We’ll admit it: we’re giant dessert fans all year round. We’ll happily eat, bake, and share any kind of sweet thing no matter the time of year! When the holidays come, however, we find there’s just something a little extra satisfying and almost celebratory about enjoying dessert around the dinner table, especially if it’s something cute and themed that we made ourselves.
Just in case you love the idea of making all kinds of lovely homemade holiday desserts this year just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, flavours, and recipes that we’ve come across so far in our search for treat inspiration!
1. Easy Christmas tree brownies
As if fudge brownies aren’t already delicious enough when they’re made in a slightly more classic fashion, Mommy’s Bundle is here to show you how they made theirs into adorable little Christmas trees! Green icing and sprinkles make the tree and ornaments element come to life while candy canes act as “trunks” and also add some yummy extra mint flavour.
2. Chocolate covered Christmas trees on Oreos
There’s something about homemade chocolate that has always made us feel excited and like anything is possible. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s so much fun to work with, or the idea of making everyone’s favourite treat ourselves! In any case, these adorable little DIY chocolate Christmas trees mounted on Oreo cookies are no exception. See how they’re done in more detail on Lovely Little Kitchen.
3. Christmas sugar cookie bites
Sugar cookies are another all time favourite in our house! During the holidays, however, we find that making them even easier to eat by cutting them into bite sized chunks works well because the kids and guests can snack on them more easily after dinner as they play and socialize. Check out how Two Sisters Crafting made these sugar cookie chunks and iced them in Christmas colours!
4. Peppermint bark cheesecake
Cheesecake is another treat that’s fantastic all year round because there are just so many different kinds and flavours you can make, but we love that it also has so many seasonal and holiday iterations too! One of our very favourites to make around Christmas time is absolutely this minty, chocolatey, and creamy peppermint bark cheesecake by Cooking Classy.
5. Homemade Christmas shortbread cookies
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about Christmas cookies but you’ve made sugar cookies too recently for them to really feel holiday specific? Then maybe you’d get along better with something like these melt-in-your-mouth good shortbread cookies outlined step by step on Art Crackers! They have a particularly delicious texture because, believe it or not, they’re made with mashed potatoes.
6. Snowmen cake pops
Cake pops might be one of the biggest trends to ever take the baking world by storm and we love them so much that we’re nothing but glad for that! Similarly, we’re completely in love with the way 52 Kitchen Adventures stacked two cake pops on top of each other and covered them both in white chocolate in order to make these cute little snowman pops.
7. Gingerbread cheesecake
Are you actually still thinking about our suggestion of making holiday cheesecake but you’ve never really been a huge mint fan, especially in baked goods? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with something like this deliciously fragrant homemade gingerbread cheesecake outlined on Tastes of Lizzy T!
8. Grinch belly Christmas cookies
Are you actually quite convinced that make Christmas sugar cookies really is the way you want to go but you’re feeling quite confident in your cookie decorating skills and you’d like something a little more challenging than simply adding red or green icing to the top? Then we’d definitely suggest giving these funny “Grinch belly” cookies featured on Living Off Love and Coffee a try!
9. Melted snowmen Oreo balls
Maybe you really loved the look of the snowman cake pops we showed you but you’ve actually never really been a huge fan of the way most cake pop recipes taste? Then we think these similarly rounded Oreo cookie flavoured treats that are rolled to look like melted snowmen might be a little more up your alley! See how they’re done in more detail on The Girl Who Ate Everything!
10. Eggnog cheesecake
Just in case you are still thinking about cheesecake but you’d really prefer to make something with a slightly more subtle flavour, here’s a Christmas classic from Baking Beauty! Their recipe and tutorial teach you how to make a silky smooth cheesecake with a hint of cinnamon that tastes overall like the perfect holiday eggnog.
11. Donut Christmas tree
If you’ve ever been a fan of donuts or made a donut cake before then we have a feeling you’re going to love our next suggestion! This tutorial Pink When guides you step by step through the process of making delicious homemade donuts and the steps for arranging them just right so they look like an adorable Christmas tree that everyone can take a piece of.
12. Peppermint fluff dip
If you’ve never had a sweet dessert dip before then we’re very sorry to inform you that you have been missing out on something delicious! Give the concept a try this holiday season by making this refreshingly sweet peppermint fluff dessert tip, which The Pinning Mama is here to walk you through the steps for in order to get the perfect texture.
13. No-bake peppermint cheesecake
Okay, we know we already technically showed you a peppermint based cheesecake recipe, but this tutorial is a little simpler because it’s a no-bake recipe, and it’s also a little heavier on the mint and lighter on the chocolate! Cincy Shopper shows you how to make the whole idea taste a little more like candy canes but with less crunch.
14. Christmas present pretzels
Have you actually be scrolling through our list wondering whether you’ll come across any options for sweet and salty lovers? Then your patience has finally paid off! Check out how Mommy’s Bundle made these delicious pretzel snacks a little sweeter than usual by using icing, sprinkles, and Smarties to decorate them in Christmas colours.
15. Santa’s hat strawberry cheesecake bites
This delicious bite-sized treat idea from Sprinkle Some Fun has a little bit of everything and it all combines together in one place for some delicious flavour! These funny Santa hats have strawberries, cheesecake filling, and chocolate, making them a perfectly blended flavour experience all round.
Do you have another favourite Christmas themed treat or dessert to make that your family loves eating but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about the recipe or link us to photos of your finished treats in the comments section!