Christmas dessert recipes for an impressive finale, including orange and cranberry cheesecake, chocolate and Florentine torte and mulled berry tart
Make an impressive Christmas dessert recipe that will make a show-stopping end to your Christmas dinner, from a no bake nougat cheesecake that takes just 20 minutes to prepare to a chocolate Florentine torte.
But when it comes to dessert, how can you please everyone – even those that don’t like Christmas pudding? Thankfully, we’ve got a huge selection of festive dessert recipes to choose from that will wow family and friends! Bring a smile to the faces of your guests this Christmas with one of our delicious desserts. Choose from individual servings of panna cotta, syllabub, or parfaits, or for a large cake or roulade you can cut into at the table in front of everyone. Whatever your preferred dessert, we’ve got a pudding to please even the fussiest of eaters.
You might like to prepare something that is full of festive flavours, for example, rich coffee, chocolate, mascarpone, cherry, ginger, amaretto or you might prefer to dish up something lighter to finish off a heavy meal. We have fruitier recipes in the form of roulades and cheesecakes, as well as rich chocolate tortes and caramel tarts. There is something for all tastes.
Christmas bauble ice cream sandwiches (pictured) are a really speedy pud that’s so festive and the perfect after-dinner treat at Christmas. You can bake the biscuits beforehand and simply sandwich them together with ice cream right before serving, so they’re so low-hassle you can make them in minutes!
In fact, most of these recipes are so quick and easy to make that you could make a couple of them if you’re expecting a big crowd for Christmas and offer guests a choice. They will be floored by not only how stunning they look, but also how delicious they are and won’t believe you’ve had time to make more than one.
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This lemon meringue arctic pie is a really modern take on a retro dessert. It’s easy to make and really zingy, making it the perfect dessert to enjoy after a heavy meal – especially around Christmas! Not everyone likes a rich fruit cake, so this makes a lovely alternative showstopper that’s really elegant and a delight to eat!
Make the most of seasonal cranberries with this mulled berry snowflake tart, which is delicious served with cream.
Make this stunning chocolate and chestnut Christmas log (pictured), which has rich festive flavours but also makes a chocolate dessert that everyone will love. It’s covered in a light dusting of edible glitter too, which makes it extra-special.
This stunning chocolate, hazelnut and salted caramel cake is a real Christmas showstopper, but it’s easier than you think to get that smooth frosting and gorgeous drizzle effect.
This stunning white chocolate cheesecake will have everyone in awe, but this no bake recipe is actually very easy to make and is ready in 30 minutes.
See the white chocolate cheesecake recipe.
This stunning salted caramel wreath cake looks so impressive, but is actually very simple to make and ready in one hour. The chocolate and salty-sweet caramel were made to go together.
See the salted caramel wreath cake recipe.
This show-stopping nougat cheesecake would make an impressive Christmas dessert and you wont believe it but it only takes 20 minutes to prepare, with no baking required. With a low-fuss dessert like this, you will have plenty of time to get on with the multitude of other tasks you’ll have to take care of when making Christmas lunch.
An impressive boozy orange and Grand Marnier trifle recipe with the x-factor, using all butter Madeleine sponges instead of trifle sponges. You can make the trifle the day before, but decorate before serving – it will hold well, decorated, for three hours.
We’d happily eat this all year round if it wasn’t so decadent. This caramel cheesecake recipe is one of the best.
Make the meringue ahead, but assemble with pistachios, raspberries and cream just before serving. It’s makes a light dessert, but very glam.
Ginger and amaretto panna cotta recipe is spiced with a warming ginger and splash of booze. The combination of the two makes for a lovely Christmas dessert.
This easy festive dessert uses just 3 ingredients for a no-fuss sweet that’s ready in 30 minutes, and lighter than a Christmas pudding or cake.
The Queen of Baking herself, Mary Berry, has shared her pineapple and ginger pavlova herself. The winter flavours go so well together and would make a fabulous Christmas dessert.
This stunning layer cake brings together two flavours that go so well together and makes a fantastic alternative to Christmas cake, but keeps the festive flavours.
This gorgeous red velvet roulade takes red velvet car to a whole new level and is the perfect show-stopper for the Christmas table, covered in white chocolate, white chocolate curls and gold edible glitter.
Show off a stunning chocolate torte topped with broken Florentines and dusted with icing sugar – plus, it can be gluten free if you need it to be.
This easy trifle recipe replaces custard with chocolate mousse, brownie bites and black cherries in kirsch for a chocoholic’s take on Christmas trifle.
All the classic flavours of the famous German sweet bread in one luscious stollen parfait recipe, just for you!
Dark and rich chocolate torte is more of a dessert than a cake. It’s flourless, so it’s like a baked chocolate mousse poured with glossy chocolate ganache and chocolate curls.
We’ve reinvented the iconic chocolate bar as a smart and glossy dessert with a crispy, sticky base, nougat filling and shiny chocolate top. It’s topped with gold leaf for an extra special finish.
Make a seasonal cheesecake that everyone will love. This orange and cranberry cheesecake is so easy to make and can be prepared two days in advance so you can relax on the day.
This nut meringue cake with Baileys cream recipe is the ideal dish to follow a big roast dinner. It’s light, fluffy and really tasty and makes use of our favourite creamy liqueur in a really smart dessert.
A sophisticated Christmas chocolate torte recipe that brings together festive flavours of chocolate, orange and hazelnuts is perfect for the festive period.
Lime syllabub can be made ahead and is so easy to assemble using just a handful of ingredients. It’s ready in just 30 minutes.
See the lime syllabub recipe.
Perfect if you’ve got gluten free or dairy free guests, as this chocolate orange cake is suitable for both! But no one will even know the difference.
A thin slice of this decadent coffee, chocolate and mascarpone torte will be enough to round off Christmas dinner.
This simple panna cotta gets a Christmas touch with port jelly and is so easy to make. It’s ready in 30 minutes!
Indulge in double the helping of chocolate with this the cherry chocolate mousse cake recipe. A more exciting twist on a classic black forest gateaux, this cake is light, fluffy and irresistible.
This impressive meringue roulade with orange and passion fruit has a lovely balance of sweet and sharp, with a mallowy wrap.
Salted caramel, chocolate and biscuit ice creams come together in this decadent millionaire’s ice cream recipe that you can make without an ice cream machine.
A totally show-off centrepiece that’s actually super easy to make and decorate, this sticky ginger and treacle cake with rum and pecan praline recipe will wow your guests.
Rich and nutty, this sophisticated chocolate and caramel tart recipe makes a show-off Christmas dessert.
This squidgy meringue blackberry roulade recipe will bring the whole family together for seconds! Plus it’s just as easy to make with frozen berries if you can’t find fresh ones at the supermarket.
This boozy tiramisu recipe has a rich and satisfying hit of coffee, cream and liqueur. This is a real grown-up pud, so if you’re feeding kids, make sure you’ve got something else lined up for them!
The richness of marzipan and just a touch of amaretto in the zingy lemon drizzle take this lemon and marzipan drizzle cake recipe from simple to something really extra special.
This chocolate and salted caramel canapés recipe are incredibly moreish – don’t say we didn’t warn you! A sneaky tip is to use Carnation’s caramel-flavoured condensed milk which saves bags of time rather than boiling the cans.
Men love meringues, so we had to include this simple clementine meringue recipe idea with Christmas clementines.
This surprisingly light marsala and mascarpone syllabub recipe is great if you’ve overdone it during your meal. The smaller portions also help keep an eye on your waistline.
Looking for something different? This macadamia praline and Frangelico parfait recipe is just perfect.
Pecan and maple meringue roulade recipe is light as air and the perfect festive dessert.
Peach panettone trifle recipe is a new take on your standard trifle. It has fruity peaches with a rich panettone for a true dessert heaven.
Our black forest trifle recipe includes Greek yoghurt for a twist on a traditional Christmas classic.
An indulgent pudding that doesn’t hold back on flavour, but is light enough to enjoy after a heavy Christmas meal. This chocolate and coffee roulade recipe will have everyone asking for seconds.
This is a really flexible spiced winter fruit compote recipe, great for a holiday brunch or a healthy-ish dessert when you can’t face another piece of Christmas cake!