Christmas desserts are the course which everyone is secretly waiting for. I mean, who doesn’t love desserts? I know I do!
What are traditional Christmas sweets?
Traditions vary across different countries. In the UK, mince pies are enjoyed as a Christmas dessert. In continental Europe, gingerbread cookies are often consumed.
On top of that, it’s not uncommon to see pumpkin, pecan, apple pie or sponge cake served with whipped cream on the typical US dining table.
In Scandinavia, a type of sweetened milk rice is consumed.
However, I think all regions enjoy Christmas cookies, regardless of the type of cookie dough used to make them.
Each region has its own traditional holiday dessert, and they’re all delicious in their own way. What are the most traditional desserts served in your home country?
What are the most popular desserts?
I never have only one favourite dessert for Christmas. There are so many which I enjoy and appreciate; be it for their flavour or cultural value. If you are searching for inspiring desserts for Christmas, then take a look at these below.
Once you select a handful from this list, I have a feeling it will be your best Christmas yet!
15 Christmas Desserts
In my experience, it is always difficult to leave room for dessert during a festive occasion such as Christmas dinner. Especially, when there is food going around all night.
However, these 15 Christmas desserts will tempt you regardless of how full you feel. Once you take a look at these amazing dishes, you'll immediately make room for more. That's a guarantee!
Chocolate delice is a divine chocolate dessert recipe that makes a great way to end any Christmas dinner. It's the dessert of choice for chocolate lovers.
It has intense chocolatey flavours and an unforgettable luscious texture.
What's best, you can make it with white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate. The choice is yours. Although, I wouldn't recommend white chocolate as you would lose the intensity. The whole dessert would then be overpowered by sweetness.
Not like that's a bad thing!
Handy tip: Serve this slice of irresistible chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Freshly cut strawberries also pair extremely well.
Strawberry flan is the perfect dessert after a heavy meal. It's light, fruity and refreshing.
Above all, once you cut inside this strawberry flan, you'll find a nice creamy surprise.
You can recreate this recipe all year round.
Handy tip: Serve the flan with a vanilla custard or whipped cream. If you've really had a heavy meal prior to the desserts course, then I recommend garnishing the flan with fresh mint. The mint will refresh you in an instant!
These Amaretto cherries make the perfect complement to vanilla-based cakes. I like to add them into cocktails to give additional sweetness.
Don't waste money on purchasing this stuff in the store, when you can make it yourself from scratch. Or, if your partner is a foodie, surprise him or her with a jar of homemade amaretto cherries under the Christmas tree.
Handy tip: Use a type of cherry which holds its structure well. You wouldn't want them to disintegrate. Try the Picota cherry variety.
These brandied pears are perfect if you plan a light finish to your holiday menu. Above all, they are the perfect complement to a delicious cheese board. Brandied pears will match excellently with aged hard cheese.
Handy tip: Again, you need to source a firm variety of pears. Avoid the Williams variety by all means. They are too juicy and they will fall apart as soon as they are exposed to some heat.
There is a reason behind the name of this Millionaire's cheesecake. It's because it really does look like a million dollars!
This cheesecake looks like it just came out of a top French patisserie. However, the grand chef behind this stunning dessert is you!
Take the time during this holiday to master something truly exceptional. Believe me, this cake will be remembered by all who try it.
Handy tip: Serve this Millionaire's cheesecake with a glass of brandy or cognac. The alcohol will complement the cake in the best possible way. You can also add your own twist and add a peanut butter layer.
Malva Pudding, also known as marshmallow pudding and malvapoeding is a traditional South African dessert. Expect a moist centre and fantastic flavours of marshmallow.
Handy tip: Pour over a shot of Amarula liqueur and transform it into an adult-only dessert. Or serve the shot separately, in case you have kids around.
Although Don Pedro is an alcoholic cocktail, it is so creamy and chocolatey, it can be considered as a dessert by itself.
It is the perfect finish for an adult-only gathering. Why go for a cake, when you can spike up something sweet and tasty?
Handy tip: You can decorate the cocktails with holiday-themed straws with little Christmas trees on them. You can also opt to serve some of your cookies with the cocktail.
This chocolate fudge sauce is an excellent topping for cakes, pies, cookies, you name it. You can even use it as a dip for enjoying fresh fruit like strawberries or bananas.
Handy tip: If you've got kids at your party, then you can also serve the sauce over some ice cream. You'll be forever known as the favourite relative.
If you are a lover of Toblerone, then this Toblerone cheesecake is the cake for you. What's bests about this cheesecake recipe is that it uses the Toblerone decoratively as well.
So, if you are really in the mood for more chocolate, simply use more chocolate bars and enjoy.
Handy tip: Sprinkle some cocoa powder over the cheesecake for a polished look. It will look as if it just came out of a high-end bakery. You can also add the cocoa into the cream cheese filling, for a darker look.
This slow cooker Nutella fudge speaks for itself. It is worth the sins. I am not going to lie, it's a calorie bomb. However, the taste is unforgettable.
Use this holiday to spoil yourself a bit and indulge in the pleasure desserts like this bring us.
Handy tip: The only tip to be shared here is to make a large batch. This incredibly delicious fudge disappears in seconds.
Risalamande is a traditional Danish dessert. It resembles a rice pudding, served with flakes of almond and a cherry coulis.
In fact, there is a game you can play called - who has the almond? Whoever finds a hidden entire almond in their bowl will be lucky and prosperous. Normally, there is a prize to be received.
Handy tip: You need special porridge or rice pudding rice for this dessert. Otherwise, you will compromise the texture and the taste of the dish.
This chocolate brandy torte is as rich and intense as it sounds. You guessed it - it is best accompanied with a glass of brandy.
One slice will last you throughout the entire duration of the holidays. If you are looking for that 'big finish dessert', the festive period is the perfect time to serve this!
Handy tip: To lighten things up, you can also add some fresh berries. Sour cherries would be the best in this case.
There is no denying that this is one of the most beautiful desserts you can make for this coming holiday. What's more, this Christmas pavlova wreath is really easy to make and does not involve the use of many ingredients.
The secret behind this stunning dessert is the fresh fruit and garnish. Once you finish this pavlova wreath and place it on the dining table, your family and guests will gush over it.
Handy tip: Source your fruit in a premium store so as to ensure that you have purchased quality produce. This is because the fruit contributes to the overall flavour as well.
These are a fantastic idea if you wish to have a smaller portion of something sweet. These mini chocolate trifles will do just that!
The smaller the glass, the smaller the portion size. Here you can decide just how much dessert you would like to serve for your holiday menu.
Handy tip: Garnish with fresh mint or chocolate shavings. Serve relatively cool for a refreshing effect after a heavy dinner.
If you're looking for a showstopper of a dessert, end Christmas dinner with this Amarula Berry Trifle. It comprises layers of lusciousness and bliss as your favourite berries are cushioned between a boozy custard, sponge fingers and whipped cream.
Handy tip: This is an adult only dessert, which is best served with a tot of Amarula on the side.
Which one of these wonderful Christmas desserts tempted you the most? Do you have a recipe in mind without which you could not imagine your holidays? Let me know in the comments section below. I’m really curious!
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