These Christmas desserts are our fave finishes to that spectacular holiday meal. Although it may pose the most difficult decision of the day–eggnog pound cake or gingerbread Bundt cake? (Go on, have both. It’s Christmas.)
I always think of Christmas dinner as the final sprint of the holiday entertaining race. (New Year’s Eve has never been a big deal to The One and me.)
Because of that, Christmas dessert–the last part of the last meal–sometimes gets short shrift at our house. A simple chocolate cake, some 36-hour chocolate chip cookies, a lemon-blueberry cake. Even a pint of store-bought ice cream.
This year is different, though, right before Christmas (and on his birthday), The One’s retiring. So I thought a fitting way to mark the end of his career–and usher in the beginning of our being together 24/7 (yikes!)–would be a spectacular dessert. And one I’ve never made before: the sticky toffee pudding below.
I’m curious. What about you? By the time Christmas–and, this year, Hannukah–rolls around, are you over entertaining and cooking? Does dessert get shrugged off or do you go all out?
Let me know in the comments how you put a sweet ending to one of the last big holidays of the year.
My husband just told me this clementine cake is one of the best things he’s ever eaten. We are great cooks and very interested eaters, and we have eaten a LOT of great food.
This is a delightful recipe. We have a tangerine tree outside of the kitchen.
I will make this many more times. Thank you so much.–Virginia
I just finished making this gingerbread Bundt cake, and while it was still warm, I cut a small “tasting“ section. Oh my! It’s moist, spicy, and wonderful.
I loved that I had all the ingredients in the house. It came together easily and would be a perfect cake for a beginning baker. Now I can’t wait till dessert!!–Nancy
What’s the most popular Christmas dessert?
How many desserts should I serve at Christmas?
It depends on the number of people at your table, but we suggest at least two, even for a small gathering. To be safe, plan on two slices of dessert per person.
How should Christmas desserts be stored?
If they contain eggs, milk, or cream, store them in the fridge before and after serving. Other desserts can usually be stored at room temperature.
The collection of holiday dessert recipes above will ensure a spectacular finish to your meal, but if you’re hosting a casual gathering, feel free to just put out some plates of Christmas cookies and call that dessert. You’ve already worked hard enough!