37 of the Best Christmas Desserts & Treats

Deck the halls, string your lights, and have your aprons at the ready! This list features 37 of the Best Christmas Desserts & Treats to tuck into this holiday season. From the best Christmas cakes and Christmas pies, to easy holiday baked goods and festive homemade treats; you’re sure to find your next favorite among this lot.

Looking for more Christmas dessert inspiration? Check out our ultimate holiday round-ups of the Best Christmas Cookies or these Sugar Cookie Recipes!

Easy Christmas CakeS & Cupcakes

Easy cake recipes from layer cakes to cheesecakes! These Christmas cakes are made with festive ingredients plus a little Yuletide magic.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cake

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The magic of Christmas manifested in cake form! Moist chocolate cake filled with a silky white chocolate buttercream and crushed peppermint bark is the perfect holiday cake.

Slices of sugared cranberry layer cake on dessert plates, next to the remaining cake on a cake stand.

Easy Carrot Cake with Sugared Cranberries

Rich and moist carrot cake gets a holiday twist with this easy cake recipe filled with festive cranberries. Topped with whipped cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberries for a little extra sparkle!

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Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Beautiful, moist red velvet cupcakes are the color of the season! This recipe for gluten-free cupcakes will have everyone ho-ho-hoping for more!

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The BEST Gooey Nutella Chocolate Lava Cake with Champagne Muddled Raspberries

Always impressive yet ultra easy to make, Nutella chocolate lava cake gets in the holiday spirit with a festive topping of champagne-soaked raspberries.

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Black Forest Cupcakes

These decadent black forest cupcakes take all the rich flavors of a classic black forest cake and miniaturize them into cupcake form! A moist chocolate cupcake is stuffed with cherry filling, then topped with whipped cream frosting, fresh cherries and shaved chocolate.

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Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Sheet Cake

If you’re feeding a crowd, this is the perfect cake recipe! Filled with pumpkin and cinnamon, this easy sheet cake is sure to awe and amaze at your holiday table.

Eggnog tres leches cake is the perfect light, airy, and moist cake for the holidays. Whether you love or hate eggnog, this cake will make anyone love it and it's perfectly festive for the holiday season!

Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

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Eggnog brings a new level of moisture to this light and airy cake recipe. Singing with holiday flavor, this is one cake that is perfect for Christmas dessert!

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Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Cue the heavenly choir because this decadent chocolate angel food cake is sure to make you sing! Light and fluffy chocolate sponge cake is topped with whipped cream frosting and fresh strawberries. What’s not to love?

Holiday CHeesecakes

Cheesecakes are in a league of their own when it comes to festive holiday treats! Here are some of our favorite cheesecake recipes for celebrating Christmas.

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Gingerbread Cheesecake

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Take classic Christmas gingerbread flavors and put them in a cheesecake! This easy cheesecake recipe is made with a gingersnap cookie crust and a spiced, brown sugar cheesecake filling. Yum!

Instant Pot S’mores Cheesecake

It doesn’t get tastier or easier than this instant pot cheesecake recipe! In true s’mores style, this creamy cheesecake is complete with milk chocolate, marshmallows and a buttery Graham cracker crust.

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New York Cheesecake Recipe

New York is as famous for its cheesecake as it is for its Rockefeller Tree! This is the only creamy, classic cheesecake recipe you’ll ever need.

This No Bake Cheesecake Recipe is easy and so creamy

The Best No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

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If water baths aren’t your thing but you still want an ultra-creamy, super satisfying cheesecake, go the no-bake route! This silky smooth cheesecake is made with the simplest cream cheese filling, then topped with cherry pie filling.

How About a Slice of Pie?

From classic Christmas recipes to new and exciting twists, try these homemade pies featuring comforting, seasonal ingredients.

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

A full holiday schedule leaves little room for error, and this the foolproof pumpkin pie recipe to see you through all your holiday gatherings!

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Kahlua Pecan Pie

Pecan pie with an adult spin, made with Kahlua coffee liqueur. The answer is yes – it’s just as heavenly as it sounds!

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Southern Chocolate Chess Pie

This chocolate chess pie is a classic Southern dessert. An easy gluten-free pie made with creamy chocolate custard, perfect for savoring this Christmas!

A no bake chocolate pie with whipped cream and an Oreo crust

Creamy Marshmallow Chocolate Pie

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A no-bake pie recipe filled with a silky chocolate and marshmallow filling, this creamy chocolate pie is bound to leave a lasting impression at the holiday table!

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Vegan Pecan Pie Recipe

A vegan-friendly pecan pie that caters to any holiday guests with a sweet tooth! This holiday pecan pie is just as delicious as the original with a few easy substitutions.

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Cinnamon Roll Pie

All the familiar flavors of a cinnamon roll, dressed up in a gorgeous pie fit for the holidays!

Baked Goodies

These easy Christmas baked goods seriously channel all the cozy holiday vibes. Perfect for every occasion, from breakfast on Christmas morning to easy potluck desserts!

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Fluffy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

These easy, fluffy cinnamon rolls are the perfect recipe to kickstart your mornings throughout the festive season!

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Pecan Pie Pound Cake Recipe

A tender Christmas pound cake meets a flavorful pecan pie; the result? This delicious combination of two classic holiday desserts!

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Rum Glazed Banana Bread

Christmas is the perfect time to take your banana bread to the next level! Try this easy, moist banana bread recipe topped with a rich and boozy rum glaze.

Pan of Cherry Kuchen Bars Topped with Glaze

Cherry Kuchen Bars

Simple and scrumptious, these dessert bars are a holiday-worthy crossover of cherry pie, vanilla pound cake, and sugar cookies! Discover for yourself why this German-inspired dessert is one not to miss!

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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts

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A good old fashioned donut recipe harbors all the rustic holiday feels. Try these easy homemade donuts made with tangy sour cream.

A top down view of a batch of vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies on a white table.

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

This is an easy and decadent, vegan brownie dessert that’s packed with pumpkin, plus a sweet cream cheese swirl.

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Crock-Pot Chocolate Cobbler

Indulge a little or a lot with this decadent chocolate cobbler recipe. The creamy chocolate topping and baked texture call to mind both chocolate pudding and chocolate lava cake!

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Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe

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You’ve never experienced bread pudding like this before! Cozy, rich flavors of hot chocolate infuse the Christmas spirit into this easy dessert, topped with toasted marshmallows.

Golden apples stuffed with chopped nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Cinnamon Baked Apples

Baked apples with cinnamon are the ultimate cozy treat to enjoy this Christmas. Super simple to make and soaked in a citrusy syrup, this is an easy baked dessert that guests will swoon over.

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My Family’s Traditional Baklava Recipe

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Christmas calls for a bit of tradition, and this is an easy family recipe for traditional baklava that won’t disappoint. This dessert is deliciously flaky, drenched in lemon syrup and filled with the crunch of walnuts.

Apple cranberry dumplings with ice cream.

Easy Cranberry Apple Dumplings

A perfect combination of cranberries and apples unite in this easy recipe for homemade dessert dumplings. Serve these baked dumplings with vanilla ice cream for a flavorful and easy Christmas treat!

More Christmas Dessert Ideas

Here are more fun and delicious holiday desserts to try, from seasonal creme brûlée to homemade candy treats! Serve these easy recipes as part of a holiday dessert table, or as sweet party appetizers.

eggnog crème brûlée in a white ramekin with sugared cranberries on top.

Eggnog Crème Brûlée

Eggnog creme brûlée is the perfect meeting of two holiday treats; all the delicious flavors of rum and nutmeg infused into a decadent and easy Christmas creme brûlée.

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Buttercrunch Toffee (Homemade Heath Bar)

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A healthy homemade toffee recipe passed down through the generations! This buttery toffee crunch bar made with chocolate and crushed nuts may just be your family’s next Christmas tradition, too!

Struffoli with Rainbow Sprinkles Arranged in a Wreath Shape on a Plate

Struffoli

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A fun and easy Christmas dessert consisting of sweet fried dough balls coated in honey. Also known as honey balls, these are perfect for decorating with holiday sprinkles.

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Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

This is a classic family recipe for easy homemade sopapillas. It’s hard to go wrong with fried dough, honey and powdered sugar!

Apple spice cinnamon sugar pound cake bites are the ultimate treat to serve your friends and family! You'll love coating your Sara Lee All-Butter Pound cake with this sweet Fall mixture! #sponsored #UniquelyYours

Apple Spice Cinnamon Sugar Pound Cake Bites

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These incredible, cinnamon sugar-coated pound cake bites are loaded with the flavors of apple and spice! A burst of the holidays in every bite.

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Oven-Baked Caramel Corn

Homemade caramel popcorn is full of nostalgia, and delicious caramelized flavors! Baked in the oven, this recipe puts the store bought version to shame.

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Pumpkin Spice Crème Brûlée

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A rich and creamy creme brûlée recipe with the festive addition of pumpkin spice. A Yuletide version of a French creme brûlée!

Frozen Chocolate Brandy Alexander - Our favorite Holiday cocktail made with Dark Chocolate Brandy, coffee, and ice cream.

Frozen Chocolate Brandy Alexander

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Cheers to the festive season with this frozen version of a classic holiday drink. Brandy, ice cream, and coffee mingle together in this delicious dessert cocktail!

DIY Chocolate Bowls made with balloons that are filled with fresh berries and topped with a dairy free Coconut Whipped Cream. These Chocolate Bowls are the perfect light and refreshing Valentines Day dessert.

Chocolate Bowls with Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream

Adorable single-serving desserts made with fresh berries in homemade chocolate bowls, topped with a tropical coconut whipped cream.

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