Let's be honest: You probably start asking yourself what to make for Christmas dessert as soon as October hits. And you should! The holidays are filled with work parties, family get-togethers, and the odd neighborhood cookie swap. You may want to go a more elegant route with your holiday desserts (if so, may we suggest the gingerbread pear loaf?), or you could opt for a traditional sweet that will feed a crowd. Whatever the occasion, an easy recipe is always preferred during the busy holiday season, which is where we come in. We've gathered enough holiday dessert ideas to keep you busy through the end of 2019. So yes, serve your Christmas appetizers, cook your Christmas ham, and make your Christmas cocktails—but when all is said and done, we all know it's the spread of holiday dessert that really matters.
Jazz up the presentation on this gingerbread pear loaf with tinsel and metallic ornaments.
Forget figgy pudding! We'd much rather have this sticky toffee version instead.
Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.
Best enjoyed with a glass of eggnog, this double white chocolate cake is filled with a delightful raspberry jam.
Get the recipe at Woman's Day.
Top this layered cake with gingerbread cookies for a dessert that doubles as a centerpiece.
Get the recipe at Supergolden Bakes.
SHOP CAKE PANS
Enjoy these indulgent goodies with a cup of hot cocoa.
Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.
SHOP STAND MIXERS
Upgrade your traditional pumpkin pie recipe with spiced crust and super creamy filling.
Get the recipe at Baked by Rachel.
SHOP PIE PLATES
Chill the dough before you bake these satisfyingly sweet cookies—it's the key to a "perfect pillowy texture."
Get the recipe at Butternut Bakery.
SHOP BAKING SHEETS
All the best tastes of the season are combined in this super-moist slice.
Get the recipe at Baker by Nature.
SHOP BUNDT PANS
Kids will have tons of fun decorating—and eating—this easy treat.
Get the recipe at Crunchy Creamy Sweet.
SHOP BAKING DISHES
Crushed candy canes give these triple-layer brownies a nice crunch.
Get the recipe at Lil' Luna.
SHOP BAKING DISHES
These ultra popular blondies are beloved by both kids and adults.
Get the recipe at Averie Cooks.
SHOP BAKING PANS
A creamy eggnog filling stuffed between two super soft snickerdoodles makes this decadent dessert absolutely irresistible.
Get the tutorial at Creme de la Crumb.
SHOP COOLING RACKS
These cute little cups are almost too adorable to eat!
Get the recipe at Life, Love and Sugar.
SHOP HAND MIXERS
Chocolate lovers will devour these ganache-filled cookies.
Get the recipe at Anna Banana.
SHOP COOLING RACKS
An assortment of crushed starlight mints, rock candy, dragees, M&M's, and string licorice comes together for some beautiful bulbs. Varying amounts of texture add even more interest.
Ornamental gumdrops, M&M's, and starlight mints take shape around a caramel corn garland and a chocolate candy base. Colorful sprinkles in the cake batter give this cake a second helping of whimsy.
This cool, pepperminty take on the old-school treat is as frosty as it gets.
Enjoy tiny treats with trimmings such as M&M's and marshmallows. Pressed Laffy Taffy leaves lend a festive touch.
Twirl up a white cake covered with crushed peppermints and candy canes.
Send these holiday cookies off in a loaf pan for the perfect edible gift.
Jazz up your traditional shortbread recipe with these nutty bites.
Create different sizes and colors of these sweet trees for a simple yet impressive display.
You won't be able to stop at just one of these delicious cake balls.
Melted Jolly Ranchers become the perfect "panes" on this cake.
This scrumptious cake delivers the best of both worlds: sweet and salty.
With the help of some Tootsie Rolls, brownies grow into pinecones.
This voluptuous eggnog-and-brandy pudding faithfully re-creates the taste of traditional holiday eggnog. We tiered this pudding with gingersnaps, then crumbled more of the same on top. To best display creamy layered desserts like this one, use individual clear glass compotes, or one large glass bowl to bring to the table, and enjoy your pudding family style.
A no-cook dessert replete with ladyfingers, creamy Greek yogurt, and an assortment of berries.