Sweets are one of the best parts of the holiday season: Christmas dessert recipes are such a festive way to indulge. And, whether you're whipping up cakes, pies, or pudding, you can invoke the seasonal spirit of giving: Everyone's happy to receive fun dessert ideas as a hostess gift or goodie bag surprises. (Wrap a decorative bow around a box of homemade brownies and you're a hero.) Holiday baking is also a great time to spend with the family. Throw on an album of carols, light the tree, and get to work: Easy Christmas desserts like gingerbread men and buttery sugar cookies aren't going to decorate themselves!
These kid-friendly snowmen cookies are fun to make and give during Christmas. Call on this cookie recipe to be creative for winter birthdays, snow days, or anytime kids gather for cooking and crafting projects.
These cookies expand while baking, creating a fun crinkled effect that kids will love to watch as it happens.
Filled with candied fruits and nuts, then topped with snowy-white frosting, this cake is a Christmas dessert recipe that will be memorable.
This Christmas drop cookie recipe will quickly become a family favorite when they sample the yummy pecan topping and orange glaze.
Sprinkle crushed peppermint or place a miniature peppermint candy on top of these colorful marbled bars before serving this luscious dessert to Christmas guests.
These artsy Christmas cookies may look impressively difficult to prepare, but they are actually simple. Cream cheese creates a rich, tender dough.
Tart-sweet cranberry sauce is drizzled in the middle of the batter before baking to create a stunning and flavorful look. This Christmas dessert is a sweet way to finish a holiday meal.
Look familiar? These classic cookies have made appearances at Christmas parties for decades.
To save time, start with refrigerated piecrust for this special pear dessert accentuated with chocolate and streusel. A stunning finale to Christmas dinner.
Homemade truffles make a great Christmas gift or dessert, especially when they're flavored with brandy.
Turn a favorite holiday flavor into pretty peppermint sandwich cookies and serve them up at a cookie exchange, holiday party, or potluck.
Use a piping bag to easily create Santa's iconic red and white suit. Grab the whole family for some decorating fun.
These cookie mix jars make for great hostess gifts around the holidays. Layer the ingredients in a glass jar and attach baking directions with a festive red bow.