15 Festive Christmas Desserts

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We've already tackled the Christmas Cookie situation so let's talk about Christmas Desserts! In fact, we've never been so prepared for cookie eating season. But seeing as how most of us will polish off those cookies well before the big day it's never a bad call to make an extra Christmas dessert.

Chocolate Brownie Pudding from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


I'm talking impressive desserts that are the icing on the cake to a Christmas Dinner. I know we have a few weeks until Christmas - but no time like the present to prepare! We need something beautiful, festive, delicious and something that will leave a lasting memory in your fams minds! Let's make it special this year since a lot of us didn't have a totally normal Christmas last year. Here are my all time fav Christmas Desserts.

Classic Christmas Desserts

Classic Italian Tiramisu from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin) / Christmas desserts

Classic Italian Tiramisu

THIS is what I'm making! This Classic Italian Tiramisu is seriously one of the easiest desserts to make! It's picture perfect with a sweet mascarpone filling, espresso dipped lady fingers and all the cocoa powder on top! 

Chocolate Brownie Pudding from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Chocolate Brownie Pudding

Chocolate lovers - this one is for you and it will NOT let you down! Chocolate Brownie Pudding is literally what your dreams are made of! Perhaps the MOST decadent of all the Christmas desserts!

Puff Pastry Apple Galette from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Puff Pastry Apple Galette

Truly a show stopper! I mean, if this isn’t the most gorgeous apple dessert you’ve ever seen, I don’t know what else is! This is one of my favs and don't forget the vanilla ice cream.

An overhead shot of 16 square Christmas MM Cookie Bars

Is there anything better than a soft cookie in bar form? Where the edges are just lightly golden brown and a tad bit crunchy… and the inside is gooey and soft and melts in your mouth? This is one of my favorite Christmas desserts to feed a crowd.

Apple and Pumpkin Desserts

An overhead shot of apple crisp in a green braiser with three scoops of vanilla ice cream on top and a gold serving spoon resting in the bottom right of the braiser. The braiser is on a orange blue and green striped kitchen towel and there is a speckled ceramic bowl of apple crisp and ice cream in the bottom right corner.

Mom’s Famous Apple Crisp

If you told me I could only have 1 dessert for the rest of my life - this would be it! My mom's famous apple crisp recipe is loaded with baked sliced apples and a crispy oat based topping that you'll love! Bonus points for ice cream.

Caramel Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel

I live for a cheesecake bar, and have you ever heard of a more incredible combo! It’s creamy and sweet and tart and crunchy and then it’s drizzled with salted caramel sauce. Christmas dessert is officially handled!

Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Make this the day beforehand and then put a cake lid over it and leave it on the counter. As a rule of thumb, cake should alway be kept at room temp otherwise it dries out.

Cheesecake & Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow Meringue from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow Meringue

And pro tip, if you don't have a kitchen torch, you can toast the meringue under the broiler but KEEP YOUR EYES on it so it doesnt burn.

S’more Pudding Pie

A chocolate lovers dream. Graham cracker crust + chocolate pudding + marshmallow meringue.

Salted Chocolate Tart with Kettle Chip Crust from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Salted Chocolate Tart with Kettle Chip Crust

Chocolate and salt. It’s epic. Now imagine chocolate, salt and a little bit of extra pizzazz from a potato chip. I mean, what more could you POSSIBLY ask for in life besides a Salted Chocolate Tart with a Potato Chip Crust?!?!

Chocolate Desserts

S’more Butterscotch Caramel Dump Cake from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

S’more Butterscotch Caramel Dump Cake

Brace yourselves... S’more Butterscotch Caramel Dump Cake is coming your way and OMG it is a problem. This decadent treat is enough to satisfy ANY intense sweet tooth. 

Coconut Chocolate Chip Baklava from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Coconut Chocolate Baklava

Coconut Chocolate Baklava is truly what dreams are made of. It's one of those decadent Christmas desserts that serves a LARGE crowd. The flaky layers of dough mixed with butter, coconut, mini chocolate chips and walnuts makes the perfect dessert. There's a vanilla infused syrup doused on top is the icing on the cake. LITERALLY.

Death By Chocolate

Another one for all my fellow chocolate lovers out there! Layers of homemade brownies doused in Kahlua layered with freshly whipped cream and the most glorious chocolate pudding recipe on the planet makes for my kinda treat. 

Christmas Desserts: Classic Italian Tiramisu

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
This Classic Italian Tiramisu is seriously one of the easiest desserts to make for Christmas! It's picture perfect with a sweet mascarpone filling, espresso dipped lady fingers and all the cocoa powder on top!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 people


  • ¼ cup Dutch Processed cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup brewed espresso (optional to add a few tablespoons of dark rum)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large egg yolks, cold (I use pasteurized eggs)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 8-ounce tubs mascarpone cheese, chilled
  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 2-3 dozen hard ladyfinger cookies


  • Whisk together the cocoa powder, espresso and vanilla in a bowl and set aside
  • In a mixer or using a hand mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick, about 5 minutes. Add in the salt, mascarpone cheese and continue to whip until smooth. Add the chilled cream and continue to whip, until light, creamy, smooth and can hold a soft peak.
  • Dunk each ladyfinger in the espresso mixture to absorb the liquid and start to line a 7x11 oval baking dish with the cookies. Top the first layer of cookies with ½ of the whipped mascarpone mixture and use the back of a metal spoon to spread it into an even layer. Dust with cocoa powder. Repeat for another layer and then finish by dusting with cocoa powder on top. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.


Dunking the ladyfingers is an art form - you need enough to get a good flavor and texture, but you don't want them to fall apart. Just a quick dunk will do - nothing more than 1-2 seconds! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 243mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1517IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Hey Gaby,

    I tried your Molten Chocolate Truffle Cakes recipe on the eve of Christmas and my whole family liked it very much.

  2. Gaby,
    I can’t remember where I saw the recipe for you leek pizza I have both of your books but the recipe isn’t there. I tried you website to no available. I have signed up for your blog but I am shut out from getting the recipe. Long weekend and would appreciate your helping me get the recipe.

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