Christmas isn’t just for giving and receiving; it’s for eating, too. We love these 10 recipes for Christmas desserts. Not only are they pleasing to the eye, they’ll make your palate start singing Joy to the World.
1. Snowy Pine Cones
It’s hard to believe these snowy pine cones are edible. They look like a Christmas decoration you could put on your mantle. Wow your guests with these easy-to-make, aesthetically- pleasing pine cones, and no one will ever want to leave. (Is that a good thing?)
- 3 cups Chex Chocolate cereal or a comparable cereal
- 6 thick pretzel sticks
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
2. Meringue Trees
Trimming the tree could take on a whole new meaning this year. These festive trees are so fun to decorate and so easy to make, you could easily create a whole forest to devour.
- 4 Egg Whites
- 1/2 tsp of Cream of Tartar
- 1 cup of plain white sugar
- 1 tablespoon Butter Vanilla Emulsion flavoring.
- Christmas colored sprinkles
- Golden tree topper sprinkles
- Green food coloring.
- Icing bag (or zip lock bag) and a star-shaped frosting tip.
3. Holly Jolly Jelly Shots
Want a sophisticated version of a Jello shot at your Christmas party this year? These classy red-and-green layered squares are spiked with vanilla vodka for an extra measure of fun. Make a non-alcoholic version, if you prefer, by adding an equal amount of water in place of the vodka.
- 1 3-ounce box cherry gelatin dessert
- 1 3-ounce box lime gelatin dessert
- 3 packets unflavored gelatin
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla vodka
- 36 dollops whipped cream (for garnish)
- 36 mint leaves (for garnish)
- 72 small red candies (or 36 if using just one for garnish)
4. Reindeer Cookies
These cookies are perfect for an afternoon of baking with the kids. Let them help you scoop, mix, and pour for an all-family activity. When the cookies are done baking, they’ll love to transform them into adorable reindeer. (Don’t forget Rudolph!)
For the cookies:
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
- Mini brown M&Ms
- Regular-sized red M&Ms
5. White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
We’re amazed at how easy it is to pull off Christmas style with this simple recipe. It’s perfect if you’re short on time, too. Just dip the pretzels in melted white chocolate, and when they’re dry, pipe on the red candy stripes.
- Pretzels (bigger are easier/quicker to dip)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Red Candy Melts
6. Oreo Christmas Cookies
We love the idea of using edible candy markers to write seasonal messages on these white chocolate Oreos. The Santa and Elf faces are pretty spectacular, too.
- Almond Bark
- Christmas Candy sprinkles
- Candy/edible markers
7. Powder Puff Cookies
These elegant cookies only takes 3 ingredients which you probably have on hand, anyway. Pile these cookies on a cake plate with a few sprigs of mint and berries to create a truly festive Christmas dessert.
- 1 Sheet Pie Crust for a 9-inch pie, thawed
- 15 chocolate kisses
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar, for dredging
8. Peanut Butter Balls
This Christmastime tradition is a crowd pleaser every time.
- 3 c. crisped rice cereal
- 2 c. smooth peanut butter
- 3/4 c. butter
- 3 3/4 c. powdered sugar,
- 1 pound of melting chocolate
9. Santa Mix
This Christmas dessert brings party mix to a new level. Leave it out in a big bowl for people to grab and much or fill a glass jar with it to create a colorful Christmas gift to give to your favorite people.
For the Santa Hats:
- Caramel Bugles
- Red Melting Candy
- Mini Marshmallows
- White Sprinkles
For the Mix:
- 3 cups mini pretzels
- 1/2 cup craisins
- 1 cup salted dry roasted peanuts
- 2 cups Rice Chex
- 2 cups holiday colored M&M’s
- 8 oz. white chocolate for melting
10. Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark
We salivate every time we see this recipe for cookie bark. We love the idea of mixing 2 traditional Christmas flavors–sugar cookie and peppermint–in one delicious concoction. If this doesn’t make your Christmas merry, we don’t know what will.
- 1 (16.5 oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
- 16 oz of vanilla flavored candy coating OR 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms
- 1/2 cup crushed candy canes