11 Foolproof Christmas Recipes for Desserts and Treats

Make Christmas Extra-Special

Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies. Linda Larsen

Christmas is the perfect time of year to pull out old family recipes and create a few tasty traditions of your own. As you make and taste each recipe, be sure to note any special personal touches you've added, and keep the recipes in a special notebook to pass on to future generations.

This collection of recipes are fun extras for special treats, Christmas Eve, or gifts for people who deserve something homemade and delicious.

If you enjoy them, be sure to add them to your special collection!

Christmas Cookies and Desserts

Looking for something a little different this year? Instead of pumpkin and apple pie, try making a couple of these very special desserts.

  • Peanut Blossoms
    These tender and rich little cookies just melt in your mouth. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is always wonderful.
  • Crisp Chocolate Caramel Bars
    This bar cookie is really special. A tender butter cookie base is topped with melted caramel, then frosted with a crisp and creamy chocolate topping.
  • Oatmeal Carmelitas
    The best favorite bar cookies ever! Caramel, chocolate, and buttery oatmeal cookie crumbs combine to make a fabulous treat.
  • Best Pecan Pie
    Have you ever sliced into a pecan pie and had the filling run all over the plate? This pie cuts perfectly into triangles every time, and it tastes even better than it looks.

Special Appetizers

Sure, you can put out cheese and crackers or crudites.

But why not make something different to impress your guests and tickle your taste buds? These do take a little extra work, but they're worth it!

  • Smoked Salmon Pizza
    Smoked salmon is a real splurge for me. This simple pizza is so rich, creamy, and delicious; it's the perfect appetizer for any party.
  • Pesto Torte
    This elegant and rich appetizer even comes in holiday colors! Make your own pesto, or use purchased pesto in this wonderful recipe.

    Unique Treats

    For many people, nothing says "you're special" like a tin of homemade Christmas treats. While chocolate chip cookies and gingerbread men are always welcome, your friends and family may get a kick out these unique treats. You can make just a few for your Christmas guests, or make them in bulk for friends at work or school.

    • Million Dollar Fudge
    • This fudge, which weighs about 6 pounds per pan, is absolutely wonderful; rich, creamy, and chocolatey with a perfect bite.
    • Cocoa Divinity
      Divinity is rather difficult to make, but with a stand mixer and this recipe, you will have success. It melts in your mouth, and the light cocoa flavor is perfect.
    • Swedish Tea Log
      Serve this perfect sweet coffee cake for any holiday breakfast or brunch.
    • Mini Pecan Tartlets
    • These tiny little tarts are like miniature bites of pecan pie. And the chocolate topping makes them very fancy.
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons
      Homemade candy is a sure-fire winner at Christmas time. Peanut butter, dates, and chopped nuts are coated in rich chocolate for a fabulous treat.