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 321
We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Hot Cocoa with Almond Milk

Rating: 3.6 stars 284
This dairy-free take on a classic compromises nothing in taste and can be made with any soy, rice, or nut milk.

Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.59 stars 593
A combination of fresh and ground ginger, molasses, and chunks of semisweet chocolate makes the cookies sophisticated enough for adults but chocolaty enough for children.

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.

Cloud Cake

Rating: 4.17 stars 41
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.

Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.52 stars 253
Feeling festive? Use this recipe, along with our Royal Icing, to make a variety of beautiful holiday cookies this season. 

Marshmallow Fudge

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

Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Almost too pretty to eat, these festive wreath-shaped shortbread cookies are infused with Meyer lemon and adorned with sugared rosemary and thyme.

Croquembouche

Rating: 3.5 stars 172
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 341
Studding chewy oatmeal cookies with cranberries gives them a bit of bright color and a slight tang. Any dried fruit can be substituted.
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Speculaas Cookies
Rating: 3.45 stars
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When imprinting the fragrant spiced cookie dough with springerle molds, stop frequently to clean the patterns with the tip of a skewer. This allows for a better impression in the dough and resulting cookie.