Christmas Dessert Ideas - Suggestions and Recipes for Delicious Sweet Treats

Are you looking for some delicious Christmas dessert ideas?

'Tis the season to overindulge - and what better way than to enjoy a scrumptious dessert after your Christmas dinner?

The easiest way to provide your guests with a Christmas dessert is to find a great bakery, but if you prefer to make it yourself, here are some Christmas dessert ideas for you to try.

An old standby at our house is English trifle; a decadent mixture of cake, custard, fruit and cream. This is traditionally made in a large glass bowl to display all the different layers, and can be made the day before and kept in the refrigerator until needed.


  • 1 package of ladyfingers or an angel cake
  • 1 can of raspberries, drained - save the juice to add to the Jell-O
  • 1 large (6oz) package raspberry Jell-O
  • 8 oz fresh raspberries for decoration (optional)

    For the custard layer:

  • 10 fl. oz heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  • 10 fl. oz heavy cream
  • Slivered almonds or raspberries

    Instructions for this Christmas dessert idea:

  • Crumble the ladyfingers or angel cake into chunks and place in the glass bowl. Add the drained, canned raspberries and scatter them evenly over the top.

  • Make up the Jell-O, using the juice from the raspberries to replace some of the water.

  • Allow Jell-O to cool a little, and then pour over the cake pieces in the bowl, making sure to submerge all the cake so it's covered and no white parts are showing.

  • Place in refrigerator and allow to set.

    For the custard:

  • To make the custard, warm the heavy cream in a heavy saucepan.

  • Beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale. Strain into a bowl and add the warm cream. Stir quickly to combine, then return the mixture to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until thick.

  • Allow to cool then pour carefully over the Jell-O mixture in the glass bowl. Return to refrigerator to cool completely.

    For the topping of this Christmas dessert idea:

  • Whip remaining 10oz heavy cream until stiff and spread over the custard layer. Chill for at least two hours before serving.

  • Decorate with almonds and raspberries if you wish, but bear in mind that the fresh raspberries might stain your layer of white whipped cream, so place them on the top at the last minute before serving.

    Another tradition from the old country is to have sweet mincemeat tarts as a Christmas dessert. These Christmas dessert ideas are easily made using your favorite short crust pastry recipe and a jar of mincemeat from the store. Make them in muffin tins and sprinkle with powdered confectioner's sugar after they have cooled.

    If your family loves pies, why not try a Cranberry-apple pie? Simply add fresh or frozen cranberries to your favorite apple pie and you have a Christmas dessert idea.

    The same goes for your favorite cheesecake recipe - serve it with a sweet and chunky cranberry topping made from fresh cranberries cooked with a little orange juice or Kirsch and finely grated orange rind - allow to cool and spread over the top, and you have a seasonal Cranberry cheesecake!

    A refreshing fruit and custard pie can easily be made with a store-bought graham cracker or shortbread ready made crust.

    For this Christmas dessert idea, you will need the fruit of your choice - I use sliced pears or apricot halves (canned is fine, just drain them well), but you can use raspberries and blueberries for a festive look. Place them in a pinwheel pattern on the bottom of the crust - or arrange them how they look best as you will be able to see the pattern in the finished pie.

    Whisk together 2 eggs and 8oz heavy cream with one teaspoon of sugar and pour over the fruit, taking care not to disturb your pattern. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes or until the custard is just set. Allow to cool and refrigerate until needed.

    A lighter Christmas dessert idea would be a fresh fruit salad, or a selection of cheeses and fruit, but we all know that everyone's diet begins in the New Year, so enjoy the decadent desserts while you can.

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