Don’t let the title mislead you, we LOVE holiday cookies. But we think other types of festive desserts deserve love, too. After all, spreading cheer is what the holidays are all about. Up your dessert game and keep Santa on his toes with these spectacular sweets inspired by the season.
Chocolate Peppermint Cake
The combo of chocolate and mint is a holiday classic, and this cake delivers big time on both. Crushed candy cane garnish and beautiful, snow-like frosting make this sweet slice extra merry and bright.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Cake
Sticky Toffee Cake
Fancy a spot of tea with your cake? This recipe draws inspiration from English-style Christmas pudding to create a gorgeous Bundt cake upgraded with ooey-gooey caramel sauce.
Get the recipe: Sticky Toffee Cake
This easy cheesecake proves eggnog isn’t just for sipping. All the classic flavors of the Christmas drink add new dimension to a luscious cream cheese filling on top of an irresistible gingersnap crust.
Get the recipe: Eggnog Cheesecake
Fruitcake Pound Cake
If you think fruitcake is just for re-gifting, this buttery pound cake version will change your mind. This quintessential Christmas dessert with colorful jewels of candied fruit is so festive, don’t be surprised if it leads to spontaneous caroling and a whole lot of merry.
Get the recipe: Fruitcake Pound Cake
Christmas Wreath Pavlova
Ladies and gentlemen, we present you with the ultimate jubilant confection. This Christmas dessert recipe is more than a giant meringue, it’s a cheery treat for the eyes. Homemade whipped cream, chopped pistachios, and fresh fruit add color and texture to a pillowy treat shaped like a wreath.
Get the recipe: Christmas Wreath Pavlova
Deck the halls and jingle all the bells with this festive trifle. Layers of custard, sweet jam, fresh berries, and gingersnaps become a show-stopping holiday dessert that doubles as a centerpiece.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread-Berry Trifle
Easy Yule Log
We eliminated the fuss but kept all the festivity in this no-baked yule log. Layers of thin sandwich cookies and whipped cream look at home in a winter forest decked out with rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries.
Get the recipe: Easy Yule Log
Vegan Chocolate Tart
For a rich chocolate slice everyone can enjoy, this vegan-friendly tart is the shining star. Dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and loaded with fudgy flavor, it might become your new favorite holiday dessert (even if you don’t have dietary restrictions).
Get the recipe: Vegan Chocolate Tart
These brownies that combine two holiday treats in one are a ginger-SNAP to make. Add a fun holiday twist by using stencils to create powdered sugar designs.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Brownies