If there’s one thing that can sweeten up the holiday season even more, it’s indulging in some classic Christmas desserts. We get it – there’s something special about the familiar flavors and comforting aromas that make these treats a must-have on the holiday menu. From Grandma’s secret gingerbread cookies to the classic Yule log, we’re here to bring you a collection of traditional Christmas dessert recipes that’ll have your kitchen smelling like pure nostalgia. So, whether you’re a seasoned baker or a rookie with a sweet tooth, let’s dive into the world of sugary delights and make this Christmas a little sweeter!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
These Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect for holiday gift giving and cookie exchanges. They are made with almond flour and have a fudgy, not too sweet flavor that everyone will love.
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Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies
These gluten free Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies are so easy to make in one bowl with pantry staples. The result is a soft, chocolatey cookie with a sweet outside.
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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
The holidays are right around the corner so why not share some love with someone special? These Gluten Free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are sure to brighten someone’s day. They are filled with a sweet, creamy buttercream and topped with holiday sprinkles. (gluten-free)
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Why not make a gingerbread trifle this holiday season? It’s an easy dessert to make with cake and pudding layers as well as vanilla and caramel flavours and an indulgent splash of brandy. The spices in this holiday trifle recipe are fun and festive and pair beautifully with the other flavours in this exciting take on traditional trifle.
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Grinch Crumbl Christmas Sugar Cookies
Crumbl Christmas sugar cookies are wonderfully sweet sugar cookies with hints of almond and vanilla extract in every bite. These copycat Crumbl cookies are similar to the ones you can get at the Crumbl bakery but you can have fun making them yourself at home and not having to drive to the store.
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Jumbo Christmas Tree Fruit Sugar Cookie
You can make more things than just sugar cookies with sugar cookie dough, you know. Take this jumbo Christmas tree fruit sugar cookie pizza for example. The sugar cookie crust is topped with sweet frosting and then the Christmas tree cookie is topped with a selection of colourful fresh fruit of your choice. This fruit pizza is always a holiday hit for the whole family.
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Mint Milano Christmas Brownies
Mint Milano Christmas brownies are dense, chewy and rich. Mint brownies make a change from other flavoured brownies. As well as the typical brownie ingredients you’d expect this recipe calls for festive ingredients like mint truffle Hershey’s kisses and sprinkles in the shape of snowflakes, stars or even both. The top of these festive Christmas brownies are decorated with Christmas trees making them the perfect addition to Christmas dinner.
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Easy Italian Christmas Zuccotto Cake
Traditional Italian desserts like this easy Italian Christmas zuccotto cake are the perfect treat for after dinner. This beautiful Italian dessert is made with pound loaf (pound cake), mascarpone cheese, chocolate, and more. There are only nine ingredients in this simple Italian liqueur cake and the multicolour sprinkles give it a fun look.
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Homemade Christmas Tree Pop Tarts
Just look at these homemade Christmas tree pop tarts. Doesn’t this copycat version of the traditional pop tart look amazing? Pop tarts lovers everywhere will want to try their hand at this Christmas tree pastry recipe with the cute and colourful frosting on top of these Christmas tree snacks. These holiday themed hand pies are such a cute treat!
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Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Pizza
Refrigerated sugar cookie dough, icing and candy toppings combine to make this unique Christmas sugar cookie pizza. The green, red and white colours give this holiday cookie pizza a festive look. It’s a super-easy recipe and you can change the kind of icing or the toppings to make this Christmas dessert pizza your own.
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Donut Christmas Tree Dessert
I love so many things about Christmas, but one of my all time favorite things is to bake and share during the holidays. I love chocolate. I love desserts. I love sprinkles. And I love donuts. So I thought, why not mash them all up and make a delicious Donut Christmas Tree Dessert? It’s so easy and my kiddos always LOVE to make donuts. Check out how easy it is to make this super simple and delicious dessert.
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Soft Gingerbread (1856)
Yesterday I had this soft, delicious gingerbread ready to surprise them with, and wow, did they love it. It’s similar to Miss Parloa’s gingerbread recipe, but I slightly prefer the lighter texture of this one. It’s a keeper, for sure.
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Russian Tea Cookies Recipe (Snowball Cookies)
These Russian Tea Cookies are buttery soft, sugar-dusted tea cakes that are so easy to make. Also called Snowball Cookies, these sweet little treats make a delicious little dessert or an afternoon pick-me-up.
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English Sticky Toffee Pudding
Baked with sweet and hearty dates, drenched in homemade caramel sauce, this English Sticky Toffee Pudding is seriously addictive. Stock up on dates because your pantry already carries the rest of the ingredients.
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3 Ingredient Chocolate Keto Fudge Recipe (Paleo & Vegan)
This 3 ingredient chocolate keto fudge recipe is an easy paleo and vegan dessert recipe. It has a solid yet soft creamy texture and a rich sweet chocolatey flavor.
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Rum Balls Recipe
This rum balls recipe is a healthier twist of these delicious classics, but that doesn’t make them any less wonderful!
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Naturally Sweetened Pecan Pie Recipe
This naturally sweetened pecan pie without corn syrup is made with REAL FOOD ingredients and no refined sugar. It’s a healthy pecan pie recipe that makes the perfect holiday dessert.
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Gluten Free Carrot Cake Recipe
Who doesn’t love carrot cake? It’s really versatile to make. You can change up the mix of spices and even add in things like chocolate chips. Plus, this gluten free carrot cake is vegan and made without refined sugar.
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Gingerbread Muffins With Cream Cheese Frosting
I don’t know if these muffins are actually muffins or cupcakes in disguise, but I know that they are good. And packed with gingerbread flavor, perfect for just about any occasion this month. I like that you can go either way with these; lightly sweetened muffins if you just want a muffin or top with cream cheese frosting for a decadent muffin/cupcake treat.
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Vegan Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars
Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars, Vegan and Gluten-Free! You are going to love these clean eating bars! Pecan Pie crust with dairy-free, no bake cheesecake filling.
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Chocolate Bourbon Balls
Chocolate Bourbon Balls! Ginger spiced chocolate bourbon balls rolled in powdered sugar. A easy no-bake cookie for the holidays.
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Vegan Christmas Cake (Irish-Style)
Years ago I set my heart on making a decent Irish vegan Christmas cake recipe and I’ve been perfecting it more and more every year. This is possibly the easiest version you’ll ever find!
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Chocolate Fudge Recipe With Bourbon
This Chocolate Fudge Recipe is so easy! This particular Chocolate Fudge Recipe is chock full of pecans and has a lovely hint of Kentucky bourbon!
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Christmas Pavlova Wreath
Few desserts look quite as Christmassy as Christmas pavlova. Pretty as a picture and delicious to boot, this festive classic is an irresistible blend of meringue, fruit and cream.
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Doesn’t this chocolate delice dessert look the part? In essence, it is a rich chocolatey dessert with intense flavours, secured by the addition of chocolate. Pay attention all chocolate lovers. This is the recipe you’ve been looking for!
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Risalamande is one of those pudding recipes that gets rice lovers giddy with excitement. This delicious, creamy dessert is beautifully balanced with a fruit sauce of your liking.
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Eggnog Ice Cream
I scream! You scream! Everybody’s gonna scream when they take one tiny taste of my deliciously rich and silky homemade eggnog ice cream. Yes… it really is that good.
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Christmas Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
These delicious but easy Christmas sour cream sugar cookies with a cream cheese frosting are the perfect Christmas sugar cookie recipe! The perfect Christmas activity for kids – cookie decorating! A great DIY Christmas present kids can make and gift to neighbors, friends, and family.
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