Christmas Desserts That Are Even Better Than Milk And Cookies

December 23, 2021 in Blog

Don’t tell us in the midst of Christmas shopping and preparing the Christmas ham, you’ve forgotten all about dessert? If that sounds about right then never fear, we’ve got you covered with our 37 last-minute Christmas desserts that are guaranteed to save the day.

The night before Christmas pudding that'll fool them all

The night before Christmas pudding that’ll fool them all

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…until you realised that you forgot to make a pudding this year. No need to opt for store-bought; this easy version can be knocked up in as little as three hours.

This chocolate pavlova with spiced pears is exactly what your Sunday needs

This chocolate pavlova with spiced pears is exactly what your Sunday needs

Phoebe Wood provides a sleek spin on a timeless classic with this chocolate pavlova with spiced pears.

Christmas panettone pudding

Christmas panettone pudding

An ultra-easy pudding you can make in twenty minutes. That’s what you call a merry Christmas!

The gingerbread trifle that's the answer to all your Christmas wishes

The gingerbread trifle that’s the answer to all your Christmas wishes

A no-bake, decadent Christmas dessert made in under thirty minutes.

Jamie Oliver's gingerbread cake with tipsy pineapple

Jamie Oliver’s gingerbread cake with tipsy pineapple

Pineapple, booze and gingerbread…sounds like a dream Christmas to us.

The rum ball that we turned into a slice (that's also vegan)

The rum ball that we turned into a slice (that’s also vegan)

When it’s 30 degrees outside and the family want a light (healthy) dessert that won’t have you sinking to the bottom of the swimming pool, this is the dessert to turn to. Food editor Charlotte Binns-McDonald has your back with her rum ball turned slice recipe that’s also vegan. Who said Christmas had to come with a blow-out.

Festive bombe

Festive bombe

Take the stress out of Christmas day by prepping your dessert in advance with this freezable, festive bombe. This recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook, Penguin Random House, $55.

Spiced barbecued pineapple with chocolate dip

Spiced barbecued pineapple with chocolate dip

2016 MasterChef winner Elena Duggan shares her recipes for a spicy spin on a tropical childhood favourite.

Andrew McConnell's rustic rhubarb tarts

Andrew McConnell’s rustic rhubarb tarts

These super easy rhubarb tarts are proof that you don’t need to spend hours slaving in the kitchen to produce a tasty dessert. Chef Andrew McConnell insists that working with seasonal produce will always win on flavour.

Frozen cherry chocolate pudding cake

Frozen cherry chocolate pudding cake

Give tradition a cool twist with this crowd-pleasing cake!

Pistachio and cranberry brownies

Pistachio and cranberry brownies

Green pistachios and ruby red-hued cranberries add a Christmas twist to everyone’s favourite dessert. Recipe from Dig In by Brent Owens (Hardie Grant Books, $49.95).

The raw Cherry Ripe Christmas pudding that's ready in 15 minutes

The raw Cherry Ripe Christmas pudding that’s ready in 15 minutes

Healthy? Tick. Vegan? Tick. Ready in 15 minutes? Tick. This Cherry Ripe Christmas pudding is the stuff of dessert dreams.

Peach and raspberry pavlova

Peach and raspberry pavlova

If you have a warm Christmas, as we do, you can leave the heavy pudding for some other time. Bring on the pav—always in fashion, always delicious—here made using the best of the summer fruit. If you can’t find good, fragrant, fully ripe nectarines, you can use peaches, or simply load it up with a mix of berries. And if it’s not Christmas, make it just because. Recipe and Image from Summer on Fat Pig Farm by Matthew Evans (Murdoch Books)

Sugar-free Christmas berry cheesecake

Sugar-free Christmas berry cheesecake

Sun, santa and (usually) stacks of sugar… From honey-glazed hams to sugar-packed pavlovas, Christmas in Australia is often more naughty than nice. Giving fructose the flick doesn’t have to mean forgoing all the fun this festive season. Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar’s indulgent sugar-free cheesecake is your answer to healthy-but-festive this Christmas.

Barbecued pavlova with whipped white chocolate

Barbecued pavlova with whipped white chocolate

“The pavlova and barbecue both epitomise an Aussie summer, so why not combine them? A barbecue provides the perfect outdoor oven and gives the meringue a lovely smokiness,” says Warren Mendes.

Goats' cheese tarts with roast peaches and vincotto

Goats’ cheese tarts with roast peaches and vincotto

Spiced peach and passionfruit pavlova

Spiced peach and passionfruit pavlova

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a pav – and this is our pick of the bunch! With sweet-yet-spicy peaches, smooth whipped cream and crisp meringue, this is the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

Irish cream mince pies

Irish cream mince pies

These Irish cream mince pies are a decadent Christmas favourite.

We've cracked it: the vegan pavlova you need to make

We’ve cracked it: the vegan pavlova you need to make

Yes, egg-free, vegan meringues are all the rage this summer.

Quick chocolate panforte

Quick chocolate panforte

This cheat’s version of the classic Italian sweet uses ready-made fruit mince instead of soaked dried fruit.

Cherry, pistachio and marzipan cake

Cherry, pistachio and marzipan cake

Fragrant and fresh, this beautiful fruit-laden cake is ideal for morning or afternoon tea, or as a special Christmas treat.

White chocolate and peach trifle

White chocolate and peach trifle

Trifles are the perfect dessert to shared with friends, family and loved ones. Phoebe Wood’s recipe features white chocolate and fresh peaches, and will surely go down a treat with everyone.

Plum pudding cake pops

Plum pudding cake pops

Katie Quinn Davies uses store-bought mud cake as a short-cut to create these impressive Christmas cake pops.

Mum's mini mince pies

Mum’s mini mince pies

Katie Quinn Davies says that her mum makes the best mince pies ever, complete with her own crumbly shortcrust pastry and flavour-packed filling. Try them for yourself this Christmas.

Easy ginger and passionfruit trifles

Easy ginger and passionfruit trifles

Valli Little celebrates the best of summer’s tropical fruits with this tropical take on an Aussie classic.

Chocolate and walnut slice

Chocolate and walnut slice

This no-bake slice, made with chocolate and walnuts, is a decadent snack. Make it at Christmas or Easter and you have the ultimate edible gift.

Panettone, chocolate and cherry trifle

Panettone, chocolate and cherry trifle

Leftover panettone from Christmas? Turn it into these simple chocolate cherry trifles.

Pavlova with mulled fruits

Pavlova with mulled fruits

Make your Christmas memorable with this elegant Christmas dessert.

Next level: ricotta and cinnamon trifle with salted amaretto

Next level: ricotta and cinnamon trifle with salted amaretto

Take out the competition once and for all with this decadent, multi-layered trifle that’s sure to be a knock out.

Pavlova with 'tea and scones' topping

Pavlova with ‘tea and scones’ topping

A modern take on the classic pav that even Gran will approve of.

Cooee's rum balls

Cooee’s rum balls

This recipe makes a celebrated appearance on our holiday table every Christmas. My mum, Cooee, always made rum balls at Christmas time but unfortunately never wrote down the recipe. The ones here are a little more sophisticated than her originals, what with their chocolate coating and cherry centre, but they are absolutely delicious.

Maggie Beer's dried apricot pavlova with apricot curd

Maggie Beer’s dried apricot pavlova with apricot curd

The classic pavlova is the quintessential representation of an Australian summer. It’s light, sweet, and topped with seasonal fruit. But as Maggie Beer proves, this Aussie classic is best served with dried apricots and apricot curd.

Every holiday deserves a Strawberry Cheesecake

Want to give classic cheesecake an elegant (and easy!) twist? This strawberry topping is your answer. All you need to do is heat together strawberry preserves and lemon juice until smooth and thick then brush it over fresh strawberries on top of your cooled and beautiful cheesecake. 

Full of bright holiday cheer with Citrus Upside Down Cake

There’s nothing extra complicated about this cake, but the little extra effort of slicing citrus and fanning them out in the bottom of the cake pans results in something so very beautiful The fruit and butter mixture keeps the cake moist and while the thyme is completely optional, it is so good in the cake. Rosemary could be used as well if you prefer. Any of your favorite citruses can be used.

Your Christmas dessert dreams come true with this Candy Cane Cheesecake

Add whipped cream along the border of cheesecake and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Talk about a stunner. This Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake got you.

Nothing screams Christmas dessert like red velvet cake. This layer cake will sleigh your holiday dessert table.

Your vegan guests deserve cheesecake too!

This cake is downright magic. A vegan cheesecake that tastes shockingly smooth, creamy, and rich. The secret? Soaked cashews!

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