32 Top Holiday Desserts

You can't celebrate the holidays without a dessert or five. From cheery cupcakes to classic puddings, see the confections that'll have guests coming back for seconds.

Mini Christmas Cakes

"These are absolutely fantastic. I recommend soaking them for longer and feeding them frequently with your favorite alcohol."

-Missy Wombat

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

"This is totally amazing. It's incredibly easy to make and oh so decadent. I took this to a party and this was the one dish that everyone kept coming back to for more."


Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

"Delicious little bites. I made these for presents and they were the first to go."


Bacardi Rum Cake

"This is a wonderful cake. I poked holes in the cake while it was still in the pan, poured the glaze over it until it had all been absorbed, let it cool and then sprinkled it with powdered sugar."


Gingerbread Cupcakes

"These are very light and tender, and they have a subtle flavor of ginger and molasses. They are really quite good and reasonably healthy."


Portuguese Egg Tarts

"I live here in Portugal and have these often. They are absolutely delicious."

-Mia 3

Cannoli Shells & Ricotta Cream Filling

"This was a life-saver. I made them for an Italian dinner party. Everyone loved them! I couldn't find cinnamon oil, so I used a couple of shakes of ground cinnamon."

-leisurly cook

Cake Balls

"These are great. The trick is to melt only a little of the coating at a time. Plus, you should freeze the balls well before coating and take only a handful out of the freezer at a time."

-Parrot Head Mama

Copycat Applebee's Walnut Blondie

"I remember having this at Applebee's and it tasted just like this. I used chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips, but I will definitely be making this again to try with white chocolate.”


Swedish Apple Pie

"This is just different enough from a regular apple pie, but will still satisfy those who love the old-fashioned variety. The sour cream and crumbly topping set it apart."

-Parrot Head Mama

Sticky Toffee Pudding

"I've made this twice, and both times it was delicious. The second time around I added a bit of salt to the sauce to round out the flavor. This came out perfectly done and very moist."


Christmas Cupcakes

These cupcakes are an all-around winner: easy enough for the kids to help with, and picture-perfect for holiday parties.

Christmas Rum Balls

"Not only are these fast and easy to make, but the taste is terrific. I'll be making these EVERY Christmas."


Kahlua Fudge

"Very rich, flavorful fudge. It was a great addition to our cookie tray this Christmas."


Gingerbread Pudding Cake

I served this for Christmas, and it was very good. I served it warm with ice cream and drizzled with spiced rum sauce.

-Delicious as it Looks

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Bundt Cake With Chocolate Glaze

"Totally yummy cake! I made this for a co-worker's birthday, and had lots of compliments. I added some finely chopped pecans just on top of the frosting. This cake was so good & easy, and I like the fact that there's no oil in it. I am making it again this weekend for family, and will keep this recipe handy, 'cuz I'm sure I'll be making it over & over! Thanks for posting a great recipe. -M"

-Mary Scheffert

Meringue Cookies

"This is a wonderful recipe. I love how light the cookies are. I added cocoa and walnuts instead of chocolate chips — it worked great."

-Fat Free Queen

Mini Christmas Fruit Puddings

"I made these to take to a Yuletide gathering, and they were outstanding. I used my own dried fruitcake, and I really enjoyed putting these together."

-Sydney Mike

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Loaf

"This gingerbread is so easy to make, and it came out perfect. It smelled wonderful while baking."

-Chef Dudo

Cranberry Pecan Tarts

"These tarts were not overly sweet, which I liked. I used a squeeze bottle to put the filling in and it worked great. This is going to be a excellent addition to our holiday goodie tray."


Figgy Pudding

"This was an incredible Christmas treat. It was my first figgy pudding, but it won't be my last. The pudding is more like a fruitcake than bread, but extremely tasty."

-Dennis Newton

Christmas Fairy Cupcakes

"These are just delicious. There is a nice light buttery flavor to the cakes, and the icing is sweet and tasty."

-Unknown Chef6

Cranberry Bars

"YUM! I don't review recipes very often, but these are excellent, easy and quick. My only complaint is that they disappear from my counter much too quickly."

-Mom to 3 in WI

Buche De Noel

"The gelatin in the whipped cream makes this firm up nicely once refrigerated. The frosting is magnificent — so creamy and rich and not too sweet."


Simple Shortbread

"This is an excellent, quick and yummy recipe. The recipe doubles perfectly."


Super-Easy Peppermint Kisses

"These are light with just the right amount of mint flavor. They're the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray."

-Crunchy Numbers

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

"This is definitely my new go-to pumpkin pie. The butterscotch taste is subtle — it's not enough to make the pie non-traditional, but there's just enough to make it special."


Oreo Crunch Brownies

"My favorite cookie is an Oreo, and who doesn’t like brownies? The two go together wonderfully. People beg me to make these."

-Mandy ny


"This is quite possibly the best cookie I've ever had, and I'm a baker's daughter."

-Chef #1492573

Double Chocolate-Pecan Biscotti

"If you like biscotti or chocolate, try this recipe. Even if you don't like either, make the recipe. Someone in your life will undoubtedly scarf these up and love you forever for making them."


Pennsylvania Dutch-Style Butterscotch Pie

"If you’re looking for a butterscotch pie recipe, look no further. This is the best I've ever eaten. It takes a lot of stirring for the filling to thicken, but be patient — it's well worth it."

-Chef #1542303

Mini Christmas Cakes

"These are absolutely fantastic. I recommend soaking them for longer and feeding them frequently with your favorite alcohol."

-Missy Wombat

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

"These were fun to make. I decorated the trees with some star-shaped Christmas candies, and also dropped some of the candies into the batter before baking."