If you’re tired of whipping up the same old Christmas pud or making a panicked, last minute dash to the supermarkets to buy something sweet (“save me Lord Tesco and forgive me for my lack of planning!”), here are some easy recipes even a baking novice can manage to rustle up in a pinch.
Soft Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies
Do you like your cookies thick and packed with chocolatey goodness? These soft, cake mix cookies are ideal for bribing kids to eat their Christmas Brussel sprouts. Just be careful with the quantity, or you might have to peel them off the ceiling once the sugar starts to take effect.
Recipe source: Averie Cooks
Decadently Thick Italian Hot Chocolate
Leave your instant hot chocolate in the back of the cupboard for emergencies only; this is the real deal. When you want a hot chocolate done right, this highly decadent winter warmer is just what Santa ordered and it takes no prisoners.
Recipe source: The Stay At Home Chef
Ferrero Rocher Stuffed Brownies
Whoever dreamed up this combination is a genius; I would nominate them for a Nobel cooking prize any day. Jazz up your festive brownies this year with gooey Ferrero Rochers. You won’t regret it.
Recipe source: Miss Renaissance
No Bake Praline Cookies
If there’s just no more room in your oven this Christmas, these no-bake praline cookies are easy to whip up on the hob and don’t take long to make at all.
Recipe source: Confessions Of A Cookbook Queen
Made from thin, crepe batter and beautifully shaped rosette irons, Scandinavian Rosettes are deep fried and dusted with icing sugar. Not only do they look like snowflakes, but they are light and satisfying too.
Recipe source: Lora Jean’s Magazine
Rum Spiked Soft Caramels
If you like your treats to pack an alcoholic punch, these rum spiked caramels are wonderful to sink your teeth into when watching your favourite Christmas movies. Everything tastes better with rum in it (fact). You’ll need a candy thermometer for this recipe though, so go invest in one today!
Recipe source: Will Cook For Friends
Kladdkaka – Swedish Chocolate Cake
Chocolate devotees will adore this flourless kladdkaka, if they’re not a fan of Christmas pud, this year. When cold, this cake is dense and chewy and works wonderfully with lashings of whipped cream. When warm, the cake is rich and gooey in the middle!
Recipe source: Call Me Cupcake.
White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge
White chocolate lovers will adore these slabs of white chocolate fudge, shot through with festively red cranberries. The cranberries provide that burst of sourness that complements the creamy, rich chocolate. This fudge will soon become a firm favourite in your household.
Recipe source: The Hedonista
White Chocolate And Lemon Truffles
Looking like little snowballs, these white chocolate and lemon truffles are a real treat, with a gorgeous citrus kick. Don’t be afraid of truffles – they may look fancy, but you really can’t go wrong here.
Recipe source: How Sweet Eats
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Big family? Everyone will be fighting for slice of this chocolate raspberry cheesecake. The swirling heart design is adorable and easy to make! Picture this on your Christmas table after everyone has put on their elasticated waist bands.
Recipe source: Cooking Classy
“Frozen” Popcorn Snowballs
Now that we’ve hit Christmas, of course the Frozen hysteria is going to reach a peak. Give in to the hype and treat everyone to Frozen themed popcorn snowballs. Just hope that they won’t start singing ‘Let It Go’ for the millionth time. Come on, let it go, guys.
Recipe source: Life Made Simple
Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms
Chocolate mint is always refreshing. These bites of minty freshness are topped with sweet Hershey’s kisses. If you’re going to max out your trousers this Christmas, these are totally worth it.
Recipe source: Bake At 350
Root Beer Fudge
Root beer isn’t celebrated enough, and this dessert option is completely addictive. Amazingly, each piece comes with its own frothy top and the whole process is pretty failsafe. If you’re nervous about making your own fudge, you really don’t need to be, because it’s difficult to mess this up.
Recipe source:Mac’s Menu
This recipe couldn’t be easier: just dip your choice of pretzels into melted white chocolate and decorate with red piped icing. That combination of savoury and sweet is delectable and looks the part at any Christmas table.
Recipe source: The Merry Thought
Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart
If you have a sweet-tooth, this salted chocolate caramel tart is perfect for you. Not for those who can’t handle their sugar, this moreish recipe serves as a great alternative to Christmas pudding…that is, if you have any room. Quick, engage the pudding stomach!
Recipe source: Serious Eats
Gingerbread Cookie Trees
You can’t have Christmas without gingerbread. Instead of attempting to make those gravity-defying creations you see on The Great British Bake Off, keep it simple with this no-less amazing tower. Assembling your gingerbread cookie tree takes a little time, but it’s worth it for this stunning centre-piece.
Recipe source: Sugar And Charm
Quick and Easy Snowy Chocolate Pinecones
This recipe is sort of ‘healthy meets sweet’. Using fibre cereal, you can assemble these cute pinecones with the family – no baking required. Turn your pudding table into a winter wonderland!
Recipe source: Handmade Charlotte
Irish Coffee Pudding
For anyone who likes their whiskey, a few of these will sort you out on Christmas day. It’s not too sweet, if you’ve been scoffing Lindt chocolates all day, but it has a seductive kick of coffee and the smoky oakiness of Irish whiskey (which you should, of course, add liberally!). This one’s for the grownups, kids.
Recipe source: Sprinkle Bakes
Cannoli With Creamy Ricotta
Crisp, delicious cannoli piped full of cookie dough has got to be on your Christmas menu this year. Amazingly indulgent, you won’t be able to eat too many of these babies before you hit full sugar saturation, but you won’t regret a single moment.
Recipe source: Diethood