70 Christmas Desserts That Will Have Your Guests Coming Back For Seconds (and Thirds)
Every Christmas dinner absolutely needs a delicious dessert to complete it, right? You can go for cookies, cake, pie, fudge, or whatever else your heart desires, as long as your feast is finished off with a sweet treat. We've pulled together countless ideas to choose from (with no flavor or recipe type left behind!), because we know you want options.
Read ahead to get inspiration for what to serve after your savory start, be it turkey, ham, prime rib, or a satisfying veggie dish. You could even pick three or four desserts to serve — cookies make a great accent for a bundt cake! Whatever you choose, your guests will thank you for these decadent treats. Happy holidays from our table to yours!
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
Cozy Gingerbread House
Create the perfect seasonal display when you make a cozy gingerbread house. We won't tell if you take a couple bites of the exterior!
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Double Peppermint Brownie Skillets
Warm brownies with cold, creamy ice cream — does it get any better?
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Chocolate Oreo Truffles
These no-bake treats are made with cream cheese, Oreos, and chocolate chips. Need we say more?
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Easy Three-Ingredient Peppermint Bark
This holiday bark tastes like Christmas in your mouth, and with only three ingredients, you really can't go wrong.
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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
Gingerbread is one of the season's most beloved staples, so why not take advantage of it while you can? When these pies are spiced just right, they will practically melt in your mouth.
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Christmas Tree Eggnog Pound Cake
Complete with a secret Christmas tree inside, this recipe makes sure pound cake will never be drab again.
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Brown Butter Pecan Sheet Cake With Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
The beauty of this brown butter cake is all in the presentation, so be sure to decorate the top with pretty snowflake cookies and other seasonal motifs.
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Marbled Cranberry Cheesecake With Goat Cheese
With cream cheese, goat cheese, and a lot of sugar, it doesn't get a whole lot better than this tasty cake.
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Thick and Fudgy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Brownies
Decadent and delicious, these brownies are topped with crunchy peppermint and rich chocolate.
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Dark Chocolate Almond Brittle
With a simple twist on a classic treat, this nutty dessert brings out all the best flavors.
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Nut-Crusted Cranberry Tart
Cranberries are always a fun, festive addition to a Christmas treat, don't you think?
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This layered cake is filled with a cinnamon spice frosting that creates an authentic horchata flavoring.
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Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
Just think: a soft sugar cookie with crushed candy canes topped with creamy buttercream. Yum.
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Eggnog Bread With Spiced Rum Glaze
Made with real eggnog and rum (both in the bread and in the glaze), this bread is intoxicatingly delicious.
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These bite-size treats will practically melt in your mouth.
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Moist, warm, and topped with cream cheese frosting, this delightful gingerbread loaf can be eaten with coffee and cocoa alike.
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Santa Hat Brownie Bites
If you need something quick and easy, consider these bite-size brownies. Just bake brownie mix in mini muffin tins, top them with strawberries, and decorate with buttercream or whipped cream.
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Gingerbread Cookie Pie
With nutmeg and cloves, this wow-worthy pie is the Christmas treat you've been looking for.
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Ombré Peppermint Slice and Bake Cookies
These ombré cookies are a cute host gift, and can be made for any holiday gathering. Sign us up!
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Red Velvet Swirl Bundt Cake
This red velvet dessert will look beautiful with your holiday spread.
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The secret to making the perfect Christmas fudge is dressing it with red and green M&Ms, but don't tell anyone we told you.
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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies With Red Wine Raspberry Jam
Think: red wine plus chocolate. Enough said.
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Described as a "Puerto Rican eggnog," this coquito cake is a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, lots of rum, and a hint of spices like cinnamon and cloves.
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Berry Crinkle Cookies
These are amazing during the holidays because not only do they taste good, but they also have a red hue to match any Christmas tablescape.
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Olive Oil Berry Cake
With rich olive oil and tasty fruit, this cake can be whipped up in 15 minutes and baked in 30!
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These rich, creamy bite-size desserts will have people going back for seconds and thirds. Drizzle with white chocolate to make them look like a work of art.
Get the recipe: eggnog truffles
Cranberry Crumble Pie
This beautiful pie will accent any Christmas meal perfectly.
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Strawberry Santa Hat Brownie Kabobs
For a different take on the traditional Santa hat brownies, make them kabob-style! These are great for holiday parties since they are so easy to grab and eat while standing.
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Mini Banoffee Pie
When you make everything mini, it means everyone gets their own pie!
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Christmas Wreath Cookies
Everyone will love how cute these green cookies are!
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Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies
These cookies truly live up to their name!
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Candy Cane Fudge
This fudge is so festive and will look perfect on your Christmas dinner table.
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Lollipop Sugar Cookies
These cookies are cute and appeal to every age group.
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Amaretto Matcha Christmas Cake
This cake has a fun surprise inside!
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Meringue Christmas Wreath Cake
It may look like candy, but this cake is coated in yummy meringues.
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These delicious cookies pair well with a warm cup of hot cocoa.
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This trifle may be decadent, but it's so worth it.
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Chocolate Pot de Creme
How sweet are these individual desserts?
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Cranberry Sour Cream Almond Cake
Your guests will be floored with just how beautiful this cake is.
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White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies
It doesn't get much more decadently festive than these.
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Salted Maple Pie
The salt in this recipe really brings out the richness of the maple.
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Holiday Seven-Layer Bars
These bars have seven layers of deliciousness!
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Coffee Chocolate Cake
The coffee in this cake make the chocolate really sing.
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Peppermint Christmas Gnome Cupcakes
Your guests won't be able to get over how cute these desserts are.
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Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies are so underrated, so make them the star of your dessert options!
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Retro Wreath Cake
The colors in this throwback cake are reminiscent of years gone by.
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Peppermint Oreo Truffles
Oreos will always be a hit with guests.
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Peanut Butter Pretzel Candy Bark
It doesn't get much easier than this fun pretzel bark recipe.
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This fudge recipe is incredibly simple to put together.
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Peppermint Sugar Cookies
Your standard sugar cookies get a holiday makeover with the addition of peppermint.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Tiramisu
For a tiramisu that's a little bit different, try adding hazelnut.
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Oreo Mint Truffles
These Oreo truffles use Andes mints to get their flavor.
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Peppermint Crunch Rocky Road Bark
This holiday candy has a whole variety of yummy things in it.
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No Christmas is complete without sugar cookies!
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Chocolate Marshmallow Crinkle Cookies
These chewy cookies will absolutely melt in your mouth.
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Dulce de Leche Fruitcake
Bake up this traditional Christmas cake to wow all your guests.
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M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies
M&M cookies instantly feel festive when you use red and green candies.
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Baked Eggnog Cheesecake With Maple Caramel
This scrumptious cheesecake tastes like the classic Christmas drink with a drizzle of maple caramel to make it even sweeter.
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Holiday Special K Bars
It's so easy to make these delicious Special K bars.
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Candy Cane Blossom Sugar Cookies
How fun are these candy cane blossoms?
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Soft Molasses Cookies
The spice in these cookies will offer a hint of zing after your meal.
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Chocolate Candy Bar Pie
You can use whatever candy bars your sweet tooth desires for this one.
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This takes your favorite holiday drink and turns it into a yummy dessert.
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Pecan Pie Cookies
Instead of making a pecan pie, switch it up this year and turn your recipe into cookies instead.
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Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake
The ingredients for this one make it naturally Christmas colored!
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You can never go wrong with this delicious classic.
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Crustless Cranberry Pie
This pie will be bright and fun and not the kind of pie you're used to.
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Southern Buttermilk Chess Pie
It doesn't get much richer than this pie.
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White Chocolate Peppermint Poke Cake
This cake will cap off any holiday meal perfectly.
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This delectable dessert is deliciously airy, sweet, and perfect for caramel-lovers.
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