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40 Christmas Desserts The Whole Family Will Love

Looking for show-stopping Christmas desserts the whole family will love? Look no further! There’s something for everyone on this list. From cakes to cookies and all sorts of sweet treats, make your shopping list and bake treats that everyone will rave about!

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Nothing says the holidays quite like festive cookies, cakes, pies, and treats of all kinds. Whether you bake just one batch or several, sharing a plate of baked goodies and passing around hot chocolate is a holiday rite of passage.

Christmas Baking Is Easy

Christmas dessert recipes don’t have to be difficult! Christmas baking can be easy – you just have to have the right recipes! All the recipes in this list are tried-and-tested and made a bunch of times, so you know they’re going to turn out perfectly. Just make sure you have your ingredients on hand, and then get cooking!

eggnog sugar cookies in gift bags

Christmas Baking Pantry Essentials

If you’re heading to the grocery store and are looking to stock up on pantry essentials for all your holiday baking, there are some ingredients you should definitely have on hand!

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder – Make sure it is fresh. Baking powder can expire!
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract – Pure or artificial vanilla extract.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar – Also called icing sugar or confectioners sugar.
  • Brown sugar – Light and dark brown sugar.
  • Molasses – A featured ingredient in gingerbread!
  • Eggs – Most recipes call for large eggs.
white chocolate crinkle cookies in a red bag

Other Essentials

Now that you have your ingredients, also make sure to have the following Christmas baking essentials on hand to make every recipe easy!

  • Baking sheets
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Hand or stand mixer
  • Spatulas
  • Whisk
  • Muffin tins
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooking spray

The Best Christmas Dessert Recipes

Now that you’ve got your pantry essentials and your baking supplies, it’s time to pick a recipe and get started! Here are my hand-picked tastiest and best Christmas dessert recipes!

Cranberry Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle
With a shortbread cookie-like layer on the bottom and a not-too-sweet cranberry topping, these Cranberry Bars are a fabulous make-aheadable seasonal dessert.
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cranberry bars on a plate
Eggnog Sugar Cookies
Light, crisp, and flavored with rum and spices, these Eggnog Sugar Cookies are easy, fun to make, and taste like the holidays.
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eggnog sugar cookies on a festive platter
Pecan Butter Balls Cookies
Light, nutty, and melt-in-your-mouth buttery, these amazing Pecan Butter Balls are a terrific cookie for the holiday season or any time of the year!
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pecan butter ball cookies on a plate
Bourbon Balls with White Chocolate
Bourbon Balls with White Chocolate are a tasty boozy treat for the holidays! Easy to make and fun to share at parties, these festive boozy balls are a hit at every party!
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Serve the bourbon rum balls with white chocolate and enjoy!
The Best Turtle Brownies
Dense, fudgy brownies topped with a rich caramel loaded with pecans makes these some of the best Turtle Brownies on the plant! Up your baking game and impress everyone with these brownies today!
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Turtle Brownie on a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Eggnog Tres Leches Cake
Eggnog Tres Leches Cake is a tasty and festive cake for the holiday season. Rich but not too sweet, it's perfect with a rum cocktail or a cup of fresh coffee.
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Enjoy a slice of Eggnog Tres Leches Cake!
White Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Light, crinkled, and full of white chocolate flavor, these White Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect for holiday cookie exchanges, but they're also great in lunch boxes or just with a cup of coffee.
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Chocolate Gingerbread Men Cookies
Cute, delicious and fun to make, these Chocolate Gingerbread Men cookies will help you get into the holiday spirit!
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Several chocolate gingerbread cookies holding candy canes on a white table.
Eggnog Cookies with Spiced Rum Glaze
Crispy on the outside but soft and tender inside, these festive Eggnog Cookies with Spiced Rum Glaze are the perfect cookie for the holidays!
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A plate of eggnog cookies with spiced rum glaze
Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are just about the cutest holiday cookies ever! Delicious and fun to make, get the kids involved and make making these cookies a yearly tradition!
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peanut butter reindeer cookies
Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Buttery and light, these Cinnamon Roll Cookies smell like freshly baked cinnamon rolls, but they're a crispy cookie!
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cinnamon roll cookies in a black dish
Baked Alaska
Whether you’re a baking beginner or a pro, this Baked Alaska recipe is a showstopping dessert that’s a real crowd pleaser!
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Baked Alaska
Sugar-Free Meringue Cookies
Light and fluffy and oh-so-pretty, these Sugar-Free Meringue Cookies are a real crowd pleaser!
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Sugar-Free Meringue Cookies
Easy Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies
Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies are a perfect holiday treat. Learn how to make holiday cookies from Austria here with this delicious and easy recipe! Egg-free, with a dairy-free, nut-free, vegan option.
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Easy Gluten-Free Linzer Cookies
Browned Butter Coffee Cake with Spiced Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
There is little in this world as comforting as curling up with friends and family sharing memories and laughter together. Every cookie tray passes by with warm chocolate chips melting and staining your fingers
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Browned Butter Coffee Cake with Spiced Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Mini Rum Cake – a Holiday Dessert
Mini rum cake is a delicious dessert for a special occasion. Made from a cake mix base the cakes are soaked in rum and topped with powdered sugar and cherries.
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Mini Rum Cake - a Holiday Dessert
The BEST Sticky Toffee Pudding
Sticky Toffee Pudding is a moist cake with dates and a rich, gooey toffee sauce. This easy version makes an elegant Christmas dessert.
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The BEST Sticky Toffee Pudding
Easy Tiramisu Trifle
This no bake tiramisu trifle is a quick and easy take on a classic tiramisu recipe. Angel food cake is soaked with coffee and rum, topped with a creamy Mascarpone layer and whipped topping.
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Easy Tiramisu Trifle
Oreo Mousse Cake
The flavor combination of an Oreo mousse cake is so delicious. It has everything that makes a perfect dessert: sweet, creamy, and chocolatey.
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Oreo Mousse Cake
Eggnog Bundt Cake
Eggnog Bundt Cake is rich and moist and full of the scrumptious flavor of eggnog. It’s a fun, festive dessert for the holiday season!
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Eggnog Bundt Cake
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
From Thanksgiving to the Kentucky Derby, this Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie serves up rich chocolate and whiskey flavors in an Oreo crust.
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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Easy Vegan Cranberry Loaf Cake with Blood Orange Icing
Bake an easy vegan cake using cranberries and a blood-orange icing. So easy and so delicious. Serving it as my Thanksgiving dessert
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Easy Vegan Cranberry Loaf Cake with Blood Orange Icing
Matcha Tart
This festive Matcha Tart features a flaky all-butter crust filled with a silky delicious green tea custard, topped with whipped cream.
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Matcha Tart
Favorite Easy Delicious Cheesecake
Easy Delicious Cheesecake is creamy, rich & luscious! Simple to make baked cheesecake with NO water bath. Cookie crust. Get the easy recipe!
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Favorite Easy Delicious Cheesecake
Macadamia Nut Snowball Cookies Recipe
Snowball cookies are the epitome of Christmas and holiday cookies. This recipe for macadamia nut snowball cookies is a must have in your cookie arsenal.
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Macadamia Nut Snowball Cookies Recipe
Gluten Free Chocolate Sheet Cake
No one will know this Chocolate Sheet Cake is gluten free! It’s moist, delicious and the icing has just the right amount of chocolate in it.
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Gluten Free Chocolate Sheet Cake
4 Ingredient Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge (No Bake I Vegan)
Smooth, creamy and no tempering required. This easy chocolate fudge is solid at room temperature and topped with crushed candy canes for a festive indulgence @fitasamamabear
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4 Ingredient Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge (No Bake I Vegan)
Easy no bake Christmas Date Cookies
With a pillowy texture and a strong, rich chocolate flavour, these easy no-bake Christmas date cookies are the perfect little holiday snack.
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Easy no bake Christmas Date Cookies
Peppermint Candy Three Layer Cake
If you’re looking for a show-stopping winter holiday cake, Peppermint Candy Three Layer Cake is the recipe to make. Layers of wonderfully delightful, tender vanilla cake is topped with light peppermint frosting. For more scrumptious recipes,
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Peppermint Candy Three Layer Cake
Easy Mint Chocolate Freezer Fudge
This delightful Mint Chocolate Fudge recipe is made with nutrient dense ingredients for a flavorful and guilt-free treat. Naturally gluten-free and vegan.
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Easy Mint Chocolate Freezer Fudge
Christmas Crunch Snack Mix
Christmas Crunch Snack mix is a sweet little snack The Buttered Home has been making for years. Quaker Oats Cereal and smoky pecans candied in a sweet concoction make this snack mix hard to quit. Easily cooked in a low heat oven, this sweet treat is a Holiday favorite.
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Christmas Crunch Snack Mix
ULTIMATE Christmas Tree Cake
Learn how to make this surprisingly easy, yet showstopper 3D Christmas tree cake, the most impressive and delicious Christmas desserts ever!
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ULTIMATE Christmas Tree Cake
Biscoff Cheesecake
This Biscoff Cheesecake is perfect for the holiday season. A Biscoff cookie crust and filling add gingerbread flavor to a classic cheesecake.
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Biscoff Cheesecake
Salted Peanut Butter Balls
Salted Peanut Butter Balls are a quick no bake way to enjoy your own homemade peanut butter and chocolate treat. Add that flaky sea salt for even more flavor!
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Salted Peanut Butter Balls
The BEST Ferrero Rocher Cake
This Ferrero Rocher cake is the ultimate celebration cake with moist chocolate sponges, silky Nutella mousseline cream, and crunchy hazelnuts.
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The BEST Ferrero Rocher Cake
White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake
White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake has fresh cranberries, Greek yogurt, and white chocolate making it rich and luscious.
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White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake
Red Velvet Cake: Celebrate in style
Who doesn’t love red velvet cake? This rich and decadent dessert is perfect for any occasion!
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Red Velvet Cake: Celebrate in style
Easy White Chocolate Bark
This colorful white chocolate bark recipe with pistachio, cranberry and raspberries is an incredible holiday treat for Christmas, or a sweet treat for any day of the festive season! A perfect edible gift for Christmas, too.
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Easy White Chocolate Bark
Christmas Monster Cookies
Christmas monster cookies are soft chewy cookies filled with yummy flavors and festive colors. And best of all no dough chilling needed.
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Christmas Monster Cookies
Keto Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake Recipe – Yule Log
This Low Carb Chocolate Roulade or as some can call it Keto Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake is not only Sugar-free but Grain-free, gluten-free and also scrumptiously soft, fluffy and creamy, filled with cocoa aroma. With only 2g of carbs, this perfect Keto Dessert choice
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Keto Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake Recipe - Yule Log
Gluten Free Chocolate Tart
Gluten free and full of chocolate flavor this Chocolate Tart is perfect for holiday entertaining. Serve it with whipped cream and lots of pomegranate arils.
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Gluten Free Chocolate Tart
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