15 Christmas Desserts You Can Make in Your 9x13 Baking Dish

gingerbread cheesecake bars topped with whipped cream and a tiny gingerbread cookie
Photo: My Hot Southern Mess

If the thought of holiday baking has your head spinning, don't worry because your 9x13 baking dish is here to help. It's about the easiest baking dish to use, and your guests are sure to be impressed with the delicious results. Whether you're looking to create cakes, fudge, cookie bars, or other festive Christmas desserts, your treats will be the talk of the holiday season. Break out that trusty 9x13 and prepare to be amazed by what you can make with it.

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Holiday Baker

Not only are these Scotcharoos made in a 9x13-inch pan, but they also don't require any baking so they'll be the easiest dessert you make this holiday. These bars only require six ingredients: peanut butter, crisp rice cereal, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Reviewers say if you like Rice Krispie treats, these are even better.

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Reviewers say this quick and easy Tiramisu recipe tastes just like the cake you'd find at your favorite Italian restaurant. The no-bake dessert is loaded with ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder to create a delicious and classic dessert. Reviewers say if you don't have the kirschwasser (cherry brandy) called for in the recipe, you can use coffee-flavored liquor instead.

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Cranberry Bars

Cranberry Bars
Photo by Sarah Koethe.

"A yummy bar that is tart and sweet at the same time. Easy to put together and your home will smell wonderful while they're baking," says recipe creator TWILLIAMS05. Reviewers say you can use canned or leftover cranberry sauce to make the filling.

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Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars

gingerbread cheesecake bars topped with whipped cream and a tiny gingerbread cookie
My Hot Southern Mess

Gingerbread lovers will devour these gingerbread-flavored cheesecake bars. The crust is essentially a gingerbread cookie and it's topped with a gingerbread-flavored cream cheese mixture and garnished with whipped cream.

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Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

stacked up squares of Brooke's Best Bombshell Brownies

You can never go wrong with brownies for the holidays. "My family is a brownie family...and my husband said these are the best brownies he has ever had! I usually make the ones from a box, and he said these are far better. They were really fudgy and soft," says reviewer Sephram Raymond.

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Chef John's Carrot Cake

Chef John's carrot cake on a white plate with frosting
Chef John

Chef John's Carrot Cake has a few tasty surprises in the mix like ginger, crushed pineapple, pecans, and walnuts — and coconut oil! Top it off with Chef John's cream cheese frosting for a delicious treat that will rival your typical holiday desserts. And that colorful garnish? It's candied carrot; check out the recipe to see how to make it.

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Melt In Your Mouth Toffee

Melt In Your Mouth Toffee
Linda (LMT)

With just five ingredients and one hour, you'll have this perfect munchable, giftable homemade candy. "I'm having a piece from my practice batch right now (I was considering it for Christmas gifts, and I am SOLD!). Great-tasting, crunchy toffee. I followed the recipe exactly, with no problems," says home cook Allison C.

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Cranberry Almond Swirl Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Cranberry Almond Swirl Cheesecake Cookie Bars

These cheesecake bars have extra holiday flavor from the homemade cranberry sauce that is swirled on top. And you can use fresh or frozen cranberries to make the cranberry sauce. Reviewers recommend making this the night before to allow the crust to set up.

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World's Best Oreo® Fudge

oreo fudge on a white plate

This white chocolate fudge is loaded with sweet flavor from marshmallow cream and Oreo cookies. If you want more of an Oreo flavor, reviewers recommend adding a whole cup of crushed cookies instead half a cup.

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Crazy Cake

Crazy Cake
My Hot Southern Mess

This cake is made entirely in the 9x13 baking dish, so you don't even have to dirty a bowl — how easy is that? Even though this cake is egg-free, reviewers say you would never even know. Top this cake with your favorite frosting — try chocolate ganache, Creamy Chocolate Frosting, or German chocolate cake frosting.

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Fresh Cranberry Cake

square cranberry cake with fresh cranberries and whipped cream

Loaded with fresh cranberries, this cake is sure to be a holiday favorite. The recipe calls for a vanilla cream sauce, but reviewers tend to skip it and instead serve this cake topped with whipped cream or an orange liqueur sauce.

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Old-Fashioned Persimmon Pudding

Old-Fashioned Persimmon Pudding

"Amazing, so tasty. Melted in my mouth. Easy to follow recipe. This recipe was very forgiving and absolutely delicious. A mainstay in my recipe book from now on. And the family loved it! I'll be making this for the holidays," says reviewer Patricia Pretty.

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Peanut Butter Bars I

Peanut Butter Bars I
Photo by Rebekah Rose Hills.

Reviewers say these no-bake peanut butter bars taste even better than your favorite store-bought peanut butter cups. The six-ingredient bars have a peanut butter and graham cracker bottom and are topped with a layer of chocolate and peanut butter.

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Creamy Coconut Cake

Creamy Coconut Cake

This coconut cake is only five ingredients and is so easy to make with a package of white cake mix. Reviewers say the key to this tasty cake is letting it cool completely before adding the whipped cream so it has a chance to set up.

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Chocolate Eclair Dessert

side view of a no-bake dessert of graham cracker and custard layers, topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream
Melissa Goff

"This is a no-bake pudding dessert that's so quick and easy to make--everyone loves it. I always keep the ingredients on hand in case I need a quick dessert. It's best if it sits overnight before serving," says recipe contributor KBehrens2

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