Christmas Dessert Party Ideas: easy holiday entertaining with lots of tricks to turn time saving mixes into extra special treats.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the season than with our Christmas Dessert Party Ideas! I’ve put together a really easy, delicious, and extra sweet menu and the best part is it’s full of baking tricks that make it quick to put together.
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This time of year is so busy for everyone, but it’s still so nice to make homemade treats for family and friends. You don’t have to give up homemade taste with these little tricks. 😉 I made all these treats in one fun day in the kitchen with my kids.
I love to start with the basics, like brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and pumpkin loaf and then add a few extra special touches to take them to a new level.
I used some of my favourite ready made cookie doughs, and mixes to make the baking fast and easy and still deliver homemade taste. After I made the brownies, cookies, and pumpkin loaf for the party, I added a few extra special touches to take them to the next level.
Holiday Cookie Pops
I used Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to make cookie pops.
To make the cookie pops, I separated and baked the Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies and after they were cooled I sandwiched two of them together with some icing, added a lollipop stick, and rolled the edge in holiday sprinkles.
So easy and such a hit with my guests.
I also made some special brownie lollipops too. I baked a brownie mix for the brownies, and after they were cooled and cut into rectangles, I put them on a stick, dipped the tops into some melted milk chocolate, and sprinkled with some Christmas sprinkles.
Reindeer Brownies Pops
I also made some reindeer brownie pops, as little take home favours at the end of the party.
The reindeer pops were really simple to put together. I used a brownie mix to make the brownies. After they were cool, I cut them into rectangles and added a lollipop stick. Then I melted some more milk chocolate and dipping the brownies in. I used more melted chocolate in a small zip bag, with the corner snipped off to pipe some small antlers onto parchment paper and put them into the fridge to set.
To make the reindeer faces, I used some candy eyes, and made a nose with a red holiday chocolate chip. Then I added the chocolate antlers.
Once they were set, I put them in little cello bags tied with a ribbon and placed them by the door so my guests could take one as they left as a little party favour.
I used the Pumpkin Bread Kit to make some delicious pumpkin bread. It’s so easy, moist and delicious, and I love that even the icing is included in the kit. If you had more time you could try our Pumpkin Ginger Loaf recipe here.
I made two pumpkin loaves and used one to make little pumpkin trifles. These were so, so good.
- Libby's® Pumpkin Bread Kit
- vanilla instant pudding
- 250 mL whip cream
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup Libby's® 100% Pure Pumpkin
- candied nuts
For the Candied Nuts
- 8 oz pecans, chopped
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Prepare your pumpkin bread according to the kit instructions and allow to cool.
- To make the candied nuts, whip the egg white, then stir in pecans. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and cinnamon, then add to nut mixture, and stir to evenly coat the nuts. Bake the nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring even 15 mins. Allow to cool.
- Prepare the vanilla instant pudding according to package instructions.
- Whip the cream and add 1 tbsp sugar and vanilla -set 1/2 cup aside to use as topping, the rest is for the mousse.
- To make the pumpkin mousse, mix the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and maple syrup. Add the pudding mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the whipped cream.
- To assemble the trifles, cut the pumpkin loaf into cubes and fill the bottom 1/3 of a small dessert dish. Top with the pumpkin moose, to fill the next 1/3 of the dish.
- Garnish with a spoon of whipped cream, and sprinkle with candied nuts.
Christmas Dessert Table Ideas
These were a real favourite on the dessert table.
I also included some clementines -or Christmas oranges as we love to call them, they were a nice addition to all the sweets.
The brownies and holiday chocolate chip cookies were so good! My whole house smelt like chocolate.
Brownie Donuts and Milk
I also made some brownie donuts, just for fun.
They looked adorable paired with some little milk bottles. To make them, use some brownie mix and pipe them into a very well greased mini donut pan. I topped them with a little chocolate icing and chocolate sprinkles. So cute.
My dining room is all decorated for Christmas with a woodland theme, and was the perfect setting for this sweet party -see more of my Christmas Home Tour here.
I kept the decor pretty simple with lots of fresh greens, and a few red roses.
Christmas Dessert Party Drink Ideas
For drinks, along with the milk in the sweet little bottles, I put together a little hot chocolate bar on my bar cart.
I love having lots of little serve yourself stations when entertaining, it helps with the traffic and flow of the get together.
I made the most delicious hot chocolate with evaporated milk and the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Just heat one can of evaporated milk with 1/2 cup chocolate chips until the chocolate is melted and hot chocolate is well combined. Using the evaporated milk makes the hot chocolate so rich and creamy. Here’s a little tip for serving hot chocolate at a party, use a teapot! It worked perfectly.
I added a few fun toppings like marshmallows, hot chocolate flavoured candy canes and whip cream.
Gingerbread Mug Cookies
I also made a few gingerbread cookies for the mugs. I used gingerbread cookie dough sheets. It’s so easy to use and so good, I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else again. The sheets come all rolled out and ready to use, you just cut out with your favourite cookie cutter and bake. These are perfect to use with kids, because let’s face it all they really want to do is cut out the shapes and decorate them, and with the refrigerated dough that’s all there is to it. The only hard part was keeping the kids from eating all the cookies before the party. 😉
This was a wonderful way to kick of the holiday season.
With these Christmas Dessert Party Ideas, life really is a party!
What are you baking this holiday?
More Christmas Party Inspiration
You might also like our Merry and Bright Christmas Party here.
Also check out our Holly Jolly Woodland Kids Christmas Party here.
You might also enjoy our Christmas Fondue Party here.