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Round up of Christmas Sweet Treats – Holiday Baking Ideas

The holidays are such a fun time in the kitchen and December is a month full of national food holidays.  There are so many occasions when you can bring out your favorite Christmas sweet treats to share with loved ones to a bit of holiday spirit.

I’ve compiled a list below of some of the best desserts for the holiday season. Whether you like cookies, fudge, cupcakes, or something else, there’s a recipe for you!

Whether it is the dessert table for Christmas day, your annual cookie swap, or a time to bring some treats to your child’s classroom, one of these delicious recipes will be the perfect choice.

Have your kids pick their favorite to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve! Also, make sure to check out our posts with Santa’s address and the official Santa phone number so Santa will get their wishlist.

A collage of fudge, Christmas cookies and cupcakes with a text overlay that says "30 Holiday Sweet Treats".

These are some of my favorite Christmas sweet treat recipes

Who doesn’t love a holiday candy cane?  And it is even more special when you make this traditional shape into a delicious cookie for the holidays.  

These candy cane cookies from Taste of Home will disappear in a flash this year! Not only are they cute, but they’re tasty too!Candy cane cookies in a red serving dish on a white cloth.

Dirt pudding is a fun dessert that is often seen at Halloween. For this recipe, I have adapted it for the Christmas holiday by covering waffle cones in green icing to make trees. 

Check out the Christmas chocolate dirt pudding recipe here.Christmas tree dirt cups with porcelain trees and Christmas decorations.

Hanging a candy cane on the Christmas tree is something that many people do.  Instead, hang these Peppermint Rice Krispie Ball cookies on the edge of a cup of hot cocoa.

They even have their own little peppermint stick handle!  How cute is that?!A plate of peppermint rice krispie ball cookies with candy canes sticking out of them.

These meringue snow flower cookies have a melt in your mouth taste.  The gum drops give them a lovely holiday flare.  Get the recipe here.Meringue snow flower cookies with gumdrop centers.

Everyone loves peanut butter fudge but making it for vegans can present a challenge.  Not with this recipe though. It is rich and creamy and so easy to make.

Vegan peanut butter fudge in a tin on a red and green cloth.

When it snows, the kids will race outdoors to make a snowman. Indoors, wow about treating them to these adorable and delightful melting snowmen cookies?

The kids will not be able to wait to sample these Christmas sweet treats from Kraft Recipes.Melting snowmen cookies with Oreo hats on a red plate.

These festive holiday Kiss cookies are an adaptation of one that my sister used to make for Christmas each year. They are very decorative, so easy to make and very, very, tasty.  Get the recipe here.

A plate and bowl of festive holiday kiss cookies with different color sprinkles on the cookies, and different Hershey's kiss candies inside them.

A Christmas angel is on the top of many Christmas trees.  Let’s bring one to the dessert table with these delightful angel cookies with wings made of small pretzels and wafer cookies for the head.

These cute angel cookies will remind us of the reason for the season.  Get the recipe here.Angel cookies with pretzel wings.

Fresh cranberries, mint leaves and sugar combine to make these delightfully decorated Christmas stocking cookies that are perfect for a cookie swap.Meringue Christmas stocking cookies on a clear glass plate.

Everything about this delicious festive mint cream dessert spells out Christmas.  I’m a big fan of mint desserts, so this one from Taste of Home is a keeper.Mint cream dessert in a pyrex container on a table.

Funfetti cake mix and and Holiday M & Ms combine to make the most delicious Christmas truffles ever!  See how to make these decadent Christmas sweet treats here.Funfetti peppermint Christmas truffles on a plate with loose m&ms in the foreground.

Get out your cookie cutters, some ribbon and a sugar cookie dough.  When you put them all together, you get these edible Christmas cookie ornaments. What fun they are to make!Five Christmas cookie ornaments on a Christmas tree.

All you need to make these super easy Gingerbread Christmas tree bars are a packaged cake mix, a bit of frosting and some M & Ms.  Get the recipe here.M&M gingerbread tree bars from on a plate with a text overlay.

More Christmas sweet treats

Need some more holiday ideas? Try one of these Christmas sweet treats:

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