Profiterole Tower with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

Best ever Christmas desserts

Christmas isn't complete without a Christmas pudding, trifle or yule log. We have 43 delicious desserts to make ahead for easy entertaining over the festive season. Impress your guests this Christmas with one of our standout Christmas puddings

Check our 42 best Christmas dessert recipes, plus Christmas pudding recipes too. 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…

Espresso martini tiramisu 

Need a showstopping dessert? Make our creamy tiramisu with espresso, kahlúa and vodka. This indulgent recipe is easy to make and will be a hit with the whole family.

Espresso Martini Tiramisu Recipe

Ginger sticky toffee pudding

Check out these seriously decadent ginger sticky toffee puddings. A dark, rich toffee dessert spiked with fiery ginger – serve with cream, ice cream or custard for an indulgent dessert.

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

Gingerbread, caramel and pear trifle

Trifle is such a classic Christmas dessert. Check out our super festive and indulgent trifle recipe from Edd Kimber, with rum cardamom custard, gingerbread Christmas trees and caramel cream.

Trifle Recipe with Gingerbread, Caramel and Pear

Cassis meringues with champagne cream

If you’re looking for a show-stopping 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.

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cassis meringues

Profiterole stack with chocolate and hazelnuts

Looking for 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.

Profiterole Tower with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

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 Amaretti trifle

Is this the queen of Christmas desserts? Trifle is a classic Christmas Day pudding, but if you fancy mixing it up a bit, why not make this boozy version? It’s got everything: nuts, fruit and cream. It’s perfect for feeding a hungry crowd.

Amaretti triffle

Clementine cheesecake with shiny 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, your guests won’t be able to wait to tuck in!

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Orange Cheesecake Recipe with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Eggnog custard tart

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.

Custard Tart Recipe with Eggnog

Salted caramel chocolate fondants

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.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Fondant Recipe

Baileys tiramisu

Christmas isn’t Christmas without Baileys Irish cream. It’s hard to beat a tiramisu at Christmas time, especially one made with Baileys. It’s the ultimate indulgent dessert: creamy, chocolatey and boozy…what’s not to love?

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Baileys Tiramisu in a dish with a slice cut out

Spiced rum bamkuchen

Bring this to the Christmas table and your guests will be staring in amazement. Covered in rich chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate it’s ultimate indulgence. This one might take a bit of time but it’s worth the effort.

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

Gingerbread pudding 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!

gingerbreak pudding with sticky toffee

Pandoro french toast with blueberry and sage compote

Try this quick and easy, buttery Italian-style french toast. This alternative french toast uses pandoro (similar to panettone) for a more decadent breakfast recipe, perfect for Christmas day morning.

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French Toast Recipe with Blueberry Compote

Boozy tiramisu bomb

This tiramisu bomb 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.

Boozy Tiramisu Ice Cream Bombe Recipe

Black and blue 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.

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Black and Blue Crumble Pie Recipe

Caffè latte panna cotta with espresso syrup

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

Churros with salted caramel chocolate sauce

Check out these sugary gooey churros, with a super decadent salted caramel chocolate sauce, these sweet treats are pure indulgence. These crispy churros make for a fun Christmas day sweet treat.

Gooey pot of salted caramel chocolate sauce with crunchy, sugary churros

Raspberry jam steamed sponge and custard

This simple sponge pudding makes for a classic dessert for your Christmas festive spread. Our easy raspberry jam steamed sponge and custard dessert comes from Terry Blake of Sparrow. This jammy pudding is a real winter winner for all the family to enjoy.

Raspberry jam steamed sponge pudding and custard served in a blue and white round bowl

Black forest cheesecake bombs

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 cheescake bombs

Old-school apple crumble

This really easy old-school apple crumble is a firm family favourite and you won’t go wrong with this foolproof recipe. So why not serve this classic British dessert for your guests this Christmas?

Apple Crumble Recipe

Nougat terrine with caramel

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

Raspberry and Aperol Baked Alaska

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.

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raspberry baked alaska

Rich chocolate and hazelnut torte

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

Clementine and prosecco trifle

If you’re a fan of fruity desserts, this clementine and prosecco trifle might be the one for you. Why not make a few trifles and let your guests dig in….hopefully they’ll be enough left for you too!

clemantine and prosecco trifle

Olive oil chocolate pots with orange and sea salt

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.

Olive Oil Chocolate Pots With Orange and Sea Salt Recipe

 Pistachio and white chocolate soufflé

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, peanut butter and jam terrine

This Hannah Miles recipe will be loved by children and adults alike! 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, Peanut Butter And Jam Terrine Recipe

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!
Ginger ice cream bombs

White chocolate roulade with Baileys

White chocolate roulade with Baileys is an indulgent dessert for Christmas Day. Despite its impressive appearance, it’s quite easy to make so you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. If it goes down well you could make it for New Year’s Eve, too.

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White Chocolate Recipe Roulade with Baileys

Whisky and rye salted caramel apple pie

Try Edd Kimber’s indulgent whisky and rye salted caramel apple pie. This apple pie recipe is a great twist on the classic. Whisky is added to the thick and crunchy pastry, and caramel added to the apple filling for a more decadent and grown up taste to bring to your Christmas day feast.

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Whisky and rye salted caramel apple pie recipe

Salted caramel panna cotta

If you’re looking for a more low-key dessert this Christmas, try these salted caramel panna cottas. They’re indulgent yet light, so won’t make you feel too full after all those pigs in blankets.

Salted caramel panna cotta

Salted caramel and chocolate tart

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!

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salted caramel tart

Salted butterscotch apple tart

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

 Chocolate caramel pudding

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!

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Chocolate Caramel Lindt Ball Pudding

 Raisin and PX puddings 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

Gingercake trifle

There’s a reason there are three trifles on our list, it’s a Christmas classic that’s hard to beat. Using ginger cake gives this trifle a warm flavour and pineapple gives it an exotic edge….close your eyes and you’ll be in the Caribbean!

gingercake trifle

 Tarte au chocolat

This showstopper chocolate tart looks like a winter snow scene. With a buttery case, a rich thick filling and shavings of chocolate, your guests will leave not needing to eat for another few days!

Tarte Au Chocolat Recipe

Christmas pudding

Sometimes, all everyone wants is a classic Christmas pudding. It’s spicy, sweet and a little bit boozy. The best bit about Christmas pudding is it’s made months in advance, so it’s one less thing to worry about during the Christmas Day rush!

Christmas Pudding Recipe

Gingerbread and white chocolate mousse

If you’ve got lots of children coming over during the Christmas period, a gingerbread and white chocolate mousse would be a great hit. Serving them with mini gingerbread men is fun and original. They’re creamy and spicy…a great combination.

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Easy Gingerbread Recipe with White Chocolate

Black forest cheesecake

If you love cheesecake and chocolate then there’s nothing you won’t love about this dessert. Its a chocolate overload with chocolate chip cookies for the base, a chocolatey centre and a chocolate collar too. It’s a real showstopper to finish the Christmas meal with.

Black Forest Easy Cheesecake Recipe

Raspberry bakewell roulade

If you’re a bakewell tart lover, but fancy a change this Christmas, why not make this raspberry bakewell roulade? It’s both fruity and nutty so it will keep all your guests happy. Drizzle with white icing and sprinkle with flaked almonds for a rustic look.

Raspberry Roulade Recipe

Posh yule log

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