Christmas desserts don’t have to be a fruit cake that makes a better paperweight than a sweet treat. It also doesn’t mean that you have to become a pastry chef to make something that looks as good as it tastes. We’ve put together 10 videos of the best Christmas desserts in 2019 that will inspire you. Break out your apron and preheat the oven, because you are about to become a Christmas dessert expert!
1. Winter-Themed Cupcake Cakes
Christmas cakes take center stage on any dessert table. Make them cupcake cakes and suddenly you have a sharable dessert that is pre-proportioned for all your guests.
2. Cinnamon and Sugar Candied Pecans
These sugar and spice nuts might not smack of dessert, but we promise that the dishes of these at your next holiday party won’t last long. You can also package them as gifts for parting guests.
3. Christmas Bow Ties – Polish Chrusciki
Christmas desserts are often traditional foods that are handed down through the generations. Maybe you’ve had them at a party or your grandmother made them but you didn’t have the recipe. Here’s a simple step-by-step video to make these delightfully light and sugary bow ties.
4. Candy Cane Cheesecakes, Nutella Tree, and Eggnog Cupcakes
The Domestic Geek takes the flavors of the holidays — eggnog, candy canes, and pecans — and turns them into five unforgettable treats like Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Cookies, Pir Crust Cookies, Eggnog Cupcakes, a Nutella Tree, and Candy Cane Cheesecakes.
5. Jelly Donuts – Sufganiyot
A traditional Hannukah dessert is sufganiyot or jelly donuts. These can be filled with jelly, custard or chocolate. These taste so good, you will be serving them for breakfast the next morning (assuming there are any left).
6. Cozy Drinks to Warm You Up This Holiday Season
Desserts don’t have to be all about food. Sometimes a drink to finish a meal is just the thing on a winter’s night. These drinks can be made in bulk, and some in advance. Each will make you feel warm and toasty.
7. Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding is a steamed dessert of dried fruit, brandy, and spices in a moist cake. A Christmas pudding is a standard British holiday dessert. Across the pond in the US, a Christmas pudding is also popular. This gluten-free recipe will be sure to please everyone.
8. Peppermint and Chocolate Holiday Desserts
Peppermint is likely the most Christmas-y taste there is. Nothing pairs better with peppermint than chocolate. This video offers three desserts: Peppermint Mocha Cannoli, Chocolate Peppermint Squares, and Chocolate Peppermint Silk Pie. There are also two drinks: Peppermint Hot Cocoa on a Stick and Slow Cooker Peppermint-Spiked Hot Chocolate.
9. Simplest Buche De Noel
Buche De Noel, or Yule Log, looks like pastry chef’s territory. It’s easier than you think to make this show stopper dessert. The video from All About Flavor shows how a jelly roll technique and simple chocolate ganache is used to make this classic dessert.
10. Eight Desserts for Holiday Parties
The folks over at Tasty never fail to disappoint. Not only are their videos fun to watch, but they also make all the recipes easy to make for any level of foodie. Even the Nutella Souffle looks simple. If you swap out the saltines in Cracker Candy with matzo crackers, you have what my family calls Matzo Crack. All these recipes are made for quantity so you’ll be set for the next holiday party.
Christmas desserts can be stodgy, overly-sweet and downright boring. These videos show how you can try twists on old standbys, stay true to tradition and make crowd-pleasing treats without spending house in the kitchen. Go forth and celebrate!