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Easy To Make Christmas Desserts – 20 Best Christmas Desserts Recipes

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with Christmas desserts on Christmas Eve AND Christmas morning? (and lunch, and dinner, and the day after) 🙂

My parents got me hooked on Christmas desserts ever since I was a toddler, so that was and still is one of my favorite parts of Christmas celebrations. 

The cookies! And the brownies! The Cozonac (traditional Eastern Europe dessert, kind of like a sweet bread with chocolate and raisins inside)! 

We usually have our first bite of sweets on Christmas Eve night, after dinner, of course. Since my mom usually makes at least 3 or 4 different Christmas desserts options, they last us for at least 3 days. Lucky us!

And I bet most of you reading have a similar experience. You can’t really have Christmas celebrations with something sweet, am I right? 

That’s why I’m here today to help you create your own Christmas traditions.

I’ve compiled below at least 20 Christmas desserts recipes that are easy to make and, better yet, they cook fast

Check out my 20 easy Christmas desserts list and let me know which is your favorite!

Classic No Bake Corn Flake Wreath Cookies 

corn flake wreath

I fell in love with this recipe at first sight because 

  1. The recipe calls for only 4 (!) ingredients;
  2. It’s done in 20 minutes;
  3. The no bake wreaths look very festive and cute.

I think you should definitely try it for yourself this Christmas, the kids will love it.. So check it out here: the No Bake Corn Flake Wreath Cookies recipe from Cooking with Carlee

Crockpot Candy

crockpot candy

This was one of the biggest surprises on my Christmas desserts list: candy make in the slow cooker *insert shocked face emoji*

I actually love it! This recipe is also a winner because it requires only 3 ingredients  (4, if you count sprinkles): peanuts, white almond bark and chocolate chips. You just drop the ingredients in the pot, leave them on for 1 hour and 30 minutes, then make clusters of them and line them up on a baking sheet to set. And you’re done! Easiest Christmas dessert, am I right? 

Here’s the recipe for Crockpot Candy from Crayons & Cravings!

Candy Cane Chocolate Bark 

candy cane chocolate bark

Continuing the series of very fast and very easy to make Christmas desserts, this recipe is perfect for people who don’t usually cook, or like too. 

Alex from “It’s not complicated recipes”, says it perfectly: “My festive Candy Cane Chocolate Bark is a great addition to your Christmas menu. The Bark is so simple to make and contains just two ingredients. […..]. You will have delicious homemade confectionery with so little effort.”

Check out the recipe for Candy Cane Chocolate Bark from It”s not complicated recipes here!

Hot Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats 

hot chocolate rice krispie

Although I try to not have favorites or single out a recipe, it’s so hard not to rave about this rice krispie treats recipe. I think this is a fantastic twist on the classic rice krispies, and I bet the whole family, especially the kids, will devour this. 

Discover all the details on the Hot Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats recipe from Sugar and Soul here!

Snowman Vegan Christmas Cookies 

snowman cookies christmas desserts

These vegan snowmen are so cute! I would love to do this Christmas dessert with my nephews (and future children)! 

The base recipe for the cookies is easy to whip up and they’re baked in 10 minutes. The fun part is decorating them!

Check out all the details for the Snowman Vegan Cookies recipe from Global Mouse Travels!

Simple Rum Balls

rum balls

Finally, a Christmas dessert for adults to enjoy: RUM BALLS!

Easy to make and with only 5 ingredients, this sweet treat will make everyone happy at the Christmas dinner this year!

See for yourself how easy and fast to make is the recipe for Rum Balls from Simplify Create Inspire

Lemon Posset

lemon posset

The posset is one of the most interesting desserts on the list. It has 3 main ingredients, it’s easy to make and….it used to be used for medicinal purposes? 

Either way, the lemon posset from What a Girl Eats is a great choice for refreshing desserts that are not too sweet. Check it out!

Almond Cranberry Cake

almond cranberry cake christmas desserts

I purposefully added this recipe because it’s a dump cake recipe. Well, also because it looks delicious and I’m really craving my mom’s pie right now. 

Either way, if you prefer cakes and pies to cookies and chocolate, this almond cranberry cake recipe from My Sweet Precision should be on the top of your Christmas Desserts list!

Fudgy Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan) 

fudge chocolate cake

I wanted to include this Christmas dessert recipe for chocolate cake because it’s GLUTEN FREE and I know more and more people are transitioning to this type of dietary restriction. 

Being gluten free doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy cakes, and this recipe from Go Healthy with Bea is the perfect example for it. 

I love the fact it has normal, clean ingredients. Although I admit, the butternut squash was a surprise for me. I bet it will be delicious!

So check out the recipe here: Fudgy Chocolate Cake from Go Healthy with Bea!

Apple and Cherry Crumble 

apple and cherry crumble

Similarly to some of the previous recipes, this apple and cherry crumble would make a great choice if you want pies, but don’t want to go through all the effort. This seems to be a tad easier and faster to make, so if you’re an apple fan, and just want a crumble in your life, try this recipe. 

Check out the apple and cherry crumble recipe from The Littlest Crumb here!

Vegan Chocolate & Biscuits Salami

chocolate biscuits salami

This brings back so many memories! My mother would always make this for us when we were little. It wasn’t a Christmas type of dessert, it was more of a snack type of food. She would make it on Sunday and we would eat it during the week, whenever we would want something sweet. 

That’s why I recommend you do this in larger quantities and store it for a longer period of time. 

Global Mouse Travels’ recipe of vegan chocolate & biscuits salami is easy to make, you can get all the details here!

Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Dessert

no bake peanut butter dessert

Do your kids LOVE peanut butter? Then this is the perfect Christmas dessert for them! 

Although it is a no-bake dessert, you do need to prepare two or three different mixes and layer them, but I can guarantee it will be worth it in the end. 

See exactly how to make the peanut butter dessert recipe from Cook Clean Repeat here!

Oreo Balls Without Cream Cheese

oreo balls christmas desserts

These Oreo balls look delicious! I would love 1 (or 4 or 5) right now!

I love this recipe because it has very few ingredients and it uses condensed milk instead of cream cheese. Might try it for myself this year, seems pretty easy to do!

Check out the recipe for Oreo balls from Everyday Family Cooking here!

Christmas Popcorn Recipe

christmas popcorn

If you want to go extra this Christmas, but not really go extra, try the Christmas Popcorn recipe from Zhush!

She added butter, marshmallows, M&M’s and a few extra ingredients and made this festive looking easy treat. Give it a try, I think you will like it!

Custardy Eggnog Dump Cake

eggnog dump cake christmas desserts

Oh, what a festive dessert! Eggnog dump cake! Perfect for people who want Christmas desserts and / or are Eggnog lovers! 

Easy to make, with few ingredients and tools, this Eggnog dump cake recipe from Cupcakes and Cutlery is a must try!

Chocolate Orange Cake  

chocolate orange cake

Chocolate cake is a staple in many houses, but how about chocolate orange cake? I think that’s a great spin on the original recipe. 

I also love the fact that the chocolate orange cake recipe from Life Begins with Dessert also includes vegan substitutions, so if you want vegan Christmas Desserts options, look no further!

Easy Condensed Milk Fudge

condensed milk fudge christmas desserts

I decided to add this to the Best Christmas Desserts list because it’s easy to make, fast (15 minutes), AND it’s vegetarian and gluten free, so it works for multiple dietary restrictions. 

Check out the rich & creamy recipe for Condensed Milk Fudge from Nourish Plate here

Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies 

peanut butter cookies

This is another great recipe for peanut butter fans. Soft & chewy, these cookies are done in 15 minutes! One of the best easy Christmas desserts out there!

Try the peanut butter cookies recipe from Pastry & Beyond here!

No Bake Gingersnap Balls

gingersnap balls - christmas desserts

If you’re looking for new, innovative recipes, I recommend this no bake gingersnap balls one. The end product is chewy and delicious, and better yet, you can spike them with Rum or Brandy, if you want. Double win!

Check out the recipe for gingersnap balls from Tasha’s Artisan Foods here!

Coconut Refrigerator Cake 

coconut cake

Ending this Christmas Desserts list with a bang: a coconut cake!

I wanted to add this because it’s wonderful flavor and refreshing taste. Definitely try out the coconut cake recipe from Fit as a fiddle life here!


This was so fun to make. I hope you found something cool and tasty in my list of 20 easy Christmas desserts! 

Let me know in the comments what you really want to try making this Christmas!

P.S. If you feel overwhelmed by Christmas, start early. Here is how to prepare for Christmas!

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  • Reply
    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
    November 16, 2021 at 4:07 am

    Thank you for including me! Pinned/tweeted and yummed!

    • Reply
      November 19, 2021 at 8:47 am

      Thank you so much for allowing me to add your great recipe in my post, and for your support on this! Good luck and happy holidays!

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