Profiterole Tower with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

Best ever Christmas puddings and desserts

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Christmas isn't complete without a Christmas pudding, trifle or yule log. We have 45 delicious desserts to make ahead for easy entertaining over the festive season. Prepare to impress your guests!


Check our best Christmas dessert recipes. We’ve got everything from traditional Christmas pudding and Christmas trifle to an indulgent chocolate tart and a classic Christmas yule log.

We also have plenty of Christmas baking ideas to make for your Christmas desserts, including recipes for Christmas cookies.

Try our Christmas desserts recipes and excite your family and friends, or treat your guests to one of our homemade edible gift recipes



  • Our Christmas desserts include festive ingredients such as Baileys, clementine, nutmeg and chocolate

Christmas pavlova meringue tower with black forest

Impress friends and family over the festive season with our stunning black forest meringue tower. This gorgeous Christmas dessert is filled with dark chocolate ganache, boozy cherries and mascarpone cream. Pure indulgence!

Meringue Stack Recipe with Cherries

Sherry trifle cheesecake

Impress guests during the festive season with this nostalgic pud with a modern twist.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe with Sherry

Simple vegan chocolate cheesecake

On the hunt for an easy vegan dessert this Christmas? Make our smooth and creamy vegan cheesecake using a simple, shop-bought ingredient – silken tofu. Choose a good quality dark chocolate for the filling and use Oreos (yes, they're vegan!) for the base.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Christmas cheesecake with clementine and chocolate sauce

Not everyone loves Christmas pudding, but everyone's a fan of cheesecake! This festive take on a lemon cheesecake is sweet yet sharp. Pour the chocolate over just before you take it to the table for a glossy look.

Plenty more chocolate recipes here...

Clementine Cheesecake Recipe

Yule log with Baileys

Need a show-stopping dessert to impress guests over the Christmas period? Check out our indulgent festive yule log with a boozy Baileys cream and crunchy hazelnut brittle.

Festive Yule Log Recipe

Christmas trifle recipe with Baileys

Our stunning Christmas trifle recipe with boozy Baileys, chocolate swiss roll and lightly whipped cream with espresso makes for an impressive centrepiece at your festive feast.

Tiramisu Trifle Recipe with Baileys

No-bake chocolate and PX sherry tart

Christmas puds need lots of chocolate, a healthy amount of alcohol and a lot of cream. Raisiny pedro ximénez sherry adds classic festive flavour to this delicious chocolate tart. It’s also a no-bake recipe so can be whipped up with little effort.

No-Bake Chocolate Tart with PX Sherry

Sticky toffee pudding

Let warming spices and a rich toffee sauce (made with homemade cashew cream) do the talking with this vegan sticky toffee pudding recipe.

Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Christmas pavlova wreath with champagne cream

If you're looking for a beautiful Christmas dessert but want minimal effort, give this cassis meringue wreath a go. Topped with cassis, cherries and mint, it's full of festive colours. It's great to feed a crowd as you can slice it into as many or as few pieces as necessary.

Cassis Meringues Recipe with Champagne Cream

Christmas vegan eton mess

Treat vegan friends over the festive season to our quick and easy eton mess. Who'd have thought aquafaba (the liquid found in a tin of chickpeas) could make such glossy, chewy meringue? Pair it with coconut yogurt and lots of berries for a great vegan mess.

Vegan Eton Mess Recipe

Mint chocolate mousse Christmas desserts

Want to serve individual desserts to your guests this Christmas? Try our creamy chocolate and peppermint pots for an impressive way to finish your dinner party.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Peppermint

Christmas trifle recipe with gingerbread

Add a hit of ginger to your English trifle this Christmas with these gingerbread trees. This creamy trifle with rum cardamom custard is the perfect sweet hit to finish your Christmas Day feast.

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Gingerbread Trifle Recipe with Caramel

Profiterole stack with chocolate and hazelnuts (croquembouche tower)

Want an impressive Christmas dessert to serve family and friends? Check out this show-stopping chocolate and hazelnut profiterole stack. With creamy Nutella filling and crunchy hazelnut brittle, this stunning recipe is the perfect end to a dinner party.

Check out our best choux pastry recipes here...

Profiterole Tower with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

Christmas pandoro semifreddo recipe

Our easy yet standout semifreddo recipe with chocolate and amaretto encased in an Italian pandoro bread and topped with crunchy pistachios is the perfect dessert centre piece at a festive feast.

Chocolate Pistachio Semifreddo Recipe

Custard tart recipe with eggnog

If you love egg custard tarts then you'll love Edd Kimber's Christmas inspired eggnog custard tart. Why not impress your guests with this dessert recipe, it may take a little time to make, but it's definitely worth it.

Eggnog Custard Tart Recipe With Stars On Top

Mulled wine winter individual puddings

Looking for individual desserts that are easy to make? Check out our mini winter puddings with mulled wine for an easy individual Christmas dessert recipe.

Easy Warm Winter Puddings with Mulled Wine

Christmas pudding recipe with sticky toffee sauce

Sticky toffee pudding is a firm favourite with almost everyone. Adding ginger to the sponge adds even more warmth and spice, which everyone enjoys at Christmas time. Plus, the toffee sauce is just as delicious eaten with a spoon on its own! Here are plenty of Christmas pudding recipes to try...

gingerbread pudding with sticky toffee

Christmas baked alaska with raspberry

It might not be snowing outside, but with these edible snow balls it won't matter! Your Christmas guests will be amazed at the raspberry centre when you crack the meringue. They're worth the effort for the 'wows' and 'ooohhhs' alone. Click here for our best ever standout meringue recipes.

raspberry baked alaska

Christmas cheesecake with speculoos

Serve up to 16 guests with this impressive Christmas Day dessert. Our indulgent cheesecake recipe contains crunchy speculoos biscuits, creamy speculoos biscuit spread, and lightly whipped cream. Check out our best cheesecake recipes here.

Speculoos cheesecake

Christmas terrine with caramel and nougat

A Christmas dessert for all your sweet-toothed friends. It's full of cranberries, pistachios and candied peel...all the flavours of Christmas. It can be made in advance so it's one less thing to worry about over the festive season.

Nougat Recipe with Caramel Sauce

Espresso martini tiramisu

Need a showstopping dessert to impress guests over the festive season? Make our creamy tiramisu with espresso, kahlúa and vodka. This boozy dessert is easy to make and will be a real hit with friends and family.

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Espresso Martini Tiramisu Recipe

Sticky ginger Christmas pudding with toffee

Need an individual Christmas dessert recipe? Try our seriously decadent ginger sticky toffee puds, a twist on the classic sticky toffee pudding. A dark, rich toffee dessert spiked with fiery ginger – serve with cream, ice cream or custard for an indulgent dessert. Discover our best individual pudding recipes here.

Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding served on individual small grey plates with pots of cream for pouring

Chocolate and salted caramel ice-cream bombe

Why not make our impressive frozen chocolate and ice cream dessert recipe? This easy chocolate bombe recipe uses chocolate Swiss roll cake and Maltesers for extra indulgence and crunch, an easy Christmas day dessert.

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Ice Cream Chocolate Bomb Recipe With Salted Caramel

Christmas trifle recipe with Amaretti

Want a Christmas trifle recipe with a boozy twist? This indulgent sherry trifle uses Amaretti biscuits for a lovely texture and flavour. It's a perfect way to conclude your Christmas day meal.

We've got plenty of boozy cakes and bakes here too...

Christmas Trifle Recipe

Chocolate fondants recipe with salted caramel

Our most indulgent, most beautiful chocolate fondant yet... just look at it ooze! These chocolate fondants make an impressive Christmas day dessert. You can buy the salted caramel sauce for a quick fix.

Check out our best chocolate pudding recipes here...

Salted Caramel Fondant Recipe with Chocolate

Easy Baileys tiramisu

Got leftover Bailey's from the Christmas festivities? Make this tiramisu recipe with creamy Baileys, soft sponge fingers, strong coffee and sweet almond liqueur... an easy Baileys dessert to indulge in over the festive period.

We have many more Baileys recipes right here...

olive's indulgent Baileys Tiramisu recipe

Spiced rum bamkuchen cake

This rum cake is a show-stopper for Christmas Day. Slice it open to reveal the many layers that will wow your guests. It might take a bit of time to prepare, but it's worth the effort. This cake will store for up to three days in an airtight container, or longer if stored in the fridge.

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Spiced Rum Bamkuchen Cake Recipe - layered german christmas cake covered in chocolate glaze and white chocolate lines

Christmas chocolate cake dessert recipe

This tiramisu bombe is a great combination of desserts. It's a grown up one but is fun to make and delicious to eat. Your guests will love watching it being sliced open to reveal the layers of ice cream.

Check out our best ice cream recipes here.

Boozy Tiramisu Ice Cream Bombe Recipe

Berry crumble pie 

Want a warming pie recipe for your Christmas dessert? Check out Edd Kimber's black and blue crumble pie, with a blackberry and blueberry filling and a cardamom crumble topping.

Want to learn how to make flaky pastry? Click the link to Edd Kimber's foolproof pastry recipe.

Black and Blue Crumble Pie Recipe

Panna cotta recipe with coffee

Check out our recipe for silky smooth espresso panna cotta. This dessert is an ideal way to end your Christmas Day indulgence, it's gluten-free and looks impressive.

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Espresso PannaEspresso Panna Cotta Recipe

Black forest cheesecakes

Cheesecake makes the best Christmas dessert. These black forest cheesecake bombs are fun and original. If you're looking for something different to serve after turkey and roasties, make a few of these. Guests will love the cherry surprise in the centre.

Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

Christmas chocolate pudding with and hazelnut

Chocolate and hazelnut torte is a serious creamy and indulgent treat. Our recipe only takes 30 minutes to whip up and can feed up to 12 people, a great Christmas dessert.

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Rich chocolate and Hazelnut Torte

Christmas trifle with clementine and prosecco

This boozy trifle recipe with clementines is a worthy dessert for all your festive gatherings. Our easy trifle is a great, modern twist on a traditional trifle recipe. Freeze the egg whites until you want to make the prosecco sabayon.

Trifle Recipe with Clementines and Prosecco

Chocolate and orange Christmas pudding pots

These olive oil chocolate pots with orange and sea salt are seriously creamy and indulgent. They're super simple to make and are a great dinner party dessert, perfect for the festive period.

Chocolate Orange Pots Recipe with Sea Salt

White chocolate soufflé with pistachio

Baking your own light-as-air soufflés is not as daunting a challenge as you might think. With our step-by-step guide making soufflés has never been easier. Impress your friends and families this Christmas with our simple white chocolate and pistachio recipe.

Pistachio and white chocolate soufflé

Chocolate terrine with peanut butter and jam

Need a showstopping Christmas pudding? Make this impressive terrine. It's a fun dessert that's layered with jam, chocolate and peanut butter...a real sweet treat that all the family will love.

Chocolate Terrine Recipe with Peanut Butter and Jam

Ginger ice cream bombes

If you're looking for a sophisticated yet fun dessert for Christmas Day, look no further. They use ginger biscuits, stem ginger and crystallised ginger meaning they're warm and spicy. They're quick to make so won't take away from preparing the turkey! Check out our best ginger recipes here.
Ginger Ice Cream Dessert Recipe

Baileys cake roulade recipe with white chocolate

Treat your loved ones to a great Baileys dessert with this luxurious festive bake made with white chocolate and Baileys. It's easy to make and requires very little effort, prepare it next time you host a dinner party.

Discover more roulade recipes here...

White Chocolate Recipe Roulade with Baileys

Christmas chocolate tart recipe with salted caramel

Everyone deserves some luxury at Christmas time and this salted caramel and chocolate tart is the ultimate treat. Children will love it, but with the addition of sea salt flakes, adults will be obsessed with it too!

If you love chocolate, click the link for more chocolate tart recipes...

salted caramel tart

Apple tart recipe with salted butterscotch

This might look like a showstopper but it's incredibly simple to make. It's sweet and buttery... everything that a Christmas dessert should be. It's a big tart so there should be lots of leftovers for Boxing Day.

Salted Butterscotch Apple Tart Recipe

Christmas Chocolate pudding recipe with caramel

If you're not a fan of Christmas pudding but love chocolate, this pudding is the one for you. With Lindt balls hidden in the centre, it'll be a great surprise for guests when you cut into it!

We've got lots more caramel cakes and bakes here...

Chocolate Caramel Lindt Ball Pudding

PX pudding with PX Syrup sauce

If your guests love a classic Christmas, then make their day with this pudding. It's fruity and doused in Pedro Ximénez sherry. A boozy treat for all the adults at the Christmas table.

Raisin and Pedro Ximénez Sherry Recipe

Christmas trifle recipe with ginger

Want to mix up your classic trifle recipe? Add ginger cake for an easy Christmas trifle recipe with a twist. This ginger cake trifle is an easy spiced grown-up dessert ready in 30 minutes.

Check out more of our ginger recipes here...

gingercake trifle

Yule log recipe with chocolate 

Christmas wouldn't be the same without a yule log. This one's a light sponge filled with boozy cream and covered in a rich chocolate buttercream. Make it on Christmas Eve and leave a piece out for Father Christmas and his reindeers...that's if you don't eat it all yourself!

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Yule Log Recipe With Baileys Cream

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