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

Christmas dessert recipes

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

14 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
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13 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Try this ultimate make-ahead dessert for Christmas: meringue, white chocolate, cream and cherries are combined to make a luscious centrepiece

1 hr
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Transform the yule log into a magical Christmas dessert using festive spices, a brandy butter filling and chocolate truffle icing for extra indulgence

1 hr and 20 mins
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10 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star 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 hrs
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43 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A fruity pud, served with orange custard cream, makes the perfect end to the traditional Christmas meal

6 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
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4 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Treat grown-up guests to these fabulous brownies inspired by a classic cocktail. They're a decadent ending to any dinner party

50 mins
Easy
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27 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 15 mins
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3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 35 mins
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3 ratings 2.7 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 20 mins
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4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
18 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
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3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 25 mins
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2 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 10 mins
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131 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
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14 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This spectacular Christmas showstopper is covered in crunchy Maltesers and makes for an enticing alternative pudding to end your festive feast

1 hr and 15 mins
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42 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Mary Cadogan’s festive chocolate log will go down a treat with everyone – it's a lighter recipe than most

50 mins
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21 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star 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 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star 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 hr
Easy
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42 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This fabulous Christmas cake can be made and decorated in four very different ways. Just choose your favourite

3 hrs and 20 mins
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1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star 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 hr and 15 mins
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4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 20 mins
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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
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