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How to Make Christmas Desserts

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The Christmas dinner dishes have been cleared away—but you’ve got one more treat in store for the family! Use these tips to learn how to make Christmas desserts and you’ll surely create a grand finale. From planning a sweet buffet to ideas for presentation, get inspired by our scrumptious holiday dessert recipes, or specifically our Christmas treats. These are the recipes that can help you put the expert tips into action—from trifles and layered desserts to chocolate lovers’ favorites to easy, no-bake cookie balls and Christmas fudge.

How to Make Christmas Desserts: Chocolate Tips

How to Make Christmas Desserts:
Serving Tips

Be Prepared

To limit kitchen time and maximize time with your guests, have all the dessert dishes stacked, with dessert forks on hand. In addition, measure ground coffee and have it ready to brew right after dinner is finished.

Tips for COOL WHIP

COOL WHIP Whipped Topping is the perfect addition to holiday pies, but remember that it comes frozen. Be sure to build in enough time to properly thaw it before topping your dessert. The best way to thaw frozen COOL WHIP Whipped Topping is in its container in the refrigerator. Depending on the size tub you have, the thawing time varies. Recommended thawing times are: 8-oz. tub - 4 hours; 12-oz. tub - 5 hours; 16-oz. tub - 6 hours. We DO NOT recommend thawing COOL WHIP Whipped Topping in the microwave.


Trifles are not only delicious, but they can also make beautiful centerpieces for the holiday table. Cranberry-Orange Trifle, Merry Cherry Dessert and Pumpkin-Pear Gingersnap Trifle look especially festive in a large, clear glass bowl. Consider placing the bowl on a bed of fresh pine boughs for an elegant touch.


Knowing how to make Christmas desserts means knowing how to decorate them accordingly! Holiday-themed cakes are always a hit. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites: Vanilla Snowflake Cake, Starlight Mint Cake, Chocolate Cream Ornament Cake, Festive Yule Log “Cake”, Drummer Boy Cake and Holiday Poke Cake.


Cupcakes are the perfect hand-held dessert and have as many flavor variations as full-size cakes do. Chocolate-Candy Cane Cupcakes, Holiday Poke Cupcakes and Black Forest Cupcakes are just a few possibilities to add to your holiday line-up.

Yule Logs

The Yule Log, or bûche de Noël, is a traditional French Christmas cake that’s made in the shape of a log. The frosting has lines carved into it to resemble the bark on a tree. Sometimes it is even decorated with meringue mushrooms and moss created from chopped pistachios! Since the project can be daunting for some, we have created two recipes: Festive Yule Log and Festive Yule Log “Cake”. Not only are they beautiful, but they’re also very achievable for those of us that are not French pastry chefs!


Get creative! After you have plated slices of Apple-Pear Crumble Pie, add a dollop of thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and gently dust each plate with ground cinnamon or powdered sugar for a festive touch.

How to Make Christmas Desserts:
More Tips


Did you know? Cranberries are also known as bounceberries, since they actually bounce when they are ripe! They are harvested between Labor Day and Halloween, making them widely available during November and December. As a result, cranberries are extremely popular on holiday tables. If you haven’t considered a cranberry-inspired dessert until now, take a look at some of these recipes for ideas: Cranberry Upside-Down Cake, Cranberry-Glazed Cinnamon Cheesecake, White-Chocolate Cranberry Cake and Apple-Cranberry Pie.

Chocolate Garnish

Chocolate garnishes are a welcome addition to coffee or desserts. Use a peeler to quickly shave chocolate over individual plates or cups. If you need a larger amount, use a box grater to grate an unwrapped square of room temperature BAKER'S Chocolate onto a sheet of waxed paper. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. If you have 2 to 3 different desserts, consider making sampler plates with bite-size servings of each. That way, everyone can taste all the sweet treats without eating too much.