Christmas Party Desserts

Yummiest Holiday Sweets Ever

Christmas party desserts make the holiday table a happy place. After all, Christmas dinner party ideas simply aren't complete without a plethora of desserts. Folks can't resist singing a few Christmas carols and grinning like Santa when their mouths are full of chocolate and nuts and cream, ingredients of the best Christmas party foods.

Of course, great Christmas party drinks add to the merriment too. Beverages of the spirited kind may very well be one of the best adult Christmas party ideas ever.

Getting back to the land of confectionary delights, as queens of the sweet tooth, some of our greatest Christmas party food ideas fall under the dessert category. We have quite a few Christmas party recipes to make it easy for you to wow your guests.

Come to think of it, why not make extra Christmas party desserts, wrap them prettily, and give them as holiday gifts. That is, if you haven't already decided to bestow one of the cool Christmas presents on our Christmas Party Gift Exchange Ideas page!

Christmas Breads

loaf of cranberry nut bread sliced

Christmas is a time to get back to the basics, like baking your own bread. Instead of a cookie swap this year—one of our many Christmas party gift exchange ideas, by the way—how about a homemade mini-bread swap?

It's always good to have guests over after you've been baking bread. The warmth of the kitchen, the fabulous scented candle can give you that.

Whether you're doctoring a mix or starting from scratch, all of the following breads make great Christmas party desserts. Homemade is always special. Think about your menu and pick a bread that goes well with it, keeping in mind texture, color, and taste.

  • Apple Caramel Bread
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread Bread
  • Banana Sour Cream Bread
  • Cinnamon Orange Bread
  • Peach Chocolate Chip Bread
  • Cranberry Nut Bread (see recipe below)

Cranberry Nut Bread

Cranberries are always a good addition at Christmastime. This Christmas party dessert has the festive holiday red and a wonderful taste to boot.

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup whole raw cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (1/2 stick)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange peel
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add the walnuts and cranberries; stir to coat with the flour mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, orange juice, butter, egg, and orange peel.
  5. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture, stirring only enough to moisten.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Byrd Cake

Years and years ago, a friend's mom passed on this recipe to me. It's easy, moist, and fruity. Think of this Christmas party dessert as a welcome substitute for the dreaded holiday fruitcake.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups bananas, diced
  • 1 can (8-oz) crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8" or 9" tube pan.
  3. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and sugar together.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Break the eggs in the well. Add oil, vanilla, and bananas. Add pineapple with juice last. Stir all the ingredients by hand until blended.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, until the top springs back when you touch it.
  7. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and let the cake cool.
  8. Once cool, place the pan between two plates, invert, gently shake cake out. Invert again so cake is right side up.

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