These easy Christmas treats are sure to please family and friends this holiday season. There’s something for everyone as we share our favorites with you!
Okay, it’s crunch time! Christmas is upon us, and I’m only just now figuring out what I’m going to be making for dessert! I settled on the main course well over a week ago (eggplant parmesan lasagna), but as usually happens, I forgot about one of the courses – in this case, dessert.
And look, if I’m going to cheat on keto (which I most certainly am), I don’t want some dinky little fruit pie. I want a pedal-to-the-metal, balls-to-the-wall, full-frontal sugar assault with all the forbidden flavors I’m not allowed to have at any other time of year!
Handan did most of the legwork finding these absolutely perfect (and easy!) dessert recipes, but I’m the one who suffered sitting next to her while she searched.
“My babes,” She would say, “Does this look good?” And then she’d spin her laptop my way and show me some ridiculous confection dripping in sugary fat.
What the hell?
“Of course it looks good, you jerk!” What was she playing at? This was like showing pictures of beer, wine and whiskey to a guy who just got his first AA chip.
I had dreams of making this a keto Christmas. I told you guys that in my recent Navage Yaps.
Well, thanks to my
enabler wife, that notion has been tossed out like last week’s trash.
But if I’m going down, I sure as hell ain’t doing it alone!
You see, I will be making one of the recipes in this post.
But I’ll be making sure Handan eats it with me.
How could she resist?
I’m making it for her.
Well to honor her cute little lyric-mangling, I’ll be making a figgy pudding on Christmas day.
And while my babes usually doesn’t eat dessert, she will be honor-bound to eat the figgy pudding, because I’m making it especially for her.
As I said, if I’m going off keto, I’m not going alone!
Now let’s get to these delicious and easy Christmas treats – the sooner I finish writing this post, the sooner I can pull my mind out of the sugary, fat-laden gutter in which it currently resides!
Ultra Moist and Speedy Christmas Fruit Cake
Nagi at Recipe Tin Eats is one of our favorite food bloggers.
(Yes, we follow a lot of them. We can’t live on DIY alone!)
Not only are her recipes fantastic, but Nagi is a fun and engaging writer. If you’re not familiar with her site, poke around a bit – you’ll be glad you did!
She has a wonderful recipe for a Moist and Speedy Christmas Fruit Cake.
You may think you don’t like fruitcake.
Nagi’s creation is not the plastic-wrapped battering ram that is perpetually re-gifted all over the world.
Hers is a delight, and it’s super easy to make!
Christmas Cornflake Wreaths
I’m a sucker for cereal-based sweets. Maybe it’s because we weren’t allowed to have sweet cereal when I was a kid, except during family vacations.
Whatever the reason, plop some sort of crunchy cereal treat in front of me, and it’ll be in my mouth before you can pull your hand away.
Bonus if it’s green.
I’m serious. Not sure why, but I like green-colored sweets!
Lauren at Tastes Better From Scratch, has a super-easy recipe for Christmas cornflake wreaths. I remember eating these when I was a kid. They’ve always been a favorite!
Melting Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls
Frosty couldn’t take the heat. Poor little guy.
But hey, let his misfortune be your delicious bonus!
Shelly at Cookies & Cups shows you how to make these cute and yummy melting snowman oreo cookie balls.
Red Velvet Cake Trifle
You can’t have Christmas without a little red velvet sneaking in to say hello!
Chris over at Shared Appetite has created a Red Velvet Cake Trifle that’s not to be trifled with!
Seriously, this thing is the sugar bomb!
And kudos to Chris – a fellow guy blogger who’s also a funny writer!
Ho Ho Ho Sugar Cookies
While you could just make HO HO HO cookies, why stop there?
Cookies can be so expressive given the chance. Think of all the things you can say with them!
My son could spell out his favorite question – WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
My wife could give me a plate of cookies the spells HEY BABES when she wants me to do something.
The possibilities are endless!
You can find the recipe for these easy and festive Ho Ho Ho Sugar Cookies here…
…or you can watch the recipe video below.
I told you I like green sweets. Everything tastes better when green.
(Except vegetables. Blech.)
When Handan found this recipe, I knew she had stumbled onto a winner. Green cookies and red milk chocolate candies? Total win!
You can find the recipe for these awesome Grinch Cookies here.
S’mores Hot Chocolate
All these sugary treats are sure to work up a thirst, and what better way to quench it than with a nice sweet drink!
Look, it’s the holidays, so it’s perfectly fine for everything you put in your mouth to be dripping with sugar!
The Minimalist Baker shares their easy recipe for this amazing S’mores Hot Chocolate here.
Hot Chocolate Dessert Charcuterie Board
Okay, look. You have 51 other weeks in the year for traditional charcuterie boards full of cured meats and cheeses. That kind of charcuterie pairs well with wine.
This week, put that all aside and embrace a new kind of charcuterie board – one that’s made to pair with hot chocolate!
Don’t do it for yourself. Do it for the children!
Jenna from Jenna Kate at Home shows you how to put together a great Hot Chocolate Dessert Charcuterie Board.
Here it is! The fabled figgy pudding that my babes insists on calling merry pudding! On Christmas day, I’ll be making this exact Figgy Pudding recipe from Devon at Nitty Gritty Life.
Old Fashioned Williamsburg Gingerbread Cookies
Oh, I’m a sucker for anything ginger! Blair at The Seasoned Mom shares a timeless classic recipe for Gingerbread Cookies here.
I’m in a bit of a bind here. I know I told myself I’d only be making figgy pudding, but the more I think about ginger, the more I need to have ginger!
Sigh, looks like it’s back to the supermarket to battle the hordes so I can pick up some ginger and molasses!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Ali from Gimme Some Oven is the bomb! She’s another food blogger you need to know, so after you check out her recipe for these ridiculously good Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (yes, I’ve made them), take the time to poke around her extensive and mouth-watering site!
Holly Jolly Santa Cookies
Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest is another of my favorite food bloggers. I love her dramatic and beautifully-lit food photos! Just take a look at these cute little Santa cookies.
How can you resist?
That’s right – you can’t!
Hop on over to her blog to find the recipe for these yummy Holly Jolly Santa Cookies.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Tree
Okay, okay so maybe you’re one of those healthy types who considers fruit a legitimate dessert (hey, I’m not judging – diff’rent strokes and all that).
Well then, this is the dessert for you! All strawberry with just enough chocolate and sugar to legitimize the deal for those with a real sweet tooth!
Beth from Home Stories A to Z shares her recipe for this super easy Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Tree here.
Yule Log Cake
Alright, if this cake doesn’t get you salivating, then you better call the morgue and tell them to put you on ice.
This may be the perfect cake for me – it has everything my sweet tooth craves. Unfortunately, my dearest babes wouldn’t like this one as much, as American desserts are too sweet for her, so I can’t make it this Christmas!
Maybe next Christmas I’ll make two cakes, and this will be one of them.
(Or maybe I’ll just make it for my next birthday.)
You can find the recipe for this brilliant Yule Log Cake here, courtesy of Lindsay at Life, Love and Sugar.
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
These cupcakes are a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!
John from Preppy Kitchen shows you how to make these easy and festive Christmas Tree Cupcakes here…
…or you can watch the recipe video below.
Chocolate Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies
If you’ve spent any time at all searching for delicious baked treats on the internet, you’ve come across Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Sally has a fantastic food blog jam-packed with mouth-watering treats (and delicious non-dessert fare, too!)
You can find the recipe for these delicious Chocolate Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies here. Oh, man, another ginger recipe. I just can’t resist…
Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
If there’s one time of year you’re practically obligated to eat something with peppermint, this is it!
And if you’re gonna go Full Peppermint, you may as well go Full Chocolate as well!
Move over peanut butter – this is peppermint’s time to shine!
You can find the recipe for these soft and chewy Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies here.
For frosting guys like me, these cute little Santa faces just scream EAT ME!
John from Preppy Kitchen is back with another winner. Seriously, though! I’m a total frosting addict, so I can’t even look at these without drooling!
You can find the recipe for these brilliant and delicious Santa Cupcakes here.
Gramercy Tavern’s Gingerbread
Gramercy Tavern. Enough said!
If this is good enough to be served at one of the best restaurants in America, it’s good enough for me! Add this one to my list.
Let’s see now, I need a holiday very soon, so I have an excuse to make this.
A-ha! New Year’s Eve!
Done and Done.
Smitten Kitchen has the recipe for the amazing Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread cake here.
White Christmas Mojito
Phew! You did it! That was a lot of sugar you just read through!
I think it’s high time you kicked back and poured yourself a stiff little tipple to help get you through the rest of the holidays.
Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest has just the thing with her boozy, festive and oh-so-delicious Christmas Mojito.
I hope you found some inspiration in this collection of scrumptious and easy Christmas treats!
From our family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, the Happiest Hanukkah and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Greg and Handan