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

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Donut Snowman

Parents

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.

Crinkle Cookies

Parents

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

Total: 1 hr

Royal Christmas Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Linzer Star Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

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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.

Square Wreath Almond Sugar Cookies

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Start with square almond sugar cookies and arrange assorted diamond-shaped cookies in a wreath. Top with green and red nonpareils and place a red candy in the center.

Brown Sugar-Hazelnut Spirals

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Next time you throw a party, bake a batch of these brown sugar-hazelnut spirals. Arrange in a festive shape for a playful and delicious centerpiece.

Teardrop Santa Almond Sugar Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Lay out the ingredients and gather the family to make these ornate almond sugar cookies. Create Santa's iconic looks with gumdrops, tart licorice candy, and black food coloring.

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.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Filling

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Charming enough to steal the show at your next cookie swap, these rich red velvet cookies feature a cool peppermint and cream cheese filling.

Almond Shortbread Wedges

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Christmas Desserts  Recipes: Take your pick!
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