50+ BEST Holiday Desserts

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    These sweet treats are the best holiday desserts out there. Add some baking time into your festivities and enjoy these delicious recipes!  

    I look forward to making holiday treats each year. Whether it’s Christmas cookies, pies, candy and more, there are so many delicious Christmas desserts to whip up!

    collage of holiday desserts

    One of my hands-down favorite parts of the holidays is all of the holiday desserts that everyone bakes up. I feel like it is my personal duty to taste test as many of the treats as possible—it is my job, after all! :)

    In case you haven’t quite figured out what you’d like to leave out for Santa, I’ve rounded up some of the BEST holiday dessert recipes! You’ll find all of your favorites in this amazing list. So what are you waiting for?! Get to baking!

    Christmas cookies

    There’s a good reason that cookies are first on this list. You’ve got to make sure you have a Christmas dessert to leave out for Santa with a glass of milk, after all! Plus, baking cookies as a family is such a sweet Christmas tradition. Make a few of these recipes to hand out as gifts to neighbors, friends, and any stray reindeer you come across.

    ginger molasses cookie half dipped in white chocolate with a holly berry sprinkle
    Ginger Molasses Cookies
    Molasses cookies that are soft and chewy on the inside and crisp around the edges. Full of delicious ginger flavor and taste just like Christmas! Drizzle or dip in white chocolate for the ultimate holiday cookie!
    Total Time: 33 minutes
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    Christmas Sugar Cookies
    Ring in the holiday season with these easy Christmas sugar cookies! Perfectly soft and fluffy with amazing flavor. The best recipe to use when decorating sugar cookies for Christmas! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
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    stack of snickerdoodles on a cooling rack
    Snickerdoodle Cookies
    This super soft snickerdoodle cookie recipe will instantly win you over! It truly is the best. It's a classic recipe that makes soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies with lots of flavor every time.
    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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    stacked M&M Christmas cookies
    M&M Christmas Cookies
    Thick and chewy M&M Christmas cookies with crispy edges, a soft center and bursting with chocolate flavor. These are the ultimate cookie recipe to make this holiday season! 
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    peanut butter kiss cookies
    Peanut Butter Blossoms
    Soft sugar coated peanut butter blossoms topped with a chocolate Hershey's kiss. An amazing classic cookie recipe that is perfect for any occasion!
    Total Time: 18 minutes
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    stack of chocolate crinkle cookies
    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
    These chocolate crinkle cookies are fudgy on the inside with a crisp outside edge! So rich and decadent and adored by any and all chocolate lovers. 
    Total Time: 38 minutes
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    oatmeal cookie recipe
    Oatmeal Cookies
    These are the BEST oatmeal cookies! Crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the center. So easy to make and even easier to eat!
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    chocolate peppermint cookie dipped in white chocolate with crushed peppermint
    Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe
    A fudgy chocolate cookie filled with fresh peppermint flavor. The perfect holiday cookie recipe to add to your baking list this season! 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    butter cookies recipe
    Butter Cookies
    Soft butter cookies that melt in your mouth and have an amazing butter flavor! Perfect for any occasion and a great addition to your holiday goodie plate.
    Total Time: 26 minutes
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    gingerbread man cookies
    Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
    Soft and chewy gingerbread man cookies full of ginger spice flavor. This classic Christmas treat is the perfect cookie to decorate with your family this season! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
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    mexican wedding cookie with a bite taken
    Mexican Wedding Cookies
    These Mexican wedding cookies are so simple and take only 5 ingredients to make! The perfect bite-sized cookie recipe that will literally melt in your mouth. 
    Total Time: 28 minutes
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    stacked pistachio cookies
    Pistachio Cookie Recipe
    I love meltaway cookies and thought that a pistachio version would not only taste amazing but would have the Christmas green color that I wanted! 
    Total Time: 1 hour
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    stack of cinnamon roll sugar cookies
    Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookie Recipe
    This recipe for cinnamon roll sugar cookies is simple to make and will have you looking like a total baking rock star. You won't believe how delicious these cookies are! 
    Total Time: 50 minutes
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    white chocolate cranberry cookies
    White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
    White chocolate cranberry cookies are soft, chewy, and chunky loaded with white chocolate and dried cranberries. A delicious festive cookie perfect for the holidays!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    Candy

    When I think of Christmas, I immediately think of all of the delicious homemade candy recipes. They holidays just aren’t the same without fudge, caramels, toffee and more. Any of these candy recipes below would make a great gift for neighbors or the perfect addition to your holiday goodie plate!

    chocolate caramel fudge with a bite taken out
    Microwave Fudge
    Creamy homemade fudge made in the microwave with only 3 ingredients! Top with a gooey salted caramel or mix in your favorite chopped nuts. You won't believe how easy and delicious this chocolate fudge recipe is! 
    Total Time: 13 minutes
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    caramel candies wrapped in cellophane
    Homemade Caramel Candy Recipe
    This homemade soft caramel recipe is one you'll reach for again and again. Perfect for making a batch of sweets to gift a teacher, friend or just to eat!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    peppermint bark recipe
    Peppermint Bark
    Delicious layers of dark and white chocolate topped with pieces of crushed candy canes. This easy peppermint bark takes only 4 ingredients and is made in just 30 minutes! 
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    a close up of a stack of christmas crack toffee
    Christmas Crack Recipe
    You are going to want to put this Christmas crack toffee on your MUST MAKE list this year. It takes SWEET and SALTY to a whole new level and it only takes 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to make!
    Total Time: 13 minutes
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    chocolate caramel pecan turtles with sea salt
    Turtle Recipe
    These easy 4-ingredient chocolate turtles will become your new favorite treat. The crisp pecans, chewy caramel and creamy chocolate with sea salt on top is pure heaven!
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    stack of peanut butter fudge
    Peanut Butter Fudge
    This peanut butter fudge is super smooth, creamy and one of the easiest fudge recipes ever! 
    Total Time: 5 minutes
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    english toffee recipe
    Toffee recipe
    This rich and buttery toffee takes only thirty minutes to make and is super easy, too! Perfect for parties, holiday gifts, and snacking!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    maple peanut brittle pieces
    Maple Peanut Brittle
    No holiday cookie tray is complete without this delicious Maple Peanut Brittle! It gives you all the flavor of traditional peanut brittle with just a touch of maple. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes! 
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    rocky road candy on a baking sheet with wax paper
    Slow Cooker Rocky Road Candy
    This slow cooker rocky road candy is super easy to make and only takes 5 ingredients! Absolutely no cooking or baking required. Perfect for when you need a last minute holiday treat!
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    chocolate peanut butter buckeye with a bite taken
    Buckeye Candy
    Creamy peanut butter buckeye balls dipped in chocolate. This easy no-bake candy is a peanut butter lover's dream come true!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    stacked white chocolate fudge
    White Chocolate Fudge
    This easy white chocolate fudge is sweet, salty and melt in your mouth delicious. It's smooth and silky texture paired with the bold rich flavor is everything you want in a dessert! 
    Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
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    basket of peppermint toffee bark
    Peppermint Graham Cracker Toffee Recipe
    This peppermint graham cracker toffee is SO easy to make and is sure to be your new favorite holiday treat. It's made with only 5 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes.
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    stack of eggnog fudge
    Eggnog Fudge Recipe
    Creamy and rich eggnog fudge that combines all of the best flavors of Christmas! Makes the perfect edible gift for the holidays.
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    chocolate peanut butter ball with a bite taken
    Peanut Butter Balls
    Creamy peanut butter balls covered in a sweet chocolate coating with a dash of sea salt. This delicious treat is always the first gone at a party! 
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    stack of snickerdoodle fudge on a white plate
    Snickerdoodle Fudge Recipe
    Rich and creamy snickerdoodle fudge with a cinnamon-sugar crunch on top. Made in just 10 minutes with 5 simple ingredients!
    Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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    divinity candy in container
    Divinity Candy
    Soft and chewy divinity candy made with just 4 simple ingredients! The sweet flavor and pillowy texture tastes just like the version grandma used to make. 
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
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    Pies

    Mmmm, it doesn’t get much better than buttery, flaky pie crust topped with warm toppings. Pie is a traditional holiday dessert and we always have a least two to three off this list on our table.

    pumpkin pie with whipped cream on white plate with
    Homemade Pumpkin Pie
    This homemade pumpkin pie is super smooth and velvety with the perfect blend of spices. An easy and delicious holiday dessert that will be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    apple cranberry pie on white table
    Apple Cranberry Pie
    Celebrate the holidays with this delicious homemade apple cranberry pie. Filled with caramelized cinnamon apples and cranberries and a flaky, golden pie crust. There is fresh fruit flavor in every bite! 
    Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
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    close up of banana cream pie
    Easy Banana Cream Pie
    This recipe has all the delicious flavors of good old-fashioned banana cream pie but is literally done in minutes. Takes only 5 ingredients and is an easy no bake pie that tastes amazing! 
    Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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    chocolate silk pie in a pie pan with a slice taken out
    Chocolate Silk Pie
    The ultimate chocolate silk pie made with a chocolate crust, silky smooth chocolate filling and topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings. This dessert is a chocolate lovers dream!
    Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
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    razzleberry pie with lattice crust in a pie dish
    Razzleberry Pie Recipe
    Homemade Razzleberry Pie - One of my all time favorite pies! Filled with 3 different types of berries and topped with a beautiful lattice crust.
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
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    peanut butter pie on white plate
    Oreo Peanut Butter Pie
    This pie is a decadent combination of sweet creamy peanut butter filling with a crunchy cookie base. It's an easy no-bake dessert has flavor and texture in every bite!
    Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    smores pie in glass dish
    S'mores Pie Recipe
    Loaded with gooey marshmallows, chocolate and a graham cracker cookie crust. The perfect summer pie that tastes even better than the traditional campfire s'mores! 
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    apple crumble pie
    Brown Bag Apple Pie
    Easy brown bag apple pie with a delicious crumb topping and flaky pie crust. The brown bag helps seal in all of the delicious flavors and leaves you with the best apple pie you've ever tried. 
    Total Time: 2 hours
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    chocolate chip pie
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
    A chocolate chip cookie baked in a pie crust that's filled with caramel. So easy to make and takes only 3 ingredients. Everyone will go crazy over this gooey cookie pie!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    coconut cream pie recipe
    Coconut Cream Pie
    Flaky pie crust filled with a creamy custard filling, then topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut. This coconut cream pie is sweet, smooth and rich...every bite is perfection!
    Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
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    Easy holiday desserts

    These sweet treats are easy, delicious and practically guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser! Plus, most of these recipes are made with just 5 ingredients or less!

    oreo truffles
    Oreo Balls
    These OREO balls are made with just 3 simple ingredients and are such an easy dessert recipe to make. Drizzle with chocolate or top with your favorite colored sprinkles for the perfect decorative treat!
    Total Time: 35 minutes
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    Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches - 3 ingredients to make and the perfect blend of salty and sweet, crunchy and chewy, and all around delicious!
    Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches
    Only 3 ingredients to make and the perfect blend of salty and sweet, crunchy and chewy, and all around delicious! These rolo pretzel sandwiches are the easiest holiday treat and are so fun and festive!
    Total Time: 13 minutes
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    christmas sugar cookie truffles cut in half
    Sugar Cookie Truffles
    No-bake sugar cookie truffles made with only 4 ingredients! An easy and delicious treat for the holidays that is super easy to make. 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    Christmas pretzel hugs in a glass container
    Pretzel Hugs
    These Christmas Pretzel Hugs are the easiest holiday treat! Made with just 3 simple ingredients and take only 10 minutes from start to finish. Perfect easy and inexpensive holiday gift idea! 
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    chocolate covered pretzel rods with toppings
    Chocolate Pretzel Rods
    Salty pretzel rods dipped in layers of sweet caramel and chocolate. These easy Christmas pretzel rods are a must-have this holiday season!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    A close up of a christmas chocolate dipped oreo with a bite taken out
    Chocolate covered oreos
    These chocolate dipped Oreo snowflakes are adorable and easy treats the whole family can help make! Only takes 2 ingredients to make. 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    sweet chex mix recipe
    Sweet Chex Mix Recipe
    Sweet Chex Mix Recipe...ooey gooey chex mix topped with fresh coconut and sliced almonds. Such a delicious treat that will instantly become a new favorite. You'll love this yummy ooey gooey chex mix recipe!
    Total Time: 25 minutes
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    rolo pretzel reindeer treats on table
    Rolo Pretzel Reindeer
    Rolo Pretzel Reindeer - these tasty treats are perfect for the holiday season and so easy to make!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    snowman oreo balls with oreo hat
    Snowman Oreo Balls
    Adorable snowman Oreo balls are a fun, festive, and delicious DIY activity for the kids! Made with Oreo cookies, cream cheese and melted chocolate, these super easy snowmen are always a hit!
    Total Time: 45 minutes
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    christmas chex mix in bowl
    Christmas Chex Mix
    Sweet and salty Christmas chex mix made with just 5 simple ingredients. This is the perfect no-bake dessert recipe to have in your back pocket during the busy holiday season! 
    Total Time: 20 minutes
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    saltine toffee stacked on white plate
    Saltine Cracker Toffee Recipe
    This saltine cracker toffee recipe is made with just 3 simple ingredients in 15 minutes! A seriously addicting treat that's super easy to make.
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    puppy chow in bowl
    Muddy Buddies
    Crunchy Chex cereal coated in peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar. These muddy buddies (aka puppy chow) are an easy no-bake treat made with 6 ingredients in just 15 minutes!
    Total Time: 15 minutes
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    Bars and brownies

    Bars and brownies top my list of holiday dessert ideas because they are perfect to make for a crowd. These recipes can easily be doubled or tripled and doled out to all your friends and family.

    m&m cookie bars
    M&M Cookie Bars
    These Christmas M&M cookie bars are gooey, soft and loaded with M&M's and chocolate chips. So easy to make and perfect for a cookie exchange or holiday party!
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    7 layer bars
    7-Layer Bars
    7-layer bars (aka magic cookie bars) loaded with gooey layers of graham cracker crumbs, chocolate and butterscotch chips, pecans and coconut. They really are seven layers of magic! 
    Total Time: 30 minutes
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    stack of homemade snickers
    Homemade Snickers
    Delicious homemade snickers bars filled with layers of chocolate, nougat and caramel. This easy no-bake treat will become one of your absolute favorites! 
    Total Time: 3 hours
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    pretzel jello salad recipe
    Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad
    Raspberry jello pretzel salad is a little sweet, a little salty and a LOT of deliciousness! The cream cheese mixture and salted pretzel crust mixed with the raspberry jello is the absolute perfect combination. 
    Total Time: 4 hours
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    fudge brownie recipe
    Fudge Brownie Recipe
    The ultimate fudge brownies studded with chocolate chips and topped with a smooth, luscious chocolate ganache. So rich and chocolaty... they are any chocolate lover's dream!
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    chocolate lasagna
    Chocolate Lasagna Recipe
    This no-bake chocolate lasagna has layers of crushed Oreos, cream, chocolate pudding and chocolate chips! Does it get any better than that?!
    Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
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    25 Festive Finger Food Holiday Desserts - these Christmas desserts are not only delicious, but they are festive, fun, and the perfect bite-size treat!
    Strawberry Santa Hat Brownie Bites
    Strawberry Santa Hat Brownie Bites...cute, easy and delicious! The perfect no-bake treat for Christmas that everyone always loves! 
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    layered ingredients for peppermint brownies in a mason jar with a tag
    Peppermint Brownies in a Jar Recipe
    This peppermint brownie mix in a jar makes the perfect holiday gift! It's easy, festive and tastes delicious once baked. Download the free printable tags for an extra special touch!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    stack of mint brownies
    Chocolate Mint Brownies
    Fudgy mint brownies topped with a mint buttercream frosting and chocolate ganache. The most incredible dessert that's perfect for chocolate lovers! 
    Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
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