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!
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
A scrumptious treat for all ages, this sticky toffee pudding is sure-fire hit at any Christmas feast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Simple, yet delicious, this peanut brittle is a tasty classic. For variety, mix in a cup of almonds with the peanuts!
More Christmas Recipe Collections
- Christmas Appetizer Recipes
- Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
- Christmas Dinner Recipes: Main Dishes, Sides, and Soups
- Christmas Cookie Recipes for Kids
- Holiday Drink Recipes
- Holiday Party Recipes
What are your favorite holiday desserts to make (or eat)? Tell us in the comments below!