It’s the sweetest time of the year...and also the most repetitive, dessert-wise. (Seriously, how many sugar cookies and candy canes can you eat?) Once the holiday monotony hits, try these Christmas dessert recipes that feature seasonal and nostalgic flavors in new and creative ways.
1. PEPPERMINT DEVIL’S FOOD HI-HAT CUPCAKES
The best seasonal flavors, peppermint and chocolate, unite in these gorgeous homemade cupcakes, topped with a generous dollop of marshmallow frosting.
2. Ginger Cherry Pie
Spice up your holiday pie game with this gingery masterpiece that riffs on the idea of a gingerbread cookie, but with cherry filling.
3. Eggnog Snickerdoodles
Eggnog isn’t just for sipping. These chewy cookies incorporate homemade eggnog for extra holiday flair.
4. Cinnamon Mascarpone Pudding
This fragrant, creamy pudding is dreamy on a snowy day. (It’s kind of like tiramisu, minus the cake.)
5. Gingerbread Lattice Cookies
Gingerbread people and houses rarely taste as good as they look, so add some flair to these actually delicious gingerbread cookies that look just like little pie tops. (Bonus: No cookie cutters required.)
6. Vegan & Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart
You’ll be surprised that this decadent and zingy tart is completely vegan and gluten-free. Win, win, win.
7. CARDAMOM CREAM-FILLED BUNDT CAKE
A Bundt pan adds a fancy look to this homemade cake that’s actually very simple. Plus, the seasonal spices pair perfectly with hot punch or cider, making this dessert recipe fabulous for a Christmas party.
8. Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies with Marshmallow Topping
Turn the classic side dish into a decadent dessert with these beautiful bright orange cookies that, yeah, you might want to devour before dinner even starts.
9. Sea Salt Butterscotch Tart
Almond flour makes the crisp crust of this tart totally gluten-free. And the slightly salty homemade butterscotch filling is just the perfect amount of gooey.
10. Baileys Chocolate Truffles
A little booze in a holiday dessert adds a lot more fun. These truffles don’t require baking and are a fantastic host gift throughout the season.
11. BAKED BRIE WITH FIGS, PISTACHIOS AND ORANGE
This recipe works as both an app and a dessert (depending on where you think cheese fits in during a meal), but the sweet, creamy notes are definitely a great finish to any Christmas dinner.
12. Pecan Brittle Bark Cookies
Chocolate-chip cookies are fine for Santa, but you deserve an upgrade. These are salty, sweet, sticky and oozy in all the right ways.
13. SUGAR COOKIE CHOCOLATE CRÈME BRÛLÉE
Add a blowtorch to your Christmas list this year, because this crème brûlée is about to become your new holiday go-to. No torch? You can also use your broiler for the burnt sugar topping.
14. Peppermint Bark Crepe Cake
Three amazing dessert elements become one in this stack of thin crepes glued together with peppermint whipped cream.
15. Pear Mug Pie
Dessert for one? No problem. Whip up a cozy fruit pie in your favorite holiday mug and don’t be shy about the scoop of ice cream on top.