If you've spent hours-- even days-- planning, prepping and cooking your Christmas meal, the last thing you want to do is spend more time cobbling together a difficult dessert. The holidays should be spent enjoying friends and family, so don't stress about the end of the meal.
Try one of these simple, yet festive and delicious desserts. No one will be complaining at the end of the night and every sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied.
1. Peppermint Bark Cookies
Festive, merry, crunchy and chocolately. These easy to make cookies not only look like the holidays but with smooth chocolate and refreshing peppermint, they certainly taste like Christmas spirit.
2. Shortbread and Eggnog Pudding Trifles
A creamy, dreamy twist on a favorite holiday drink. These cute little puddings from Sprinkle Bakes can be adorned with any festive garnish you prefer.
3. Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Spiced Buttercream
Pumpkin keeps this gingerbread cake moist and decadent-- but it's still very easy to make.
4. Cranberry-Cinnamon Cheesecake
No guest will be able to resist this combination of the smooth and creamy filling with a tart and tangy topping. The red and white colors also make a truly festive presentation.
5. White Chocolate Coffee
How about some white chocolate coffee to serve your guests at Christmas? This is best made fresh but you can stir the ingredients together ahead of time and wait until serving time to steam it. Experiment with this versatile dessert drink by adding Hershey Kisses or peppermint chips to the coffee. Use your imagination and see what flavors you can come up with.
6. White Chocolate Apple Pie Fondue
Fondues are an easy way to end the night-- just heat up some chocolate and get dipping. Serve with plenty of fresh fruit, which will be welcome after a meal on the heavy side, or cut up bits of brownies, cake and holiday cookies.
7. Candied Pecans
These make a great gift for anyone who needs a little special something this holiday season! Pass them around before or after the big holiday meal for a sweet treat that will anyone in the Christmas spirit.
8. Spiced Apple Cheesecake Tart
For a slight twist on pie, this cheesecake tart features warm apple flavors with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Recipe: Spices Apple Cheesecake Tart
9. Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting
Christmas is almost here and that means it’s time to make some delicious treats for parties and family get-togethers. This peppermint cream cheese frosting will be hit with guests young and old. The flavor is delightful and you can add it to cupcakes (we used chocolate), cakes, pies and other treats.
10. Simple Apple Cobbler
No time to wait for apples to bake? Use Boston Market's cinnamon spiced apples as a base for this simple fruit-based dessert.
11. No-bake Snickers Caramel Apple Pie
Apples, snickers and caramel! Oh my! This simple but satisfying dessert requires no bake time.
12. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Biscotti
Making your own biscotti is a cinch-- most of the magic happens in the oven. Decorate your cookies with white chocolate and festive peppermint pieces.