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90+ Last-Minute Christmas Cookie and Dessert Ideas

Christmas-themed decorated sugar cookies

Christmas-themed decorated sugar cookies

The Best Christmas Desserts for the Holiday Season

It's that time of year when families come together for the holidays, and holiday baking is one of those classic pastimes that everyone loves and enjoys! Whether you're decorating sugar cookies, baking gingerbread men or creating clever and festive gifts for friends and loved ones, this visual guide has all the ideas you need to make your Christmas season complete. Read on for inspiration, recipes and more!

To kick things off, check out the video recipe below for the most delicious sugar cookie recipe ever. Then, scroll on for decorating inspiration!

Check out these lovely Christmas tree sugar cookies! Bake and cool sugar cookies. With royal icing, pipe a dam around the edges, then fill with icing and smooth. When set, pipe a royal icing or gel tree. Add star. Let set. Looks easy!

Check out these lovely Christmas tree sugar cookies! Bake and cool sugar cookies. With royal icing, pipe a dam around the edges, then fill with icing and smooth. When set, pipe a royal icing or gel tree. Add star. Let set. Looks easy!

These easy, soft and chewy sugar cookies are so easy and so delicious, you may never want to go through the fuss of classic sugar cookies again! | Collected from Pinterest

These easy, soft and chewy sugar cookies are so easy and so delicious, you may never want to go through the fuss of classic sugar cookies again! | Collected from Pinterest

Happy New Year sugar cookies

Happy New Year sugar cookies

Snowman and Christmas lights sugar cookies

Snowman and Christmas lights sugar cookies

Snowman sugar cookies

Snowman sugar cookies

Christmas cookies

Christmas cookies

Make Christmas Cupcakes for a Delightfully Festive Treat

Cupcakes are a delightful treat to enjoy throughout the year, and cupcakes decorated for the Christmas season are a fun and festive way to celebrate.

Below is a video recipe for Christmas cupcakes (16–18 total per batch) with vanilla buttercream.

Candy cane and Christmas tree cupcakes

Candy cane and Christmas tree cupcakes

Christmas tree cupcakes

Christmas tree cupcakes

Gorgeous Christmas cupcake with buttercream frosting and half wreath decoration

Gorgeous Christmas cupcake with buttercream frosting and half wreath decoration

Reindeer and snowman cupcakes

Reindeer and snowman cupcakes

Snowflake and snowman cupcakes

Snowflake and snowman cupcakes

Snowman and Grinch cupcakes

Snowman and Grinch cupcakes

Snowman cupcakes

Snowman cupcakes

Grinch cupcakes with a green twist

Grinch cupcakes with a green twist

Grinch cupcakes

Grinch cupcakes

Snowman and unicorn cupcakes

Snowman and unicorn cupcakes

Snowman cupcakes

Snowman cupcakes

Christmas Cake Pops

Cake pops are a fun twist on the real thing, and the flavor can be modified and the pops decorated to suit your holiday needs.

The cake pops in the video recipe below are made with a yellow cake box mix and white chocolate chips melted with heavy cream (yum!).

Black, white and gold cake pops

Black, white and gold cake pops

Burgundy and gold cake pops

Burgundy and gold cake pops

Christmas cake pops with gold sprinkles

Christmas cake pops with gold sprinkles

Christmas characters cake pops

Christmas characters cake pops

Christmas holly cake pops

Christmas holly cake pops

Deliciously festive cake pops

Deliciously festive cake pops

Glitter cake pops for the holidays

Glitter cake pops for the holidays

Grinch cake pops

Grinch cake pops

Reindeer cake pops

Reindeer cake pops

Selection of festive cake pops

Selection of festive cake pops

Snowman cake pops

Snowman cake pops

Happy snowman cake pops

Happy snowman cake pops

Snowman cake pops

Snowman cake pops

Holly cake pops

Holly cake pops

Festive cake pops

Festive cake pops

Christmas ornament cake pops

Christmas ornament cake pops

Christmas pudding cake pops

Christmas pudding cake pops

Christmas bauble cake pops

Christmas bauble cake pops

Christmas cake pops

Christmas cake pops

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a classic holiday staple. The ginger flavor reminds us of winter, decorating gingerbread houses and enjoying time with family. Making fun shapes (including gingerbread men) only adds to the fun!

The cookies in the video recipe below are made with a delicious combination of brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, molasses and more!

Gingerbread cookies for Christmas

Gingerbread cookies for Christmas

Gingerbread and candy cane sugar cookies

Gingerbread and candy cane sugar cookies

A selection of Christmas cookies – Santa Claus, snowmen and candy canes

A selection of Christmas cookies – Santa Claus, snowmen and candy canes

Angels and candy cane gingerbread cookies

Angels and candy cane gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cocoa cookies with candy canes

Gingerbread cocoa cookies with candy canes

Gingerbread cookies with fondant bows

Gingerbread cookies with fondant bows

Gingerbread stars

Gingerbread stars

Gingerbread, Santa Claus and snowman cookies

Gingerbread, Santa Claus and snowman cookies

Mrs Claus gingerbread cookie

Mrs Claus gingerbread cookie

Scandinavian-style gingerbread cookies

Scandinavian-style gingerbread cookies

Stocking-shaped gingerbread cookies

Stocking-shaped gingerbread cookies

Thick gingerbread cookies

Thick gingerbread cookies

Yummy Scandinavian-style gingerbread cookies

Yummy Scandinavian-style gingerbread cookies

Melted Snowman Cookies

These melted snowmen are almost too cute to eat! The marshmallow's placement on top makes the snowman appear to be 'melting', although the cookies themselves can be baked to the desired consistency (crunchy or melting in your mouth).

Keep scrolling for more adorable and festive snowman dessert ideas!

Easy snowman cookies

Easy snowman cookies

Elegant snowman cookie with black and white scarf

Elegant snowman cookie with black and white scarf

Red-scarved snowman cookies

Red-scarved snowman cookies

Snowman cookies with earmuffs

Snowman cookies with earmuffs

Snowman cookies with red hats

Snowman cookies with red hats

These were 'snow' much fun to make

These were 'snow' much fun to make

Gorgeous snowman cookies

Gorgeous snowman cookies

Melted snowman cookies

Melted snowman cookies

Snowman juggling snowballs

Snowman juggling snowballs

Snowman mitten cookie ornaments for the Christmas tree

Snowman mitten cookie ornaments for the Christmas tree

Melting snowman cookies – so cute!

Melting snowman cookies – so cute!

Snowman on a swing cookie

Snowman on a swing cookie

Rudolph Reindeer Bark and More Fun Reindeer-Themed Ideas

Reindeer bark is a simple and delicious holiday treat that's easy to make without the hassle of other holiday snacks and baked goods. The video recipe below uses chocolate almond bark, mini pretzels, M&M's, candy eyeballs and a candy cane.

You can also make Rudolph cupcakes and cookies – keep scrolling for more inspiration!

Delicious reindeer cupcakes

Delicious reindeer cupcakes

Reindeer cookies

Reindeer cookies

Reindeer cupcakes with pretzel horns

Reindeer cupcakes with pretzel horns

Reindeer cupcakes

Reindeer cupcakes

Christmas treat made from reindeer cookie cutter

Christmas treat made from reindeer cookie cutter

Rudolph cookie

Rudolph cookie

Rudolph reindeer treats

Rudolph reindeer treats

Yummy Rudolph cupcakes

Yummy Rudolph cupcakes

Here's a super quick tutorial to learn how to make these gorgeous Oreo cookie ornaments! All you need are Oreo cookies (obviously!), white melted chocolate, sprinkles and a Hershey's top!

Keep scrolling for more fun ways to use Oreo cookies this Christmas season!

Christmas-style Oreos

Christmas-style Oreos

Christmas tree Oreos

Christmas tree Oreos

Oreos decorated with Christmas trees

Oreos decorated with Christmas trees

Ornament-style Oreos

Ornament-style Oreos

Snowmen Oreos

Snowmen Oreos

Oreos covered in white chocolate

Oreos covered in white chocolate

Even More Fun and Simple Christmas-Themed Treats

To round out this list of awesome Christmas treat ideas, I've included some simpler (but still adorable) desserts, such as cocoa cones, festive marshmallows, Christmas donuts and more!

Festive cocoa cones

Festive cocoa cones

Hot chocolate Santa and reindeer for gifts

Hot chocolate Santa and reindeer for gifts

Hot chocolate Santa cones I made for a Christmas bake sale

Hot chocolate Santa cones I made for a Christmas bake sale

Hot cocoa cones

Hot cocoa cones

Make this hot cocoa reindeer with two bags of hot cocoa, M&M's and marshmallows.

Make this hot cocoa reindeer with two bags of hot cocoa, M&M's and marshmallows.

Santa Claus cocoa cones

Santa Claus cocoa cones

Christmas tree brownie with star

Christmas tree brownie with star

Christmas tree brownies

Christmas tree brownies

Candy cane reindeers

Candy cane reindeers

To make these gum snowmen, simply cut a gum package, tie a ribbon around it and paint a face.

To make these gum snowmen, simply cut a gum package, tie a ribbon around it and paint a face.

Marshmallow snowmen

Marshmallow snowmen

Snowman donuts

Snowman donuts

Cheese pretzel snowmen

Cheese pretzel snowmen

Santa Claus rice Krispie treats

Santa Claus rice Krispie treats