Christmas Dessert Recipes

Getting in the holiday spirit is a whole lot easier with a cookie (or three) in hand. Between office parties, cookie swaps, gift-giving, and more, there’s always an excuse to be baking—and eating—a variety of scrumptious desserts this season. In need of some festive Christmas dessert ideas? We suggest whipping up a variety of mini Christmas desserts, which ensures partygoers can sample everything on the dessert table. These are also a great option when you’re bringing treats to a potluck, where there’s bound to be other sweets in rotation. Christmas cookies are always a classic, and with our holiday cookie calendar, you can find one to make every day for the entire holiday season. If you’re more into cupcakes, try your hand at these adorable decorations, or set up a fondue station complete with Chocolate Bar Fondue. And finally, if the main course is taking up too much space in the oven, we’ve got five fabulous no-bake desserts worth trying.

4 Cookies You Can Make With a Box of Puff Pastry

Don’t flake: Keep a box or two in the freezer and you’ll always be ready for an impromptu cookie swap.

Gingersnap Baked Alaska Pie

This impressive twist on a traditional Baked Alaska is sure to satisfy all your holiday guests—the cookie lovers, the pie fanatics, and the ice cream die-hards, too. We’re suckers for coffee ice cream (and it pairs wonderfully with the warm spices in the gingersnaps), but feel free to use any flavor you please. In the summer, try a graham cracker crust and chocolate ice cream for a tasty take on s’mores. The key to success here is creating a stiff meringue, so be sure to pay attention to the indicators in the recipe. To test whether you’ve achieved stiff peaks, remove the whisk attachment from the mixer and hold it upright. The meringue should hold its peak and not droop down the sides.

Elf-Sized Treats

It’s no secret that Santa is well-fed on Christmas Eve, thanks to the millions of cookies set out for his consumption (and, by the looks of it, he’s not starving the rest of the year either). Sadly, the hardworking Christmas elves are often overlooked, and despite the hours they spend fine-tuning and tinkering with the toys, no one thinks to leave them a tasty treat—until now.

13 Mini Christmas Desserts to Add to Your Wish List

Don’t be fooled by their tiny size. These one-bite treats, which are dangerously delicious, will be the star of any holiday party.

A Cookie A Day for the Entire Season

61 ways to make this the sweetest holiday yet

10 Christmas and Holiday Cookie Decorating Ideas    

Want to make simple sugar cookies truly showstopping? Combine festive decorations with clever how-tos.

55 Easy Holiday Cookies and Candies

These foolproof cookie recipes will be a hit at your Christmas celebration or holiday party.

This Christmas Tree Is More Elegant (and Way Easier) Than a Gingerbread House

Simple and fun to make, this centerpiece will be the hit of your holiday dessert bar. All you need is your favorite no-fail cookie recipe and some star-shaped cutters.

4 Luxe Gingerbread Houses

We designed four gorgeous gingerbread-inspired houses to build and devour this season—no baking required. Use our printable templates to assemble the most stunning homes in Gingerbread Land.

Harlequin Gingerbread House

You’ll be blown away by the modern engineering utilized in this Gaudi-inspired home. Located right in the center of Candy Land’s capital city, this home is constructed of 100% repurposed cookies and treats. The Nutter Butter siding is adorned with edible gold pearl accents and peppermint stick structural elements. Our favorite feature is the state-of-the-art, solar-paneled, Rice Krispies treat roof. It’s located within walking distance of Candy Land College, home to some of the country’s foremost thought leaders on candy-centered architecture and design. This home and its custom interiors were recently featured in Architectural Digest and dwell magazines (January 2016 and May 2016 respectively).