23 Big-Batch Christmas Desserts

A non-stop string of parties is no match for these baked treats: they'll serve a crowd and are budget-friendly to boot.

Holiday Poke Cupcakes

"These are very easy cupcakes to make, and pretty, too! We decorated ours with gummy wreaths at my daughter's Christmas party."


Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

"We made four batches at once. They were delicious. Best chocolate cream cheese cupcake ever. The cream cheese part of the recipe allowed for us to be very generous with the topping, which is what makes this cupcake! Baked to perfection with slightly crunchy and chewy outside and a very moist center."

-Kaitlyn N.

Cannoli Pie Bites

These mini pies taste just like your favorite cannoli, but without the effort of forming or frying shells.

Ho Ho Cake

"This cake knocked it out of the park! The longer you mix it, the creamier it becomes. It tastes just like Ho Hos!"

-Jazz Lover

Russian Tea Cakes

"These cookies taste just like my grandmother's. They are perfect, light, and delectable."


Butter Pecan Fudge

"I've used this wonderful recipe for the last 3 years as a Christmas treat."


Chocolate Chip Biscotti

"Easy and VERY tasty! I melted the leftover chocolate chips, dipped the ends of the biscotti, then dunked them in chopped almonds."

-Diana Adcock

Ugly Sweater Cookie Cake

Decorate this cake as you wish for a real festive treat.

Caramel-Stuffed Crinkle Skillet Cookie

Even a cookie monster can't resist a festive, caramel-stuffed chocolate cookie created in a rustic cast iron skillet.

Sally's Christmas Shortbread

"This shortbread is one of my favorite things to bake during the holidays! It smells fantastic and tastes wonderful with a hot cup of coffee."


White-Chocolate Covered Oreos

Oreos become holiday-ready with this fun recipe. Kids will love dunking them in white chocolate and decorating with candy sprinkles.

Chocolate Holiday Pretzels

"These holiday pretzels were so easy to make. The hardest part was unwrapping all of the Hershey kisses! I served them during Christmas Eve, and everyone fell in love!"


3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

"These are fabulous peanut butter cookies — and so simple! I chilled the dough a bit before rolling them into balls in my hands."


Holiday Eggnog Fudge

"Our family's favorite fudge! White, creamy and oh-so-good. I make it every year for Christmas, and give plenty away as gifts."


Turtle Tarts

"These first appeared on my 2006 Christmas cookie tray — and have remained on it every since! I made mine with mini phyllo shells and drizzled with them chocolate."


Chewy Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookies

"Crispy at the edges and soft and chewy in the middle! Next time I'll skip the chocolate chunks and use all cranberries instead — the cranberries make the cookies!"

-Chef Dudo

Eggnog Sherry Cake

Nutmeg and vanilla pudding give this Bundt cake a wintry feel. Plus, this recipe holds up well — bake it the night before your get-together to save time.

Christmas Coffee Cake

A snap to prepare, this cinnamon-pecan coffee cake serves 12, making it ideal for a big family-style holiday breakfast.

Oatmeal Superchip Cookies

"These cookies bake up perfectly and stay moist for days! Tip: Wait 1 minute before transfering them from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack."


Brown Sugar Pudding Cake

"So, so moist! I made this cake on Christmas Eve and wanted to make it again the very next day. It was gone in a flash."


Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

Add a fruity touch to your holiday cookie tray with these easy thumbprints. All you need is 15 minutes and a warm oven!

Mint Meringues

"Very easy and elegant! I always make special treats for the holidays, and my children — who'd never had meringues before — loved them."

-Pink Gingham Gourmet

No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

"I've been making this for years, it's a must every Christmas."