20 Christmas Desserts to Delight Your Holiday Crowd
Each of these desserts will each at least a dozen holiday guests.
Hosting a crowd this Christmas? 'Tis the season for endless entertaining after all. Be prepared with festive desserts that make enough to keep everybody feeling holly jolly.
Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Desserts for a Crowd
While a batch of Christmas cookies will always make enough to feed a crowd, sometimes you just want to do something a little more special. We're talking about cakes, trifles, pies, and more. These are special-occasion desserts that don't skimp on the servings. Each of these top-rated Christmas desserts yields enough to feed at least a dozen people.
1. Eggnog Cheesecake III | 12 Servings
"This may be the best cheesecake I've ever made. I brought this to our work holiday party and everyone raved about it. Not too sweet, great eggnog flavor," says reviewer Saint Louis Cook. Recipe creator Bill Sinclair says the secret to this festive cheesecake is to whip the cream cheese in a food processor.
2. Deep South Eggnog Cake | 12 Servings
Reviewer Doughgirl8 says, "My new favorite Christmas dessert! This was wonderful...Even the non-eggnog fan loved it: 'Now this is about the only reason for eggnog to exist, as far as I'm concerned.' Delicious!"
3. Tiramisu II | 12 Servings
"I don't normally bring a dish to a party until I've 'test driven' it with my immediate family, but I decided to go ahead and trust the Allrecipes community and brought this to our extended family Christmas party this past weekend. It was a hit," says reviewer CALSMOM. "I'm picky about my tiramisu and was doubtful that I could produce one that I really liked. This is it. I took the advice of several others and doubled the coffee mixture, and had just enough."
4. Ultimate Cranberry Pudding Cake | 12 Servings
This cranberry bundt cake is drizzled with a hot butter sauce for a decadent dessert. Reviewer ILA 8030 says, "I sliced the cake and placed on a Christmas platter with the sauce in a bowl in the middle—beautiful display. This is a keeper for holiday parties!"
5. White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake | 16 Servings
"This recipe got rave reviews from my family on Christmas! One tip, which made this even easier to make: I used seedless raspberry jam instead of cooking the raspberries on the stove. I just microwaved 6 tablespoons of jam for 30 seconds before adding to the cheesecake. It was so much easier and tasted fantastic," says reviewer CLEMSONMAV. Garnish with white chocolate curls for an elegant dessert fit for a holiday gathering.
6. Chocolate Decadence Yule Log | 12 Servings
"We traditionally have a buche (or yule log) for Christmas, and I've tried many recipes before I reached what I was expecting with this one. It is so easy too," says reviewer IVANDIEPART. "It took me less than one hour to have this one ready on my serving plate (if not for refrigeration time, of course)." This classic holiday cake is as much a dessert as it is a work of art.
7. Chocolate Trifle | 12 Servings
Make this dessert ahead of time and chill it in the fridge overnight for less stress the day of. Layers of brownies, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and chocolate chunks make for a dessert that no one will be able to resist. Reviewer Juliebird says, "This is now known among our friends as 'The Dessert.' Before every party, I'm asked if I'm bringing 'The Dessert.' It is so good!"
8. Cherry Pound Cake | 12 Servings
"Just a perfect little cake—moist, tender crumb, with just the right amount of cherries—any more than what the recipe called for would have been overkill. This fit perfectly in one of the smaller, specialty Bundt pans and made a really beautiful presentation glazed with a mixture of reserved cherry juice and powdered sugar and just a light sprinkling of white jimmies," says reviewer naples34102. Some reviewers suggest lowering the baking time to prevent dryness.
9. Golden Rum Cake | 12 Servings
Recipe creator Jackie Smith says, "My family requests this rummy Bundt cake from me at all our get-togethers. The butter rum glaze makes it special. An easy way to glaze your cake is to pour half of the glaze into Bundt pan, reinsert cake, then pour the rest of glaze over the bottom of the cake. Let absorb well then invert back onto platter."
10. Upside Down Pear Gingerbread Cake | 12 Servings
Warm spices blend with winter pears to make a unique seasonal dessert. Reviewer coloradomaj says, "I lined my springform with parchment paper and put a cookie sheet on the rack below the cake pan which caught a little butter drippage but nothing major. Great spice flavor-blend!"
11. Irresistible Pecan Pie | 12 Servings
"I've been struggling for the last 8 years to get a pecan pie that had a firm middle but lightly toasted pecan top," says reviewer TammyTexas. "This recipe calls for crushed pecans to be stirred into the filling — and I was completely shocked that my filling was perfect. Nice, firm, not over done, not over cooked — and you don't notice from a texture perspective that the pecans are in the filling. I'm glad to finally know the secret!"
12. Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake | 12 Servings
"I found this recipe right before Christmas last year, and it was such a hit at our Christmas Eve party that I've had requests to bring it again," says reviewer FAIRUZAH. Turn this cake over for a spectacular display of cranberries and pecans.
13. Tiramisu Cheesecake | 12 Servings
Two classic desserts combine to make one holiday treat worthy of your dessert table. "I served this for Christmas dinner and it was a big hit...Very attractive served with whipped cream, a dusting of cocoa a dash of cinnamon sitting in a puddle of Kaluha," says reviewer Morupe.
14. Santa's Favorite Cake | 12 Servings
It's Santa's favorite and soon to be yours too: peppermint red velvet cake with peppermint cream cheese frosting. "I called it a 'Candy Cane Cake' and it was the perfect ending at my in-law's Christmas dinner this year," says reviewer shaken_not_stirred. "Everyone loved it, especially served with a scoop of chocolate ice cream!"
15. Eggnog Gingerbread Trifle | 20 Servings
Recipe creator Jen Graham says, "Combining two of the holiday season's best flavors, this dessert is easy to make and a crowd pleaser! If you are feeling fancy, you can pipe your top layer of whipped cream on the trifle. Since I normally travel with this dessert and put a lid on it, I just spread a nice thick layer on top and then sprinkle with some chopped dried cranberries and crumbled gingerbread cookies." This holiday dessert can be made in advance and chilled overnight.
16. Apple Bavarian Torte | 12 Servings
Reviewer HOLLYBELL says, "Simple to make and looks beautiful on a nice serving plate. Taste is fabulous. Everyone loved it at our holiday gathering. This is really something special. Will make again and again when I need a nice dessert that everyone will like. " This elegant torte is layered with cream cheese, almonds, and apples.
17. Tiramisu Toffee Dessert | 12 Servings
There's no baking necessary for this easy version of the popular Italian dessert. Reviewer Christine Denstaedt says, "Absolutely the best ‘big crowd' desert. Using homemade pound cake for it knocks it out of the park."
18. Fresh Cranberry Cake | 12 Servings
Recipe creator Deborah Day describes this cake as, "A beautiful and easy cake to make! Great for the holiday season and even better in the summer with any fresh berry you have on hand!" This fresh cranberry cake is saturated in a decadent, hot butter sauce.
19. Irish Cream Bundt Cake | 12 Servings
"This cake is awesome! I make it every year for the holidays (Christmas and Easter for sure)," says reviewer "It's perfect as written. Be sure to beat it for the full five minutes, it makes a difference!" Fans of Irish cream will love this festive bundt cake.
20. White Fruit Cake | 36 Servings
This fruit cake has been known to turn even the most reluctant fruit cake eaters into fans. Reviewer KWEBB says, "I made this first last Christmas (with a few fruit tweaks of my own, but I always do that) and everyone loved it, even the fruitcake resisters."