These easy Christmas desserts are perfect for serving a crowd! Here are the best recipes for holiday entertaining, from gingerbread to Christmas pudding.
Looking for easy Christmas desserts? The holidays can be crazy, to put it lightly! When you’re entertaining for a crowd, the best recipes are the ones you can prepare in advance, or easily make as guests arrive. Alex and I love the Christmas season, but also feel the stress of trying to make something everyone will love!
Here we’ve compiled our favorite ideas for Christmas desserts for a crowd. We’ve got everything from a showy pie and a traditional Christmas pudding on the more involved end, to chocolate bark and a holiday affogato on the seriously easy end. Don’t forget to serve with vegan hot chocolate or hot cider (or the slow cooker version). Ready to get cooking?
And now…our top Christmas desserts for a crowd!
More Christmas resources
Looking for more Christmas recipes? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few more holiday recipe collections for you to peruse:
- 25 Best Christmas Recipes
- 10 Best Healthy Christmas Cookies
- 15+ Vegetarian Christmas Dishes
- Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes
- Best Holiday Drinks or Christmas Cocktails & Drinks
- Christmas Margarita or Christmas Martini
- Simple Christmas Cookies
Looking for easy Christmas desserts for a crowd? Chocolate bark is so easy to make, and this one features dark chocolate, tart cherries and quinoa.
- 3 tablespoons quinoa
- ½ cup dried tart cherries
- 12 ounces (2 cups) dark chocolate chips, vegan if desired
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons roasted salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- Toast the quinoa over medium low heat in a dry pan for 3 to 5 minutes, shaking the pan often, until golden (some kernels will pop during the process). Remove from heat into a bowl to cool fully.
- Chop the dried cherries.
- Fill a large skillet halfway with water and bring to a simmer. Place chocolate in a heat-safe bowl (metal or glass). Once the water is simmering, turn off the heat and place the bowl of chocolate in the water, then stir until melted. (Alternatively, melt in a microwave for 30-second intervals until melted and smooth, stirring in between each interval with a spatula). When chocolate is fully melted, stir in 2 tablespoons quinoa, ¼ cup cherries, and ¼ cup pepitas.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate mixture over the parchment paper in a 1/4-inch thick layer. Sprinkle over the top the remaining 1 tablespoon quinoa, ¼ cup cherries, and 2 tablespoons pepitas.
- Refrigerate at least 15 minutes until hardened. When hard, cut into irregular pieces with a knife. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Easy Christmas Desserts, Christmas Desserts for a Crowd
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.