15 Favourite Christmas Dessert Recipes

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Here are my 15 Favourite Christmas Dessert Recipes for the holiday season! They’re perfect for so many occasions – from a quick treat to an impressive dessert, and all taste absolutely divine!

A montage of christmas desserts with text over it.

Happy DECEMBER!! It is, officially, the BEST month of the year friends. Are you as fired up for Christmas as I am? Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year, and I’m pretty sure my neighbours know it too since I play Christmas music from er, well about October. True story. Then as soon as it hits November, I have full license to listen to Christmas music non-stop until January. I can’t wait to finish decorating our house and to show you! In the meanwhile, I wanted to bring you some my favourite holiday desserts that will definitely be a hit for your Christmas holiday parties. We make these throughout the holidays (especially those cookies!) and they range from whether you need a QUICK dessert, or something to really impress your guests. Happy eating, friends!

Christmas Chocolate Bark – 4 ways 

This first recipe is a knockout with four different ways to make Christmas Chocolate Bark. White Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark, Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark, and White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Bark. The first is my fave, the last is the Mr.’s fave. These are super easy to make, and even include a video to show you how to get the best swirl effect.

A montage of chocolate bark with text over it.

Vegan Sugar Cookies

What’s Christmas without sugar cookies?! I made hard sugar cookies endlessly in my Jessiker Bakes days, so I wanted to try out softer sugar cookies. These cookies are loaded with flavour, made with pumpkin, and topped with a divine coconut butter frosting,

Pumpkin sugar cookies on a wire rack and plate.

Peppermint Chocolate Brownies

These are the first gluten free brownies I ever made! The peppermint flavour shines through beautifully, and these brownies will go faster that you can say yum. Feel free to adjust the peppermint extract to ¼ teaspoon if you want only a subtle hint. Make sure not to over bake them, so that you get that fudgy, divine brownie texture!

A batch of brownies with crushed candy canes on top.

Gingersnap Cookies

Oh my gosh – GINGERSNAP! I haven’t made these in ages, and I’m working on a gf and vegan version of them to share with you for this season! These cookies will knock your socks off, and they’ve even converted ginger haters. They are your perfectly crisp, perfectly ginger flavoured cookies that you’ll love.

A stack of gingersnap cookies on a blue plate.

Vegan Cranberry Orange Scones

These scones! The cranberry orange combination makes them extra special for the holidays, and the fact that they can be a decadent breakfast or a dessert works perfectly with them. I love how easy they are to make and how foolproof they are too.

Vegan orange scones on a wood board.

White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

These are my FAVOURITE holiday cookies!! Seriously, I made about 5 batches of these last year. They are the easiest cookie recipe and yes, gluten free too! I am just in love with the white chocolate cranberry pistachio flavour combo, which comes through beautifully here. Salty, sweet and texture all play perfectly together. They have the PERFECT chew and are so easy to share. Trust me, your friends and family will love you for this!

White chocolate and cranberry cookies on a wire rack .

Vegan Caramel Sauce

Put this sauce on everythinggggg. It’s only three ingredients, and is perfect drizzled on your brownies, peppermint ice cream, your holiday pies, or even your gingerbread pancakes for some over the top holiday breakfast ideas. This caramel sauce is so versatile and lasts forever in your fridge, if you don’t eat it all first.

Pouring vegan caramel sauce into a glass jar.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh my gosh, who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? I definitely ate a whole batch of these singlehandedly last year. These cookies are perfect to make with your leftover pumpkin puree, and are so, so good. I love that the dough freezes beautifully so you can always pop one into the oven to bake when you’re in the mood for a quick and easy dessert.

Vegan chocolate chip cookie with a bite taken out.

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Vegan. Pumpkin. Cheesecake. Swirl. Brownies. Yes, you definitely read that right. My friends raved after trying this, and I know they’d make a perfectly placement on your holiday dessert table. They have that beautiful mix of cheesecake consistency and flavour and a fudgy brownie texture. Since they’re so rich, you can even serve them in bites for your guests.

Overhead view of vegan pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies.

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crust

These were a TOTAL favourite back in my Jessiker Bakes days, that I had to bring them back. I’ll definitely be working on a gluten free and vegan version of this one, because they are so good. A reader recently told me how much of a hit they were, so I dug them out of the archives to share with you. The eggnog flavour really shines through, and that gingersnap crust is a complete hit.

Mini cheesecakes on a pink towel.

4-Ingredient Salted Caramel Chocolate Cups

These salted caramel chocolate cups really knocked it out of the park for us. These are perfect for a quick holiday treat, since they come together in like 20 minutes. One bite into that salted caramel sauce in the middle and you’ll know you made the right decision making these.

A stack of caramel chocolate cups on a pink cupcake liner.

Vegan Caramel Popcorn

Last, but not least, this vegan caramel popcorn! Movie night? Make it. Girlfriends wine and cheese night? Make it. Appetiser for your guests? Make it. This popcorn fits in everywhere from casual to fancy, especially since it is so gorgeous. A golden caramel colour on the outside will entice you and your guests and that beautiful crutch will keep you all devouring this.

A bowl of caramel popcorn.

 

That’s it! I hope you enjoy these recipes so much for the Christmas holiday season! Which one is your favourite and what do you plan to make?!

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  1. Emily Hopper says:

    I enjoy reading every detail of this post, plus it’s very helpful to me. Got new ideas too. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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