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A Bunch of festive Dessert ideas for Christmas

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you probably are aware that I’m a big fan of the holidays. I’m also not a great cook so when it comes to what to bring to holiday parties I tend to stick with dessert. So I just put together a really fun roundup of some festive dessert ideas for Christmas. 

Since we all have different tastes and preferences I wanted to make sure I shared lots of variety with my festive dessert ideas for Christmas. I broke it down by type of dessert (cakes, cookies, candy. etc.) Then made sure to include a lot of different flavors throughout. 

 

Christmas Pies and cakes

I feel that Thanksgiving is more the holiday of pies and Christmas is not typically a pie or cake holiday but I have included a few fun pie and cake ideas for Christmas if that is the type of dessert you prefer. 

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1 Eggnog Custard Pie – Just 4 ingredients to make

Eggnog Custard Pie

2. Christmas Cookie Pie ( This is one looks way too delicious) 

 

3. Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites ( These are a no-bake treat)

Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites! No bake and super easy to make!

4. Chocolate Cake bites with Peanut Butter Frosting 

Chocolate Cake Bites with Peanut Butter Frosting - fun mini cakes with the most delicious Peanut Butter Frosting you have ever tasted. A great dessert idea and a unique take on a cupcake. Super easy to make, they will be a big hit on your Thanksgiving dessert table or your Christmas Dessert exchange. Follow us for more Thanksgiving and Christmas food ideas.

5. Peppermint Bark Cheesecake ( I might be trying this one out this Christmas, my husband loves cheesecake)

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake | Cooking Classy

6. This super tasty looking Cinnamon Sugar Cake 

Cinnamon-Sugar Cake

7.  Vanilla Cake Roll ( One of the best  festive dessert ideas I think. It is so pretty)

A simple vanilla roll cake with red and green dots and spirals of creamy buttercream is the perfect dessert for Christmas parties.

8. Apple Crumb Pie ( We have apple pie at every Christmas because my mom likes making them and they are a family favorite)

Apple Crumble Pie-- heavy on the crumble topping! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

9. Chocolate Pecan Pie 

The ultimate dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas - CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE! This is superbly yummy, easy and looks so pretty, too!

10. For you pumpkin lovers, check out this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce 

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce----Sondra Lyn atHome.com

11. You might want to try out this Chocolate Candy Cane Cake 

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake: no one will know it started from a box mix! So rich, fudgy, and full of peppermint candy!

 

Cupcakes for Christmas

I am such a fan of cupcakes. They are easy to make and so much fun to decorate for each event. Christmas might not seem like cupcake time but any time is the right time to bring cupcakes.

1 Cranberry Orange Cupcakes 

Cranberry Orange Cupcakes with sugared cranberries. Perfect for the holidays and Christmas dessert | Carrie Sellman for TheCakeBlog.com

2. You could try these one bowl Eggnog Cupcakes 

Showstopping soft and fluffy eggnog cupcakes are made in just one-bowl! Holiday dessert the easy and delicious way.

3. I think these Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting sound and look delicious 

Gingerbread Cupcakes | Cooking Classy

4. Christmas Hot Cocoa Cupcakes 

5. Vegan Cupcakes with Candy Canes 

6. I love how cute these Easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes look 

I love these Christmas Tree Cupcakes! They're so cute and great to make with the kids! Plus they're easier than they look and are such a fun and festive dessert for holiday parties!

7. Spiced Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting 

8.  These super adorable Reindeer Cupcakes 

how to make reindeer cupcake

9. Santa Hat Cupcakes (with Homemade Frosting)

These Santa hat cupcakes are simple to make but look like a million bucks. They have the favor of a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting.

10. Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Chocolate Christmas Tree Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from justataste.com

Christmas Cookies

This is going to be one of the biggest dessert categories. With cookie exchanges and cookies for Santa. Christmas is a rime and holiday for cookies. There are so many really great ones to try out there but here are some really amazing ones for you to try out.

1 Check out these adorable Christmas tree Cookie Cups 

Christmas Tree Cookie Cups are fun, yummy and very easy to make. Try this special Christmas Treat and they will become instant family favorite Christmas Cookie. (They'd be a great for a Cookie Exchange too!) Follow us for more more great Christmas Dessert ideas.

2. Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies 

Easy Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies Recipe

3. Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cupcakes 

4. These Peppermint Bark Oreos look like a simple and tasty treat 

5. Peppermint Chocolate Puddle Cookies – Naturally Gluten, Grain and Dairy Free

peppermint-chocolate-puddle-cookies-2

6.  Peppermint Shortbread Cookies 

These festive Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays this year! With only five ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and look so gosh darn pretty! | MomOnTimeout.com | #recipe #cookie #WishForOthers

7. Chocolate M&M Christmas Cookies 

Chocolate M&M Christmas Cookies - a fun and festive dessert to bring to a Christmas Party or a Holiday Cookie Exchange. These colorful Christmas Cookies are delicious and easy to make. Pin this yummy Christmas treat for later and follow us for more great Christmas Food Ideas.

8. How amazing do these dark chocolate Peppermint sugar cookie cups look?

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Cups filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses. An easy treat that is perfect for the holidays!

9. Pecan Pie Cookies 

10. A Christmas classic with Gingerbread Cookies 

Gingerbread Cookies | Cooking Classy

11. Santa’s Swirl Sugar Cookies 

Santa's Swirl Sugar Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy holiday cookie recipe that transforms sugar cookies into a festive sweet treat with red and green colored sugars!

12. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles 

No Bake Sugar Cookie Balls — Little truffles of cookie goodness dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled like snowballs! | Recipe on If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

13. Christmas Funfetti Cookies 

14. Easy Apple Pie Cookies 

Easy Apple Pie Cookies Recipe

15. 3 ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies 

3 ingred. shorbread 4

Brownies and Bars

  1. Loaded M&M Oreo Holiday Cookie Bars 

2. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies 

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

3. I am loving these Christmas Tree Brownies

These Christmas Tree Brownies are SO EASY and they look adorable! Wouldn't they make a great treat to take to a Christmas party?!

4. Snickers Cookie Bars 

Snickers chocolate chip cookie bars - great recipe for leftover Halloween candy! | www.ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com

5. These awesome sounding Andes Mint Brownies 

6. Chocolate Carmel Rice Krispie Squares 

Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Squares

7. Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars 

8. Peppermint Brownies 

9. Try out these Cherry Cheesecake Brownies 

 cherrycheesecakebrownies4

10. S’ mores Christmas Crack Bars (The recipe seems pretty simple and I like simple desserts)

11. Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake Bars 

 Christmas Candy

1  How fun does this easy Christmas bark look? I love it. 

Easy Christmas Bark 3

2. These Marshmallow Christmas Pops will be a big hit I’m sure. 

Christmas Marshmallow Pops - a festive and yummy Christmas dessert for your family. So easy to make and you won't believe how delicious these Chocolate covered Marshmallow Wands are. They would be a great Christmas Treat for this year's Holiday Party. Pin this delicious Christmas Candy for later and follow us for more great Christmas Food Ideas.

3.These Red Velvet Truffles are kind of cake and candy and so perfect for the holidays 

4. Candy Bar Prertzel Bites 

Christmas Cookie Recipes

5. As a peppermint fan I want to try this Easy Peppermint Bark 

An unbelievably easy, no-fuss, christmas peppermint bark recipe.

6. White Chocolate Caramel Cashew Clusters 

4 ingredient caramel cashew clusters! These candies are so easy and can be frozen for a simple make-ahead treat! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

7. Rocky Road Fudge ( You only need 4 ingredients)

8. Christmas Santa Crunch Popcorn 

9. Christmas Candy Crunch ( Only 5 ingredients and takes 15 minutes)

Christmas Candy Crunch

10. Yummy Peppermint Truffles 

I am looking forward to many wonderful and fun holiday events coming up in the next few months. I love being able to celebrate with family and friends. So many of these festive dessert ideas for Christmas are simple and quick to make. I want you to be spending time enjoying yourself and not stuck baking for hours. Unless that’s what you love to do. 

I’d love for you to leave me a comment sharing what your favorite holiday sweet treat is