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Whether you want cookies, cake, brownies, cheesecakes, or something else – we have a variety of Christmas desserts for you! Look no further for fun and festive holiday treats.

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What’s Not to Love?!

When it comes to Christmas festivities, do you prefer your desserts to be holiday-themed like a Yule Log Cake and Gingerbread Cookies? Or do you opt for favorite classics like Chocolate Bundt Cake and Scotcheroos?

Regardless of your preference, this list will have something for you!

Why we love them:

  • Variety. We have all of the classics and a few new sweets to try (Christmas cookies, cakes – you name it!)
  • For all the things. From a Christmas party to delivering treats to neighbors, or a festive dessert during the holiday season!
  • Easy. We like to keep things simple so anyone can bake these Christmas treats!

Simply serve some of these Christmas dessert recipes with some Hot Chocolate and Eggnog, and you’re set for your next holiday gathering.

Yule log cake decorate with holly berries.

Make any Treat a Christmas Treat!

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, crushed candy canes, or toppers can easily be added to most desserts.
  • Serving trays. There are lots of vibrant and festive Christmas trays to display the desserts. Make a whole spread by using themed tablecloths and napkins as well!
  • Flavors. Take any of your favorite treat and add some of the classic spices and flavors of the holidays – ginger, cinnamon, cranberries, oranges, almonds
Homemade turtle candy on a white plate.

Making Gift Plates

Every year my mom, sisters, and I have a goodie exchange. We each make 3-4 different treats to divide amongst ourselves and we leave with an assortment of holiday cookies, bars, brownies, candies, and treats.

  • Use pretty Christmas boxes/tins to divide treats into and deliver them to friends and neighbors.
  • Fill different plates, wrap them with plastic wrap, and then with Cellophane tied with a ribbon.
  • Use a simple brown paper bag tied up with string.
Italian Christmas Cookies stacked on a white plate.

Best Christmas Desserts

There are so many great choices when it comes to serving the perfect dessert for your Christmas celebrations, and these are some of our tried and true favorites. We’re sure you’ll love them too!

1 85+ Christmas Cookies

Dessert 85+ Christmas Cookies
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.92 from 138 votes
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2 Yule Log Recipe

Dessert Yule Log Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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4.95 from 39 votes
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3 Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Dessert Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

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4.95 from 38 votes
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4 Christmas Crack Recipe

Dessert Christmas Crack Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 234 votes
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5 Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Dessert Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.95 from 58 votes
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6 Turtle Candy Recipe

Dessert Turtle Candy Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

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4.94 from 168 votes
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7 Snowball Cookies Recipe

Dessert Snowball Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 24 minutes

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4.96 from 50 votes
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8 Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Dessert Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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9 Spritz Cookie Recipe

Dessert Spritz Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 21 minutes

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4.98 from 199 votes
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10 Pistachio Dessert Recipe

Dessert Pistachio Dessert Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes

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4.99 from 98 votes
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Fun + Easy Christmas desserts

Keep it simple, but don’t skimp on flavor with any of these easy favorites!

11 Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

Dessert Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 32 votes
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12 Christmas Cupcakes

Dessert Christmas Cupcakes
Total Time: 32 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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13 Christmas Cookie Bar Recipe

Dessert Christmas Cookie Bar Recipe
Total Time: 28 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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14 Rice Krispie Wreath Recipe

Dessert Rice Krispie Wreath Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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15 Peppermint Sugar Cookies Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Sugar Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 22 votes
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16 Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe

Dessert Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.98 from 36 votes
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17 Hot Cocoa Cheesecake Minis Recipe

Dessert Hot Cocoa Cheesecake Minis Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

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4.95 from 20 votes
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18 Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe

Dessert Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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4.98 from 182 votes
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19 Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dessert Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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20 Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Brownies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 24 votes
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21 Molasses Cookies Recipe

Dessert Molasses Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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5 from 27 votes
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22 Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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4.97 from 268 votes
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23 Chocolate Andes Mint Cookie Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Andes Mint Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 11 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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24 Mini Pecan Pies

Dessert Mini Pecan Pies
Total Time: 23 minutes

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5 from 42 votes
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25 Eggnog Snickerdoodles Recipe

Dessert Eggnog Snickerdoodles Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.96 from 25 votes
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26 Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Dessert Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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27 Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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28 Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Dessert Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 48 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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29 Peppermint Ice Cream Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Ice Cream Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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30 Chocolate Mint Cookies Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Mint Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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31 Peppermint Meltaway Cookie Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Meltaway Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
4.50 from 14 votes
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32 Eggnog Cookies Recipe

Dessert Eggnog Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 22 minutes
4.54 from 15 votes
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33 Peppermint Crunch Cookies Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Crunch Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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34 Peppermint Marshmallows Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Marshmallows Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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35 Peppermint Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Party Perfect

We have so many yummy treats, here are several more that we love to include in our holiday celebrations and parties!

36 Cream Puff Cake Recipe

Dessert Cream Puff Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.99 from 153 votes
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37 Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

Dessert Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 156 votes
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38 Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board Recipe

Dessert, Drinks Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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39 White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

Dessert White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 30 minutes
4.78 from 9 votes
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40 Peppermint Chocolate Delight Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Chocolate Delight Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
4.98 from 35 votes
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41 Christmas Trifle Recipe

Dessert Christmas Trifle Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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42 Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 42 minutes
4.84 from 25 votes
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43 Boston Cream Poke Cake

Dessert Boston Cream Poke Cake
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.88 from 16 votes
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44 Sugar Cream Pie Recipe

Dessert Sugar Cream Pie Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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45 Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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46 Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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47 Peppermint Fluff Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Fluff Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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48 Peppermint Brownie Trifle Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Brownie Trifle Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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49 Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 10 votes
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50 Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
4.97 from 28 votes
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Perfect For Gifting

Holiday desserts like shortbread cookies, truffles, and caramel candy are perfect for neighbor gifts and this list will certainly help you spread some Christmas cheer!

51 Christmas Oreos Recipe

Dessert Christmas Oreos Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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52 Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe

Dessert Christmas Puppy Chow Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.99 from 55 votes
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53 Christmas Popcorn Recipe

Dessert Christmas Popcorn Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 24 votes
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54 Oreo Fudge Recipe

Dessert Oreo Fudge Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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4.98 from 40 votes
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55 Cream Cheese Mints Recipe

Dessert Cream Cheese Mints Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

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4.89 from 53 votes
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56 Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Dessert Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 48 minutes
4.99 from 65 votes
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57 Peanut Butter Snowballs Recipe

Dessert Peanut Butter Snowballs Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.99 from 52 votes
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58 Peppermint Bark Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Bark Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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5 from 5 votes
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59 Pretzel Toffee Recipe

Dessert Pretzel Toffee Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 19 votes
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60 White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels Recipe

Dessert White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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61 Christmas Snickerdoodles Recipe

Dessert Christmas Snickerdoodles Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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62 Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Dessert Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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63 Toffee Recipe

Dessert Toffee Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

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4.98 from 94 votes
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64 Peanut Brittle Recipe

Dessert Peanut Brittle Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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65 Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Fudge Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 9 votes
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A Christmas Dessert Fav!

SOOO many great ideas to choose from!! Be sure to check out all Dessert Recipes for even more inspiration.

One last favorite is a go-to for us – Christmas fudge.

This Christmas fudge recipe is great for cookie plates, charcuterie boards, parties, and more.

And the best part is that we use the base for most fudge recipes.

Here is the recipe:

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50+ Christmas Desserts {Cookies, Cake, Pies + More} – Christmas Fudge Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This Christmas Fudge is filled with peppermint and Oreos and is a great holiday treat that is both easy AND yummy. It is kid-friendly and perfect for sharing!!
Servings: 16
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 7 oz Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1/2 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Bits
  • 10-12 Oreos (we used the holiday Oreos with red filling) crushed
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Instructions 

  • Prep the 9×9 pan by lining with parchment paper.
  • Add the white chocolate chips and marshmallow fluff in a big bowl. Set aside.
  • Melt the sugar, heavy cream, salt and butter on medium heat in a medium pan until it starts to boil. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the hot stuff into the bowl of chocolate chips and fluff and mix with the mixer until it's smooth and soft.
  • Fold in half of the peppermint Crunch Bits and all the crushed Oreos. Pour into your parchment paper lined pan.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the peppermint crunch bits on the top. Press down a bit. Let set in the fridge for 3-5 hours.

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Notes

For this recipe, we added Peppermint Bits and crushed Oreos. Here are a few other ideas:
M&M Fudge – Add mini Christmas M&Ms in and on top
Peppermint Andes Fudge – Add crushed Peppermint Andes in and on top
Hot Cocoa Fudge – Add marshmallow bits to the recipe and on top and sprinkle with chopped milk chocolate
Festive Fudge – Add Christmas sprinkles and edible glitter in and on top of the fudge

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 181mg, Potassium: 88mg, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Holiday Treats!

Hopefully, this list helps you as you decide which desserts to make this holiday season! When in doubt, just try one of everything. 😉

Be sure to check out all of our Christmas Recipes.

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12 Comments

  1. Kristina says:

    That yule cake is beautiful so I made it as a tribute to my dad who served in France. I think I used too large of a pan because the cake portion was a bit thinner than I had hoped for, but it rolled nicely and everything tasted amazing! It was definitely worth every bit of effort.

  2. Joy says:

    Christmas desserts are the best!! We have tried so many on this list!! We love the Christmas Crack! Excited to try more on this list!