Below you’ll find 20 of our best holiday dessert recipes including trusty staples like cookies, cakes and pies. We’ve also included some desserts that are sure to wow your friends and family, such as a festive cream puff Christmas tree and cherry-filled gingerbread tarts.
During this holiday season, you won’t serve just one dessert because you’ll want to try many when faced with all these exciting choices. Happy baking!
1. Gingerbread chocolate chip cookies
Everybody loves a chocolate chip cookie. This one gives the classic a holiday spin with the taste of gingerbread.
2. Stuffed and baked pear dumplings
Elegant baked pears can be stuffed with anything you like. They’re wrapped with premade dough and are deceptively simple to make.
3. Caramel apple pie
We’ve added depth and richness to ordinary apple pie by incorporating caramel into the filling. It will be a surefire hit at your holiday party.
4. Chocolate raisin apple pie
With the smooth appeal of cake and the crunchy appeal of pie, this is a tasty combination dreamed up in holiday heaven.
5. Spice cake with apple cider caramel sauce
Special is what you get when you mix a regular box mix with a homemade apple cider caramel sauce slathered on top of a Bundt cake.
6. Crimson cranberry-orange tart
Cranberries aren’t just a relish to other dishes, but make the perfect dessert when they’re treated properly. Let ice cream or whipped topping play second fiddle to this dish.
7. Rum raisin tiramisu
This is a dessert for the adults in the group, as it holds a lot of rum that doesn’t cook out during preparation.
8. Copycat Starbucks gingerbread biscotti
You don’t need to fork out the big bucks anymore. With this copycat recipe, you’re going to be the stop for coffee on your friends’ route.
9. Chocolate-dipped Christmas treats
Turn your store-bought cookies, pretzels and whatever else tickles your fancy into decadent treats with these tantalizing recipes of dipped chocolate.
10. Homemade gumdrop candies
Never buy boxed gumdrops again. You can choose your favorite flavors and make as much as you want. You’ll wonder why you never did it before.
11. Double Dutch chocolate mocha cupcakes
Coffee, chocolate and peppermint buttercream sounds like your favorite seasonal coffee, right? That’s the inspiration. Enjoy.
12. Snowy mountain cookies
A no-bake cookie that looks just like little mountain tops is the perfect treat for your holiday table. With cocoa and peanut butter, they’re a tasty treat to eat as well!
13. Festive cream puff Christmas tree
It looks absolutely beautiful on your table as a centerpiece and tastes incredibly scrumptious when your meal is over and it’s time for dessert.
14. Cherry-filled gingerbread man tarts
The recipe calls them handheld pockets of holiday happiness. They’ll certainly surprise your guests who are expecting a more traditional treat.
15. Wiener dog Santa cookies
A simple molasses cookie recipe, some icing and some candy pieces will create an adorable 3D dog cookie that will stand on its own. They’re almost too cute to eat.
16. Olaf the snowman treats
Disney’s movie Frozen is coming to a theater near you. Celebrate the season and the premiere with these tasty treats made of marshmallows and graham crackers.
17. Ice cream cone Santa hats
These look daunting, but don’t let that fool you. They’re relatively simple to make and will look smashing over a dollop of ice cream.
18. Snowman doughnut faces
These are a kid-friendly treat that are super easy to make and will put a bright smile on your kids’ faces. Use store-bought doughnuts to make them even easier.
19. Buckeye bark
There’s no need to sit around and roll buckeyes anymore. Just make bark! It’s the combination of creamy peanut butter sandwiched between semisweet chocolate layers that does it.
20 . Chocolate snowball crinkles
Soft and fudgy, these cookies pack a powerful chocolate punch. Rolled in powdered sugar and baked, these tasty treats won’t last long, so think about doubling the recipe.
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