Spread the holiday cheer with these festive and easy Christmas desserts! Whether you're baking for a crowd or making sweet treats for gifting, this list is packed with quick and simple dessert recipes that bring all the Christmas spirit.
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The Best Desserts For Christmas
This year, skip the Christmas chaos and jump right into the sweet treats with this list of easy and delicious Christmas dessert ideas!
From cookies and fudge to pies and bread pudding, this list has some of the best Christmas desserts you'll want to make this holiday season. Pretty much everything here can be made in 30 minutes or less with a handful of simple ingredients, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time gathered around the Christmas tree!
1. No bake Christmas cookies
Skip the oven and make these tasty no-bake Christmas cookies. Soft, crumbly, and rich with creamy peanut butter flavor, finished with festive holiday sprinkles, they're so good you'll want to make them year-round! You can get the recipe here.
2. Fantasy fudge
You can whip up the batter for this dreamy fantasy fudge recipe in about 15 minutes, then just leave it to set in the fridge while you enjoy the rest of the festivities. They're incredibly chocolatey, rich, and perfectly sweet, with bits of crunchy walnuts in every bite! Give them a try with this recipe.
3. Christmas crack
With layers of crisp saltine crackers, silky caramel sauce, and snappy chocolate, this Christmas crack recipe is one of the most addictive holiday treats you can make. It has just the right balance of salty, sweet, and crunchy that keeps everyone coming back for more. Learn how to make it with the recipe here.
4. Christmas cookie fudge
This recipe combines two of the most iconic Christmas desserts - sugar cookies and white chocolate fudge - into one heavenly treat. This Christmas cookie fudge is decadent and creamy sweet, topped with red and green sprinkles for some holiday flair. Best of all, it only takes 5 ingredients to make. You can get the recipe here.
5. Small batch sugar cookies
Whether you're short on ingredients or just want enough cookies for a small group, this small batch recipe is exactly what you need. It yields 6 sugar cookies that are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, plus an optional icing glaze for decorating. Here's the recipe.
6. White trash (Christmas Edition)
Also known as white chocolate trail mix, White Trash is an incredible combination of sweet, salty, and crunchy snacks coated in rich white chocolate. It's the perfect snack for your next holiday party or while watching Christmas movies, and making this no-bake recipe with the family is half the fun! Try this recipe for yourself here.
7. Peanut butter fudge
A must-have for the peanut butter lovers in your life, this recipe makes the smoothest and creamiest peanut butter fudge with just two simple ingredients! We've also included some delicious customization options for transforming it into tasty marshmallow cream fudge, peanut butter cheesecake fudge, and more. Check out the recipe here.
8. No chill cut-out sugar cookies
You don't have to wait long to dig into these buttery sweet sugar cookies. They're made in less than 30 minutes from start to finish, with no chilling time needed, and come out golden with crispy edges - perfect for decorating with icing! Get the recipe here.
9. Double chocolate cookies
The only thing better than chocolate is double chocolate, and this addictive recipe is proof! These soft and chewy cookies are rich with cocoa powder flavor and loaded with melty chocolate chips, the ultimate treat for the chocolate lovers in your life. Here's the recipe.
10. Salted caramel fudge
A touch of sea salt transforms this melt-in-your-mouth caramel fudge into a 5-star dessert. The perfect balance of sweet, salty, and buttery rich, it's a fantastic holiday treat for gifting or entertaining. Make it for yourself here.
No Christmas cookie platter is complete without these easy and tasty snickerdoodles. These buttery sugar cookies have a hint of warm cinnamon spice and a touch of tang that make them so addictive. Plus, this recipe has no cream of tartar, making the recipe a lot more convenient with the ingredients you have on hand. Give them a try here.
12. Toll House cookie bars
13. 2-ingredient Reese's Cup fudge
This decadent treat is made in 5 minutes and tastes like a Reese's peanut butter cup in fudge form! It's as addictive as it sounds, and so good no one would ever believe it only took two ingredients. Learn how to make 'em here.
14. Fireball fudge
Treat the grown-ups to this boozy fudge made with Fireball whiskey. It's decadent and richly chocolatey, with a touch of cinnamon spice and a kick of smooth whiskey flavor to warm you up from the inside out. Try the recipe for yourself here.
15. Peppermint Brownies
Rich, fudgy, and chocolatey with the perfect amount of peppermint flavor, these brownies have the holiday season written all over them! You can make them even more festive by adding some Christmas sprinkles. Get this decadent recipe here.
16. Cream cheese pie
This no-bake cream cheese pie is like a lighter, fluffier version of a regular cheesecake, and it's an amazing dessert after a hearty Christmas dinner. The filling is perfectly sweetened with a slight tanginess and has an airy whipped cream cheese texture, contrasted with a crisp and crumbly graham cracker crust. Try the recipe here.
17. Bread pudding with vanilla sauce
Wonderful for dessert or as a Christmas morning treat, this classic bread pudding recipe hits all the right spots. It's fluffy and custardy with crispy golden brown edges, finished with a thick and silky vanilla sauce. Learn how to make it here.
18. Crescent roll cinnamon rolls
This crispy and flaky twist on traditional cinnamon rolls is made quick and easy with crescent roll dough. The results are golden and buttery snack-sized treats filled with fragrant cinnamon sugar, finished with a sweet icing glaze. They're so good and really fun to make! Give them a try here.
19. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies
These easy cookies are buttery and tender with crispy golden brown edges, and every bite has the perfect ratio of creamy white chocolate and crunchy macadamias. Using salted and toasted nuts really takes these cookies to the next level and brings out the flavors even more. Check them out here.
20. Lemon meringue cookies
Add a pop of color to your Christmas spread with these sunshiney lemon meringue cookies. These bite-sized puffs are crispy and airy with a truly melt-in-your-mouth texture and bright lemon flavor. They're absolutely addictive and always disappear in minutes! Try them for yourself here.