52 Christmas Dessert Recipes | olivemagazine

Best Christmas desserts

Christmas Yule log

Need a show-stopping dessert for over the Christmas period? Check out our indulgent festive yule log with a boozy Baileys cream and crunchy hazelnut brittle.

Festive Yule Log Recipe

Christmas crumble

Expand your Christmas repertoire with this festive take on your fave pud. Use up left-over mincemeat – jarred or homemade – for extra flavour.

White bowls filled with Christmas crumble and cream

Baileys ice cream

This no-churn ice cream is perfect as an accompaniment for your Christmas puds, and requires just four ingredients to make.

A rectangular tub of baileys ice cream next to two bowls

Gingerbread cupcakes

These moreish spiced cupcakes are great fun to make over the festive season for the whole family.

A batch of gingerbread cupcakes served on a white cake stand

Rum truffles

Get into the festive spirit with a batch of these homemade rum truffles decorated by hand – they make great last-minute gifts.

Homemade rum truffles on a pink plate

Stollen bites

Make these pretty stollen bites for a fun Christmas baking project – you can use any mixed dried fruit, such as cranberries, sour cherries or apricots.

A batch of stollen bites presented on a cake stand alongside a sieve

Christmas fudge

Check out this festive gingerbread fudge that takes just a few minutes to prepare. You can easily double the recipe to make two batches, so you have plenty for gifting.

Festive gingerbread fudge cut into squares on a baking tray

Vegan raspberry and lemon trifle

Impress your guests with this classic layered dessert. The easy homemade custard uses vanilla-flavoured soya milk and gives a traditional flavour and colour to the custard.

A layered raspberry and lemon trifle next to a few plates and cutlery

Vegan Christmas cake

Everyone will enjoy a slice of this Christmas cake, which can be baked and matured up to eight weeks before Christmas. Feed the cake weekly with your choice of brandy, rum or whisky for extra moisture and a warming flavour.

A vegan christmas cake with icing and decorations placed on a white cake stand

Vegan gingerbread men

Enjoy some festive nostalgia with a batch of vegan gingerbread men. They’re easy to bake and fun to decorate.

A batch of vegan gingerbread men decorated with buttons and icing, resting on a cooling rack

Pistachio and cherry nougat pandoro

Check out this impressive festive centrepiece: a traditional Italian sweet bread is stuffed with a decadent ricotta, almond and amaretto filling and covered in meringue.

A Pistachio and cherry nougat cheesecake-stuffed pandoro on a cake stand with a black background

Gingerbread pie

A pie singing with festive flavours – check out this marshmallow-crowned version by Asa Naiditch of Blame Butter.

A meringue-topped Gingerbread pie on a black plate and green tablecloth

Tiramis-choux tower

Treat guests to this hybrid centrepiece – half profiterole, half tiramisu – with balls of choux pastry stuffed with coffee-drenched ladyfingers and boozy pastry cream.

A Tiramis-choux tower on a cake stand with a green background

Christmas pavlova

Those who don’t like Christmas pudding don’t have to miss out – serve this showstopping Christmas pavlova with a passionfruit coulis instead.

Ave Mario's christmas pavlovawith passion fruit coulis being pouts over the top

Gluten-free chocolate fudge cake

Recreate this impressive woodland-inspired cake from The Little House Dorset. Coated in ganache and then chocolate buttercream, it makes the perfect festive showstopper for a Christmas party.

A woodland chocolate fudge cake on a gold cake stand with a green background


Add this sweet Christmas bread, studded with raisins, nuts, chocolate and Turkish delight and infused with rum, to your festive dessert repertoire.

A loaf of cozonac with a marbled centre on a wooden table with a green background

Double chocolate and passion fruit tart

Wow your party guests with this zingy tart – it’s unbelievably quick to make, thanks to a few ready-made ingredients, plus it’s easy to prepare ahead of time.

Double chocolate and passion fruit tart topped with edible gold


This Italian dessert is popular during the festive season. Chewy, nutty and sweet, it’s packed with pistachios, almonds and dried fruits.

Panforte cut into slices on a plate, with tealights around

Mexican chocoflan

This festive flan cake, featuring chocolate, caramel and cinnamon, is known as ‘flan imposible’ and combines two popular Mexican desserts.

Mexican Chocoflan Recipe on a platte with a gold serving knife

Classic Christmas trifle

Want a Christmas trifle recipe with a boozy twist? This indulgent sherry trifle uses Amaretti biscuits for a lovely texture and flavour. It’s a perfect way to conclude your Christmas day meal.

We’ve got plenty of boozy cakes and bakes too

Classic trifle in a glass serving dish

Chocolate and hazelnut paris-brest

An indulgent Nutella filling takes this impressive French patisserie to the next level. Serve over the festive season for a showstopping dessert.

A cake stand topped with a pastry dessert filled with a chocolate mousse

Croquembouche profiterole tower

Want an impressive Christmas dessert to serve family and friends? Check out this show-stopping chocolate and hazelnut profiterole stack. With creamy Nutella filling and crunchy hazelnut brittle, this stunning recipe is the perfect end to a dinner.

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Profiterole tower with dark chocolate and hazelnut topping

Black Forest pavlova

Impress your family over the festive season with our stunning black forest meringue tower. This gorgeous Christmas dessert is filled with dark chocolate ganache, boozy cherries and mascarpone cream. Pure indulgence!

Meringue Stack Recipe with Cherries

Christmas cheesecake with chocolate sauce

Not everyone loves Christmas pudding, but everyone’s a fan of cheesecake! This festive take on a lemon cheesecake is sweet yet sharp. Pour the chocolate over just before you take it to the table for a glossy look.

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Gingerbread bûche de Noël

A beautiful rolled cake flavoured with warming ginger and cinnamon, Edd Kimber’s bûche de Noël comes filled with a lemony Lotus Biscoff cream.

Gingerbread Buche de Noel

Christmas pudding ice cream

A clever way to use up left-over Christmas pudding – add it to ice cream! This four-ingredient, no-churn recipe also comes laced with brandy or rum – the perfect winter pud.

A tub of homemade ice cream with a plate of ice cream scoops and wafers on the side

Baileys tiramisu trifle

Our stunning Christmas trifle recipe with boozy Baileys, chocolate swiss roll and lightly whipped cream with espresso makes for an impressive centrepiece at your festive feast.

Multi-layered chocolate and Baileys cream trifle in a glass bowl

Chocolate and hazelnut millefeuille cake

Sandwich crisp puff pastry circles together with homemade hazelnut ganache, then top with sweetened Frangelico whipped cream, crushed hazelnuts and a drizzle of warm Nutella for a decadent dessert.

Chocolate and hazelnut millefeuille cake

White chocolate Baileys aux merveilleux

Aux merveilleux are a festive French treat – a simple affair of meringue discs sandwiched with a flavoured cream and rolled in chocolate shavings.

White chocolate Baileys aux merveilleux

Biscoff cheesecake

Serve up to 16 decadent slices of this impressive Christmas Day dessert. Our indulgent Biscoff cheesecake recipe contains crunchy speculoos biscuits, creamy speculoos biscuit spread, and lightly whipped cream. Check out our best cheesecake recipes.

Speculoos cheesecake cut into slices

No-bake chocolate tart with PX sherry

Christmas puds need lots of chocolate, a healthy amount of alcohol and a lot of cream. Raisiny pedro ximénez sherry adds classic festive flavour to this delicious chocolate tart. It’s also a no-bake recipe so can be whipped up with little effort.

No-Bake Chocolate Tart with PX Sherry

Raspberry and Aperol baked alaska

It might not be snowing outside, but with these edible snow balls it won’t matter! Your Christmas guests will be amazed at the raspberry centre when you crack the meringue. They’re worth the effort for the ‘wows’ and ‘ooohhhs’ alone. Click here for our best ever standout meringue recipes.

Pavlova wreath

If you’re looking for a beautiful Christmas dessert but want minimal effort, give this cassis meringue wreath a go. Topped with cassis, cherries and mint, it’s full of festive colours. It’s great to feed a crowd as you can slice it into as many or as few pieces as necessary.

Cassis Meringues Recipe with Champagne Cream

Gingerbread trifle

Add a hit of ginger to your English trifle this Christmas with these gingerbread trees. This creamy trifle with rum cardamom custard is the perfect sweet hit to finish your Christmas Day feast.

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Pandoro semifreddo

Our easy yet standout semifreddo recipe with chocolate and amaretto encased in an Italian pandoro bread and topped with crunchy pistachios is the perfect dessert centre piece at a festive feast.

Chocolate Pistachio Semifreddo Recipe

Eggnog custard tart

If you love egg custard tarts then you’ll love Edd Kimber’s Christmas inspired eggnog custard tart. Why not impress your guests with this dessert recipe, it may take a little time to make, but it’s definitely worth it.

Eggnog Custard Tart Recipe With Stars On Top

Mulled wine winter puddings

Looking for individual desserts that are easy to make? Check out our mini winter puddings with mulled wine for an easy individual Christmas dessert recipe.

Easy Warm Winter Puddings with Mulled Wine

Sticky toffee Christmas pudding

Sticky toffee pudding is a firm favourite with almost everyone. Adding ginger to the sponge adds even more warmth and spice, which everyone enjoys at Christmas time. Plus, the toffee sauce is just as delicious eaten with a spoon on its own!

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Sherry trifle cheesecake

Impress guests during the festive season with this nostalgic pud with a modern twist.

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Chocolate and salted caramel ice-cream bombe

Why not make our impressive frozen chocolate and ice cream dessert recipe? This easy chocolate bombe recipe uses chocolate Swiss roll cake and Maltesers for extra indulgence and crunch, an easy Christmas day dessert.

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Nougat terrine with caramel

A Christmas dessert for all your sweet-toothed friends. It’s full of cranberries, pistachios and candied peel…all the flavours of Christmas. It can be made in advance so it’s one less thing to worry about over the festive season.

Nougat Recipe with Caramel Sauce

Salted caramel chocolate fondants

Our most indulgent, most beautiful chocolate fondant yet… just look at it ooze! These chocolate fondants make an impressive Christmas day dessert. You can buy the salted caramel sauce for a quick fix.

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Baileys tiramisu

Got leftover Bailey’s from the Christmas festivities? Make this tiramisu recipe with creamy Baileys, soft sponge fingers, strong coffee and sweet almond liqueur… an easy Baileys dessert to indulge in over the festive period.

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Espresso panna cotta

Check out our recipe for silky smooth espresso panna cotta. This dessert is an ideal way to end your Christmas Day indulgence, it’s gluten-free and looks impressive.

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Espresso PannaEspresso Panna Cotta Recipe

Black forest cheesecakes

Cheesecake makes the best Christmas dessert. These black forest cheesecake bombs are fun and original. If you’re looking for something different to serve after turkey and roasties, make a few of these. Diners will love the cherry surprise in the centre.

Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

Vegan sticky toffee pudding

Let warming spices and a rich toffee sauce (made with homemade cashew cream) do the talking with this vegan sticky toffee pudding recipe.

Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Ginger ice cream bombes

If you’re looking for a sophisticated yet fun dessert for Christmas Day, look no further. They use ginger biscuits, stem ginger and crystallised ginger meaning they’re warm and spicy. They’re quick to make so won’t take away from preparing the turkey! Check out our best ginger recipes here.

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White chocolate roulade with Baileys

Treat your loved ones to a great Baileys dessert with this luxurious festive bake made with white chocolate and Baileys. It’s easy to make and requires very little effort, prepare it next time you’re hosting.

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Salted caramel and chocolate tart

Everyone deserves some luxury at Christmas time and this salted caramel and chocolate tart recipe is the ultimate treat. Children will love it, but with the addition of sea salt flakes, adults will be obsessed with it too!

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Gluten-free mince pies

Just because you’re gluten free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the Christmas fun. These boozy mince pies don’t compromise on flavour or texture, and they look impressive.

Bourbon meringue mince pies served on a cake stand next to mini white christmas trees

Clementine yoghurt cake

This delicate clementine cake is picture-perfect and great for sharing. The yogurt keeps the sponge deliciously squidgy and the fruity flavours are a guaranteed hit.

Gluten Free Christmas Cake Recipe With Yoghurt and Clementine

Sour cherry stollen bars

Want an easy but impressive stollen recipe? This ingredients list may look lengthy but it’s all about building up the textures and flavours to make this the most moreish bar ever – way better than regular stollen.

Christmas Stollen Recipe

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