Christmas Dessert Recipe Guide

So this weekend, I decided to do some Christmas recipe testing! I am all about cookies and there are SO many recipes out there I’ve been wanting to try (how did we ever live without the world of Pinterest? #SeriousQuestion). There are only some many opportunities to bake Christmas goodies, so I want to take full advantage this year!

I decided to try making a cake mix cookie, just classic chocolate chip, with some Christmas sprinkles to add a fun and festive twist. My grandma makes really yummy cake mix chocolate chip cookies, so I figured these would turn out pretty good. They turned out to be really delicious and I will definitely be making them again. Check out the recipe here if you want to try them yourself, here’s what mine looked like when they were done:

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Baking got me thinking of other staple recipes for the holiday season. I mean, if you want to do the holiday the right way, you have to have some sweets! It’s only natural! And there are so many genres of sweets out there, it can be overwhelming to decide what to make for the big day! I’ve narrowed it down to the essentials for you, so take a look.

CAKES

A cake is an absolute must on the Christmas dessert table (maybe even more than one if you have a big crowd, or if you like to eat cake for breakfast, lunch, a snack, and a dessert in the days following a holiday like I do). There are SO many cake recipes to choose from. I think a simple bundt cake recipe is great, or if you want to try something more complex, this gingerbread cake would serve as the perfect edible centerpiece of your dessert table.

PIES

Pies are another must for holidays! A traditional apple pie is always good – I tried this recipe with cinnamon rolls as a crust a few years ago and it was pretty good! If you want to try a recipe that is a little bit out of the ordinary, try a cannoli pie as a favorite flavor!

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CHEESECAKE

My mom always makes a classic New York style cheesecake for Thanksgiving and Christmas. To be honest, it is not what I choose to eat for dessert because there are SO MANY other great options that I like better, but many people love her cheesecake and look forward to eating it every year. For something more out-of-the-box for the cheesecake lovers at your table (and believe me , they’re out there!), there are many options. First, these mini cheesecake bites are so cute and I love how simple and elegant the holiday decoration on them is! For something easy yet impressive, these chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberries are so good! I’ve made them and they are really simple to make and taste great. Keep in mind, they only keep in the fridge for a day or so, so you’ll want to make them the day of your gathering. This peppermint cheesecake dip also looks amazing and is something different to add to your dessert table this year!

COOKIES

I saved this category for last because I knew I would have to separate it into sub-categories. The world of cookies is just so vast (which I am beyond grateful for) that it can’t all be rolled up into one blanket category. So, let’s get started.

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Classic Christmas Cookies – this includes chocolate chip cookies as well as shortbread cookies. I also include snowball cookies in the classic holiday cookie section because my mom makes them every year. I couldn’t imagine Christmas without them! Finally, while I’m not the biggest fan, gingerbread men are probably the mother of all Christmas cookies, so can’t forget those!

Sugar cookies – there are so many sugar cookie recipes out there that I had to give them their own category. These are simple yet festive, and would look great on a holiday cookie platter. For something more sugary (read: yummier), these lofthouse frosted sugar cookies are a must.

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Peppermint cookies – peppermint is the flavor of the season (move over, gingerbread!) if you ask me, and there are endless recipes out there to go with the craze. Peppermint and Oreo is a great combination, or these peppermint snowball cookies are a great twist on a classic!

FUN cookies – I didn’t know what to call this category, but there are so many creative and different recipes out there that would make great Christmas cookie additions, but they’re not exactly traditional. For instance, these Oreo cream cheese cookies would be perfect or I think these hot chocolate cookie cups are adorable and fun!

Clearly, there is no shortage of Christmas dessert recipes out there. If you are going to try new recipes this year, I’d recommend first of all giving the recipes a test run prior to the actual day (who doesn’t love some sampling, anyways?) and second of all, I recommend still making some of the tried and true classics, too, to balance out the new stuff.  Happy baking!!

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