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75 DIY Christmas Desserts

From Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks to Spiraled Candy Cane Cookies

— December 22, 2015 — Lifestyle
With the holiday season in full swing, these DIY Christmas desserts are perfect for sharing with friends and family. This time of year, it is easy to pick up a festive dessert from the grocery store or bakery. However, there is nothing like a homemade treat to truly get you in the Christmas spirit.

For those that appreciate a baking challenge, there are a number of recipes that require a little bit of finesse to perfect. Instead of baking a batch of shortbread or some chocolate brownies, why not opt for something a bit unexpected. Some of these unusual Christmas desserts include deep-fried eggnog treats, bacon-infused sugar cookies and cereal-encrusted peppermint cheesecakes.

Of course, not all DIY Christmas desserts are quite so outrageous. For those who are looking for something on the healthier side, there are a number of recipes that are vegan-friendly, low-sugar and gluten-free. Some of these healthy holiday desserts include yogurt-covered peppermint squares, paleo-friendly eggnog cakes and dairy-free peppermint cupcakes.
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Sweet Pot Pies
Sweet Pot Pies
This Pot Pie Recipe is Filled With Strawberries and Cranberries Instead of Chicken
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Spiraled Candy Cane Cookies
Spiraled Candy Cane Cookies
These Sweet Butter Cookies Make the Perfect Holiday Treat
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Holiday Wreath Donuts
Holiday Wreath Donuts
These Festive Desserts are Decorated to Look Like Pine Tree Ornaments
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Yuletide Wreath Cakes
Yuletide Wreath Cakes
This Holiday Torte is Embellished to Look Like a Woodland Door Decoration
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Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
These Holiday Treats Include Seasonal Fare and Healthy Ingredients
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Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes
Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes
This Recipe Turns Gingerbread Houses Into a Flavorful Cake
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Gingery Pear Breads
Gingery Pear Breads
This Gingerbread Loaf Features a Whole Pear Baked Right In
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Spiced Holiday Banana Bread
Spiced Holiday Banana Bread
This Recipe Combines Homemade Gingerbread with Bananas
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Candy Cane Marshmallows
Candy Cane Marshmallows
These Festive Chocolate Desserts Feature a Mint Flavor and a Gooey Centre
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Cereal-Encrusted Cheesecakes
Cereal-Encrusted Cheesecakes
This Simple Peppermint Cheesecake Can Be Made Without an Oven
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Paleo Eggnog Cakes
Paleo Eggnog Cakes
This Gingerbread Torte is Made with Gluten-Free Ingredients
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Bacon-Infused Sugar Cookies
Bacon-Infused Sugar Cookies
These Bacon Christmas Cookies are a Sweet and Salty Treat
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Cheesecake Cookie Hybrids
Cheesecake Cookie Hybrids
These Cherry Pies are Shrunken in Size for Healthier Portion Control
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Yogurt-Covered Peppermint Squares
Yogurt-Covered Peppermint Squares
These Sugar Cookie Bars are Topped with a Healthy Frosting
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Gelatine Reindeer Shooters
Gelatine Reindeer Shooters
These Festive Christmas Shots are Served as Miniature Stag Tarts
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Faux Snow Snacks
Faux Snow Snacks
The Food52 Zesty Rye Chocolate Recipe Features Fake Festive Flakes
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Hot Cocoa-Inspired Cakes
Hot Cocoa-Inspired Cakes
These Mini Sponge Cakes Taste Like a Delicious Winter Beverage
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Festive Cottage Cookies
Festive Cottage Cookies
The Hint of Vanilla Gingerbread Cabin Resembles a Faux Getaway Home
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Delicious Holiday Desserts
Delicious Holiday Desserts
These Snowflake-Shaped Marshmallows are Scrumptiously Festive
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Evergreen Sugar Cookies
Evergreen Sugar Cookies
These Spritz Cookies are Shaped Like Tiny Christmas Trees
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Cookie Adhesive Recipes
Cookie Adhesive Recipes
The Food52 Gingerbread House Glue Post Promises to Cement Treats
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Almond-Infused Christmas Cookies
Almond-Infused Christmas Cookies
These Easy Holiday Cookies Feature Simple and Tasty Ingredients
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DIY Hot Cocoa Cookies
DIY Hot Cocoa Cookies
These Decadent Cookies are Stuffed with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips
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Christmas Beverage Desserts
Christmas Beverage Desserts
This Eggnog Pie Recipe is a Certain Crowd-Pleaser During the Holidays
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Festive Eggnog Scones
Festive Eggnog Scones
These Breakfast Pastries are Filled with Seasonal Winter Flavors
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Marbled Peppermint Cookies
Marbled Peppermint Cookies
These Festive Sugar Cookies Feature a Colorful Swirled Decorative Motif
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Buttery Norwegian Christmas Cookies
Buttery Norwegian Christmas Cookies
These Simple Butter Cookies are Perfect for Holiday Gatherings
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Vegan-Friendly Peppermint Cupcakes
Vegan-Friendly Peppermint Cupcakes
These Gluten-Free Cupcakes are Topped with Vegan Frosting
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Deep-Fried Eggnog Treats
Deep-Fried Eggnog Treats
This Recipe Puts a Decadent Twist on a Classic Christmas Drink
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Gingerbread Waffle Parfaits
Gingerbread Waffle Parfaits
This Parfait Recipe Pairs a Holiday Waffle with Berries & Coconut Whip
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Festive Pomegranate-Infused Chocolates
Festive Pomegranate-Infused Chocolates
This Dark Chocolate Bark Contains Juicy Pomegranate Seeds
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Gingerbread Wagon Desserts
Gingerbread Wagon Desserts
These Edible Cart Treats Repurpose Gingerbread Dough in a New Way
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Matcha-Flavored Butter Cookies
Matcha-Flavored Butter Cookies
These Delicate Tea Cookies are Made from Powdered Matcha
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Festive Eggnog Waffles
Festive Eggnog Waffles
These Christmas Breakfast Cakes are Filled with Traditional Spices
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Christmas Mug Cakes
Christmas Mug Cakes
This Chocolate Peppermint Cake is Made for a Singular Sugar Craving
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Potato Chip Cookies
Potato Chip Cookies
This Recipe Uses Potato Chips to Provide the Perfect Blend of Sweet and Salty
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Cake Batter Challah Recipes
Cake Batter Challah Recipes
This Recipe for Funfetti Challah is Perfect for Hanukkah
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Decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Pies
Decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Pies
This Dessert Inspired by the Taste of Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
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Holiday Eggnog Cheesecakes
Holiday Eggnog Cheesecakes
This Festive Christmas Dessert Includes a Spiced Cream Centre
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Raw Holiday Treats
Raw Holiday Treats
These Peppermint Coconut Macaroons Make a Festive Gluten-Free and Vegan Dessert
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Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks
Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks
These Hot Cocoa Stirring Sticks Make Enjoying the Beverage Easy
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Festive Kernel Snacks
Festive Kernel Snacks
Oh Nuts' Christmas Popcorn Features Red and Green Bites
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Cookie Reindeer Pops
Cookie Reindeer Pops
These Holiday Truffle Cake Pops Recreate Mystical Reindeer Characters
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Peppermint Whoopie Pies
Peppermint Whoopie Pies
This Classic Recipe is Filled with Crushed Candy Canes for the Holidays
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Gingerbread Donut Cakes
Gingerbread Donut Cakes
These Bundt Cakes Offer Single-Serve Portion Sizing for the Holidays
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Gluten-Free Eggnog Cakes
Gluten-Free Eggnog Cakes
This Festive Holiday Torte Features a Base of Almond and Oat Flour
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Festive Fried Booze Bites
Festive Fried Booze Bites
These Deep Fried Eggnog Bites are Glazed with Rum for a Lively Christmas
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Paleo Gingerbread Granola
Paleo Gingerbread Granola
This Festively Flavored Snack Can Be Enjoyed All Year Long
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Customizable Christmas Cookie Recipies
Customizable Christmas Cookie Recipies
These Simple Shortbread Cookies are Made to Be Personalized
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Tree-Topped Desserts
Tree-Topped Desserts
The Vintage Mixer Red Velvet Baked Alaska Features Ornaments
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Savory Christmas Cookies
Savory Christmas Cookies
The Epicurious Parmesan Shortbread Rounds Feature Salty Flavors
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DIY Cinnamon Bun Wreaths
DIY Cinnamon Bun Wreaths
This Cinnamon Roll Wreath Serves as the Perfect Holiday Treat
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Eggnog-Flavored Marshmallows
Eggnog-Flavored Marshmallows
This Marshmallow Recipe Turns a Winter Essential into a Festive Treat
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Boozy Autumnal Desserts
Boozy Autumnal Desserts
The Buttercreamy Gingerbread Layer Cake has Salted Whiskey Caramel Drizzle
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Hot Chocolate Cereal Cakes
Hot Chocolate Cereal Cakes
This Dessert Infuses Rice Krispies with the Flavor of Chocolate Drinks
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Festive Towering Treats
Festive Towering Treats
The Fork to Belly I'll Be Home for Christmas Cake Reaches High
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Festive Fruit Cookies
Festive Fruit Cookies
The Food52 Buccellati Post Mixes Natural Ingredients with Sicilian Flavors
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Hybrid Red Velvet Brownies
Hybrid Red Velvet Brownies
These Marbled Desserts Feature a Swirled Cheesecake and Chocolate Blend
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Crunchy Potato Chip Cookies
Crunchy Potato Chip Cookies
This Recipe Offers a Sweet and Salty Take on the Classic Lace Cookie
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Spicy Peppermint Macarons
Spicy Peppermint Macarons
This Chocolate Macaron is Filled with Sweet Peppermint & Spicy Chipotle
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Grain-Free Crunchy Cookies
Grain-Free Crunchy Cookies
The Gluten-Free Biscotti is Ideal for the Holidays and Restricted Diets
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Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn
Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn
This Recipe Makes a Batch of Dark Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt
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Wood-shaped Christmas Cakes
Wood-shaped Christmas Cakes
The Food52 Buche De Noel Recipe Features Outdoor Motifs and Designs
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Gingerbread Cake Recipes
Gingerbread Cake Recipes
This Autumnal Treat Turns a Winter Favorite Into a Dense Dessert
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Peppermint Popcorn Recipes
Peppermint Popcorn Recipes
This Power Snack is Brain-Boosting and Filling At the Same Time
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Gingerbread House Cupcakes
Gingerbread House Cupcakes
These Festive Holiday Desserts Recreate Traditional Cookie Homes
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Holiday Candy Cakes
Holiday Candy Cakes
These Decadent Christmas Cakes are Made From Fruity Candy Cakes
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Architectural Cookie Recipes
Architectural Cookie Recipes
The Food52 Basic Gingerbread House Walls Post is for Design Only
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Woodland Fawn Cookies
Woodland Fawn Cookies
This Detailed Short Bread are Designed to Have a Whimsical Aesthetic
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Crafty Biscuit Recipes
Crafty Biscuit Recipes
Showcase Your Love for Sewing with This Adorable Gingerbread Biscuit Recipe
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Luxurious Reindeer Tarts
Luxurious Reindeer Tarts
This Luxurious Christmas Tart Uses a Precious Ruby for Rudolph's Nose
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DIY Candy Cane Shooters
DIY Candy Cane Shooters
These Edible Peppermint Shot Glasses are Made Using Red and White Candies
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Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies
Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies
PopSugar Provides Perfect Guide to Making Hilarious Holiday Treats
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GingerNog Holiday Hybrid Desserts
GingerNog Holiday Hybrid Desserts
The Mini Eggnog Cheesecake Brings All Holiday Favorites Together
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Festive Reindeer Cupcakes
Festive Reindeer Cupcakes
Bakerella's Christmas Cupcake Recipe Recreates Santa's Reindeer
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