Christmas Desserts

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!

Vanilla Cream-Fruitcake Trifle

Better Homes and Gardens

Donut Snowman


Crinkle Cookies


These cookies expand while baking, creating a fun crinkled effect that kids will love to watch as it happens.

Total: 1 hr

Holiday Snowmen

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Royal Christmas Cake

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Filled with candied fruits and nuts, then topped with snowy-white frosting, this cake is a Christmas dessert recipe that will be memorable.

Chocolate-Pistachio Trees

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This delectable cutout cookie recipe dips the cookies in a chocolate mixture and the edges are garnished with ground pistachios to delight Christmas guests.

Marshmallow Snowmen

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Unabashedly sweet, create these wintertime cookie reciipe with your kids for an afternoon of fun.

Nutter Butter Reindeer

Family Circle

Use candy and melted chocolate to craft these festive reindeer cookies-on-a-stick with the kids.

Latte Shortbread Sticks

Better Homes and Gardens

The delicate sweetness of pecans gives way to the essence of coffee in these pretty cookies.

Soft Honey Nougat

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These festive little candies make tempting Christmas treats to stuff into stockings or share with guests.

Hidden Snowman Cake

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Hiding vanilla snowmen inside this decadent chocolate cake is easier than it looks, and it makes for a festive dessert for any special holiday event.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies

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Loaded with chocolate and topped with a white chocolate drizzle, this cookie is ultra yummy.

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

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This tried-and-true sugar cookie recipe makes dozens of sugar cookie cutouts that you and your family can decorate for any occasion.

Linzer Star Cookies

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Sandwich fruit preserves between two crisp nutty cutout cookies to make this classic Christmas recipe.

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Decorate your choice of cake mix to create flavorful Christmas ornament cupcakes. Tint creamy white frosting with different colors, cut white rolled fondant icing into shapes, and add luster dust for a light sheen.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Christmas Thyme Cookies

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Lemon peel and fresh thyme come together to give these Christmas cookies a sweet, yet unexpected taste. Finish with a light dusting of green sanding sugar for a professional look.

Christmas Desserts  Recipes: Take your pick!
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