These Christmas Dessert Recipes are perfect for the holidays! With all the festivities,  you’ll love this arsenal of amazing Christmas Treats.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas Desserts that are ideal for serving at the end of your celebratory meal or to package up and give to friends and/or family as holiday gifts! My family expects a rich chocolate dessert for Christmas, but we also gather together on Christmas Eve and often on New Year’s Day. Having some delicious dessert options makes it less daunting to decide what to make.

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The Best Christmas Dessert Recipes

Have you baked up your holiday cookies? Planned your menu for Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve? How about dessert? Well, today I’m guest posting for my busy friend, Brianne, who just moved into a new home and is a bit overwhelmed unpacking and getting her new house set for Christmas with two little ones in tow. Being a bit crazed myself, I handpicked some recipes which are ideal for the season. Whether used to cap off a big festive meal or to share at a cookie exchange, I hope my list will inspire you.

Make sure you check out all my Holiday Food Gift Ideas and Best Cookie Exchange Recipes, too!

White Chocolate Frangelico Mousse: A nice alternative to the classic chocolate mousse. A slosh of Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur, makes it even more special occasion worthy. Plus, topping these with fresh berries and a sprig of mint adds a festive twist.

Dreamy White Chocolate Mousse spiked with Frangelico

Double Dose Toffee: This candy starts with my standard English toffee recipe. I usually make 3 batches to give away to my friends and neighbors. Traditionally, I top with chopped pecans, but this recipe shakes it up and uses chopped Heath bars for a double dose! I’ve been making the tried and true toffee base for over 20 years.

Double dose English Toffee

Cranberry White Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger Cookies: One of my favorite new cookies. It’s a rare case where I use both shortening and butter in a cookie, but the resulting texture is divine. Plus the hit from the crystallized ginger is extraordinary. The dried cranberries give these a seasonal twist.

Cranberry, White Chocolate, Crystallized Ginger Cookies | A star studded cookie that's perfect for the holidays and all year long!

Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse: An elegant no-bake recipe. Perfect when your oven is busy with a turkey or roast beast. This may not be a traditional holiday dessert, but who doesn’t love a rich, creamy chocolate mousse? Especially one that comes from Julia Child’s recipe collection.

2 small white dishes of chocolate mousse with a raspberry and mint garnish

Holiday Pinwheels: These are just so pretty and festive; they scream holiday!

Holiday Pinwheel Cookies stacked on a small round white plate

Christmas Sugar Cookies: These frosted, cut-out cookies are perfect for any occasion and can be cut into any shape! My friends and I test a few sugar cookie recipes and this was the winner!

Cut out sugar cookies on a white plate with jars of sprinkles


Easy Chocolate Mousse Tart: A terrific chocolate dessert. Cut it into slivers and be prepared to swoon with every bite of this elegant dessert.

Easy Chocolate Mousse Cake | Chocolate cookie crust, whipped chocolate mousse topped with chocolate shards

Triple Ginger Cookies: An even more ginger-laden cookie than my traditional recipe for chewy gingersnaps. The combination of ground ginger, crystallized ginger, and fresh ginger will make you swoon. Try the chewy gingersnaps for a more traditional recipe. Both are winners!

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Holiday Truffle Cookies: A festive fudgy cookie that you can shake up with any colored M & M’s you’d like.

Chocolate Cookies with M&M's in a white bowl

Yule Log or Bûche de Noël – A classic French Christmas dessert shaped like a log and often decorated with meringue mushrooms and crumbled pistachio moss. The mushrooms can be made ahead of time so the process is less daunting. This cake makes a jaw-dropping presentation!

Bûche de Noël garnished with meringue mushrooms and holly

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