Christmas Dessert Recipes

We have the best Christmas dessert recipes for cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, candy, and more! And it wouldn't be Christmas without making yule logs, peppermint bark, or fruitcake. If you're looking to make sugar cookies this year, be sure to check out our guide to decorating your cookies with icing and frosting like a pro.

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Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes Perfect for the Holiday Season

Classic cookie recipes like these will instantly evoke warm Christmas memories. Make a batch of gingerbread, spritz cookies, thumbprints, shortbread, or biscotti to celebrate the most festive time of the year.
By Anna Kovel

Coconut Custard Pie

Rating: 3.11 stars
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We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.26 stars
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Easiest dessert ever! Break out the blender and bring on the spoons for this rich chocolate mousse that's a snap to make.

Kransekake

The kransekake, which translates to "wreath cake", is the signature cake of Norway and a showstopping confection that is made for special occasions. And as impressive as a tall tower made out of eighteen delicate cookie rings is, this sweet stunner is surprisingly straightforward to make. The naturally gluten-free dough is made from processing almonds until finely ground, then confectioners' sugar and egg whites are added to bind it together. After an overnight rest, the dough is rolled into ropes and fitted into specialty molds. Once baked, the rings are stacked sky-high and kept in place with royal icing, which pulls double duty as both glue and garnish.

Croquembouche

Rating: 3.5 stars
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The name of this classic French dessert means "crunch in the mouth"; Make the caramel and assemble the dessert as close to serving time as possible.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Rating: 3.62 stars
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Studding chewy oatmeal cookies with cranberries gives them a bit of bright color and a slight tang. Any dried fruit can be substituted.

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake

Rating: 3.31 stars
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This stunner is a naturally gluten-free cake that has a smooth, ultra-rich texture. Packed with decadent dark chocolate and espresso, it's like the mocha latte of your dreams in dessert form. And we haven't even gotten to its best selling point: this cake is super easy to pull together, with only eight basic pantry ingredients and three simple steps. 

Fruit Jellies

Rating: 3.81 stars
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These colorful fruit jellies are simple to make and fun to eat.

Cookie-Press Cookies

Rating: 3.44 stars
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Rich, buttery, and made with lots of vanilla, these cookies are simple to make. Use a cookie press—a hollow tube fitted with a decorative nozzle at one end and a plunger at the other—to press the cookies directly onto the baking sheet.

Penuche Fudge

Rating: 3.49 stars
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Penuche boldly proffers its characteristic butterscotch and maple overtones and its comforting fudgy texture. Get the packaging how-to for the Penuche Fudge.

Cloud Cake

Rating: 4.17 stars
1
We take the guesswork out of making caramel with our foolproof microwave method. After it cools, chop and sprinkle over the cake for a sweet crunch.
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