9 Best Christmas Desserts to Celebrate the Season

As the festive season approaches, what better way to indulge in the enchanting spirit of Christmas than with a delectable array of festive desserts? Have you considered options beyond the classic gingerbread cookies for this holiday season? If not, let’s check our list of the best Christmas desserts that are sure to add a touch of sweetness and joy to your celebrations!

Sugar Plums

There’s something enchanting about these little delights that makes them one of the best Christmas desserts in my book. The mere mention of sugar plums conjures up visions of sugar-coated dreams and festive cheer.

The combination of dried fruits, nuts, and spices all rolled into sweet little balls creates a burst of flavor that dances on your taste buds. It’s like a symphony of holiday joy in each bite. For me, sugar plums are not just a treat for the palate; they’re a delicious embodiment of Christmas spirit and tradition. If you like these treats, this is my easy sugar plum recipe.

Mince Pie

During the festive season, nothing quite captures the essence of Christmas for me like a delightful serving of mince pie. The sweet and spiced mincemeat filling, with its blend of fruits, nuts, and spices, is a symphony of taste that captures the essence of Christmas.

It isn’t just a Christmas dessert; it’s a Christmas tradition wrapped in pastry, and for me, it’s undoubtedly one of the most popular Christmas desserts. I opted for a creative spin on the traditional pies, infusing a burst of flavor by incorporating cranberry. Believe me, it’s absolutely brilliant! If you like this idea, here is how to make traditional mince pie.

Yule Log

During the festive season, there’s nothing quite like indulging in the rich and delightful tradition of enjoying a Yule Log. At this time of the year, you can see this traditional Christmas dessert everywhere in the bakery.

Cute and unique Christmas dessert
Christmas-themed dessert with Yule log

The Yule Log, also known as Bûche de Noël, is a decadent rolled cake resembling a log, often adorned with creamy frosting and festive decorations. This French Christmas dessert is a delicious work of art. The combination of moist sponge cake and luscious filling creates a melt-in-your-mouth experience that captures the essence of holiday cheer. Here is how to make a Yule Log.

Gingerbread Linzer Cookies

If you’re fed up with the classic gingerbread man, give its alternative a try – gingerbread Linzer cookies. These delectable delights are the best desserts for Christmas, blending the warmth of traditional gingerbread with the elegance of Linzer cookies.

The spicy notes of ginger and cinnamon infuse the air creating a symphony of holiday flavors. The addition of a tangy raspberry jam filling not only adds a burst of color but also a perfect balance to the rich, molasses-kissed cookie layers. What’s more interesting is that this Christmas dessert comes in different shapes and fillings. Here is an easy and cheap Christmas dessert recipe – gingerbread Linzer cookies.

Christmas Trifle

Trifle is hands down one of the best Christmas desserts out there. Layers of moist sponge cake, velvety custard, and juicy berries, all harmonizing in a festive symphony. The beauty of a trifle lies not only in its decadent taste but also in its visual appeal.

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A dessert to make for Christmas

As you spoon through each layer, you uncover a treasure trove of holiday flavors. The sweetness of the cake, the richness of the custard, and the burst of freshness from the berries create a medley that’s nothing short of delightful. It’s like a impressive Christmas party in your mouth, and every bite is a celebration. Trust me, if there’s one dessert that deserves a prime spot on your holiday table, it’s the British Christmas dessert trifle.

Chocolate Truffle

I love chocolate truffles and I think these bite-size treats deserve to be one of the best Christmas desserts. The way it effortlessly melts in my mouth, releasing a symphony of rich cocoa flavors, is nothing short of pure bliss. And then you get to the luscious ganache in the center. It’s the best Christmas dinner dessert. Instead of making sweet chocolate truffles, I make the chili ones. If you like the unique flavor like me, here is the Mexican chili chocolate truffle recipe.

Fruit cake

Every Christmas, my excitement reaches its peak as I anticipate the delightful presence of fruit cake on our festive table. This timeless confection, adorned with vibrant candied fruits and nuts, is one of my favorite Christmas desserts.

Fruit cake is one of the best Christmas desserts

The rich, moist texture and the medley of flavors create a symphony of holiday joy in every bite. Its dense layers of sweetness, infused with spices and soaked in brandy, encapsulate the essence of the season. As I savor each forkful, I can’t help but appreciate who coming up with this Christmas fruit dessert.


Picture a crisp, delicate meringue shell, boasting a cloud-like interior that practically dissolves on your tongue. I’m talking about the next elegant Christmas dessert – pavlova.

Crowned with a billowy heap of whipped cream and adorned with a symphony of vibrant berries—strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries—it’s a dessert fit for celestial celebrations. The contrast between the sweet, airy meringue and the tartness of the berries creates a symphony of flavors that dances on the taste buds.

Chocolate Pudding

The last Christmas dessert on our list is chocolate pudding. During Christmas, when the air is filled with warmth and joy, chocolate pudding becomes a culinary masterpiece, a sweet celebration in a bowl. Its indulgent cocoa notes and the way it effortlessly melts in your mouth make it the star of the holiday dessert table. Whether enjoyed warm with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or served chilled for a refreshing twist, this Christmas easy no-bake dessert is undeniably one of the best desserts for the holiday season.

Light and quick Christmas dessert
Yummy homemade Christmas chocolate pudding

So there you have it—the sweetest lineup for your Christmas celebrations. From the timeless yule log to the indulgent fruit cake , these desserts promise to make your holiday season extra special. What’s your favorite one?

Johanna Cleveland
About the author

Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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