Christmas desserts are a fun way to spoil your family and friends on Christmas Day. Choosing the best dessert will help you feel relaxed, organised and ready to celebrate! From cakes to cookies, meringues to tortes, this list has you covered for a relaxing and flavour packed Christmas Day.
Tips to Decide on the Best Christmas Dessert
When choosing your Christmas dessert recipe, it’s a good idea to consider the style and setting for your gathering. This will ensure you and your guests have the best and tastiest experience on the day!
What season does Christmas fall in in your country? Will you be eating indoors or alfresco? In Australia, our Christmas season is summer, so we often enjoy cooling recipes like pavlova with whipped cream as a great way to cool down. If you’re used to a winter White Christmas, you and your guests might enjoy a warming dessert, such as our French pain d’epices, full of holiday spices instead.
How many people will you be serving? For large groups, it might be easier to make a large dessert you know will feed a crowd. It might be even easier to make it in advance so you have more time to prepare the main course or socialise on the day. See below for more delicious ideas!
What style of meal will you be having? Will it be for lunch or dinner? A traditional roast or something more modern? Heavy or light? Will you and your guests have room for a big and lavish dessert or prefer something light and refreshing?
How much time (or energy) will you have on the day to prepare? Sometimes you’ll have plenty of time and helping hands to bring a more intricate dessert together on the day. Other times you might prefer to get the prep and cooking/assembling done the day before, or whip together a 5 minute recipe like eton mess, so you can spend more time relaxing with your guests.
No matter what you’re planning, we’ve sorted this amazing collection of Christmas desserts into categories to help you choose the best one to suit your Christmas Day plans!
This EASY Australian Pavlova recipe is all about that crunchy, chewy meringue shell and soft, pillowy marshmallow centre. Have the meringue base in the oven in just 15 minutes! Includes recipe video, step-by-step instructions and creative topping ideas.
A lightly spiced, fluffy Christmas cake filled with fruit and nuts. A speciality in Portugal, Bolo Rei or Portuguese Kings Cake, is super easy to bake at home, so get ready to make your Kings Cake "crown" this holiday season!
A simple, traditional trifle for busy cooks. Perfect for celebrations or Christmas, we've made this quick, easy and hassle free. Loaded with custard, cream and iconic port wine jelly for an Australian trifle to impress!
Dessert is sorted for your next gathering with the best Pavlova Roll you'll ever eat. Berries and whipped cream are rolled and encased in this easy meringue roulade – crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside – how it should be. Make ahead or on the day!
Impress your guests on Christmas Day with this show-stopping Christmas Ice Cream Pudding! Just 10 minutes hands-on prep, you won't believe how easy it is to make. Use our traditional Christmas pudding ingredients or customise with your own flavour combinations!
Fill your kitchen with the holiday aroma of pumpkin spice! This dairy free pumpkin pie with coconut milk is deliciously easy to make. A classic American Thanksgiving dish, ready to pop in the oven in 10 minutes!
These Mexican Tres Leches Cupcakes are the meltiest, tastiest, fluffiest little cupcakes ever. Top these gorgeous little 3 milk cakes with whipped cream and strawberries for an afternoon indulgence or delightful dessert. Just 15 minutes prep time!
If you want to try something new and incredibly delicious this holiday season, try Risalamande. It’s a creamy, soft and melt-in-your-mouth Danish rice pudding with almonds and topped with a flavourful cherry sauce.
Sweet vanilla persimmons and crunchy tart apples team up under a thick, crumbly crust in this deliciously simple dessert. This easy persimmon crumble pie takes only 5 minutes to prepare. The hardest part is waiting for it to cook to golden brown perfection in the oven!
An easy apple crumble recipe with that classic crunch topping you know and love. The soft baked cinnamon apple filling and muesli crumble are so quick to make. Serve with cream or ice cream for a deliciously cosy dessert!
A Middle Eastern dessert that’s usually enjoyed around December 4th to countdown for Christmas. It’s so easy to make, made with natural ingredients (don’t count the candy!), and it’s naturally vegan. This porridge-like dessert will definitely warm you up on a cold day!
Jelly slice is a sweet and stunning treat for parties and gatherings, guaranteed to disappear the instant it hits the table! This super easy jelly slice recipe features the iconic three layers – biscuit base, condensed milk and red jelly – and only 7 ingredients.
Looking for an impressive, super easy no-bake dessert? Try this classic Aussie chocolate ripple cake, perfect for Christmas and entertaining, with only 10 minutes prep. Loaded with topping and variation ideas!
Surprise your guests (and yourself) with this impressively easy blancmange drizzled with a quick homemade blackberry coulis. It’s similar to vanilla pudding or panna cotta, but set without gelatin, and you can even make it dairy free!
These mulled apple cider popsicles take the wonderful fall flavours of apple and mulled spices and turns them into a delicious and refreshing popsicles. Made with non alcoholic cider they are a treat the whole family can enjoy.
For a fast, easy and super impressive dessert, look no further than eton mess! Get this crunchy meringue dessert on the table in just 5 minutes using store bought meringue nests, whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
What’s not to love about Coconut Ice – a deliciously sweet, milky coconut treat – and we do mean SWEET! This kid-friendly recipe is only 4 ingredients and prepared in 10 minutes. No cook means no risky boiling required like the old fashioned version.
These easy chocolate coconut balls are a fun and festive no-bake treat you can make in just 10 minutes! They're batchable, freezeable and giftable, or add them to your sweet dessert table for Christmas.
These gorgeous Christmas truffles look just like mini Christmas puddings! Serve them on the big day or afterwards as a great way to use up leftover pudding or fruit cake. Full of festive flavour, they're deliciously quick and easy to make!
A beloved bakery slice, Chester Squares or Gur Cake, is the king of cake leftovers. Mix old bread, cake or pudding with sultanas and you have a sweet mince meat filling crammed between two thick slices of pastry.
Infused with spices, these Coffee Scroll Biscuits are a remake of the classic cinnamon biscuits from our childhood. The iconic swirls and pink icing circles are back, along with the spicy cinnamon taste right down to the very last currant!
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Cynthia | What A Girl Eats15/10/2020 at 12:24 pm
Thank you for including my recipe! Pinned/tweeted and yummed!
Wandercooks16/10/2020 at 5:42 pm
Yay! You’re welcome Cynthia. 🙂
Marcellina09/10/2020 at 4:23 pm
Ok, so I had to go and get myself a cookie because after scrolling through this round up I was craving something to eat! Looks like I’ve found something new to add to my Christmas dessert and baking list – for me it’s Portuguese Kings cake and the Snowball cookies! YUM!
Wandercooks12/10/2020 at 10:39 am
Haha! Great to hear you got some new ideas Marcellina! Those snowball cookies look fab, and we can definitely say the Kings Cake was a winner on the Christmas table last year. 🙂
Elaina Newton (@TheRisingSpoon)18/12/2015 at 11:58 am
Oh man, now I’m really craving something sweet! What a wonderful round-up of holiday goodies from around the world. I’d love a slice of that Japanese Christmas Cake right now! 🙂
Wandercooks20/12/2015 at 7:46 pm
It’s so cute isn’t it! Glad you enjoyed and hope you can put some to good use this Christmas. 🙂
mjcapinha15/12/2015 at 10:39 pm
Yeiiii you miss the Portuguese sweets…all over our country during the Christmas time we have wonderful deserts, like the “bolo rei”(king cake) a dow with fruit inside and decorate, only in Mardi gras they have something similar…. I have to update my blog and tell you all about our sweets
Sarah & Laura @ Wandercooks15/12/2015 at 10:48 pm
Oh nooooo! Quick send us a link of your favourite and we’d love to add it as a bonus recipe for our readers 👍 the Bolo Rei sounds fascinating. Looking into them now… Haha
Christina @ Christina's Cucina14/12/2015 at 2:04 am
What a great collection of international recipes for Christmas! Thank you for including my Cranachan!
Wandercooks14/12/2015 at 2:43 am
You’re welcome Christina, we can’t wait to make it! 😀