Christmas Dessert Recipes

Our Favorite Holiday Cookies, Cakes, Breads, and More!

November 30, 2018
Christmas Stollen

Christmas Stollen


Browse our favorite Christmas dessert recipes, including gingerbread, Christmas cake, stollen, fruitcake, pies, cookies, candy, and more! It’s pure deliciousness for all of your holiday feasts and festivities.

Christmas Dessert Recipes

Christmas Cakes and Puddings

Best Fruitcake Ever
A modern twist on the traditional holiday confection, this recipe uses a mixture of dried fruits instead of the standard candied and glaceed fruits. Not only are dried fruits more readily available at your local market, but they also have a deeper and more natural flavor (not as sweet).

Bûche de Noël 
Try this easier, lighter version of the traditional chocolate Yule log!

Bûche de Noël. Photo by David P. Smith/Shutterstock.

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
A scrumptious treat for all ages, this sticky toffee pudding is sure-fire hit at any Christmas feast.

Christmas Breads

Christmas Stollen 
A lovely version of an old favorite. Tastes best served warm. Decorate with whole candied cherries, and use other candied fruit pieces to make leaves and stems.

Christmas Stollen. Photo by TorriPhoto/Shutterstock.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread 
This is an authentic, hundred-year-old recipe that’s wonderful served warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream or sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.

Christmas Pies and Tarts

Joe’s Best-Ever Coconut Cream Pie
From the author of this recipe: “Joe is my brother-in-law and a connoisseur of New Jersey diner desserts. He says that this is the best he’s ever had and I believe him.” What more is there to say?

Mini Cranberry-Apple Pies
These Cranberry-Applies are sweet, yet tart. What a great combination in one pie! Single-serving pies work really well at a holiday gathering or dinner party; they’re easy to make, attractive, and guests love them.

Mini-Cranberry Apple Pies.

Creamy New York-Style Cheesecake
The texture of this sour cream cheesecake is like velvet on the tongue. 

Cranberry Dream Pie
This icy-cold Cranberry Dream Pie is sure to be a hit at any table. Made ahead of time and waiting in the freezer, it’s like having an ace up your sleeve.

Cranberry Dream Pie. Photo by Samantha Jones.
Cranberry Dream Pie. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein.

Cape Breton Christmas Tarts 
These tiny tarts are a favorite at Christmas. How these tarts got their name is a mystery—it could be that at one time pork fat was used instead of butter, or it may well reflect the wonderful sense of humor of the folks of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Christmas Cookies and Sweets 

Really Old-Fashioned Gingerbread People
This recipe for “Really Old-Fashioned Gingerbread People” makes a large batch because, well, anything this good deserves to be made in bulk. A few well-placed bits of candy or nuts for eyes and a nose will give your creations delightful personalities.

Snowball Cookies
This easy snowball cookie recipe has a delicate crunch from the addition of cornmeal. The cookies are perfect with a cup of tea or hot chocolate after you come in from making snowmen!

Snowball Cookies. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein.

Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox Cookies
With their red-and-green color scheme, these sweets are perfect for the holidays.

Christmas Balls and Hazelnut Rings 
This family recipe has a very long backstory. You’ve been warned!

Spiced Sinterklaas Cookies (Speculaas) 
Traditionally, speculaas are served on the eve of St. Nicholas Day or on the feast day itself (December 6), but we enjoy them throughout the holiday season.

Speculaas Cookies. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Speculaas cookies. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein.

Ethel’s Sugar Cookies 
A classic sugar cookie recipe that’s perfect for making cut-outs. Super easy, too! See more Easy Sugar Cookie Recipes.

Candy Cane Dessert Squares 
This crowd-sized recipe can be served frozen or refrigerated, making it ideal for a holiday buffet.

Chocolate Chunk–Peanut Butter Cookies 
Rich peanut butter and gooey chocolate are the hallmark of this cookie. Enjoy while still warm and with a tall glass of milk for the tastiest results!

Chocolate Chunk–Peanut Butter Cookies. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner
Chocolate Chunk–Peanut Butter Cookies. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.

Oatmeal Pecan Lace Cookies 
These are simple to make, but the method—e.g., baking times, using parchment paper, using very finely chopped pecans, and so forth—should be followed precisely for best results.

Never-Fail Christmas Fudge 
Even if you’ve never made candy before in your life, give this easy fudge recipe a try. True to its name (thanks to the presence of marshmallows), it won’t seize or crumble or make you tear your hair out. It’s a tasty treat perfect for Christmastime!

Never-fail christmas fudge. Photo by GreenArt/Shutterstock
Never-Fail Christmas Fudge. Photo by GreenArt/Shutterstock.

Peanut Brittle
Simple, yet delicious, this peanut brittle is a tasty classic. For variety, mix in a cup of almonds with the peanuts!

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What are your favorite holiday desserts to make (or eat)? Tell us in the comments below!

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My mom had a recipe for persimmon pudding which used persimmon puree and was served with freshly made lemon sauce. She never wrote a recipe down to my knowledge and I'm wondering if anyone has a recipe for persimmon pudding? Thank you!

Dr Pepper Chocolate Sheet brownies

This I made last summer, lost the recipe cannot fine one anywhere, this was made in a 12 by17 sheet pan with Dr Pepper it also had bitter sweet chocolate in it, would love to make again

Gingerbread boys... anxious

Gingerbread boys... anxious to give the recipe a try. I also need to find a good just plain gingerbread recipe the kind that is very dark, with nice sharp ginger and moist. Claudia

Claudia, Here's a recipe on

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Claudia, Here's a recipe on that is dark and spicy, with ginger.
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If you do a search for "gingerbread," you'll see a lot of other nice options, too.

Great Christmas desserts

Wow, these are great desserts. Great job putting all of this together. I will certainly pick up a couple of these to add to some of my own.


Today I am using some of these dessert recipes for Thanksgiving. Thank you to the wonderful people that submit their family recipes for someone like me. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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I just want to tell you how much I enjoy these news letters. The recipes Folklore and all.Thank You.