Christmas Dessert Recipes

Find the best Christmas desserts this baking season. Allrecipes has more than 1,470 trusted Christmas dessert recipes from traditional to our new favorite trends.

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Layered Peppermint Bark

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I never liked peppermint bark until I tried this recipe. The soft ganache center contrasts perfectly with the crunchy peppermints.

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

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This is everyone's holiday favorite, even the busy cook's, because it is so easy to make.

Buche de Noel

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Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This one is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with confectioners' sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.

Christmas Plum Pudding

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This is a fairly basic British Christmas plum pudding recipe but unlike other recipes it can actually have plums in it. Unfortunately the ingredient list is so long, it isn't easy to make it in less than industrial quantities! You can substitute a mixture of fresh and dried apricots, peaches, etc. for the plums and milk for the ale if you wish. Serve with brandy or rum butter.

Panettone Bread Pudding with Spiced Orange Sauce

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This is a delicious variation on a classic made with the light and heavenly Italian Christmas bread. Panettone is similar to brioche but studded with raisins and candied orange and lemon peel. A luscious sauce made with orange liqueur, makes this dish perfect for the holidays. Serve as a dessert or a sweet and decadent breakfast.

Pears Panos

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Bosc Pears make their own light syrup right on the stove top. Add a touch of vanilla and orange liqueur, and you have an autumn dessert that won't weigh you down.

Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge

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This was my aunt's recipe for fudge, passed down through the family. It's better than any fudge I've ever had at the Jersey shore, and easy enough to whip up in 15 minutes or so.
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Berry Panna Cotta

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This panna cotta is like a lemon cream custard. The lemon goes really well with raspberries and strawberries.

Golden Rum Cake

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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.

Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

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This is a tried-and-true, old-fashioned coconut cream pie. Took many years of searching and baking to find the right one and this is it! Enjoy!

Eggnog Creme Brulee

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I have been making creme brulee for my wife for quite some time and one day she asked me, 'Honey, is it possible to make creme brulee out of eggnog? I think that would be so yummy.' So, I bought some eggnog and set about finding out if it is possible, and it is. You can also take the same recipe and pour it into a prepared pie crust for an eggnog custard pie. It's a lot less work and hassle than individual ramekins.

Linda's Cranberry Cookies

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Cranberries and white chips put a new spin on Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are soft on the inside, with a little crunch around the edges. Perfect for the holidays.

Inspiration and Ideas

Christmas Cookies

They're not just for Santa. Everyone loves a plateful of Christmas cookies! Get recipes for classic sugar cookies, gingerbread people, biscotti, thumbprints, and shortbread.

No-Bake Christmas Desserts

Free your oven! Many of these no-bake desserts can be prepared ahead of time.

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

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These are just what they say: big, soft, gingerbread cookies. They stay soft, too. My oldest son's favorite.