Looking for new Christmas treats to try this year? Here are the best 16 Christmas desserts you can make!
Christmas is the perfect time to indulge in delicious desserts that bring joy and sweetness to the festive season. In this blogpost, we will showcase 16 mouthwatering Christmas dessert ideas that are sure to impress your family and friends.
From classic favorites like gingerbread cookies and peppermint bark to innovative creations like eggnog cheesecake and cranberry orange trifle, these sweet treats will add a touch of magic to your holiday gatherings.
Get ready for a delightful journey through the world of Christmas desserts that will leave you craving for more!
16 BEST CHRISTMAS DESSERTS
1. Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Start out by making the good old chocolate cupcakes that everyone loves! Make sure to add chocolate chips in the batter for some extra chocolate magic! To make these cupcakes suitable for Christmas spirit, use green frosting to make a Christmas tree on the cupcakes.
You can either use store-bought green frosting or make your own by mixing green food coloring with vanilla frosting. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in the shape of a Christmas tree, starting with a small dot at the top and gradually getting wider towards the bottom. You can use a piping bag fitted with a star tip for a more textured look. To add some ornaments to the trees, you can use colorful candies, sprinkles, or even small pieces of fruit. Get creative and make each tree unique!
2. Fruits and Sweets Charcuterie
Everyone loves a charcuterie board! For the perfect festive twist, create a Fruits and Sweets Charcuterie board that will be a showstopper at your Christmas gathering. Arrange an assortment of fresh fruits such as berries, grapes, and slices of citrus, along with a variety of sweet treats like chocolate truffles, mini cookies, and candied nuts.
Add some crunchiness with crispy apples and pears, and balance out the sweetness with savory items like cheese cubes and charcuterie meats.
The combination of vibrant fruits and delectable sweets will not only look visually appealing but will also satisfy everyone’s cravings for something sweet and refreshing.
3. Grinch Grape Pops
An easy and funky choice are Grinch Grape Pops! To make these fun and festive treats, start by washing and drying green grapes. Insert a toothpick into each grape, creating a pop-like handle. Then, melt green candy in a microwave-safe bowl according to the package instructions. Dip each grape into the melted candy, allowing any excess to drip off.
Place the dipped grapes on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let them cool and harden. Once hardened, use a small amount of melted candy as «glue» to attach a small red candy heart to each grape, creating the Grinch’s heart-shaped grin. These Grinch Grape Pops are a playful and delicious addition to any Christmas dessert spread.
4. White Chocolate-Dipped Ginger Cookies
Cookies are an all time favorite too! Add an interesting kick to traditional cookies by preparing Ginger Cookies and dipping them in white chocolate. Start by making a batch of ginger cookies using your favorite recipe. Once the cookies have cooled, melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring until smooth.
Dip half of each cookie into the melted white chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off. Place the dipped cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let them set until the chocolate hardens.
The combination of the spicy ginger flavor with the creamy white chocolate coating creates a delightful and festive treat that will impress your guests with such easy Christmas desserts.
5. Christmas Tree Oreos
If you want interesting cookies but do not want to put in the time and effort to bake cookies, Christmas Tree Oreos are your best bet! These festive treats are easy to make and require no baking. Start by melting green candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl.
Dip each Oreo cookie into the melted candy, making sure to fully coat the cookie. Place the coated cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let them cool and harden.
Once the candy coating has hardened, use red and yellow candy melts to create the decorations on the Christmas trees. Pipe small dots of red candy melts as ornaments and a small star shape with yellow candy melts on top of each tree. Let the decorations set before serving.
6. Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats
To continue the festive theme, why not make some adorable Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats? Start by preparing a batch of Rice Krispie Treats according to the recipe on the cereal box. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, shape it into small oval shapes for the reindeer bodies.
To create the reindeer antlers, break pretzel sticks in half and insert them into the top of each oval-shaped treat. Use candy eyes and a red M&M for the reindeer’s face, and use a small amount of melted chocolate to attach them. Finally, use additional melted chocolate to draw on a mouth and add any other desired details.
These Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats are not only fun to make, but they’re also cute Christmas desserts kids will love.
7. Christmas Cinnamon Rolls
Add a festive twist to your breakfast with Christmas Cinnamon Rolls. Start by preparing a batch of cinnamon roll dough using your favorite recipe. After rolling out the dough, sprinkle it with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Roll it up tightly and cut into individual rolls. Place the rolls in a greased baking dish and let them rise until doubled in size. Bake until golden brown and delicious. Serve warm and enjoy!
What makes them Christmas? Add some colorful sprinkles on top of the cream cheese mixture! Such a delightful journey that will leave you craving for more! Place them in a tray and add edible chocolate pine cones on the sides to give the treats a scrumptious look!
8. Edible Chocolate Pinecones
Edible Chocolate Pine Cones- sounds magical doesn’t it? To create these whimsical treats, start by melting chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
Dip cone-shaped sugar cones into the melted chocolate, using a spoon or spatula to coat them evenly. While the chocolate is still warm, press sliced almonds onto the surface of the cone to resemble pinecone scales.
Place the chocolate-covered cones on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let them cool and harden. Once hardened, gently remove the sugar cones from the chocolate by gently twisting and pulling them away. The result is a delicious and visually stunning edible chocolate pine cone that will be the talk of the dessert table. Enjoy!
9. Santa Hat Brownies
If you’re looking for simple Christmas desserts ideas, this is for you.
Brownies are delicious to devour but to ensure that they are also a treat to look at add Santa hats on top! Start by baking a batch of your favorite brownies. Once the brownies are cooled, use a round cookie cutter to cut out individual brownie circles.
Next, prepare whipped cream or frosting and pipe it onto each brownie circle, creating a base for the Santa hat. To make the hats, place a strawberry upside down on top of the whipped cream, with the pointed end facing up. Finally, add a small dollop of whipped cream on the tip of the strawberry to complete the hat.
10. White Christmas Cupcakes
Another fun Christmas Cupcakes idea are white Christmas cupcakes! For all the white chocolate lovers out there, this is the perfect choice! Start by making a batch of vanilla cupcakes using your favorite recipe. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them with white buttercream icing.
To create the snowy effect, sprinkle shredded coconut on top of the cupcakes, pressing lightly to adhere. Finish off the cupcakes by adding festive decorations such as mini Christmas tree toppers, edible silver balls, or snowflake sprinkles. These white Christmas cupcakes are not only visually stunning but also incredibly delicious. They are sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering!
11. Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake
To continue the holiday baking spree, let’s make a Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and greasing a bundt pan. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with milk. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in fresh or dried cranberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Finish it off by adding frosting and topping it with more cranberries!
Such a delicious and beautiful treat for those looking for more elaborate Christmas desserts and recipes.
12. Peppermint Bark Macarons
For some more holiday baking fun, make peppermint bark macarons. Start by preparing a batch of macarons using your favorite recipe. Once the macarons have cooled, prepare the peppermint bark filling.
To make the filling, melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir in crushed peppermint candies or candy canes until well combined. Spread a generous amount of the peppermint bark filling onto the flat side of one macaron shell, then sandwich it with another shell.For an extra festive touch, sprinkle crushed candy canes on the edges of the filling.
13. Holiday Pie Recipe
A holiday pie is such a classic you can’t go wrong with. Roll out the pie dough- either store bought or prepare yourself- and place it in a pie dish, pressing it against the edges. In a separate bowl, mix together your choice of pie filling, such as apple, pumpkin, or pecan, with sugar, spices, and any other desired ingredients. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.
Bake in the preheated oven for the recommended time according to your chosen pie recipe. Once the pie is done, let it cool before serving. Decorate the top of the pie with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, or a sprinkle of cinnamon. This holiday pie will be the perfect sweet ending to your Christmas feast.
14. Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Raspberry linzer cookies are a delightful addition to any Christmas cookie spread! To make these delicious cookies, follow a typical vanilla cookie recipe. Next, in a small saucepan, heat raspberry jam over low heat until it becomes smooth and spreadable. Spread a thin layer of jam on the bottom side of each whole cookie. Dust the cookies with the center cutout with powdered sugar.
Place a whole cookie on top of a jam-coated cookie to create a sandwich- and you are done! These Raspberry Linzer Cookies are not only visually pleasing but also the peak of Christmas desserts. Enjoy these festive cookies during the holiday season!
15. Pull Apart Pavlova Wreath
Make a Pavlova but with an interesting twist! This pull apart Pavlova wreath is much cleaner to eat, an excellent idea for an evening where there’s lots of guests. To decorate this pavlova wreath with a Christmas twist, drizzle some melted white chocolate over the top. Finally, sprinkle some crushed candy canes for a hint of peppermint flavor and a pop of color.
Not only it is visually stunning but also a light and refreshing dessert option for your Christmas celebration. The crispy meringue exterior and the soft marshmallow-like interior of the pavlova create a delightful texture contrast.
16. Chocolate and Hazelnut Log
Finish off your Christmas dessert extravaganza with a Chocolate and Hazelnut Log. This dessert is not only delicious but also resembles a Yule log, adding a touch of tradition to your holiday spread. Start by preparing a chocolate sponge cake. Once the cake has cooled, spread a generous layer of hazelnut-flavored whipped cream or frosting over it.
Carefully roll the cake into a log shape, making sure not to crack it. To create a bark-like texture, use a fork to scrape the surface of the cake log. Dust the log with powdered sugar to mimic a snowy appearance. You can also decorate it with festive figurines, edible holly leaves, or any other Christmas-themed decorations.