15 Christmas Desserts That Are Totally Celebration Worthy

These mouth-watering sweets are Santa-approved.



Whether you’re gathering with loved ones or attending a party, every Christmas or holiday celebration has a designated dessert table that’s covered corner to corner in sweet treats. From pies and cakes to cookies and tartlets, everyone has that one delicious dessert that they look forward to devouring every year.

If you’re feeling inspired this season, put your baking skills to the test with some of these simple yet crave-worthy Christmas desserts. For the chocolate lover, there’s rich, dark chocolate truffles and a decadent fondue platter. If you’re wild about pies, you can’t go wrong with the gingerbread latte whoopie pies or an old-fashioned apple number. You can also take some inspiration from one of TikTok’s latest trends and craft the most irresistible ice cream sundae board, which is perfect for the kids!

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Gingerbread Truffles

Gingerbread Truffles
Victor Protasio

If you’re looking for homemade holiday gift ideas, look no further! Impress your friends and family with these fancy little chocolate, gingerbread gems.

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Gingerbread and Chocolate Sandwiches

Hot Cocoa Frosting
Beatriz da Costa

When it comes to holiday cooking, time-management is imperative. This recipe is perfect because it includes only four ingredients, and one of them is store-bought cookies.

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Plum Tart

plum tart
Christopher Baker

This is one of those recipes that seems really intricate, but it may be the easiest thing you’ll ever make. All you need is puff pastry, plums, and sugar, plus about 30 minutes of baking time.

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Dark Chocolate Truffles

Samantha Seneviratne

Here’s another great option for a homemade holiday gift. Make a big batch of the gingerbread truffles and these decadent dark chocolate truffles to give your loved ones a delicious variety.

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Ice Cream Sundae Board

Ice Cream Sundae Boards Will Be Your New Dessert Obsession
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Move over, charcuterie boards—say hello to the most fun and scrumptious dessert idea. Load up your favorite snack board with bowls of ice cream and all of the fun toppings you can think of so your guests can construct their own sundae.

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Chocolate Mousse With Croissant Crumbs

Easy Chocolate Mousse with Croissant Crumbs
Caitlin Bensel

If you’re a chocolate fan, this is the sweet treat for you. I mean, what’s more satisfying than cold, creamy chocolate mousse topped with buttery, flaky croissant crumbs? Just make sure you let your croissants sit out for two days so they get the perfect crumbly texture.

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Marshmallow and Chocolate Shortbread Slices

Marshmallow and Chocolate Shortbread Slices
Caitlin Bensel

Is there anything more delicious than the combination of silky chocolate and fluffy marshmallows? The answer is no, especially when they’re spread on a soft yet chewy shortbread cookie.

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Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Maria Robledo

Skip the store-bought ice cream cake and make this recipe from now on. It’s incredibly easy to put together, but your guests will think otherwise!

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Chocolate Bar Fondue

Chocolate Bar Fondue
Anna Williams

Fondue is fun (and delicious) for kids and adults alike. The best part is, you can totally customize your spread with fruit, cakes, cookies, or whatever you have in the pantry.

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Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Healthy Desserts Recipes: Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
Jennifer Causey

Elevate your traditional rice crispy treats by adding some chocolate and flaky sea salt to the mix. This is the perfect four-ingredient dessert recipe for amateur bakers, but it also works if you’re in a time crunch before your holiday gathering.

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Vanilla Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Vanilla Sweet Potato Cheesecake Recipe
Victor Protasio

This is the holiday dessert that you’ll want to make year after year. The brown butter adds an irresistible nuttiness, while the sweet potato adds a creamy, rich texture. The real vanilla bean, cream cheese, and caramel really bring this cheesecake to another level.

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Banana Pudding Pie Bars With Meringue

Banana Pudding Pie Bars With Meringue Topping
Brie Passano

There’s a reason banana cream pie has been a family favorite for decades. This heavenly recipe is a bit more refined, but still has that delicious, nostalgic flavor that will bring you back to your childhood.

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Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

There’s just something about a classic apple pie that truly sparks joy. It’s sweet, yet tart, and the crust is brown and buttery—it’s what dreams are made of. Add this old-fashioned recipe to your dessert menu because it will never disappoint.

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Gingerbread Latte Whoopie Pies

GIngerbread Latte Whoopie Pies
Caitlin Bensel

Whoopie pies are one of those handheld treats that make you feel like a young, carefree kid, and this version is perfect for a family gathering because it tastes just like the holidays. You may want to make an extra batch because no one can have just one!

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Hugs and Kisses Chocolate Chunk Sheet Pan Cookie

Hugs & Kisses Chocolate Chunk Sheet Pan Cookie
Caitlin Bensel

Move over, sheet pan dinners, it’s all about sheet pan desserts. This recipe is basically just a giant chocolate chip cookie, but better because it’s topped with Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses. If you’re hosting a large crowd this holiday, this sheet pan cookie is a no-brainer.

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