21 Amazing Christmas Dessert Recipes

What’s the best thing you love about Christmas? The carols? Colors? or weather? For me, it’s tasty treats! So many Christmas desserts are sweet, decadent, and savory, perfect after the main course.

Every recipe on this list is easy to prepare, creative, and delicious!

What Is The Most Popular Dessert At Christmas?

Picking out the most popular dessert at Christmas is challenging because you have many options- sweet, crunchy cookies, rich brownies, decadent, moist cakes, and tasty parfaits. Make a list. But, regardless of your preference, the perfect Christmas dessert awaits you.

Here are some of the best Christmas dessert recipes you should consider;

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Nothing says holiday more than a batch of sweet cookies, and these Christmas sugar cookies are amazing! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, your taste buds are in for a surprise.

These festive cookies have a golden brown exterior finished with delicious glaze icing in holiday colors. You can also use royal icing for your batch; it will taste incredible.

Overall, these gourmet Christmas cookies are the perfect holiday treat.

Russian Tea Cakes

These little balls of goodness are all you need to light up your guest’s face this Christmas. Most people call these treats “Snowballs” because of how they look.

They are buttery and tender cookies with a delicious nutty flavor that keeps you returning for more. These balls are super easy to make and require standard ingredients such as butter, vanilla extract, sugar, chopped nuts, or toasted crunchy pecans.

Bake, covered in powdered sugar, and you have a fantastic dessert.

Holiday Yule Log Cake

Bûche de Noël is a classic holiday dessert styled to look like a log to fit the Christmas theme. But its presentation isn’t the only reason it’s so popular; the taste is second to none.

It’s a light chocolate sponge cake with velvety whipped cream filling and is finished with whipped chocolate ganache. Each bite is soft, fluffy, moist, and insanely delicious.

Please place it in the center of your dessert table for a beautiful presentation.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

For gingerbread lovers, here’s a showstopper that will turn heads all day! This festive Bundt cake recipe is not only on the theme but looks incredible. Plus, it tastes even better.

Flavored with warm spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, it’s the perfect way to finish your main meal. The moist, thick cake is finished with a rich, silky smooth maple glaze.

Alternatively, you can dust some granulated sugar on top of the cake.

Gingerbread House

Nothing is more fun and interesting than putting together a gingerbread house; everyone decorates differently, and it’s an excellent way to bond!

Homemade gingerbread houses are tasty and this recipe is great because it’s simple! Bake, assemble, and struggle not to eat it while decorating with buttercream and royal icing.

Remember, have fun while at it!


Another classic holiday cookie that is excellent for Christmas dinners and lunches is the super moist snickerdoodles. These delicious cookies are timeless and enjoyable.

Each chewy cookie features cream of tartar which offers a tangy taste that compliments the full flavor of your cookie. Plus, you don’t have to chill after you’re done baking because of how thick they are.

Top with a light dust of sugar and serve.

Salted Caramel Pie

For a gooey and savory Christmas dessert, this salted caramel pie is everything you imagined it to be. It’s moist, tender, and utterly delicious.

This super easy pie has sweetened condensed milk filling with other ingredients like brown sugar, melted butter, and heavy cream. It also contains sea salt for a flavorful balance and graham crackers crust for crunch.

Serve with a dollop of delicious whipped cream on top it.

Chocolate-Peppermint Brownies

Brownies are such an irresistibly enjoyable dessert that anyone seldom refuses. However, unlike standard brownies, these are not only bursting with chocolate flavor but also peppermint.

Bittersweet chocolate is the appropriate option for this treat- add some brown sugar, peppermint extract, fine sea salt, and other ingredients. Finish by adding some crushed candy canes or stripped peppermint candies to the mix.

The result is a soft, thick, and delicious tray of brownies.

Christmas Toffee Pudding

There’s something about the consistency and taste of a Christmas toffee pudding- it’s light and delicious with a mixture of warm spices; you can almost consider this a comfort dish.

For a perfect finish, chopped dates also add a sweet, nutty flavor to the mix. But what makes this dessert one of my favorites is the toffee sauce- it’s creamy, silky, and absolutely delicious.

Lemon Gingerbread Cake

Here’s another way to incorporate gingerbread into your Christmas desserts. Each gingerbread layer is followed by citrusy and soft lemon curd filling.

The lemon filling is a combination of lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, and other ingredients. It works with the flakiness of the gingerbread layers and tastes incredible.

Finish with a mascarpone frosting and fruits as the topping.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Tasty drinks are also an excellent alternative to baked goods. For example, Peppermint hot chocolate is rich and creamy; it’s a fantastic refreshment for the season.

This warm drink is perfect when it’s snowing and is incredibly easy to make, especially for a crowd. All you need to do is prepare the ingredients, and you can get it done in less than 20 minutes.

Be sure to get the perfect balance of chocolate and peppermint to prevent one flavor from being overwhelming.

Basque Cheesecake

This dessert isn’t the prettiest, but it’s perfect for a rustic setup, but most importantly, it tastes amazing! The preparation process is slightly different because it doesn’t have a crust and is baked quickly at a scorching temperature.

Excessive heat caramelizes the cake’s outer portion, which creates a thin crust while releasing its delicious flavors. In the end, you have a soft and flavorful cheesecake!

The caramelized taste is utterly delicious, and you can enjoy it alone or with ice cream.

Sweet Potato Pie

A traditional Christmas dessert that never fails is the sweet potato pie. It is a warm and cozy dish that is flavorful and filling.

It is spiced with classic fall flavors and can be made with fresh sweet potatoes or sweet potato puree. A helpful tip is to use the potatoes in a can without the syrup because it’s easier.

In less than thirty minutes, your scrumptious pie will be ready. Serve with whipped cream as the topping.

Eggnog Pudding

For some people, Christmas is the only time they enjoy eggnog. So if you fall into this category, why not create a hearty pudding?

It’s creamy, easy to make, and features inexpensive ingredients. Add some rum for a festive flair to this decadent pudding; it’s utterly delicious and has an unconventional flavor profile.

Serve in a glass with cinnamon whipped cream as the topping.

Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is easily one of the most traditional Christmas dessert recipes, and for excellent reasons, they are quick, easy, and delicious.

This recipe features classic fall spices, a beautiful custard filling, and tasty, crunchy pecans. Trust me; it looks as good as it tastes!

Pecan Pie Bars

Try these pecan pie bars if you love pecan pie but need something a little different. They have everything in the classic pie but tasty little squares.

They are super moist, chewy, and undeniably delicious. Plus, they are easy to make and require half the effort you need for a whole pie. For more variation, use pecans and walnuts/cashews in your mix.

Pass them around and watch your guests request for more.

Gingerbread Men S’mores

S’mores are fun to make and a great way to include your kids in the cooking. But instead of using graham crackers, you will need handmade gingerbread cookies.

Both crunchy gingerbread men will be bonded together with chocolate and marshmallow-cream cheese frosting. These tasty treats are delicious and crunchy.

You can serve these with hot chocolate or alone.

Polar Bear Cupcakes

Nothing beats a perfectly baked cupcake, especially when it’s Christmas-themed! These polar bear cupcakes are soft, fluffy, and so cute!

They feature delicious ingredients: almond extract, heavy cream, and sugar that leave your taste buds feeling happy. Plus, they are decorated with buttercream frosting and fondant icing for the details.

The soft texture of the smooth cream is an experience you won’t tire of quickly.

Sourdough Cinnamon Roll Twist Bread

Whip up this scrumptious cinnamon roll twist bread in a few minutes for the perfect end to a fabulous Christmas dessert. With delicious, warm spice flavors, the taste lingers on your taste buds for a while.

This sourdough cinnamon roll is soft, fluffy, flavorful, and filling. Even though it’s easy to make, you need to plan overnight; this step is necessary to let the dough rise before you bake it the next day.

Serve with a dusting of icing sugar or drizzle of cream cheese icing over it.

Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake

Here’s an indulgent treat that every chocolate lover will appreciate. Fudgy and rich in chocolate, this double chocolate loaf cake is ultra-decadent and insanely delicious.

This recipe is easy to make; you only need one bowl, the ingredients, and ten minutes to bake. It’s excellent at different times, including brunch, after dinner, or as a snack all day.

Enjoy with a glass of milk.

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

You can have one of the tastiest Christmas desserts with two ingredients. All you need is dark chocolate and peppermint bark; simple and scrumptious!

These rich flavors always make the tastiest treats, and these crunchy barks are quick to complete; you can prepare a batch in less than ten minutes.

21 christmas dessert recipes

21 christmas dessert recipes

Recipe by Brenda

Try one of these Christmas dessert recipes this season and you won’t regret it!


  • Christmas Sugar Cookies

  • Russian Tea Cakes

  • Holiday Yule Log Cake

  • Gingerbread Bundt Cake

  • Gingerbread Cookies/House

  • Snickerdoodles

  • Salted Caramel Pie

  • Chocolate-Peppermint Brownies

  • Christmas Toffee Pudding

  • Lemon Gingerbread Cake

  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • Basque Cheesecake

  • Sweet Potato Pie

  • Eggnog Pudding

  • Pecan Pie

  • Pecan Pie Bars

  • Gingerbread Men S’mores

  • Polar Bear Cupcakes

  • Sourdough Cinnamon Roll Twist Bread

  • Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

  • Chocolate Peppermint Bark


  • Choose your preferred recipe
  • Organize all the necessary ingredients
  • Prepare a Christmas dessert in 40 minutes or less!
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