18 Traditional Christmas Desserts We Could Make Every Year
Of all the traditions that come with Christmas, perhaps none are as sweet as the desserts we make. The nostalgia surrounding our favorite holiday cakes, pies, cookies, and candies keeps us coming back to them year after year like a magical time machine. Scroll through to find some of our most beloved traditional Christmas recipes that never go out of style.
Bûche de Noël
Also known as a Yule log, this traditional chocolate cake still steals the show in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, and other former French colonies.
Mini Christmas Cakes
You may associate fruitcakes with that one neighbor, coworker, or aunt who never failed to deliver one to your door. Gifting Mini Christmas Cakes would be a fun, unexpected alternative to a standard fruitcake.
Russian Tea Cakes I
"Bubba brought it with her when she came from Lithuania. I pass it on in the true spirit of this season," says recipe creator THEAUNT708, who adds that five generations have now made these cookies during the Christmas season.
Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men
"I was looking for a classic, soft, delicious gingerbread cookie recipe, and I found it! This recipe makes such a nice, soft dough with the perfect blend of spices." — Spongebob7
The Real Red Velvet Cake
Though it's a Christmas-appropriate shade of red, this red velvet cake requires no food coloring thanks to non-alkalized cocoa powder. An old-fashioned white ermine frosting tops it off.
Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge
"My mother used to make fudge every Christmas, and although I wanted to carry on that tradition the traditional fudge recipes were all so hard and never seemed to turn out well. I tried this recipe last year, and not only was it quick and super easy, the fudge tasted spectacular," home cook HEATHERHIPPO writes.
Carrot Cake III
"This is my husband's favorite cake, but we always purchased one from a bakery. So, I was very intimidated trying this, not only for him but for Christmas day with his family. The instructions were to the point and very easy to follow, but most importantly, it was an absolute hit! Everyone loved it, especially my better half. I'd recommend this recipe to anyone and everyone," Ebbz Rozéfort says.
French Silk Chocolate Pie I
"I got rave reviews from everyone at Christmas dinner. All the ladies wanted the recipe," home cook DULCINEA27 writes. "It was light and fluffy and set very well. Goes great with a very buttery crust!"
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
"I have never made a cheesecake before, and because of the reviews for this one, I made it for Christmas. Oh my goodness! It was the best I ever had," Alicia Capozzi says.
Date Nut Loaf Cake
A warm brown sugar sauce takes this moist Date Nut Loaf Cake to the next level. For an extra kick, consider replacing a tablespoon of water with whiskey, as home cook amirasandra suggests.
Soft Christmas Cookies
"These cookies puffed up nicely and held their shape when using cookie cutters. Very buttery and not overly sweet," home cook Bonniejo Roberts says. Other reviewers agree that these cookies couldn't be easier to bake and cut.
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
With 10,000 reviews averaging a five-star rating, this prize-winning pie may just rival your own grandmother's recipe.
Too Much Chocolate Cake
"This chocolate cake is phenomenal! I have been making this for about two years now for many, many different occasions, and it always gets rave reviews," Ellen E. says. "Chocolate doesn't get any better than this!"
Irresistible Pecan Pie
"After a trial run to rave reviews, this pie made its proper début at our family Christmas dinner and was one of the smash hits of the evening," reviewer SARAH-NEKO says.
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
Sticky toffee pudding is a traditional English dessert that gets its flavor from cinnamon, dates, raisins, and dried currants.
"A Christmastime treat! This holiday confection is gobbled up quickly by guests, and it is so easy to make. The cool crunch of peppermint with creamy white chocolate is a divine combination," writes recipe creator HONDA.
Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread
"If I could give this 10 stars, I would. First time I ever made a gingerbread, and now I've got to make it every year for Christmas. Everyone just loved it." — Randi Johnsen
Holiday Rum Balls
Dark rum, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder transform plain brownies into a rich dessert.