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37 Easy Christmas Dessert Recipes: Festive & Fun Holiday Desserts

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Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course – delicious food! If you’re looking for the best Christmas dessert recipes to add to your menu, you’ve come to the right place. Favourite festive holiday desserts that are both easy to make and sure to please a crowd.

The holiday season is the best time to try new delicious dessert recipes and easy Christmas treats and these easy Christmas dessert ideas might soon become your new favourite!

Kick off your holiday baking tradition or start a new one and work your way through this list of deliciousness!

Easy Christmas Dessert Recipes

In our household, we have our favourite Christmas recipes that we have every single year as part of our Christmas traditions.

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without them, but we also have so much fun introducing a couple of new ones each year too that may or may not become regular favourites.

These easy Christmas desserts include some of our family favourites, as well as extra inspiration for your festive menu this year, all while keeping it simple!

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Easy Peppermint Bark

Christmas peppermint bark

Easily make your own easy peppermint bark with two different ways to make this simple holiday treat. This is one of the most simple Christmas desserts!

5 Ingredient Rum Balls

Simple rum balls recipe with only 5 ingredients

It’s not Christmas without rum balls... well maybe that’s just in our household, but we seriously love them. They are made with simple ingredients and can be made ahead of Christmas morning.

And it may be funny to some, but we always make a double batch. Half with rum and half without rum. Kid-friendly rumless balls still taste amazing!

Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer cookies

These adorable easy reindeer cookies make use of a store-bought shortcut for super simple and giftable Christmas cookies that make great class gift ideas. This is a fun way to turn simple biscuits into a treat kids will love.

Popcorn Balls

Christmas popcorn balls

Popcorn Balls are a fun and great way to celebrate the holiday season. You can mix in your favourite seasonal sprinkles for a pop of festive colour!

Tiramisu Cheesecake Mini Trifles

Tiamisu cheesecake mini trifles in moose mugs

A delicious holiday dessert for chocolate lovers, these individual tiramisu cheesecake mini trifles are indulgent and yummy.  They are extra special served in festive mugs for the holiday season.

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

Cinnamon roll apple pie

This Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie recipe could not be any easier! It takes just 2 ingredients and will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

White chocolate peppermint pretzels

These simple white chocolate peppermint pretzels are topped with crunchy candy canes for the perfect festive dessert this holiday season! Serve them on your dessert table or package them up as a gift!

No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Close up no bake oreo cheesecake

For some, a dessert table is not complete without a cheesecake and this no-bake Oreo cheesecake is pretty much the best thing ever.

This is a little more time-consuming to make than some of the other recipes but still a simple process if you have an hour to spare!

Christmas Tree Oreos

Christmas tree oreo cookies

These delightful Christmas Oreos are the perfect holiday treat! Store-bought Oreo cookies are dipped into melted white chocolate, decorated with a simple (yet adorable) Christmas tree motif, and then sprinkled with colourful nonpareils.

Cream Cheese Peppermint Oreo Balls

Peppermint oreo balls

Combine peppermint Oreos with cream cheese and crushed candy canes for fun, festive, and easy Peppermint Oreo Balls.

Chocolate Reindeer Crackles

Reindeer crackle chocolate christmas treat

These reindeer chocolate crackles need just 5 ingredients – puffed rice cereal, chocolate melts, coconut, pretzels and red candies. They take no time at all to make and kids will love their reindeer treats.

White Chocolate Peppermint Wafers

For a yummy Christmas treat in under 15 minutes, these choc dipped wafers with candy cane pieces are so easy and look great on a Christmas dessert table.

Gingerbread Edible Cookie Dough

Gingerbread cookie dough

Edible Gingerbread Cookie Dough is an eggless, non-bake holiday delight! This gingerbread dough recipe makes enough to share and takes just 10 minutes to make. Use it as a dip or eat it by the spoonful.

Reindeer Peanut Butter Brownie Cups

Reindeer peanut butter brownie cups

These brownie peanut butter cup reindeers are such an adorable dessert for Christmas! Using brownie mix, it doesn’t get much easier than this! 

Stacked Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

Stacked christmas tree sugar cookies

These stacked Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies add festive fun to your holiday cookie platters and are the perfect treat to share for holiday parties! Stacked sugar cookies layered with green buttercream frosting and decorated with Christmas sprinkles. Perfect when looking for cookie recipes that will wow!

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake Dip

Christmas tree cake dip

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake Dip is a brilliant idea and a delicious treat! Only four ingredients are needed to make this light and fluffy holiday dessert dip.

Strawberry Santa Hat Brownie Bites

Brownie santa hat strawberries

These strawberry Santa hat brownie bites use brownie mix for a simple Christmas dessert that is sure to impress! 

Rice Krispie Christmas Trees

White chocolate christmas tree rice krispie treats

For a really quick and deliciously sweet festive treat, these white chocolate and cranberry rice bubble Christmas trees are perfect! They take less than 10 minutes to prepare. Chill, slice and you are ready to entertain.

Cornflake Wreath Cookies

Green cornflake wreath cookies

Super fun and easy to make, these cornflake wreath cookies are just what your holiday dessert table needs.

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gingerbread cheesecake

This gingerbread cheesecake is a delicious twist on a classic cheesecake recipe and exactly the thing you need to give it a Christmas flavour.

Easy No-Bake Grinch Cookies

Grinch oreo cookies

These Easy No-Bake Grinch Cookies are so fun to make. Make a batch of these Christmas cookies before watching your Grinch Christmas movie together.

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chocolate gingerbread cookies

Just like your favourite classic Christmas cookie – but these gingerbread cookies come with a chocolate twist for the Christmas season!

Christmas Tree Pretzels

Pretzel candy melt trees

These adorable Christmas pretzels are so easy to make and super tasty! If you’re looking for easy, no-bake Christmas treats, try these melted candy Christmas trees!

Pecan Snowball Cookies

Pecan snowball cookies

These Best Pecan Snowball Cookies are the best! These buttery pecan snowballs are the perfect holiday dessert coated in powdered sugar.

Chocolate Peppermint Balls

Choc peppermint balls

These chocolate peppermint truffles are a perfect way to use up candy canes after Christmas or make them as a sweet treat for entertaining or visiting friends.

Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake

Pandoro italian christmas cake

Pandoro Christmas Tree Cakes are stunning Christmas cakes for your holiday table, made with Pistachios and White Chocolate. This impressive Italian dessert won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make! Spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating the festive season!

Cranberry Pomegranate Christmas Trifle

Christmas trifle

Serve up individual servings of this easy recipe, a Cranberry Pomegranate Christmas Trifle at your next holiday gathering. This no fuss, no bake dessert uses a store-bought pound cake, instant vanilla pudding, and leftover cranberry sauce. Whip it up in no time right after the main course is over.

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer chow mix

This Reindeer chow is a Christmas Chex mix combining muddy buddies with M&Ms, peanut butter cups, and pretzels for a perfect Christmas table snack or easy dessert that is loved by kids and adults alike.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Gingerbread bundt cake

This Gingerbread Bundt Cake With Vanilla Glaze is moist, easy to make and delicious. It is a perfect holiday dessert for parties, breakfast and even Christmas brunch.

Maple Fudge

Maple fudge

This rich and creamy Maple fudge has just a handful of ingredients and takes only three minutes to make.

Easy Pavlova

4 ingredient simple pavlova

Pavlova is a Christmas dessert favourite in our family. It is a very Australian Christmas recipe staple and always a crowd-pleaser. This is my easy pavlova recipe. It’s close to fail-proof! And perfect with some whipped cream and fruit on top.

It can also be amazing with chocolate flakes or crushed mint crisp. For Christmas, you could even try crushed candy cane or rum balls.

Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas tree meringues

Add a touch of festive magic with these super cute and easy-to-make Christmas Tree Meringues. This no-fail recipe gives you perfect meringue cookies that are as light as air and melt in your mouth. A must for your treat Christmas list.

Chocolate Salad

Chocolate christmas salad

What could bring more festive joy than a chocolate salad as a twist on a traditional Christmas fruit platter? This is the best Christmas dessert if you want something to appeal to kids and adults. When you’re looking for easy recipes for the whole family, this one is next level.

Hot Chocolate Cocoa Bombs

White chocolate hot cocoa bombs recipe

Use any chocolate you like – white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or flavoured chocolates to create your own hot chocolate bombs to enjoy on a cold day dunked in warm milk.

Ice Cream Christmas Pudding

My favourite christmas recipes

This ice cream Christmas pudding is deliciously easy and who doesn’t love ice cream.

This festive dessert is a great alternative for anyone who doesn’t love traditional Christmas pudding. Plus it is far easier to make!

Christmas Tree Brownies

Christmas tree brownies

Brownies might just be the ultimate sweet treat and adding a festive twist will be a hit with the whole family this Christmas. Christmas tree brownies are sweet and fudgy with some festive flavours, cut into tree shapes and decorated to look like a Christmas tree. Kids will LOVE decorating and eating these.

Snowflake Peppermint Bark

Snowflake peppermint bark

If you want to make a really quick sweet for Christmas that looks really great, this peppermint bark is a perfect Christmas recipe to add to your collection.

It’s essentially just chocolate with crushed candy canes, so very indulgent and rich but they look really pretty on the dessert table. A small snowflake mould works best and ideally, don’t make them too thick either. I made this mistake and they were too thick to bite and the kids all ended up with melted chocolate fingers.

Christmas Oreo Pops

Christmas oreo pops

If you’re looking for something really easy and quick, these peppermint Oreo pops take under half an hour to make and chill, and they are super fun.

These easy Christmas desserts and holiday treat ideas are sure to help you simplify your Christmas menu and enjoy delicious sweet treats together during the holiday season. You will find your new favourite festive cookies and yummy party food to share.

Easy christmas dessert recipes

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Sunday 20th of December 2015

Oh yum! So much deliciousness here! I've never ever made a pav but if this is almost no fail I may have to give it a shot! Happy Christmas lovely! Xx

Holly

Monday 21st of December 2015

Give it a go. Not nearly as scary as most people expect lol a good oven helps. My old one was too hot so there wasn't much crunch but it still wasn't a pavlova disaster ?

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

Thursday 17th of December 2015

Thank you so much for sharing my ice-cream cake. Gosh your rum balls look great - they are such a weakness of mine. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!! xx

Holly

Sunday 20th of December 2015

You're welcome Lucy. Always something amazing from your site worth sharing. Congrats on 50,000 followers too. I can't even imagine! Have a wonderful Christmas xx