72 Top Holiday Desserts

You can't celebrate the holidays without a dessert or five. From cheery cupcakes to classic puddings, see the confections that'll have guests coming back for seconds.

Easy, Festive Chocolate Holiday Pretzels

"So fun and easy to make. Very festive looking with very little effort! I love the sweet and salty combination."

-DeliciouAsItLooks

Snowman Snowball Cake

Who needs a snowfall to make a charming, Christmas-y snowman? This chocolate-coconut-marshmallow snowman will illuminate any home.

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

"This is totally amazing. It's incredibly easy to make and oh so decadent. I took this to a party and this was the one dish that everyone kept coming back to for more."

-under12parsecs

Rice Pudding

"I made this recipe this morning because I had a sweet tooth and needed a little comfort food. It was wonderful!"

-Anga4966

Giant Ornament Brownie

Get into the holiday spirit with this giant chocolate brownie, full of festive colors and candies, and bursting with peanut butter chips. This could be your best decoration yet!

Christmas Pudding

"Christmas pudding is definitely a divider of opinions. We usually have a small one every year and theres only a few people in my family who properly love it. I like to have a small piece which, as it's packed with dried fruit, is definitely enough for me! The pudding keeps incredibly well so you can freeze leftovers, if needed."

-Izy Hossack

Poinsettia Pull Apart Cookies

Dazzle at your next holiday party with this show-stopping cookie display! These buttery almond shortbread cookies are easy to whip up and surprisingly simple to arrange into a beautiful poinsettia.

Peppermint White Mocha Cheesecakes

These mini cheesecakes taste like a warm cup of minty mocha coffee, served up in cute mini mugs.

Easy, Festive Chocolate Holiday Pretzels

"So fun and easy to make. Very festive looking with very little effort! I love the sweet and salty combination."

-DeliciouAsItLooks

Holiday Sweater Cookies

These cookies allow you to show off your creative side.

Buche De Noel

"The gelatin in the whipped cream makes this firm up nicely once refrigerated. The frosting is magnificent — so creamy and rich and not too sweet."

-soulmatesforever

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

"Delicious little bites. I made these for presents and they were the first to go."

-Sharon123

Brownie Babka Doughnuts

A beloved twisted sweet bread gets a new twist by transforming into a tasty, crumbly, chewy doughnut.

Gingerbread Men in a Bubble Bath

Tiny, bite-sized gingerbread men languishing in a sweet, creamy bubble bath will usher in a childlike, yuletide spirit.

Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake

"Beautiful, with red cranberries! Add a sprig of mint and you have a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!"

-@Sharon123

Red Velvet Elf Shake

This delicious shake is a real treat-made with red velvet cake and topped with a candy decorated cone.

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Bundt Cake With Chocolate Glaze

"Totally yummy cake! I made this for a co-worker's birthday, and had lots of compliments. I added some finely chopped pecans just on top of the frosting. This cake was so good & easy, and I like the fact that there's no oil in it. I am making it again this weekend for family, and will keep this recipe handy, 'cuz I'm sure I'll be making it over & over!"

-Mary Scheffert

Mini Christmas Cakes

"These mini Christmas Cakes look fantastic! The presentation with the 'flower' on top looks great. I think this is a no fail recipe and will become a Christmas regular for us."

-Jubes

Award-Winning Butter Tarts

"Yummmmmmm! I baked these for 15 minutes, and the result was a sweet, buttery, gooey tart that was so rich, I had stuff dribblin' off my chin as I ate one. (That's half the fun!)"

-Terri F.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinecone Cakes

If you love a seasonal peanut butter cup, you'll go wild for these mini cakes.

Swedish Apple Pie

"This is just different enough from a regular apple pie, but will still satisfy those who love the old-fashioned variety. The sour cream and crumbly topping set it apart."

-Parrot Head Mama

Tiramisu Brownies

Take your brownies and pile on another layer of a coffee-rich Italian dessert to create an irresistibly-layered chocolatey treat.

Chocolate Christmas Log Cookie Cake

"This is a delicious and impressive dessert. Easy too."

-Diana 2

Christmas Cookie Jelly Bars

This holiday take on the classic Jell-O pretzel salad will be a crowd-pleaser this holiday season at your dinners and get-togethers.

Gingerbread Pudding Cake

"I served this for Christmas, and it was very good. I served it warm with ice cream and drizzled with spiced rum sauce."

-Delicious as it Looks

Spicy Gingerbread Cake

"WOW! That's the first thing everyone who's tried this gingerbread has said after taking a bite. Wonderful complex flavor, fantastic texture. I could seriously eat the whole cake!"

-DianaEatingRichly

Christmas Rum Balls

"Not only are these fast and easy to make, but the taste is terrific. I'll be making these EVERY Christmas."

-Lennie

Southern Snow Cream

"Making this snow cream is what I used as the incentive for my children to come in out of the snow! Quick, easy & yummy! Thanks!"

-Treva W

Gingerbread Cupcakes

"These are very light and tender, and they have a subtle flavor of ginger and molasses. They are really quite good and reasonably healthy."

-Nose

Portuguese Egg Tarts

"I live here in Portugal and have these often. They are absolutely delicious."

-Mia 3

Bacardi Rum Cake

"Gone in 10 minutes at our potluck lunch. All of the other deserts sat there. This is THE BEST rum cake, and so simple to make."

-Dorothy S

Cannoli Shells & Ricotta Cream Filling

"This was a life-saver. I made them for an Italian dinner party. Everyone loved them! I couldn't find cinnamon oil, so I used a couple of shakes of ground cinnamon."

-leisurly cook

Copycat Applebee's Walnut Blondie

"I remember having this at Applebee's and it tasted just like this. I used chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips, but I will definitely be making this again to try with white chocolate!"

-Chef*Lee

Kahlua Fudge

"Very rich, flavorful fudge. It was a great addition to our cookie tray this Christmas."

-jonesies

Snowman Bagel Bombs

These adorable snowmen are cute enough to eat! Filled with cream cheese, scallions and everything bagel seasoning, you won’t be able to resist this jolly breakfast treat.

Christmas Coffee Cake

"This is a delicious coffee cake recipe. The topping swirled throughout the cake makes it moist, but crunchy! You won't regret trying this one."

--BreanneMarie-

Cranberry Pecan Tarts

"These tarts were not overly sweet, which I liked. I used a squeeze bottle to put the filling in and it worked great. This is going to be a excellent addition to our holiday goodie tray."

-Calee

Christmas Fairy Cupcakes

"These are just delicious. There is a nice light buttery flavor to the cakes, and the icing is sweet and tasty."

-Unknown Chef6

Cake Balls

"These were a huge hit at our Christmas party! They were just so terribly good! I watched people try just one and then come back for more Thanks for a great recipe!"

-VioletsareBlue

Simple Shortbread

"This is an excellent, quick and yummy recipe. The recipe doubles perfectly."

-abafungool

Sticky Toffee Pudding

"I've made this twice, and both times it was delicious. The second time around I added a bit of salt to the sauce to round out the flavor. This came out perfectly done and very moist."

-Saremca

Double Chocolate-Pecan Biscotti

"If you like biscotti or chocolate, try this recipe. Even if you don't like either, make the recipe. Someone in your life will undoubtedly scarf these up and love you forever for making them."

-Vinya

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

"So easy and so good!"

-jean1490

Pennsylvania Dutch-Style Butterscotch Pie

"If you're looking for a butterscotch pie recipe, look no further. This is the best I've ever eaten. It takes a lot of stirring for the filling to thicken, but be patient — it's well worth it."

-Chef #1542303

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Loaf

"This gingerbread is so easy to make, and it came out perfect. It smelled wonderful while baking."

-Chef Dudo

Christmas Cupcakes

These cupcakes are an all-around winner: easy enough for the kids to help with, and picture-perfect for holiday parties.

Chocolate Snowflake Cookies

"This was well enjoyed by all of us at home and I plan on making it again."

-Charishma_Ramchanda

Drop Sugar Cookies

"Very good cookies! I didn't use the Crisco, but all butter. YUMMY!"

-sillyelmo

Chocolate Eggnog Cannoli

Eggnog lovers rejoice!

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

"This is definitely my new go-to pumpkin pie. The butterscotch taste is subtle — it's not enough to make the pie non-traditional, but there's just enough to make it special."

-sofie-a-toast

Super-Easy Peppermint Kisses

"These are light with just the right amount of mint flavor. They're the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray."

-Crunchy Numbers

Christmas Santa Cupcakes

"Merry Christmas, Santa!!!"

-Jennibear

Shortbread

"I made this exactly as the recipe said and it was delicious! An excellent way to use up extra butter as well. A simple, but delicious recipe!"

-HPRead

Easy Christmas Holly Bundt Cake

"This is a quick and easy cake! Great for when you have company coming over for the holidays. Easy for people like me who aren't great at cake decorating! You can also make these using mini-bundt pans for individual treats."

-Jennibear

Cranberry Bars

"YUM! I don't review recipes very often, but these are excellent, easy and quick. My only complaint is that they disappear from my counter much too quickly."

-Mom to 3 in WI

Grandma's Best Christmas Cake

"This came together easily, and smells heavenly. OMG! This Christmas cake is moist, and delicious! I totally agree, it is the best. The flavor is wonderfully balanced and mellow, it is not too sweet nor too spicy and the texture is perfect too."

-Dee514

Meringue Cookies

"This is a wonderful recipe. I love how light the cookies are. I added cocoa and walnuts instead of chocolate chips — it worked great."

-Fat Free Queen

Mini Christmas Fruit Puddings

"I made these to take to a Yuletide gathering, and they were outstanding. I used my own dried fruitcake, and I really enjoyed putting these together."

-Sydney Mike

Oreo Crunch Brownies

"My favorite cookie is an Oreo, and who doesn't like brownies? The two go together wonderfully. People beg me to make these."

-Mandy ny

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

"Very very good! Very good texture and flavor!"

-Hazeleyes

Anginetti

"This is quite possibly the best cookie I've ever had, and I'm a baker's daughter."

-Chef #1492573

Figgy Pudding

"This was an incredible Christmas treat. It was my first figgy pudding, but it won't be my last. The pudding is more like a fruitcake than bread, but extremely tasty."

-Dennis Newton

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

"These were fun to make. I decorated the trees with some star-shaped Christmas candies, and also dropped some of the candies into the batter before baking."

-Sandaidh

Hello Dollies

"Very good! I have tried so many cookie recipes this season and this one was true to the recipe. It came out perfect!"

-Cheri Lee

Gingerbread (For Cookies or a Gingerbread House)

"I made this at Christmastime, for houses and cookies. I made the first 2 batches with molasses as stated. It was PERFECT! It was very easy to work with, as the recipe states. This has become my favorite recipe."

-iceitup

Christmas Cake - Australian

"An out of this world cake that is full of Glace Fruit and nuts from the Australian Womans Weekly Cookbook. Not Cheap! but for a once in a year or that special celebration it's not just wonderful - its simply stunning"

-JoyfulCook

Christmas Carrot Pudding

"I made this as a last minute Christmas Pudding and it turned out beautifully!!! It was easy to put together and turned out so lovely tasting and very moist!"

-dizzydi

Caribbean Christmas Cake (Known As Black Cake)

"Loved it! I do not understand why everyone waits for Christmas to make these delightful concoctions, I do them year round, though sometime I cheat and have them in form of steamed pudding (very similar). Super recipe."

-Country Bumpkin

S'more Christmas Cream Cake

"Had friends over for a ham dinner and this absolutely delicious cake was served for dessert. Went light on the icing, a personal preference."

-Julie Bs Hive

Special Shortbread

"I've made this recipe several times now and it is Wonderful. Its really got that wonderful melt in the mouth texture. For variation I've added some finely grated lemon rind and sprinkled the biscuits with finely chopped pecans just presed into the tops prior to baking."

-Norahs Girl

Chai & Berry Orange Christmas Cake

"Two TeaShed teas infused into a Christmas cake. Chai & Berry Orange are two quite festive flavors and what better way to use them than in a fruity pre-Christmas Christmas cake?!"

-The_TeaShed

Christmas Plum Pudding

"Very moist, I used Guinness and Brandy. Delicious Christmas Pud recipe."

-Evie3234

Leftover Christmas Pudding Ice Cream

" Made this yesterday using the leftover Christmas Pudding. I really don't like Christmas Pudding, but found this icecream to be delicious! Very easy to make. I liked that I did not have to keep checking it and stirring it. Everyone at the table last night agreed it was a winner!"

-MarieRynr

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