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Christmas dessert recipes

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

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  • Rocky road cheesecake pudding with sparklers in the top

    Rocky road cheesecake pudding

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.26 ratings

    We've blended two tempting sweet treats – rocky road and cheesecake – to create this irresistible make-ahead dessert.

  • White forest meringue roulade served on a plate and in slices

    White forest meringue roulade

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.20 ratings

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

  • Next level yule log served on a platter

    Next level yule log

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.8 ratings

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

  • Christmas tree-shaped cake topped with meringues and biscuits

    White forest Christmas tree traybake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.11 ratings

    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

  • Christmas pudding with citrus & spice

    Christmas pudding with citrus & spice

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.49 ratings

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

  • Three espresso martini brownies on decorative plates

    Melt-in-the-middle espresso martini brownies

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.7 ratings

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

  • Irish cream tiramisu served in a baking dish

    Irish cream tiramisu

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.38 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

  • Chocolate orange-tini trifle served in a trifle dessert glass

    Chocolate orange-tini trifle

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 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

  • Christmas meringue pies served on plates

    Christmas meringue pies

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.3 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

  • One decorated snowy coconut loaf cake

    Snowy coconut loaf cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.11 ratings

    Have the kids help you make this snowy coconut loaf cake. Decorate with coconut shavings, ‘snowballs’, and anything else you like

  • Mincemeat, cranberry & almond pie cut into slices

    Mincemeat, cranberry & almond pie

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.4 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

  • Layered fruit trifle in a glass bowl

    Classic trifle

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.29 ratings

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

  • Jamaican ginger sponge pudding served on a cake stand

    Jamaican ginger sponge pudding

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.7 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

  • Mince pie on a plate with a forkful taken out

    Mince pies

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.184 ratings

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

  • Retro trifle in dessert glass

    Retro trifle

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.11 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

  • Millionaire’s ice cream bombe

    Millionaire’s ice cream bombe

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.16 ratings

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

  • Yule chocolate log

    Yule chocolate log

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.45 ratings

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

  • Christmas sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce being poured over the top

    Christmas sticky toffee pudding

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.9 ratings

    Switch up your traditional Christmas pudding with this sticky toffee version. It's a great modern twist on the classic festive dessert

  • Rudy the reindeer roulade on some white napkins

    Rudy the reindeer roulade

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Turn a chocolate roulade into Rudy the reindeer! Kids will love helping out making this festive dessert – it's perfect for a Christmas party

  • One speculoos profiterole wreath

    Speculoos profiterole wreath

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Ditch the shop-bought dessert at Christmas for this stunning choux centrepiece. Made with speculoos biscuits, it's topped with luscious salted caramel

  • Mince pie brownies cut into slices

    Mince pie brownies

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.25 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

  • Three giant jam tarts decorated with pastry shapes

    Giant jam tart

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.4 ratings

    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

  • Hot toddy fruitcake

    Hot toddy fruitcake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.47 ratings

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

  • A gold serving board with a pineapple & rum cake

    Pineapple & rum cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    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

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