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

Festive dessert recipes

73 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

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(0 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

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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

Irish cream tiramisu

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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

Classic trifle

4.384615

(13 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

Coconut custard tart with roasted pineapple

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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

4.554215

(83 ratings)

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

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

4.558825

(34 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

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(1 rating)

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

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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

4.83784

(37 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

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(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

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(3 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

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(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

4.495575

(113 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

Mince pie baklava

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(1 rating)

When a mince pie meets baklava, it’s a match made in Christmas heaven. Serve warm with ice cream for dessert, or cut into smaller bites to enjoy with coffee...
  • 1 hour and 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Black Forest loaf cake

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Make this black forest cake ahead if you’re expecting lots of guests this Christmas. It can be frozen, un-iced, then defrosted when you need it and decorated on the day...
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Layered lime cheesecake

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(15 ratings)

Make this stunning layered, citrussy dessert ahead of time if you're entertaining. It's a crowd-pleaser that's part key lime pie, part cheesecake, part trifle...
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Sour cherry & marzipan chrysanthemum pastry

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(1 rating)

Serve this stunning cherry and marzipan dessert warm with clotted cream or crème fraîche. Any leftovers can be reheated as a breakfast pastry
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Christmas pudding cheesecake

4.75

(16 ratings)

Cross a Christmas pudding with a cheesecake and what do you get? A fantastic alternative festive dessert with a crunchy ginger base and creamy filling
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Sticky toffee pear pudding

5

(11 ratings)

A lighter version of sticky toffee pudding, rich with dates and spices, and the juicy texture of poached pears, this vegan dessert is sure to please a crowd
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Boozy brownie trifle

4.555555

(9 ratings)

A naughty chocolate version of a traditional trifle, and so easy to make.
  • Easy

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