50 Best “Kris Kringle Approved” Christmas Desserts

Festive Christmas Desserts That Kris Kringle Would Love

There are hundreds of tasty Christmas desserts from hundreds of different blogs, so we thought we’d give you a head start on all things holiday by rounding up some of our favorite recipes for you!

In this post, you’ll find 50 of the best Christmas desserts that will make your tummy feel holly jolly, guaranteed! What are you waiting for? Let’s go-HO-HO-HO!

We've got 50 of the BEST Christmas desserts for 2023! | The Dating Divas
50 of the BEST Christmas desserts for 2023.

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Table of Contents
  1. Festive Christmas Desserts That Kris Kringle Would Love
  2. Easy Christmas Desserts
  3. Christmas Treats: Peppermint & Candy Cane
  4. Desserts for Christmas: Fabulous Fudge
  5. Christmas Dessert Recipes: Cookies & Cakes
  6. Other Tasty Christmas Desserts
  7. Christmas Treats: Bread

Easy Christmas Desserts

Let’s start off easy … Literally! You’re already busy being Santa’s helper, so baking shouldn’t add more stress to your already-full plate. Most of these delicious Christmas treats require less than five ingredients and under 60 minutes of your time!

1. Chocolate Pretzel Bark (The Little Kitchen): You only need four ingredients for this tasty treat. So easy! To make this treat a little more festive, consider using Christmassy sprinkles!

Your family is going to love these chocolate pretzel bark Christmas desserts! | The Dating Divas
You’ll love these pretzel bark Christmas desserts.

2. Christmas Pretzel Hugs (Dessert Now Dinner Later): These are such cute and simple Christmas treats! Perfect for an after-school snack or a movie night treat!

Yummy and easy pretzel hugs make great Christmas treats! | The Dating Divas
Pretzel hugs make great Christmas treats.

3. Krispie Treat Christmas Trees (Dessert Now Dinner Later): We couldn’t complete this list of easy recipes without adding rice crispy treats! We love how these particular treats look like colorful, vintage Christmas trees.

These Krispie Treat-Christmas trees are super easy Christmas desserts to feed a crowd! | The Dating Divas
Krispie Treat-Christmas trees are easy Christmas desserts.

4. Spiced Chocolate-Covered Clementines (Slim Pickin’s Kitchen): We couldn’t decide if this should fall under “easy Christmas desserts” or “chocolate desserts for Christmas,” but we went with easy since you only need five ingredients!

Wondering why we thought a citrusy dessert was related to Christmas? One of our favorite heart-warming Christmas stories is The Christmas Orange. This would be the perfect treat to eat while reading the story to your family!

Chocolate-covered oranges make great Christmas desserts for your family or neighbors! | The Dating Divas
Chocolate-covered oranges make great Christmas desserts.

5. Cupcake Ornaments (Tastes Better From Scratch): Aren’t these cupcakes the cutest?! They’re SO easy and perfect for your holiday parties!

Easy Christmas desserts definitely include these darling cupcake ornaments! | The Dating Divas
Easy Christmas desserts include cupcake ornaments.

6. Peppermint Christmas Chex Mix (Sunnyside Design): This Chex mix would make a great treat to munch on while you’re watching a Christmas movie or even as a neighbor gift! Even better, this post also has free printable gift tags that you can use for the gift!

Holiday Chex mixes make great Christmas treats for kids AND adults! | The Dating Divas
Chex mixes make great Christmas treats.

7. Gumdrop Christmas Punch (The Soccer Mom Blog): Talk about a perfect holiday “mocktail,” right?! You and your kids will love the sweetness this Christmas punch delivers. May we say … It packs a punch! {Wink!}

You'll love these holiday-punch Christmas dessert recipes, guaranteed! | The Dating Divas
You’ll love these holiday-punch Christmas dessert recipes.

8. Christmas Tree Cherry Hand Pies (Kelly’s Thoughts On Things): You only need four ingredients and 45 minutes before these easy cherry hand pies are in your tummy!

Cherry hand pies make festive Christmas desserts for a party! | The Dating Divas
Hand pies make festive Christmas desserts.

9. Chocolate-Covered Pretzels Christmas Trees (Walking On Sunshine Recipes): You can’t ever go wrong with chocolate-covered pretzels, especially when the chocolate turns the pretzels into trees!

Chocolate-covered pretzels make great Christmas desserts to serve at a party. | The Dating Divas
Chocolate-covered pretzels are great Christmas desserts for a party.

10. Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake Truffles (Sparkles to Sprinkles): You only need five ingredients to make these truffles, including the Little Debbie cakes! So easy!

Christmas tree-cake truffles are an easy option for Christmas desserts! | The Dating Divas
Cake truffles are an easy option for Christmas desserts.

11. Christmas Popcorn (Chelsea’s Messy Apron): Who doesn’t love popcorn?! Check out these cute Christmas candies that you can add to the mix, too!

Christmas popcorn is on our awesome list of yummy and easy Christmas desserts! | The Dating Divas
Christmas popcorn is on our list of easy Christmas desserts.

12. White Chocolate Peppermint Hearts (Chelsea’s Messy Apron): We love how cute these candies turn out! Better yet, you only need three ingredients!

Homemade peppermint heart candies make great Christmas treats that can be used as gifts! | The Dating Divas
Homemade candies make great Christmas treats for gifts.

Christmas Treats: Peppermint & Candy Cane

Which is more popular, peppermint or gingerbread? This is an argument that goes back years and years. Since we already have a post dedicated to The BEST Gingerbread Cookie Recipes, we thought we’d let peppermint take center stage this time around!

13. Chocolate Peppermint Cake Roll (Old Salt Farm): All we can say is YUM. This cake roll is the perfect combination of chocolate and peppermint!

Cake rolls make delicious Christmas desserts that will please a crowd! | The Dating Divas
Cake rolls make tasty Christmas desserts to please a crowd.

14. Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats (How to Make Cereal Treats): We love anything that involves peppermint and marshmallows! We love it even more when the recipe seems easy peasy!

Peppermint Krispie Treats are definitely crowd-pleasing Christmas treats! | The Dating Divas
Peppermint Krispie Treats are crowd-pleasing Christmas treats.

15. Gluten-free Peppermint Brownies (What the Fork): We see you, gluten-free friends! We were so thrilled to find a dessert that works for you!

Gluten-free peppermint brownies are great Christmas treats for our GF friends! | The Dating Divas
Gluten-free peppermint brownies are great Christmas treats.

16. Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs (Feast + West): Your hot cocoa just got more bomb! These look so yummy, and they’d make great teacher gifts!

Hot cocoa bombs are easy to make, and they make tasty Christmas treats for teachers! | The Dating Divas
Hot cocoa bombs are easy and tasty Christmas treats.

17. No-Bake Peppermint Pie (Savor the Flavour): This recipe caught our attention with “no-bake.” This no-bake pie is for those of us who leave baking till the last minute (oops!) but still need to show up with some sort of treat.

No-bake pies are yummy and easy Christmas desserts, especially if you're in a time crunch! | The Dating Divas
No-bake pies are yummy Christmas desserts.

18. Peppermint Brownies (Tastes Better From Scratch): Four words came to mind when we stumbled upon this recipe: get in our bellies! We’re sure your family will feel the same way!

Peppermint brownies are guaranteed to be one of the many crowd-pleasing Christmas desserts! | The Dating Divas
Peppermint brownies are one of the many crowd-pleasing Christmas desserts!

19. No-Bake Peppermint Bark Oreo Truffles (Savory Nothings): You’ll only need five ingredients and a total of 90 minutes before these tasty treats are ready to devour!

No-bake truffles are so yummy, and they're easy Christmas desserts! | The Dating Divas
Truffles are yummy and easy Christmas desserts.

20. Copycat Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake (Oh So Delicioso): Who else looks forward to the holidays because Chick-fil-A releases their peppermint milkshakes?! Us, too! Now you don’t have to worry about waiting in line because you can make them at home!

Copycat Chick-fil-A peppermint milkshakes make great Christmas treats for the family! | The Dating Divas
Peppermint milkshakes make great Christmas treats for the family.

21. Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts (Five Heart Home): These donuts have us drooling over here! We know these will quickly become a holiday staple in your home.

22. Candy Cane Marshmallow Dippers (Old Salt Farm): Not only are these easy peasy, but they’re so cute! Imagine displaying them on a festive tray for a Christmas party?

23. Easy Homemade Peppermint Bark (Savory Nothings): Costco sells delicious peppermint bark as soon as Halloween is over, but this homemade version seems even BETTER!

Desserts for Christmas: Fabulous Fudge

If the first thing that popped into your head after reading this heading was, “Ohhhhh FUDGE,” then this section is for you! Much like Ralphie from A Christmas Story, fudge should be in your vocabulary … Er, tummies!

24. Fudge Christmas Trees (Hungry Happenings): This fudge is a dessert that acts as a treat and a plate decoration!

25. German Chocolate Fudge (Cooking With Janica): This recipe isn’t necessarily labeled as “Christmassy,” but any kind of chocolate is a crowd-pleaser, especially around the holidays!

26. Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge (What the Fork): We are all about quick and easy recipes during the holidays, especially when it involves fudge!

27. Easy Christmas Fudge (Mess For Less): Here is another easy fudge recipe! You can thank us for saving you time later. {Wink!}

28. Candy Cane White Chocolate Fudge (Oh So Delicioso): You can’t go wrong with candy canes, right? We are obsessed with how beautiful this fudge turns out!

29. Cookie Cutter Fudge (Nourishing With the Nolands): Okay, how CUTE are these?! You could give these out as neighbor or teacher gifts or even make them together for family night!

Christmas Dessert Recipes: Cookies & Cakes

We didn’t want to spend too much time on cookies since we have already covered 100 of the BEST Easy Christmas Cookie Ideas and Recipes, but we couldn’t resist highlighting a few new favorites!

30. Painted Christmas Oreos (The Decorated Cookie): This could make a great activity to keep the kids busy while they’re home from school, as long as you aren’t too picky about how the art turns out!

31. Oreo Cookie Ball Christmas Lights (Hungry Happenings): Here is another festive and fun recipe for all the Oreo lovers!

32. Easy Christmas Cookie Cake Bars (Mess For Less): We can guarantee that these will be a hit at any holiday gathering you have planned. They’re oh-so-easy and oh-so-tasty!

33. Cranberry Cardamom Shortbread Cookies (Hello Glow): Gingerbread and peppermint definitely steal the show around the holidays, so we wanted to shine a spotlight on cranberry for a minute!

34. Peppermint Bark Cookies (Nourish and Fete): Speaking of peppermint … These cookies look insanely good! We know what cookie recipe we’re adding to our “To Bake” list this year!

35. The Best Pizzelle Recipe (Sugar Maple Farmhouse): Pizzelle cookies are traditional Italian cookies, and they can be served soft or hard and crispy. That makes them perfect for nearly anyone! Yum!

36. Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies (SkinnyTaste): Here is a quick spotlight on gingerbread! Instead of little men, you’ve got these darling little trees!

37. Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies (Simply Recipes): According to this post, these cookies ship really well. That means they’re perfect for sending some holiday cheer to friends and family across the country!

38. Grandma’s Melting Moments Cookies (Must Have Mom): These cookies do exactly what their name implies—they truly melt in your mouth!

39. Christmas Tree Cookies (Kelly’s Thoughts On Things): Here is another fun cookie recipe that could be fun to make with the kids! Help them with the frosting and the stacking, and let them have creative freedom with the toppings!

40. Christmas Tree Sheet Cake Pops (Five Heart Home): We love anything that can be made in a sheet pan, and these cake pops are no exception!

41. Easy Snowball Cake Recipe (Must Have Mom): This cake is filled with cream cheese! YUM! That will be a sweet surprise for whoever takes a bite!

Other Tasty Christmas Desserts

We couldn’t fit these festive treats into any of the other categories, but that doesn’t mean they deserve any less attention! In this section, you’ll find recipes for homemade candy, a yummy holiday dip, a traditional dessert from another country, and more!

42. Christmas Candy Homemade Sugar Plums (The Homespun Hydrangea): Raise your hand if you thought sugar plums were a made-up treat? We can’t be the only ones! This homemade candy will transport you straight to The Nutcracker Ballet.

43. Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip (Sugar Maple Farmhouse): We found some cute gingerbread sprinkles that you can sprinkle on top, just like the photo!

44. White Chocolate Christmas Crack (The Vivacious Life): This Christmas crack is unlike any you’ve had before because this recipe calls for cranberries! YUM!

45. Traditional Figgy Pudding (Savor the Flavour): Of all the Christmas dessert recipes, this one should remind you of A Christmas Carol! If it doesn’t, turn on the TV and add this to your list of Christmas movies to watch immediately!

46. Christmas Tree Meringues (As Easy As Apple Pie): These are darling on their own, but they would also make cute cake or cupcake toppers or even edible tabletop decorations!

47. Christmas Trifle (Mom’s Dinner): Is it just us, or does that candy cane hanging on the side of the glass make it look like the handle of a mug? CUTE! This dessert is a must-have for holiday parties!

48. Christmas Lasagna (The Soccer Mom Blog): This would make a great treat for your family on Christmas Eve! You could even let the kids do the sprinkle decorating!

Christmas Treats: Bread

Yeah, yeah, bread isn’t necessarily considered a “treat.” But these breads are the exception, we promise! They’re both sweet and definitely belong on your dessert table.

49. Christmas Bread (The Soccer Mom Blog): This beautiful loaf would make a great neighbor or teacher gift!

50. Christmas Stollen (Simply Recipes): German stollen is rich and buttery, with a hint of citrus. It’s almost too beautiful to eat!

We hope you’ve found some inspiration by reading through this list of 50 best Christmas desserts, and we hope you (and your tummies!) have a wonderful holiday season!

Merry Christmas from the Divas!

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I am an avid DIY'er, a Disney lover, and an amateur foodie! Chips & salsa, chocolate, and Diet Dr. Pepper are a few of my favorite things. I'm married to my best friend who is literally my Prince Charming, and I'm a mommy to three darling kiddos! You'll often find me in the kitchen baking something chocolatey, or snuggled up on the couch listening to a good book or true crime podcast.

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