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

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake

Rating: Unrated
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. 

Hot Cocoa with Almond Milk

This dairy-free take on a classic compromises nothing in taste and can be made with any soy, rice, or nut milk.

Coconut Custard Pie

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

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

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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.

Easy Chocolate Mousse

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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.

Classic Caramel Candies

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For this recipe, you will need an accurate candy thermometer. You'll also need to cut three-inch square pieces of waxed paper or cellophane in which to wrap the caramels.

Marshmallow Fudge

Mini marshmallows are melted into this dark chocolate fudge, giving it the smoothest, creamiest texture.

Chocolate-Peppermint Hearts

You only need five ingredients to put these decadent yet refreshing treats together. If you use faux-tempered chocolate, allow the hearts to set in the refrigerator, and store there until ready to serve.

Cookie-Press Cookies

Rating: Unrated
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

10 Clever Ways to Gift-Wrap Your Christmas Cookies

Your favorite holiday cookie recipe calls for extra love—why not put some extra love into its wrapping, too? Try these creative ideas for packing and presenting holiday cookies, using cellophane wrappers, decorated gift boxes, and more. For more holiday cookie recipes and packaging ideas, download our complete guide.

The Very Best Cookie Recipes for Shipping

If you're baking cookies to send as holiday gifts, it's important to make sure they're sturdy enough to survive the rigors of shipping. Choose from this collection of biscotti, sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, bar cookies, and other delicious recipes to pack and send. For more tasty and festive holiday cookie recipes and tips, download our complete guide here.

Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies

Rating: Unrated

The holidays wouldn't be complete without a jar of these spice cookies.