Christmas Dessert Recipes

Creamy cheesecakes, decadent pies, moist cakes and mouthwatering cookies are among our best holiday dessert recipes. More ideas:
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White Chocolate-Gingerbread Trifle: The gingerbread in this trifle has dense texture and peppery ginger flavor. About two-thirds of the cake is used for the trifle. Save the rest for snacking or cut it into cubes to toast and serve with ice cream.

35 Best Holiday Desserts

Red Velvet Cheesecake: Don't let the red color fool you: The flavor of this holiday dessert is all chocolate. Recipe:

35 Best Holiday Desserts

Fabulous Red Velvet Cake: We gussied up chocolate cake mix with sour cream and red food coloring for this festive cake. So easy! Recipe:

Fabulous Red Velvet Cake

Triple Peanut Butter Streusel Bars: Dry-roasted peanuts, peanut butter-flavored pieces and peanut butter bring triple flavor to this make-ahead bar cookie. Recipe:

35 Best Holiday Desserts

Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge: Chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella) gives this fudge a smooth texture and luscious nutty flavor. Recipe:

35 Best Holiday Desserts

Peppermint Brownie Pie: This rich blend of two favorite holiday flavors—chocolate and mint—might start a new dessert tradition in your house. Recipe:

Peppermint Brownie Pie

Holiday Seven-Layer Bars: Mixed dried fruit bits and candy-coated milk chocolate pieces are among the layers that make this bar cookie distinctive. Recipe:

35 Best Holiday Desserts

Oreo Truffles: These easy candies look elegant but are simple to make. Recipe:

35 Best Holiday Desserts

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars: A spiced graham cracker crust and bourbon-infused egg nog filling give these simple bars a delicious holiday twist. Recipe:

35 Best Holiday Desserts

Bet You Can't Eat Just One Sugar Cookies: Melt-in-your-mouth cookies come from the recipe file of a Missouri reader. Recipe:

Bet You Can't Eat Just One Sugar Cookies

Raspberry Truffles: These five-ingredient truffles come together in a snap. Recipe:

35 Best Holiday Desserts

White Christmas Peppermint Layer Cake: Fanciful pink peppermint frosting and snowy cake layers will brighten any holiday party. Recipe:

White Christmas Peppermint Layer Cake

Orange-Ginger Cookie Sandwiches: A round cookie cutter with scalloped edges makes a nice shape for these cookies, but bell, tree or star cutters would also be good choices for the holidays. Recipe:

Orange-Ginger Cookie Sandwiches

White Chocolate Christmas Fudge: This five-ingredient fudge is simplicity, squared: Just melt, stir, spread, cool and cut. Recipe:

White Chocolate Christmas Fudge

Four ingredients, endless shortbread possibilities:

Shortbread Cookies 12 Ways

Triple-Almond Haystack Wreath - Be warned: The salty crunch of chow mein noodles makes this completely addictive. Recipe:

Triple-Almond Haystack Wreath

Santa's Whiskers Cookies, a classic recipe that gets its color from red and green chopped cherries. Recipes:

Santa's Whiskers Cookies

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Coffee Bean Meltaways: If you’ve ever made butter mints, you’ll recognize this no-cook powdered sugar mixture. Recipe:

Coffee Bean Meltaways

Roasted Pears with Lemon Cream and Candied Pine Nuts: This grand finale of a dessert features maple-burnished pears, drifts of lemony whipped cream and a sprinkling of candied pine nuts. Recipe:

Roasted Pears with Lemon Cream and Candied Pine Nuts

Golden Toffee Nuggets: Dipping toffee pieces halfway in chocolate is way tidier and easier than fully coating them—and the result is more striking, visually. Recipe:

Golden Toffee Nuggets

Crispy Gingerbread - This festively spiced recipe (with a hint of orange zest) makes thin, crunchy cookies that work well for gingerbread houses, edible place cards and ornaments. Recipe:

Crispy Gingerbread

Sea Salt Caramels: Caramels made in the microwave? Absolutely! And the only gear you need is a candy thermometer. Recipe:

Sea Salt Caramels

The Girl Scout: Top chocolate bark candy with chopped chocolate-mint candy (such as Andes) and sandwich cookies (such as Oreos). More ideas for fun chocolate bark toppings:

9 Fun Ways to Top Chocolate Bark Candy

How to make a gorgeous "stained-glass" cookie:

How to Decorate Dazzling Cookies