30 Festive Christmas Dessert Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit
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30 Festive Christmas Dessert Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

It’s finally time for apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice to take a back seat. Winter is coming, and we must shine the spotlight on cooling peppermint treats and spiced eggnog recipes. With Christmas in just a few weeks, you’re probably starting to think about the cookies you want to whip up for your annual cookie exchange; maybe you’re even thinking about creating some edible gifts for friends and coworkers. Whatever the case may be, you’re going to have to yank the flour and sugar out of the pantry at some point. Luckily, we’ve got 30 holiday desserts that will give you all the inspiration you need.

1. Cranberry Tart With Almond Cream: If the cranberry sauce at your Thanksgiving dinner didn’t sate your cranberry needs, this festive tart will. Fresh cranberries are piled into a shortbread crust over a luscious almond cream, and it’s kind of the best thing ever. (via Mimi Claire)

2. Orange Glazed Donuts With Sugared Rosemary: One of the best things about donuts is they can be enjoyed as both a dessert *and* as a sweet breakfast option; you’ll want one for each occasion. The citrus-infused glaze and sugared herbs create the ultimate holiday treat. (via Lau Sunday Cooks)

3. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond Biscotti: We hope you’re ready for additional caffeine, because you’ll be brewing an extra cup a day just for an excuse to dip and devour these beauties. Delicious and totally addicting, these munchies are packed with almonds and cranberries and dipped in chocolate. (via Little Broken)

4. Peppermint Bark Cookies: What pumpkin spice is to fall, peppermint is to winter — and you just can’t get through the snowy season without indulging in some sweet and cool peppermint bark. The combination of chocolate and mint are a delight, and this treat pairs wonderfully with a cup of hot cocoa. (via The Whole Bite)

5. Mexican Wedding Cakes: If your mom ever took part in cookie exchanges when you were growing up, you know these amazing little bites are classic. These tiny snowballs are slightly salty, super nutty, buttery, and downright delish. (via So Munch Love)

6. Rum-Spiked Eggnog Crème Brûlée: We’re not quite sure what the best part of crème brûlée is — breaking through the brittle caramelized sheet of sugar, or scooping out the silky custard post-breakthrough. Either way, we need to dig into this spiked eggnog version STAT. (via The Cozy Apron)

7. Rum and Eggnog Bundt Cake: We like big bundts and we cannot lie; a slice of this, we can’t deny! Flavored with rum and eggnog, this luscious cake is slathered with a generous coating of eggnog cream cheese icing that will make your tastebuds sing. (via Liv for Cake)

8. Almond Thumbprint Cookies With Orange Cardamom Jam: It truly isn’t the holidays without some jam-filled thumbprint cookies to munch on. Though a berry jam is most commonly used, the use of this cardamom-spiced orange jam is brilliant. WE’RE NOT DROOLING, YOU ARE. (via Faring Well)

9. Mincemeat Cupcakes With Mascarpone Frosting: These starry cupcakes are almost too cute to eat… almost. With mascarpone frosting, these mincemeat cakes offer us sugar and spice, and everything nice. (via Supergolden Bakes)

10. Healthy Gluten-Free Ginger Candy Scones: It’s not often we see the words “healthy” and “candy” in the same sentence, but when we do, we’re filled with glee. These flaky and soft scones are spiced with ginger and drizzled with a creamy maple frosting. (via Paleo and Gluten-Free Eats)

11. Eggnog Cheesecake Brownies: With creamy eggnog cheesecake swirling into fudge-y goodness, these brownies are a thing of magic. Even eggnog naysayers will fall in love with these soft and chewy bites. (via A Cookie Named Desire)

12. Almond Biscotti Christmas Tree: This jaw-dropping edible arrangement works as both a dessert and a centerpiece. It’s a shame it’ll be destroyed by the hands of hungry guests, but it’ll surely keep things festive while it lasts. (via Gather and Dine)

13. Apple and Mincemeat Filo Wreath: This swoon-worthy recipe stuffs crisp apples and mincemeat into a flaky filo pastry, resulting in complete dessert heaven. Adorned with cranberries and drizzled with custard, this treat is guaranteed to be a hit at any holiday party. (via Domestic Gothess)

14. Chocolate Candy Cane Bundt Cake: We know you’re thinking it because we’re thinking it — be still, my heart! This rich, minty and chocolatey cake is dripping with a minty glaze and topped with crushed candy canes. Can you say flavor bomb? (via Crumb Kitchen)

15. No-Bake Chocolate Orange Greek Yogurt Cheesecake: If you’ve been assigned dessert duty this year, we’ve got you covered with this *glorious* treat. Decorated with candied orange slices, this no-bake cheesecake is full of rich and bright flavors that will surely impress. (via Nutmeg Nanny)

16. Smoked Bourbon Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée Macarons: Macarons are a delicate work of art, but they are SO worth the effort when you can sit back and admire your chic creation. This recipe brings a dash of sophistication by combining boozy with sweet. (via Butter and Brioche)

17. Speculoos Apple Tart: If you’re unfamiliar with Speculoos, think cookie butter. That’s the flavor we’re dealing with here, and we couldn’t be more stoked. With the ultimate combo of apples and cinnamon, this lovely tart won’t stand a chance at the dessert table. (via Mamangerie)

18. Yule Log: Fluffy chocolate cake and a smooth cream filling make this bûche de Noël a must-try. Just don’t accidentally throw it in the fireplace! (via Culinary Ginger)

19. Struffoli: Neapolitan cuisine is know for its sweets, and these crispy Christmas honey balls are no exception. They’re like Italian donut holes. Decorate them with candied citrus zest and sprinkles. (via Philoso Kitchen)

20. Cherry and Pistachio Bakewell Tart: This cherry-jam-filled tart is topped with a creamy pistachio-almond filling, then baked until fragrant and delicious. (via Simmer & Boyle)

21. Plum Cake: For those with a more restrained sweet tooth, this plum cake will hit the spot. Serve it with a drizzle of simple icing and some softened butter if you want to take it up a notch. (via Go Cook)

22. Fluffy Homemade Marshmallows: Store-bought marshmallows will never taste the same after you make these. Dip them in chocolate or add them to your hot cocoa for a truly decadent treat. (via Sugar and Soul Co)

23. Christmas Swirl Cheesecake: Just one look at this festive swirled cheesecake and you know what season it is. Flavor it with peppermint for even more holiday flair. (via OMG Chocolate Desserts)

24. Mini Candy-Filled Gingerbread Houses: Make one of these charming gingerbread houses for each of your guests. Then, fill them up with Christmas candy for an unexpectedly sweet surprise. (via Lily Ardor)

25. Gingerbread Whoopie Pies: Moist gingerbread cake is a sumptious treat on its own. Add in a fluffy cream filling, and you’ve got something really worth celebrating. (via Simply Stacie)

26. Gingerbread Bundt Cake: If you want to make a really fancy dessert, haul out your bundt cake pan and try this recipe. The swirls of gingerbread cake look even more impressive when doused with a generous drizzle of icing. (via Salt and Baker)

27. Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecake: Silky red velvet cheesecake sits atop a rich Oreo cookie crust. Add a few swirls of whipped cream on top to give it that Santa look. (via Baking Beauty)

28. Vegan Christmas Cake: It doesn’t have to be difficult for vegans to enjoy holiday indulgence. This simple Christmas cake is made with spices and dried fruit, then topped with a fondant and marzipan icing. (via Real Family Journey)

29. Ginger Cookies With Pumpkin Ganache: Give your taste buds a jolt with these spicy ginger sandwich cookies. Don’t worry — they’re not too overwhelming, thanks to a smooth, sweet pumpkin ganache filling. (via Baking Sense)

30. Mincemeat Crescent Cookies: Filled with mincemeat, these deceptively simple crescent cookies are packed with flavor. Dunked in your afternoon tea, they’re the perfect cozy snack. (via Fusion Craftiness)

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Additional reporting by Justina Huddleston