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.

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Affogato With Hazelnuts and Chocolate 

Affogato: An Italian coffee-based (easy!) dessert that adds a touch of elegance to a dinner party. The combination of caffeine and ice cream is the perfect way to round out your gathering. We suggest brewing some decaf, too, for guests who shy away from caffeine come dinnertime. Hazelnuts add crunch and richness to every bite, while the chocolate shavings make each serving festive. Serve the affogatos in coupe or wine glasses to make the treat feel extra special. Or, for a more casual dessert, serve in ice cream bowls or mugs. Once you experience the ice cream melting into the coffee, this will quickly become one of your favorite party tricks.

3 Holiday Cake Decorating Stencils

These stencils designs—and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar—will help you create gorgeous holiday cakes, no special pastry training required.

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.

10 Christmas and Holiday Cookie Decorating Ideas    

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

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.