30+ Delicious Desserts Every Christmas Party Demands


December 14th, 2015   |   Updated on February 20th, 2024

Treat Santa or just your family and friends to something sweet with Christmas desserts! Explore the whole range of delicious Christmas dessert recipes here

1.  Chocolate Coins

Chocolate Coins
Semisweet chocolate chips, light-brown sugar, and Dutch-processed cocoa powder yield a refined richness. Take a bakery-fresh approach with printed paper bags.

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2. Biscotti

For a professional finish, sprinkle on a little fleur de sel before popping these lemon-olive oil and chocolate-pistachio biscotti in the oven.

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3. Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies
Displayed in a clear-topped checkerboard box, bite-size shortbread cookies—dipped in fruity glazes, chopped nuts, and citrus zest—pass for tiny works of art. Bonus: The sturdy container can later hold other petite treasures like jewelry or sewing notions.

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4. Gourmet Marshmallows

Gourmet Marshmallows
Decidedly mature flavors, including coffee and lavender, lend these melt-in-your-mouth delicacies a sophisticated profile. Show them to their best advantage in a simple glassine bag, tied with a length of dapper ribbon.

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5. Brownies


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6. Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies
Simple sugar cookies go glamorous, thanks to ornament-shaped cutters and colorful icing.

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7. Eggnog Pudding

Eggnog Pudding
This voluptuous eggnog-and-brandy pudding faithfully re-creates the taste of traditional holiday eggnog. We tiered this pudding with gingersnaps, then crumbled more of the same on top. To best display creamy layered desserts like this one, use individual clear glass compotes, or one large glass bowl to bring to the table, and enjoy your pudding family style.


8. Linzer-Style Tree Cookies

Linzer-Style Tree Cookies
Christmas tree cookies are a traditional favorite. Prevent waste by using both the positive and negative shapes. For Linzer-Style Tree cookies, spread red currant, strawberry, or raspberry jelly or preserves on the bottom cookie so the color peeks through the top cookie’s tree-shaped opening (Smucker’s jelly or preserves are a good choice).

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9. Christmas Tree Cookies With Sprinkles

Christmas Tree Cookies with Sprinkles
This versatile dough allows the baker’s creativity to shine through, and because it offers a deeper flavor than typical sugar cookie dough, the finished cookies needn’t be covered with sugary icing.

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10. Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Form dough into two 1/4-inch-thick logs. Wrap with waxed or parchment paper and twist the ends to seal. Chill thoroughly before cutting into scant 3/4-inch slices.

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11. Ho Ho Ho Cookies

Ho Ho Ho Cookies
Begin by pressing together nine 1 1/4-inch squares of dough to make the tic-tac-toe game board, and cut out plenty of Hs and Os (set of 26 one-inch letters; The tiny letters will bake very quickly, so keep watch to prevent them from overbrowning.

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12. Hot Chocolate Meringue Cake

Hot Chocolate Meringue Cake
This delicious cake is heaven on the tongue and a snap to make.

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13. Candy Cane Twist cookies

Candy Cane Twist cookies

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14. Deep-Dish Apple Cobbler

Deep-Dish Apple Cobbler
This deep-dish dessert bubbles with homespun charm and flavor.

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15. Quince Mince Pie

Quince Mince Pie
Mincemeat and Granny Smith apples make this pie as delightfully golden as the childhood memories we associate with it.

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16. Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip
What better way to please a crowd than a knock-out dip? You can easily whip up this fluffy treat by mixing in Cool Whip, cream cheese, and brown sugar. Add molasses, cinnamon, and ginger to the concoction, and serve with crunchy graham crackers.



17. Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies

3-Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies
If the recipe title hasn’t sold you yet, check out the massive amount it yields. With only 30 minutes of baking time, one fresh batch makes for 40 servings.


18. Candied Popcorn Stars

Candied Popcorn Stars

These popcorn stars make for charming edible ornaments—that is, if they ever make it to the tree.


19. Rolo-Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rolo-Stuffed Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
By adding a Rolo and some Wilton Holly Sprinkles, blogger Amy Locurto elevated plain chocolate chip cookies to adorably festive treats.


20. Chocolate Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee

Chocolate Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee
With just six ingredients, these sweet treats will be your go-to recipe for all holiday parties.


21. Easy Homemade Cherry Cordails

Easy Homemade Cherry Cordails1
This classic recipe features a luscious and sweet maraschino cherry at the center of each candy. Encapsulated by semi-sweet chocolate, guests will practically beg for the recipe.


22. Vanilla Bean Holiday Sprinkle “Twinkies”

Vanilla Bean Holiday

Turn the classic childhood treat into an elegant dessert that guests of all ages will love.


23. Salted Caramel Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Salted Caramel Turtle Thumbprint Cookies1
Everyone’s favorite candy has been transformed into chewy cookie form. Guests will think you spent hours on this decadent batch of treats, but the secret to this time-saving recipe is the store-bought caramel.


24. Snowflake Cake

Snowflake Cake

Blogger Julie Blanner used a snowflake-shaped cake pan to bake her favorite brownie recipe, then sprinkled the finished product with powdered sugar for a “snowy” effect.


25. Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies
This recipe gives standard vanilla cream a run for its money. Here, a maple-spice center holds pumpkin cakes together. Cheery vintage tins add a personal touch to baked goods.

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26. Sugar-Cookie Buttons

Sugar-Cookie Buttons
These buttery delights are cute as, well, you know. Gather a stack together by threading ribbon through the buttonholes, and present the cookies in a perfectly sized papier-mâché box with a snowflake stenciled on the lid.


27. Gingerbread Animals

Gingerbread Animals
Traditional gingerbread takes a walk on the wild side, via critter cookie cutters. Corral the whole stable in a hand-stenciled box filled with “hay.”


28. Mini Brown-Sugar Cheesecakes

Mini Brown-Sugar Cheesecakes
Distinctive and delightful tang is infused in these tiny treats, infused with a combination of lemon and ginger.


29. Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti

Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti


30. Classic Pumpkin Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie
Pastry oak leaves look pretty and hide crust imperfections. For quick color, dot with fresh cranberries that you’ve coated with corn syrup and rolled in sugar.


31. Fig Cookies

fig cookies

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