Favorite Holiday Dessert Recipes

Here’s a list with links and pictures of my favorite holiday dessert recipes. Many of my recipes for the best Christmas cookies are on this list. Most are easy Christmas desserts. Some are skinny, some are not but every single one is absolutely delicious and a family pleaser! If you’re looking for the best Christmas desserts, check out these recipes!

cheesecake on a black plate with blackberries, raspberry and lime curd, lime zest
This decadent cheesecake recipe will knock your socks off. It’s silky, rich and creamy. I’ve been told many times that this is the best cheesecake in the world. It’s a super simple cheesecake recipe and fairly quick to make as long as you follow my 3 secrets.

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Tips on Making Favorite Holiday Desserts Ahead of Time

Here are a few tips to make your life easier so you don’t have to do everything all at once. The freezer is your friend as well as vacuum sealed bags. Of course some things are better when just made but here are some ideas for desserts that freeze well.

Make double batches of cookies and flash freeze them. Transfer later to Ziplock bags or vacuum sealed bags. When you need a quick dessert they are ready for you! Bake only the amount you need and save the rest for later.

Spicy Chocolate Snap cookie balls on parchment paper on a pan ready to be flash frozen
Flash freeze these Quick and Easy Chocolate Snap Cookies and when you’re ready for a treat, pull some out, thaw for 15 minutes then bake! You always have a great dessert on hand.

Freeze desserts if possible – Make and when cool, cut dessert bars and flash freeze, then transfer to vacuum sealed bags – like Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Bars. These freeze very well. Just thaw and serve. Healthier Homemade Apple Dumplings also freeze extremely well. Just make the sauce when you’re ready to bake them.

Apple Dumplings frozen in a vacuum sealed bag from Gourmet Done Skinny
Transfer the frozen apples to vacuum sealed bags.

Choose one or a few of these favorite holiday dessert recipes!

Choose a few of these, freeze what you can so you’re ready for the holidays without being exhausted. Your family and friends will love you!

cheesecake on a Christmas plate with blackberry and lime curd. Bigger cheesecake in the background

Amy’s Cheesecake with Lime Curd and Berries (Best Cheesecake in the World) – Check out the story behind this one!

Easy Healthy Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cardamom Streusel on a cream plate with pecans.

Easy Healthy Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cardamom Streusel – bake up the filling and have the shells in the freezer ready to go. Just fill and serve when you’re ready!

Spicy chocolate snaps on a black plate with wine bottle and glass of wine in the background

Quick and Easy Spicy Chocolate Snaps – These are made with a cake mix! They go great with red wine like Cabernet or Merlot.

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Bars on a dish with a glass of milk in the background

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Bars – My long time favorite people pleaser recipe, and most requested dessert. I can’t even tell you how many batches of these I’ve made in my lifetime.

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies on a blue plate from Gourmet Done Skinny

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies – Need I say more? Crispy, chewy, you’ll never guess what’s inside!

Cinnamon Oodles - Oatmeal Snickerdoodles in a basket with a blue cloth, oatmeal in background from Gourmet Done Skinny

Cinnamon Oodles – Oatmeal Snickerdoodles – So yummy! Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Freshly baked apple dumplings in a Polish pottery baking dish with fresh apples and basket in background from Gourmet Done Skinny

Healthier Homemade Apple Dumplings – These are simple to make and freeze wonderfully!

small white dish with handles with mixed berry cobbler and a black spoon, strawberries and blackberries in background

Easy Mixed Berry Cobbler Crisp – I like to use fresh fruit but frozen works well too.

Delicious moist healthy homemade cranberry orange scones on a grey slate with fresh cranberries

Homemade Cranberry Orange Scones – you can serve these mini scones with my easy microwave lime curd.

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