Chocolate dome with cheesecake and rocky road centre, topped with sparklers

Festive dessert recipes

82 Recipes

Try our selection of traditional and alternative sweet treats for the festive season. We've got Christmas pudding, mince pies, trifle, cheesecake and more.

Rocky road cheesecake pudding

4.833335

(12 ratings)

We've blended two tempting sweet treats – rocky road and cheesecake – to create this irresistible make-ahead dessert, perfect for festive entertaining...
  • 50 mins
  • More effort

White forest meringue roulade

5

(5 ratings)

Try this ultimate make-ahead dessert for Christmas: meringue, white chocolate, cream and cherries are combined to make a luscious centrepiece
  • 1 hour
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Next level yule log

0

(0 ratings)

Transform the yule log into a magical Christmas dessert using festive spices, a brandy butter filling and chocolate truffle icing for extra indulgence
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • More effort

White forest Christmas tree traybake

5

(1 rating)

Get ahead at Christmas with this showstopping cake boasting white chocolate, cherries and festive spice. You can bake the sponges, meringues and biscuits the day before assembling
  • 5 hours
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Irish cream tiramisu

3.882355

(17 ratings)

You can make this no-cook tiramisu ahead to save on time when hosting a party. Made with Irish cream liqueur, it's a truly grown-up dessert...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chocolate orange-tini trifle

0

(0 ratings)

Cross a Mississippi mud pie with a marmalade martini and the result is this grown-up Christmas trifle. It makes a wonderful indulgent end to a festive menu
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Christmas meringue pies

0

(0 ratings)

Whip up these mini meringue pies for a buffet. To make one large tart instead, simply use a 20cm tart tin and follow the same method
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Winter berry & white chocolate pots

0

(0 ratings)

Make these pretty pots ahead of time for a stress-free dessert at Christmas. You can keep them in the fridge for up to three days before serving
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Mincemeat, cranberry & almond pie

3.666665

(3 ratings)

Make this festive mincemeat, cranberry & almond pie as a warming winter treat for all the family. It contains just five ingredients and is easy to make
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Classic trifle

4.5

(16 ratings)

Christmas celebrations are not complete without a trifle and this recipe is guaranteed to be the crown jewels of the table
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Jamaican ginger sponge pudding

0

(0 ratings)

Enjoy this decadent, sticky ginger sponge as an alternative to Christmas pudding. Top with a luscious rum caramel and serve with a dollop of cream to make it extra special
  • 3 hours and 25 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Coconut custard tart with roasted pineapple

0

(0 ratings)

This custard tart has a tropical twist with sunny Caribbean flavours. Bake it for your next dinner party and we guarantee your guests will go back for a second helping!
  • 2 hours and 10 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Mince pies

4.62264

(106 ratings)

Paul Hollywood prefers melt-in-the-mouth pastry for his fruity mince pies, so this recipe is nice and short
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Retro trifle

0

(0 ratings)

Take trifle to the next level for the festive season. Make the jelly with raspberries and enrich the custard with clotted cream for ultra indulgence
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Millionaire’s ice cream bombe

4.8

(10 ratings)

This spectacular Christmas showstopper is covered in crunchy Maltesers and makes for an enticing alternative pudding to end your festive feast
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Yule chocolate log

4.48718

(39 ratings)

Mary Cadogan’s festive chocolate log will go down a treat with everyone - it's a lighter recipe than most
  • 50 mins
  • More effort

Mince pie brownies

3.8125

(16 ratings)

Combine two favourites in this clever mash-up of brownies and mince pies. These sweet treats will prove a big hit throughout the festive season
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Giant jam tart

1

(1 rating)

This giant jam tart will go down a storm at a party. They're so easy to make, you can bake serveral at once, and get the kids to help you decorate them...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Hot toddy fruitcake

4.85

(40 ratings)

This fabulous Christmas cake can be made and decorated in four very different ways. Just choose your favourite
  • 3 hours and 20 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Pineapple & rum cake

4

(1 rating)

Bake this cake as a centrepiece dessert when entertaining. It's sure to go down a storm with its stunning pineapple design and sunny Caribbean flavours...
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • A challenge
  • Vegetarian

Mulled wine brownie surprise

5

(4 ratings)

Think brownies aren’t fancy enough for a Christmas party? How about a mulled wine version served under a chocolate dome for a fun and festive dessert...
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • More effort

Christmas salted caramel yule log

5

(1 rating)

Treat your Christmas party guests to a salted caramel yule log, or bûche de Noël, decorated with redcurrants. It makes a great centrepiece dessert
  • 50 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Salted caramel chocolate torte

4.451615

(124 ratings)

Indulge guests at your next party with this impressive dessert. A touch of salt really sets off the caramel and dark chocolate
  • 2 hours
  • Easy

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