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!See Popular Christmas Desserts Recipes
The holidays are a golden ticket to indulge a little, so don't waste your Christmas dessert hour on ho-hum sweets. We like Christmas cookies as much as the next person, but who wouldn't bypass a sugar cookie for a plate of rich, gooey Black Forest trifle? With all of the dazzle and sparkle of the season, you have to make a little magic in the kitchen to get noticed.
Growing up, healthy Christmas treats were usually limited to a lonely apple or orange my parents (or Santa?) vainly stuck into my holiday stocking. Now that I'm all grown up adults, it's easy to understand why.
Puff pastry cut into evergreen tree shapes are baked and filled with pudding. Let the kids help decorate the "trees" with colored sugar and cherry halves before devouring.
Want to bake up some serious holiday magic, but you're a little short on time? Kraft comes to the rescue, giving you plenty of ways to create party-worth desserts in no time. In our fantasies of the holidays, visions of sugar plums, fancy Christmas cakes, and fanciful gingerbread houses dance in our heads.
Candy coated chocolate, pretzels, and chocolate chips turn these peanut butter cookies into Santa's reindeer. Kids love them!
Green-tinted dough is piped into tree shapes and then baked to make these holiday cookies. A light glaze and white sugar crystals add a little "snow" on top.
Make and bake the gingerbread cookie dough and then let your kids help cut it into house shapes. Set out the decorated house fronts at your holiday meal.
Your kids can help decorate the Santa faces on these shaped sugar cookies.
A classic sugar cookie recipe will become a treasured part of your recipe collection.
Between the caroling (yes, Virginia, there are still carolers), the shopping, the hanging of the Christmas stockings with care and making the rounds of all those holiday parties, you may not have the energy to put on the twelve-course Christmas dinner of your fantasies. And frankly, wouldn't you rather spend time with your friends and family than spend hours in the kitchen, chopping vegetables, stuffing yet another turkey, and whipping up over-the-top desserts? Ladies and gents, it's time for an easy Christmas dinner.
Lauren Chattman brings out the taste of the poppy seeds in this cake by soaking them in hot water. She lightly crushes the seeds in a blender before mixing them into the batter. (Recipe adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes.)
Candy-cane shaped cookies are dipped in chocolate and then rolled in coconut, pistachios, or red sugar to make these sweet desserts.
These cookies expand while baking, creating a fun crinkled effect that kids will love to watch as it happens.