End your Christmas celebration with a bang by serving up these Christmas desserts that are great for a crowd! They’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and be the perfect ending to your holiday festivities. 

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Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a sweet treat—or several! With so many people joining in on the fun, it only makes sense that you go all out when it comes to dessert.

Christmas Dessert Recipes For A Crowd

It’s hard to pick just one sweet treat to make for Christmas dessert! Because there are so many good options, you might as well pick a few to make for your guests on Christmas Day. Go the chocolate route with a chocolate cream pie, stay traditional with a yule log, or bring in the best flavors of the holiday season with a candy cane cake.

Each Christmas dessert is better than the next, so there are no wrong choices here. Your guests will be super happy to end their Christmas Day with any of these treats!

1. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

These red and green Christmas Pinwheel cookies look like edible decorations! Plus, pinwheel cookies are just as fun to make as they are to eat.

red white and green christmas pinwheel cookies on a plate
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
These Christmas Pinwheel Cookies might just be the most festive cookies you’ll make this holiday season! Three colors of buttery dough are rolled up into a log, revealing a colorful pinwheel inside when sliced and baked.
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2. Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies

These Christmas ooey gooey butter cookies only take 6 ingredients to come together. So what makes them so ooey and gooey?! The cake mix is the secret ingredient.

christmas gooey butter cookies
Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies
You'll love these 6-ingredient Christmas Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies made with cake mix and holiday sprinkles – ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes!
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3. Christmas M&M Cookies

There is never a bad time to have an M&M cookie, especially on Christmas. Turn the classic cookies into holiday sweet treats by loading them up with red and green M&Ms.

A plate of Christmas M&M cookies and cookies cooling on a wire rack.
Christmas M&M Cookies
These Christmas M&M Cookies are easy to make and always turn out perfectly! Chewy centers, crispy edges – they're everything you want in a cookie and more! I bet you can't eat just one!
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4. Peppermint Bark

If you want to impress your guests with a simple dessert, try your hand at making this peppermint bark. The bark is super easy to make, but it looks impressive on the plate. The layers of peppermint and chocolate flavor will be the perfect Christmas dessert to end a festive meal.

Four pieces of peppermint bark stacked on top of each other.
Peppermint Bark
This Homemade Peppermint Bark recipe is easy and delicious, and it only requires 4 ingredients! This old-fashioned Christmas treat is always a hit!
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5. Chocolate Cupcakes With Candy Cane Buttercream

If candy canes are your go-to Christmas candy, then these chocolate candy cane cupcakes are a must for your holiday dessert table. The chocolate and candy cane combination is one not to be messed with. With minty flavor and lush chocolate, these cupcakes are pure perfection.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Candy Cane Buttercream – The Tough Cookie
Still looking for an amazing Christmas treat? Try these dark chocolate cupcakes with candy cane buttercream! With candy canes melted into the buttercream!
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6. Sugar Cookie Bars

Keep the treats simple when it comes to Christmas dessert with sugar cookie bars. These bars are a staple that everyone at the table will enjoy. They are quick to whip up in the kitchen and simple enough for even the littlest ones to help bake.

Two sugar cookie bars with red and green sprinkles on top of each other.
Sugar Cookie Bars
Sugar Cookie Bars are quick, easy, and delicious! Made with cake mix, sugar cookie mix, butter, and eggs, it's the perfect bar cookie recipe!
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7. Cranberry Cream Cheese Dessert

Christmas is peak cranberry season, so it only makes sense that this cranberry cream cheese dessert is served on Christmas Day. The tart cranberries combined with the sweet cream cheese make a flavor combination that is out of this world.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dessert
This year, put a twist on the traditional Cranberry Salad with this Cranberry Cream Cheese Dessert!
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8. Tiramisu Cake

Each layer is better than the next when it comes to this tiramisu cake. With sweet mascarpone cheese and lady fingers soaked in espresso, what is there not to love?

Tiramisu Cake
This tiramisu cake has layers upon layers of creamy goodness. It's rich, creamy, sweet, and subtle all at the same time.
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9. Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Make a dessert that is almost too pretty to eat with this gingerbread bundt cake. The cake is super moist and topped with an irresistible maple cinnamon glaze. It’s bound to be a showstopping recipe this holiday season.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Maple Cinnamon Glaze
This showstopping festive gingerbread bundt cake with maple cinnamon glaze and pecans is moist, soft, and fluffy, and packed with warm holiday spices. | aheadofthyme.com
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10. Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Transform classic thumbprint cookies into holiday treats with these chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies. The cookies use the same method as traditional thumbprint cookies, but swap in chocolate and peppermint for the jam.

Chocolate-Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate lovers will be obsessed.
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11. Peppermint Meringues

After a heavy Christmas Day meal, these peppermint meringues will be what you want to satisfy your sweet tooth and close off the day. The light cookies are made with whipped egg whites and baked to a crisp, airy texture.

Peppermint Meringues
They’re the perfect Christmastime treat!
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12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

The perfect option for when your oven is full of ham and mashed potatoes on Christmas day, this indulgent pie requires no baking. Just combine the ingredients, and place them in the freezer to chill. This is a great Easter brunch recipe, too!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
 This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is a quick and easy no-bake dessert that only requires a premade graham cracker crust and 4 ingredients!
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Christmas Desserts for a Sweet Treat

13. Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Cut into this chocolate molten lava cake, and watch the melted chocolate spill right out on your plate. This elegant dessert will be a great way to end your Christmas celebrations.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes
These Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes are so easy to make at home! Dig into them and the middle is full of melty, gooey chocolate—so good!
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14. Yule Log Cake

Go the traditional route, and add a yule log cake to your Christmas dessert spread. The yule log cake is full of chocolatey goodness and it will be the ultimate centerpiece for your table!

Yule Log Cake
Try your hand at the traditional holiday dessert.
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15. Candy Cane Layered Cake

Make candy canes the star of your Christmas dessert spread with this candy cane layered cake. This show-stopping dessert puts the candy canes on full display. Not only does it look amazing, but it tastes pretty good, too, with loads and loads of peppermint flavor.

Candy Cane Layered Cake
Looking for a showstopper at your next holiday party? Incorporate the minty taste of candy canes into this gorgeous, festive candy cane layered cake! | aheadofthyme.com
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16. Dutch Apple Pie

There is no holiday that apple pie doesn’t make better. Don’t believe me? Add this Dutch apple pie to your Christmas dessert menu, and try it out for yourself. After your second slice, you’ll see what I mean.

Dutch Apple Pie
Dutch apple pie is filled with tender baked apples, then topped with a buttery brown sugar crumble topping. It’s absolutely irresistible and the perfect way to use fall apples!
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17. Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

Cranberry and orange work together to provide outstanding flavor in this cranberry orange bundt cake. The zest from the oranges and the tart cranberries work overtime to make the flavors of this cake taste truly incredible.

bundt cake topped with sugared cranberries and orange glaze
Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake
This simple bundle cake is an easy and awesome cake recipe for the holidays!
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18. Red Velvet Cupcakes

Keep dessert simple with these red velvet cupcakes. Make them look extra festive by dipping them in green sprinkles before you add them to the table.

Red-Velvet Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes
The Very Best Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe! These cupcakes are so easy, you’ll wonder why you ever bought them from the bakery!
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19. Eggnog Cheesecake

Eggnog is great in all forms, especially when it is paired with cheesecake. Try it out for yourself with this eggnog cheesecake. The creamy cheesecake and the smooth eggnog make a flavor that is perfect for the holiday season.

Easy Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe
This easy Eggnog Cheesecake recipe is thick, creamy and full of eggnog! A perfect dessert recipe for the holidays, it’s a delicious way to enjoy one of my favorite drinks of the season.
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20. Chocolate Cream Pie

Need a last-minute dessert for Christmas? Go with this chocolate cream pie. Made with a premade crust, instant chocolate pudding, and whipped cream, it couldn’t be easier to put together!

Chocolate Cream Pie in pie plate
Chocolate Cream Pie
Made with a pre-made crust, instant chocolate pudding, and whipped topping this Chocolate Cream Pie recipe is a chocolate lover's dream!
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Christmas Desserts for a Festive Day

21. Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Recipe

Get ready for an explosion of flavor with this chocolate peppermint cheesecake recipe. The cheesecake is minty from the peppermint, rich from the chocolate, and smooth from the cream cheese.

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Recipe
This creamy and delicious Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake is insanely indulgent and filled with chocolate and bursting with peppermint flavor!
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22. Fruit Cake

Fruit cake tends to get a bad rap. However, this fruit cake recipe will change your mind. Unlike other recipes, this version is moist and full of flavor. It will be your go-to treat for the holiday season.

How to Make the Most Amazing Fruit Cake
This traditional Christmas dessert will become a family favorite!
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23. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stick with a classic this Christmas, and make some chewy chocolate chip cookies. If you want to make them extra festive, add a dash of mint extract to the batter!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Get ready to fall in love with these chewy chocolate chip cookies. The melt-in-your-mouth cookies will easily be an instant favorite.
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24. Hummingbird Cake

Add a little bit of tropical flair to your Christmas celebration with a hummingbird cake. The traditional Southern cake is full of sweet flavors like pineapple and coconut. Topped with crunchy pecans, it will be a welcome addition to your dessert table this holiday season.

Hummingbird Cake
A hummingbird cake is a traditional Southern cake that is incredibly moist and flavorful. It's perfect for every special occasion!
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25. No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

Go the no-bake route this Christmas with this no-bake chocolate cheesecake. Since the cheesecake doesn’t require any time in the oven, you’ll have plenty of time to prepare the rest of dinner and get back to opening those exciting Christmas presents.

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
This easy no-bake chocolate cheesecake is rich, creamy, and full of chocolate flavor!
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26. Eggnog Cake

If you are not a huge fan of eggnog, don’t let that stop you from trying this cake. Made with just a subtle hint of eggnog flavor, it’s sweet and just a little spicy without being overpowering.

Eggnog Cake Is the Perfect Holiday Dessert
You don’t even need to like eggnog to love this cake!
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27. Eggnog Rum Pound Cake

Get your after-dinner drinks in cake form with this eggnog rum pound cake. The cake is rich in flavor thanks to the warming spices that go into the batter. It will be the perfect ending to your festive meal.

Eggnog Rum Pound Cake
Eggnog Buttered Rum Cake Recipe – A moist and spiced Eggnog Pound Cake gets jazzed up with a sensational buttered rum sauce that soaks into every bite!
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28. French Silk Pie

If you are searching for a dessert that’s impressive on the plate, look no further than this French silk pie. The best part about this pie is how easy it is to make. The luscious chocolate stands out on the plate to make the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth bite.

french silk pie with homemade pie crust whipped cream and chocolate shavings
French Silk Pie
This easy French Silk Pie recipe is a classic! A rich, creamy layer of chocolate pie filling is topped with whipped cream and chocolate curls for an irresistible dessert.
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29. Gingerbread Cookie Bars

Ditch the classic gingerbread cookies, and turn the magnificent flavor into cookie bars instead. You might as well go ahead and double the recipe when it comes to these bars, as they will be ones you’ll want to snack on long after the holiday is over.

Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are ultra thick, soft, and chewy with tons of aromatic spices and a generous layer of tangy frosting!
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30. Peanut Butter Cake

This classic peanut butter cake will be a hit with all of your guests when it’s time to serve your Christmas dessert. No one can resist all that rich peanut butter flavor!

Peanut Butter Cake
This old-fashioned peanut butter cake is one of those classic homemade cake recipes everyone loves!
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31. Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberries are front and center for holiday baking. Case in point? These cranberry white chocolate chip cookies. Whip up a batch and throw any extras in the freezer so you can enjoy the tart, sweet cookies long after the holiday is over.

A plate of cranberry white chocolate chunk cookies.
Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and tart flavors. They are fantastic for the holidays and surprisingly easy to make!
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