweet treat. These bite-size goodies are so easy to make, and are great for gifting to friends and neighbors!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Rice Krispie Wreath Recipe
This edible rice krispie wreath is ooey gooey marshmallow perfection. The fun and festive presentation is spot on, and is great for large holiday parties!
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
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