Wanna make this Christmas extra memorable? Here are 36 creative ideas and recipes that you can use to make your own Christmas-themed desserts, dinner and treats. These include timeless classics like chocolate log cake and trifle as well as more novel creations including cocktails and faux turkey!

If you are planning for a party, or just having a quiet celebration, these would definitely bring some festive cheer and tips for the kitchen.

Merry Christmas!


1. Snowflake cookies

Snowflake cookies
Photo credit and recipe: Sam Foster

2. Snow globe cupcakes

Snow globe cupcakes
Photo credit and recipe: Bakerella

These Coca-Cola polar bear cupcakes are truly amazing. Detailed instructions for making the polar bear and how to obtain the transparent globes and coke bottles are available. Even if you aren’t actually planning to make these, the instructions are still a fun read!

3. Snowman sandwich cookies

Snowman sandwich cookies
Photo by Ezra Pound Cake | Recipe: Living the Life

4. Champagne Christmas pudding

Champagne Christmas pudding
Photo credit and recipe: Coconut Raita

5. Gingerbread farmhouse

Gingerbread farmhouse
Photo by Kim Denise

A detailed gingerbread house that even includes a pond!

6. Santa bun

Santa bun
Photo by wowyt

7. Christmas tree cupcakes

Christmas tree cupcakes
Photo by Cupcake Shop

8. Chocolate cherry trifle

Chocolate cherry trifle
Photo credit and recipe: Food Network

A definite show-stopper! This layered dessert is ideal for sharing.

9. Struffoli (honey balls)

Struffoli
Photo by Scuzzi | Recipe: Food Network

These Italian pastries are traditionally made for Christmas. The rainbow-coloured sprinkles are a fun touch.

10. Christmas macarons

Christmas macarons
Photo credit and recipe: dolce!

11. Flourless Yule log

Flourless Yule log
Photo credit and recipe: Gastronomer’s Guide

12. Cake mix cookies

Cake mix cookies
Photo credit and recipe: saucy dragonfly

13. Christmas jumble cookies

Christmas jumble cookies
Photo credit and recipe: Sugar Plum

14. Fondant cakes

Fondant cakes
Photo by Flavette

15. Salad

Salad
Photo credit and recipe: A Smart Mouth

16. Cannoli with peppermint mascarpone filling

Cannoli with peppermint mascarpone filling
Photo credit and recipe: Life’s Ambrosia

17. Christmas bulgur with saffron

Christmas bulgur with saffron
Photo credit and recipe: Green Kitchen Stories

18. Christmas pasta

Christmas pasta
Photo credit and recipe: One Perfect Bite

The pasta is made with onion, red bell peppers, peas and basil – the colours of Christmas!

19. Sage and lemon cornish game hen

Sage and lemon cornish game hen
Photo credit and recipe: Dianasaur Dishes

An alternative to turkey.

20. Vegan faux turkey

Vegan faux turkey
Photo by quarrygirl

A cute vegan turkey that is shaped like the real thing, complete with legs and a hole for stuffing.

21. Christmas roast chicken

Christmas roast chicken
Photo credit and recipe: Eat My Tortes

22. Christmas Bento

Christmas Bento
Photo by bentomom

23. More Christmas Bento

Christmas Bento
Photo by Bento Business

24. Christmas wreath with cheese truffles

Christmas wreath with cheese truffles
Photo by MonikaDesign

25. Minty chocolate Christmas bars

Minty chocolate Christmas bars
Photo credit and recipe: CookWomanFood

26. Chocolate mousse with red jelly

Chocolate mousse with red jelly
Photo credit and recipe: CotéMaison

27. Japanese sweets Christmas tree

Japanese sweets Christmas tree
Photo by anzyAprico

28. Seven layer cookies

Seven layer cookies
Photo credit and recipe: Culinary in the Desert

29. Swirly white and semisweet peppermint bark

Swirly white and semisweet peppermint bark
Photo credit and recipe: Confections of a Foodie Bride

30. Tiny gingerbread house for your mug

Tiny gingerbread house
Photo credit and recipe: not martha

The tiniest gingerbread house is made to balance on the rim of a mug.

31. Peppermint hot chocolate

Peppermint hot chocolate
Photo credit and recipe: Life’s Ambrosia

32. Chocolate-y Christmas Cafe au Lait

Chocolate-y Christmas Cafe au Lait
Photo credit and recipe: Food Network

Lots of cocoa with a dash of cinnamon and a touch of spice.

33. Christmas cake

Christmas cake
Photo credit and recipe: i am baker

34. Chocolate salami

Chocolate salami
Photo credit and recipe: The British Larder

Don’t be fooled by the name. No meat actually comes in this, thankfully.

35. Candy cane martini

Candy cane martini
Photo credit and recipe: Sweet paul

36. Santa suit cocktail

Santa suit cocktail
Photo credit and recipe: CityFood Magazine

Santa cocktail with vodka, brandy, egg white and cranberries!

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