10 of Our Favorite Christmas Dessert Recipes

 We don't have much baking planned at all for this Christmas.  Back when all the boys were homeschooling with me we'd spend the entire month of December baking and make up cookie tins for so many family members. I thought I'd pull together a quick list of some of our favorite Christmas treats for you all today in case you were looking for some new ideas to try. 



1. Eggnog snickerdoodle cookies!-- I don't actually like eggnog but put in a dessert and I am in love.  The eggnog seems to add a bit added cinnamon/nutmeg taste that just elevates these snickerdoodles to a whole other level!


2. Peppermint Oreo cookies-- Oh so delicious cookies with bits of crushed candy cane and red creme Oreo cookie pieces. 


3. Cinnamon bun cookie sandwiches-- In case you can't tell yet, hi my name is Joanne and I love cinnamon.  These cookies are probably one of my all time favorites. You could make them without the cream filling... but why would you want to?


4. "Painted" sugar cookies-- This is one cookie activity I grew up doing every single year and so have my boys.  The paint is a super easy edible 2- ingredient recipe that makes cookie decorating so fun.  And best of all since the paint bakes into the cookie there is no worrying about smearing frosting. 



5. Eggnog cupcakes with cinnamon frosting-- Really, do I need to say anything else?  Another perfect combination and the eggnog helps keep the cupcakes so moist and flavorful. 



6. Holiday peppermint bark trifle-- My whole family loves a good trifle and we try out new "recipes" all the time. Layers of chocolate cake (or brownie if you prefer!), white chocolate instant pudding, cool whip, and peppermint.  YUM!



7. Christmas crack with a Twist-- We like to add a giant scoop of peanut butter to our traditional Christmas crack every now and then but honestly we love it just as much when it's made "plain" without the PB. 



8. Oatmeal scotchies-- While these are not strictly a "holiday" dessert, we always make oatmeal scotchies this time of year since they are my sister's favorite. A chewy oatmeal cookie with butterscotch chips. 



9. Mini eggnog cheesecakes with cranberry-- This was a total experiment one year when we had some canned cranberry sauce to use up.  We used Oreo cookies for the bases then whipped up some cheesecake using eggnog and swirled in some cranberry sauce mixed with cinnamon. Delicious!



10. Upside down buckeye cookies-- While we love traditional buckeyes (peanut butter fudge balls coated in chocolate) and traditional peanut butter blossom cookies (a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey's kiss) every now and then we like to try a new spin on an old favorite.  This recipes combines them both! We made peanut butter cookie bases topped with a luscious chocolate truffle and with more chocolate on top.  


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Comments

  1. These all look so good! I would like to try the cinnamon roll cookies, with the cream filling OF COURSE!! Your trifle looks good. I have never made a trifle- should probably change that :).

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    1. Thank you! Trifles were our "go to" dessert for the longest time since they are so easy! With a brownie or cake layer, your favorite pudding, some cool whip, and some candy you really can't go wrong.

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  2. Oh Joanne you are killing me- which one should I make first? Ha! Happy Friday :)

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  3. My mouth is watering looking at all these treats! I can't decide which one I want to make first. Lol!

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  4. Swooning and saving! I know that your family is one of the best at making sweet treats so this was so much fun!

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  5. The cinnamon bun cookies look delicious and I might have to try the eggnog cupcakes. Hi, my name is Natasha and I'm a sucker for cinnamon too!!!

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  6. Wow, they all look delicious, and I love the spin you put on them!

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  7. My dad makes oatmeal scotchies and they are so good! I prefer those to oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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    1. Yes me too and don't even get me started on the disappointment of oatmeal raisin!

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  8. Oh my gosh, these look delicious. You had me at Snickerdoodles. :)

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  9. I loved buckeyes but hate making them. I am going to have to try this recipe

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    1. I don't mind making buckeyes but for some reason we only seem to make them in the summer and never at Christmas time.

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  10. Eggnog snickerdoodle cookies sound wonderful. There are so many other lovely treats there. I'm sad because we have a strike happening and the result is that I can't find brown sugar for sale. So, we are a week out form Christmas and I haven't been able to do any Christmas baking.

    Great coffee post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh that is such a bummer! Surprisingly we haven't done any baking yet this year either... but luckily we can find the ingredients if we want to. I know it would be a pain but can you make your own brown sugar? I've seen a few recipe for brown sugar substitutes that start with white sugar and molasses (even honey or maple syrup will work in a pinch) added to it.

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  11. ...Joanne, these all look fabulous. The are low cal I assume! ☃️ 🎄 ❄️ 🎅🏼

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  12. We, purposefully, have a slow week planned next week and my husband and I have a hankering to do some baking:) But the question was what to bake...and you just solved that puzzle!! THANK YOU - I think I will have one of each!! I see a fun few days in our near future!!

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  13. I want those cupcakes. Yummy.
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  14. Oh, these all look sooooooo good! I’m going to bake some of these with my boys! Thanks Joanne. :) x

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  15. Christmas crack is a favorite here, too!

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    1. My husband was just trying to convince my son to make some this week to bring to my mom's house!

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  16. Awesome treats, love the Christmas Crack,
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  17. I love Christmas treats and I'm drooling looking at these. I've just made a Rocky Road Wreath and am eagerly waiting for it to set as I'm anxious to see if I can get it out of the tin. #weekendcoffeeshare
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  18. These Christmas desserts look delicious. Thank you for sharing your favourite recipes with us at #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  19. Joanne, Merry, merry Christmas to you! I didn't realize how hungry I was til I clicked on your post this evening! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with those you love. I'm grateful we've gotten to know each other in '23 and look forward to seeing what God has for us in the year ahead. I love doing the online life with you, friend.

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  20. We must have very different taste buds, because I don't like any of these cookies/desserts ha ha! Our family favorite is pecan sandies, but a lot of people don't like those for some reason, of which I can't even comprehend. Merry Christmas!

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    1. HA! I have never had pecan sandies...but I do love pecans!

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  21. Oooh Joanne, I see so many recipes that I’d like to try! Thank you for sharing all of them. Merry Christmas!

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  22. I shouldn't have read this before breakfast!

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  23. Wowza, talk about a variety of fabulousness
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  24. Oh wow! What yummy treats! I want to try all of them! I love the sound of the eggnog things, especially those cupcakes.

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  25. "You could make them without the cream filling... but why would you want to?" AMEN TO THAT! Everything looks delicious! I love peanut butter blossoms, so I am extremely intrigued by option #10!!

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  26. Thanks a lot, Joanne. I just gained 5 lbs. from scrolling your post! Everything looks so delicious. I am now going to check out your book reviews since I think we are on the same wavelength. I wanted to thank you for always leaving the sweetest comments on my blog. Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed Happy New Year.

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  27. Joanne, I can virtually taste these. Yum! Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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  28. Yummm! They all look amazing 😋
    I want to make them all!

    Hugs and blessings, Joanne

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  29. That is a serious list! and so pleased that trifle made it!

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  30. Too delicious not to share! One of my features for WTJR 12.22.2023, thank you for sharing with us!

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  31. Just when I thought I couldn't love Snickerdoodles more!! You went and put eggnog in them?! Yes ma'am! I bet that is just divine.

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  32. Joanne, I love all of these sweets you've made. The cookies look amazing. I will have to pin these recipe. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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  33. The buckeye cookies look yummy! I love all things chocolate and peanut butter!!

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