7 No Sweat Easy Christmas Desserts

easy christmas desserts

Dessert does not have to be complicated. Whether you want to wow your guests or just want a sweet treat for yourself, these easy Christmas desserts are the way to go.

 

Tasty Yet Easy Christmas Desserts to Munch On

Christmas can be a hectic time. People are busy in the kitchen preparing the perfect Christmas dinner or getting ready for a Christmas party. One of the highlights of any Christmas gathering, though, is dessert. Nothing says holiday cheer like a sugary sweet treat. But, if you’re out of time or just don’t want hours in the kitchen, here are some easy recipes for desserts for Christmas.

 

1. Milk N’ Cookies Icebox Cake

This icebox cake is one of the best holiday desserts you can make with only four ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 packs chocolate chip cookies, crushed
  • 1 block (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Place the crushed chocolate chip cookies in a large liquid measuring cup. Set some aside for garnish at the end. Pour heavy cream into the measuring cup and let it sit for 10 minutes to let the cream absorb the flavor of the cookies.
  2. Strain the heavy cream into a large bowl. Discard the crushed chocolate chip cookies.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese using an electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and beat again until it reaches a smooth consistency. Pour the cookie-infused heavy cream. Beat again to soft peaks.
  4. On a cake plate, spread a thin layer of whipped cream. Place 8 cookies in a circle, arranging 3 cookies at the center. Spread another layer of whipped cream on top of the arranged cookies. On top of that, place another layer of cookies, alternating in between the spaces. Repeat this step until you reach six layers, with whipped cream on top.
  5. Garnish with crushed cookies. Using plastic wrap, wrap the cake loosely and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours or until very soft.

 

2. Cheesecake in a Jar

For cute and quick Christmas dessert ideas, this cheesecake in a jar is a definite crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients:

  • 6 pecan shortbread cookies, finely crushed
  • Cheesecake in a Jar | holiday desserts2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 6 (1/2 pint) canning jars with lids
  • 12 oz sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped

 

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, 2 tbsp of sugar, and butter. Transfer the cookie mixture into the jars, dividing evenly. Gently press them into the bottoms, careful not to pack them tight.
  2. Cut six strawberries in half. Set aside. Then chop the remaining strawberries.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice. Beat with a handheld mixer until smooth. Add the whipped cream and chopped strawberries into the bowl and fold them together.
  4. Transfer the cream cheese mixture into the jars, dividing evenly. Garnish each jar with the halved strawberries before covering them with lids.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

 

3. Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark is one of the quintessential holiday treats. They’re perfect for dessert but can also be eaten as a sweet snack.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 12 oz white chocolate, chopped
  • 8 candy canes, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

 

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, pour 3 inches of water. Bring the water to a simmer and lower the heat. Place a large heatproof bowl over the top of the pot so that it stays put on the rims of the pot. Add the semi-sweet chocolate and heat until melted, stirring regularly.
  3. Pour the peppermint extract into the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Then, pour the chocolate mixture onto the baking sheet. Using an offset spatula, spread the chocolate so that it forms an even layer. Place in the refrigerator to set.
  4. Place another large heatproof bowl over the simmering pot of water. Add the white chocolate and heat until melted, stirring regularly. Take out the set semi-sweet chocolate from the fridge. Pour the melted white chocolate over that and garnish with candy canes while still wet. Place in the refrigerator to set again before breaking into bark pieces.

 

4. Thin Mint Cookies

In need of Christmas baking ideas? These thin mint cookies wi

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Thin Mint Cookies | christmas dessert ideas1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp mint extract
  • 3 (1 oz) squares semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter

 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter until fluffy. Add the sugar and beat again until combined well. Add the egg and mint extract and beat again.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, and salt. Add half of the sifted flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat to combine. Then, add the other half and beat again.
  3. Divide the dough in half and roll each one into a 1 1/2-inch cylinder. Wrap each cylinder in waxed paper and place it in the refrigerator for 5 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Place the dough cylinders in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then, working one cylinder at a time, cut them into 1/4-inch pieces. Place each cut cookie piece on a lined baking sheet, spacing them 1 1/2 inches apart.
  6. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. In a bowl, melt the chocolate and 1/4 cup of butter in the microwave or over a double boiler. Drizzle the chocolate over the freshly baked cookies. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

5. Oreo Truffles

When talking about easy Christmas desserts recipes, you can’t go wrong with these Oreo truffles.

Ingredients:

  • Oreo Truffles | desserts for christmas1 pack (14 oz) Oreos, finely crushed
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. Set aside 2 tbsp of crushed cookies. Add the rest to a bowl with cream cheese and vanilla. Mix until combined well.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form the cream cheese mixture into small balls (you can do this with an ice cream scoop or two teaspoons). Place each ball on the baking sheet. Once done, place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Place the white chocolate and coconut oil into a bowl. Microwave for a minute and stir. If not yet melted, microwave again for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until fully melted.
  4. Take the frozen Oreo balls from the freezer and dip each one into the bowl of melted chocolate. Coat evenly and return to the baking sheet. Drizzle with melted semi-sweet chocolate before placing back into the freezer for 15 minutes.

 

6. Mini Strawberry Santas

If you want easy desserts for Christmas, these mini strawberry Santas are too cute to eat.

Mini Strawberry Santas | christmas desserts recipesIngredients:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • A pint of fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chocolate sprinkles

 

Directions:

  1. Hull each strawberry, then cut the wider side of the strawberries so that they have a flat side to stand on. Cut the tip off the strawberries. These will serve as Santa’s hat. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cream and sugar. Beat until soft peaks form.
  3. Scoop a dollop of whipped cream and place it on top of each strawberry base. Top with the sliced strawberry tops (hats). Using a toothpick, add a dot of whipped cream on top of the hat. This serves as the pom-pom tip of Santa’s hat. Using the same toothpick, add two dots to the strawberry base. These are the buttons. Take two sprinkles and place them on the whipped cream dollop (Santa’s face). These are Santa’s eyes.

 

7. Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

The best Christmas sweets are mint-flavored. If you want a mint fix, this mint choco chip pie will surely do the trick.

Ingredients:

  • For the crust:
    • 24 Oreos, coarsely crushed
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • For the filling:
    • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
    • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for garnish
    • 1 cup Andes mints, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
    • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
    • Green gel food coloring
    • Melted chocolate, for drizzling

 

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, blend together the Oreo cookie crumbs and the butter. Pour out the crumb mixture into the bottom of a pie dish. Press until an even layer forms. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a bowl, beat the heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese for 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and food coloring and mix well. Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts and mix again.
  4. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Add the chocolate chips and Andes mints and fold again until combined.
  5. Remove the prepared pie crust from the refrigerator. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the crust and top with chocolate chips and Andes mints. Drizzle with melted chocolate before placing back into the refrigerator for 5 to 6 hours.

 

Have a Sweet Holiday

Christmas is coming. And, for a lot of people, that means gathering with friends and family and breaking bread together. Every Christmas dinner, though, needs a good dessert to cap off the meal. And these easy Christmas desserts are both delectable and simple to make.

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