The Best Christmas Dessert Recipes

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We all know how stressful this time of year can be and menu planning is no exception. I’ve pulled together my most popular Christmas desserts year over year and mixed in a few new recipes along with some of the my readers favorites. There’s peppermint, pumpkin, eggnog and of course, chocolate! 

I’ve carefully selected these recipes which can all be prepared in advance to take the stress out of your holiday baking. There’s cookies, pies, cupcakes and cakes and no-bake desserts. There’s a little something for everyone. 

three images collaged together- cupcakes, mini cheesecake and chocolate pie

My favorite Christmas Cookies

I’ve round up my favorites in a separate post, but a couple of my most popular Christmas Cookies include sugar cookies and Snickerdoodles. Here’s a list of my best Christmas Cookie recipes.

Easy Cutout Sugar Cookies

These are the sugar cookies I grew up on. They’re soft and buttery, they hold their shape, and it’s an easy, no-fuss recipe and only 30 minutes to chill the dough. 

Perfect Snickerdoodle Cookies

Without a doubt, once Thanksgiving rolls around, my Snickerdoodle cookie recipe is in my top 5 most popular posts everyday. These are soft and chewy in the middle, crisp on the edges and so buttery they just melt in your mouth. 

close up shot of a snickerdoodle cookie on a white plare

Christmas Cookie Charcuterie Board

I love making a variety of Christmas cookies, and instead of putting out lots of different plates of cookies, I love making cookie boards. This is perfect to incorporate fudge, candy and cookies all in one. I even made a little sugar cookie dip with my mini cutout cookies and vanilla frosting. 

An overhead view of a gorgeous Christmas themed cookie board

The best Christmas Cupcake Recipes

Christmas Cupcakes

There’s nothing better than a themed cupcake! This tutorial shows you 8 easy cupcake designs you can make at home with step by step instructions and equipment for each design. You can make these with a basic chocolate or vanilla cupcake. 

a gorgeous plate of Christmas themed cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcake with Cookie Frosting 

This recipe is my classic gingerbread cupcake recipe but topped with a gingerbread cookie frosting. 

A gingerbread man on top of a frosted cupcake

Christmas Tree Pull Apart Cake

Instead of making individual cupcakes, you can put them together to create a cupcake cake. They’re are fun to make and always leave an impression. I’ll teach you how to put this together step by step. 

A gorgeous, finished Christmas Tree Cupcake Pull Apart Cake

Spiced Rum and Eggnog Cupcakes

A little rum and a little eggnog go hand and hand. These homemade cupcakes are no exception. There’s no lack of flavor here between the cupcakes and the frosting and spices. 

a closeup of an eggnog cupcake

Pumpkin Cupcakes

As soon as September hits, my pumpkin cupcakes are another one of my top most popular recipes for the fall and winter season. These are so moist and fluffy and topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting. 

A head on view of 4 pumpkin cupcakes on a white rimmed plate with a beautiful frosting

Peppermint Recipes

Mini Peppermint Bark Cheesecake 

Mini desserts are perfect for the holidays because you can have several different desserts, just in smaller potions. These are baked in a cupcake pan, so they just the right size. Creamy peppermint cheesecakes with a layer of chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Plus you can halve this recipe to make only 8 cheesecakes! 

two stacked mini peppermint cheesecakes without wrappers

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

When you don’t want to make cut out cookies, but you still want some sugar cookies, try my easy sugar cookie bars. No chilling the dough! These are peppermint flavor, but you can simply swap out the extract for vanilla or almond. I’m obsessed with the way these are decorated, and I shared the step by step decorating instructions. 

overhead shot of sugar cookie bar decorated with a buttercream Christmas tree

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

No-Bake recipes are necessary for the holiday season when your oven is working overtime. These are the perfect dessert to make ahead of time. My white chocolate peppermint cheesecake has crunchy Andes peppermint chocolate in the filling. 

A gorgeous tall slice of a peppermint cheesecake on a white round plate with a gold fork

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Poke Cake

You’ve never had a cake like this before! A red velvet cake with a touch of peppermint flavor, a peppermint white chocolate pudding filling and my signature hot chocolate whipped cream. This is the perfect Christmas cake. 

A Piece of Peppermint Hot Chocolate Poke Cake Topped with Chocolate Drizzle on a Plate

Chocolate Peppermint Cake

Layers of my favorite chocolate cake and frosted with a white chocolate Swiss Meringue buttercream and sprinkled with peppermint.

A close up of a 3 layer chocolate cake with thick layers of buttercream in between and crushed peppermint bark chocolate.

My most popular Pie Recipes

Chocolate Cream Pie

This rich chocolate pie is a homemade chocolate pudding with a traditional pie crust and whipped cream. The filling is made on the stovetop and can be made in advance. If you love chocolate cream pie, this one is perfect for you. There’s no eggs yolks or gelatin in this recipe.

A close up image of a slice of deep dish chocolate pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie

This chocolate pudding pie is lighter in texture than my chocolate cream pie and more similar to the consistency of instant pudding. It’s made with a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream. This pie will last 2-3 days and can also be made ahead of time, but it’s best within the first 24 hours. 

a slice of chocolate pudding pie topped with whipped cream

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie is one of my favorite pies. This homemade custard filling is made with shredded coconut and sweetened condensed milk. I’ve got no problem finishing a slice or two of this pie. 

This classic Coconut Cream Pie is made with a sweet coconut custard filled with shredded coconut and it’s topped with fresh whipped cream.

No-Bake Recipes

No-bake desserts are always great for the holidays because you can often times make them ahead of time and recipes like no-bake cheesecakes can be frozen ahead of time, taking the stress out of planning for last minute desserts. Here are three no-bake desserts served individual, and these are great for small groups as well. 

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Pie

You’ve never had a Peanut Butter Pie quite like this one. It’s the lightest and fluffiest pie ever in thanks to the marshmallow fluff in this recipe. 

A close up shot of a slice of fluffy peanut butter pie on a white rimmed plate. There's a cake stand in the background with the pie sitting on it. It has an Oreo crust.

Eggnog Cheesecake Parfaits

Homemade eggnog cheesecake layered with gingersnaps and dulce de leche. These parfaits combine the best of holiday flavors with these mini trifles. 

Layers of fluffy no-bake eggnog cheesecake layered with gingersnap cookies and dulce de leche. I love a good no-bake dessert.

Mini Apple Pie Cheesecakes

As if apple pie couldn’t be any better, this no-bake cheesecake is topped with a stovetop apple pie filling and fresh whipped cream. It’s the perfect dessert mash up. 

A gorgeous apple cheesecake in a jar showing all the different layers of the dessert

Cabernet Chocolate Pudding

A homemade chocolate pudding spiked with red wine. These are rich, luscious and the perfect after dinner treat. 

A small jar filled with chocolate pudding topped with whipped cream and raspberries and a glass of red wine blurred out in the background

Best of Beyond Frosting Recipes

The best Vanilla Cake

My easy vanilla cake recipe makes the perfect dessert for any occasion. You can dress this up for the holidays with flavored buttercream, color your frosting and decorate your cake for a festive celebration. Readers rave about how moist this cake is.  This can also be made as cupcakes or a layer cake. Only 10 minutes to prepare the batter, you’ll love this quick and easy cake recipe.

A close up shot of a pretty slice of vanilla cake on a teal plate, The cake is garnished with colorful sprinkles.

Chocolate Cake

If you’ve more of a chocolate cake person, this recipe is for a 3 layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and chocolate ganache. It’s rich and fabulous. If you need something smaller, you can make this cake in a 9×13 inch pan or it makes 24 cupcakes. 

A large chocolate cake on white cake plate. The cake is drizzled with chocolate ganache and covered with frosting rosettes.

No-bake Oreo Cheesecake

Cheesecake is always a popular Christmas dessert, but every year this No-Bake Oreo cheesecake is one of my most popular desserts at Christmas time. I shared my secret to making the perfect filling with white chocolate and plenty of chunky Oreos.

A big slice of No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake on a round white plate drizzled with chocolate and crushed Oreos with a silver fork on the plate.

Coconut Custard Cake

This recipe never disappoints. It’s a three layer cake with a coconut custard filling, a thin layer of cream cheese frosting and it’s covered in toasted coconut. It’s a bit more work for this cake, but so worth it! 

A closeup of a layered coconut cake on a white rimmed plate, the cake stand is blurred out in the background

Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

This may be an unconventional holiday dessert, but this cake is always a hit. Three layers of moist vanilla cake with a homemade strawberry filling and finished with a mascarpone whipped cream. 

A Slice of Strawberry Mascarpone Cake on a Light Pink Plate

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  1. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Julianne, oh my gawd, what a round-up!! that Sweet Potato Cake with Bourbon Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting and the Triple chocolate poke cake!!! oh my gawd. . looks SO good!!!

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