70+ of the Best Holiday Desserts Your Family Will Fa-La-Love

Easy Christmas cakes, pies, and cookies? Right this way.

holiday desserts
Brian Woodcock

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.

gingerbread pear loaf
Brian Woodcock
Gingerbread Pear Loaf

Jazz up the presentation on this gingerbread pear loaf with tinsel and metallic ornaments.

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christmas desserts
Mike Garten
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Forget figgy pudding! We'd much rather have this sticky toffee version instead.

Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.

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gingerbread cheesecake pecan graham crust
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Gingerbread Cheesecake With Pecan-Graham Crust

It's not often that a cake can stop us in our tracks, but one look at the pecan-graham crust on this cheesecake and we were completely smitten.

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christmas desserts
Mike Garten
Double White Chocolate Cake

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.

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gingerbread rolls recipe
Brian Woodcock
Gingerbread Rolls

Visiting family for the holidays? Bring along a box of these almost-too-pretty-to-eat cinnamon gingerbread rolls to sweeten your stay.

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Supergolden Bakes
Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Top this layered cake with gingerbread cookies for a dessert that doubles as a centerpiece.

Get the recipe at Supergolden Bakes.

SHOP CAKE PANS

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holiday desserts hot chocolate
Cooking Classy
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Enjoy these indulgent goodies with a cup of hot cocoa.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

SHOP STAND MIXERS

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holiday desserts pumpkin
Baked by Rachel
Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Upgrade your traditional pumpkin pie recipe with spiced crust and super creamy filling.

Get the recipe at Baked by Rachel.

SHOP PIE PLATES

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Butternut Bakery
Maple Snickerdoodle Cookies

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

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Baker by Nature
White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake

All the best tastes of the season are combined in this super-moist slice.

Get the recipe at Baker by Nature.

SHOP BUNDT PANS

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holiday desserts gingerbread bars
Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Gingerbread Cookie Bars Recipe

Kids will have tons of fun decorating—and eating—this easy treat.

Get the recipe at Crunchy Creamy Sweet.

SHOP BAKING DISHES

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holiday desserts brownie
Lil' Luna
Peppermint Brownies

Crushed candy canes give these triple-layer brownies a nice crunch.

Get the recipe at Lil' Luna.

SHOP BAKING DISHES

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Averie Cooks
Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Holiday Bars

These ultra popular blondies are beloved by both kids and adults.

Get the recipe at Averie Cooks.

SHOP BAKING PANS

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holiday desserts eggnog
Creme de la Crumb
Eggnog Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pies

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

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Life, Love and Sugar
Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups

These cute little cups are almost too adorable to eat!

Get the recipe at Life, Love and Sugar.

SHOP HAND MIXERS

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holiday desserts chocolate
Anna Banana
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate lovers will devour these ganache-filled cookies.

Get the recipe at Anna Banana.

SHOP COOLING RACKS

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Christmas Light Sugar Cookies

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.

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christmas tree sheet cake
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Christmas Tree Sheet Cake

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.

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peppermint icebox pie
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Peppermint Icebox Pie

This cool, pepperminty take on the old-school treat is as frosty as it gets.

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christmas candy cupcakes
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Christmas Candy Cupcakes

Enjoy tiny treats with trimmings such as M&M's and marshmallows. Pressed Laffy Taffy leaves lend a festive touch.

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candy cane forest cake
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Candy Cane Forest Cake

Twirl up a white cake covered with crushed peppermints and candy canes.

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Burcu Avsar
Fruitcake Cookies

Send these holiday cookies off in a loaf pan for the perfect edible gift.

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Brian Woodcock
Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Jazz up your traditional shortbread recipe with these nutty bites.

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Pine Tree Forest Cake

Create different sizes and colors of these sweet trees for a simple yet impressive display.

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Burcu Avsar
Red Velvet Snowballs

You won't be able to stop at just one of these delicious cake balls.

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Becky Luigart Stayner
Stained Glass Cake

Melted Jolly Ranchers become the perfect "panes" on this cake.

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candied pretzel cake recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Candied Pretzel Cake

This scrumptious cake delivers the best of both worlds: sweet and salty.

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pinecone brownie wreath
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Pinecone Brownie Wreath

With the help of some Tootsie Rolls, brownies grow into pinecones.

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Ann Stratton
Eggnog Pudding

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.

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Aimee Herring
Vanilla Yogurt and Berry Trifle

A no-cook dessert replete with ladyfingers, creamy Greek yogurt, and an assortment of berries.

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