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.
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.
Dried Fruit and Nut Cake
Wow! This fruit and nut cake is so delicious. I jam-packed mine with a little extra fruit and nuts and it still held together well — great to have a forgiving and versatile recipe. It’s the first fruitcake-style dessert I’ve ever made and I will definitely make it again!COCO M.
Thanks so much for this delicious, so–easy and so seasonally-appropriate eggnog pie! It was a nice, not-so-rich dessert which presented beautifully as the final act of Christmas Eve dinner. I loved that I could make this the day before, stick it in the refrigerator, and not worry about it again until we were ready for dessert.Lynn
White Christmas Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream
Gingerbread Bundt Cake
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
Cranberry Upside Down Cake
Eggnog Pound Cake
This pound cake recipe (dare I say it) “takes the cake!” With a super moist crumb and all of the traditional flavors of homemade eggnog, this recipe is one I will be dog-earring for holiday menus to come.
The recipe calls for rum-soaked currants and a rum glaze, but I had brandy on hand so I used that instead. I highly recommend this eggnog pound cake to anyone looking for a scrumptious and festive holiday dessert or brunch dish!Anna
I made this over the weekend and it is a winner. This will become part of my yearly Christmas baking routine. Thanks for sharing!Gillian
This can vary by region. Cheesecake is a common favorite, but many people prefer gingerbread or even an assortment of cookies. For a classic favorite, a yule log dessert also remains popular.
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.
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!