30+ Fantastically Festive Christmas Dessert Ideas
Let’s be honest. The best part of Christmas is the desserts. Presents are nice, but there’s nothing quite like tables and tables of brownies, cookies, cakes, and pies. Yum!
1. Chocolate Christmas Crinkle Cookies
This recipe for Chocolate Christmas Crinkle Cookies is a festive twist on a traditional treat. These cookies are great for getting the kids involved in holiday baking.
2. Melted Snowmen Cookies
I made these Melted Snowmen Cookies or Chocolaty Melting Snowmen as they’re referred to in Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookies, during a flurry of holiday baking before Christmas in December.
3. Christmas Cheesecake Cookies
These Christmas Cheesecake Cookies are creamy and tender, with just a hint of peppermint. The red, white and green swirls are sure to make them Santa’s favorite cookie and the star of your Christmas cookie exchange!
4. Cake Mix Christmas Cookies
The holidays are here and I am loving it!!! Sometimes you just need a quick treat to take to a party or to give to neighbors . . . these cookies literally come together in a matter of minutes and are delicious! This is also a recipe that I love to make with my kids because they can do most of the work and it’s a fun way to spend time together.
5. Italian Christmas Cookies
These Italian Christmas cookies have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Try them and see for yourself how delicious they are!
6. Peppermint Patties
Cute, delicious, and perfect for the holidays, these homemade peppermint patties are so easy to make.
7. Brownie Roll-Out Cookies
It’s been a blur of flour, butter, and chocolate around here lately, and honestly, you’d think I’d be sick of it. But I’m not.
8. Christmas Shortbread Cookies
With an easy decorating technique, these fun, festive and super delicious, Christmas Shortbread Cookies look like they came from a fine bake shop!
9. Melted Snowman Bark
This yummy treat is super easy to whip up, and just has a few ingredients. Plus it’s just darn cute!
10. Santa Oreos
Looking for a sweet homemade Christmas treat to take to classroom parties and other gatherings? These darling Santa Oreos are a cinch to make (truly!), and they are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Continue reading for all the details for how to make a batch of Santa Oreos this holiday season.
11. Winter Wonderland Cake
What’s the best way to impress guests this holiday season? With an epic Winter Wonderland Cake of course! They won’t be able to stop talking about this decadent chocolate cake, piled high with coconut buttercream and topped off with the most adorable Pocky Sprinkle Tree Forest.
12. Reindeer Rice Krispies
We used to always have a baking day with all the girls in our family. We’d just each bring the stuff for one or two Christmas treats and bake together all day. It was always so much fun, but we’ve missed it the past year or two. Hoping to bring it back this year though and adding these adorable Reindeer Treats would be perfect for the kids to help with!
13. Santa’s Belly Cookies
These fun and festive cookies are sure to add a little bit of jolly to your holiday! Also great to leave out for Santa and his helpers.
14. M&M’s Christmas Cookie Bars
I’m super excited to share these delicious M&M’s Christmas Cookie Bars! The recipe is really, really good and perfect for holiday baking. These are easy to make and packed with chocolate, yum!
15. Christmas Cookie Sticks
These Chocolate Drizzle Christmas Cookie Sticks are pretty and festive, and they are so easy to make!
16. Top Hat Cookies
These snowman hat cookies are one of my favorite Christmas cookies because they contain one of my most favorite things: Grasshoppers! Not real grasshoppers, of course, but the delicious chocolate and mint Keebler cookies.
17. Rolo Stuffed Snowballs
Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Snowballs combine my favorite snowball recipe (CHOCOLATE!) with chopped pecans and Rolo candy. These are like turtle snowballs and they’re perfect for anyone who loves caramel and chocolate!
18. Snowman Cookies
These Easy Snowman Oreo Cookies are so festive, delicious and great for kids to help make too. A perfect no bake-treat option and only a few ingredients, they come together quickly!
19. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are sure to be the star of your holiday cookie plates! Bring them to a cookie swap and watch everyone’s eye light up!
20. Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
These Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies were lovingly made from one of our mom’s old recipes. To us, this is what a Gingerbread Cookie tastes like. I was pretty shocked when I was a kid and somebody offered me one of those thin Gingerbread Man cookies. This is the Gingerbread taste that my sister and I grew up on and we are proud to share it with you. We hope you like it as much as we do!
21. Cute Snowman Cookies
Bring the fun of building a snowman indoors with these kid-friendly holiday cookies.
22. Reese’s Stuffed Snowballs
The Snowball just got stuffed! These Stuffed Snowballs are filled with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! They start with my mom’s favorite snowball cookie recipe and I stuff them with candy; there’s not much better than that!
23. Cranberry Christmas Cake
This Cranberry Christmas Cake is one of those recipes that is an instant favorite every single time someone new tastes it.
24. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies are fun festive and incredibly easy to make. This simple recipe will have you enjoying these tasty treats in no time. It is so easy you can use your favorite recipe or mine. Even store bought dough will work in a pinch.
25. Reindeer Popcorn
Our Reindeer Popcorn is sweet, salty, delicious and look at those adorable candy Reindeer! Yum, yum, yum. This adorable popcorn treat would be perfect for a Holiday Party, a Christmas Bake Sale or a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Family Movie Night.
26. Christmas Cookie Sandwiches
Christmas cookie sandwiches. The fluffiest buttercream frosting sandwiched between two soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies loaded with holiday M&M’s!
27. Santa’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
Santa’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, an easy to make chocolate chip cookie recipe that brings smiles to young & old. Perfect recipe for Christmas Eve!
28. Chocolate Fudge Christmas Goody Bars
Christmas goody bars have a chocolate fudge center with a sweet n’ salty oatmeal pecan crust. Made super festive with red & green m&m’s! These will steal the show on your Christmas cookie plate or at a cookie exchange.
29. Ugly Sweater Cake
We are going to an ugly sweater party in just a couple of weeks, so I wanted to do a test run on a cute cake that looks like said garment. It’s an Ugly Christmas Cake and isn’t it adorable! I just love it! All the bright colors and cheerful designs that you’d find on the actual cloth version.
30. Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Holiday Bars
The recipe is a spinoff on my trusty blondie base. When I want an easy, fuss-free, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that I know everyone will love, it’s my go-to. With 30+ versions and counting, it never lets me down.
31. Christmas Lasagna
Christmas Lasagna is whimsical layered dessert with buttery red velvet shortbread cookie crust, peppermint cheesecake layer, white chocolate pudding, whipped cream and mini marshmallows on top.
32. White Chocolate Holiday Popcorn Mix
I love hosting holiday movie nights in our home, and this year I’ve come up with some fun, festive treats to serve during the movie: White Chocolate Holiday Popcorn Mix, Cookie Cutter Mini Pizzas, and Cranberry Holiday Punch. I think you’re going to love these easy movie treats too!
33. Santa Crunch Christmas Popcorn
Our sweet and salty Santa Crunch Popcorn is delicious, easy to make and will be very popular with kids and adults at your Holiday party.
34. Christmas Lights Cookies
Christmas Lights Cookies with a small batch of royal icing and mini M&Ms as Christmas Lights.