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Our Best Christmas Desserts and 5 DIY Christmas Crafts

By: Audrey Huggett, Editor,

Family and tradition are important aspects of Christmas, but one thing everyone loves, and doesn't need any prodding to enjoy, is dessert. We've gathered up our best Christmas dessert recipes so you can build your gluten free Christmas menu with ease. You'll love these delicious dessert ideas. If you're in the mood, try out a couple of recipes before the big holiday and fill your house with Christmas spirit. Everyone will love coming home to a house filled with the smell of fresh cookies.  You might even wind up making one of these delicious desserts part of your family's Christmas tradition. 


Handmade Christmas decorations are a great way to give your house a bit of holiday cheer. You don't have to go to a store to get expensive decorations. Our friends at have lent us some of their favorite easy Christmas crafts to share with you! While your desserts bake to perfection in the oven, give one or two of these cute crafts a try. You'll be surprised at how much fun unleashing your creative side can be.  We've got something for everyone in our list.  From unique ways to wrap gifts to easy DIY advent calenders, you'll find an engaging project perfect for your family on our list. 

Our Best Christmas Desserts and 5 DIY Christmas Crafts Table of Contents

Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

Desserts that will Fuel your Christmas Spirit

Handmade Christmas Decorations for the Whole Family


Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

Cut Out Sugar Cookies  

Cut Out Gingerbread Cookies  Spread the holiday cheer by decorating these Gingerbread people with your family.  This would be a great way to occupy visiting relatives, especially children.  Just set up a little station with cookies and frosting and let the Christmas creativity flow.  Everyone will love eating these cute Christmas cookies.


Cut Out Sugar Cookies (pictured above) These tasty cookies are the perfect way to ring in the holiday season.  Have a bit of fun cutting these cookies into various shapes.  Let your family in on the fun and invite any handy kids to help you cut out and frost these delicious cookies.


Sugar Plums


Winter Oreos These Oreos have a special twist: red and green filling!  Put a platter of these festive cookies on your table and watch them disappear.  Everyone will love the flavor of these homemade Oreos.


Sugar Plums (pictured above) Surprise your family with these traditional Christmas cookies this holiday season.   This is a healthy Christmas cookie option that retains a sweet, delicious flavor that the entire family will love.  If you're doing any traveling, the round shape of these cookies makes them a perfect treat to take along with you. 



Desserts that will Fuel your Christmas Spirit

Pistachio, Cherry, and Dark Chocolate Bark


Pistachio, Cherry, and Dark Chocolate Bark (pictured above) Dried cherries and pistachios make this a perfect dessert for the Christmas season.  Red and green are built right into the sweet ingredients in this delightful dessert. 


Yule Log Try your hand at this traditional Christmas dessert; you'll be surprised by how delicious a Yule Log is.  If you've never tried this tasty creation, Christmas is the perfect time to try it.  A Yule Log is essentially cake wrapped around a creamy frosting filling. 


Peppermint Ice Cream If you're looking for a seasonal treat to serve with pie or cake, make up some of this ice cream.  The peppermint flavor is perfect for the Christmas season and will compliment the flavor of any cake wonderfully.


Chocolate Peppermint Mousse


Chocolate Peppermint Mousse (pictured above) This dessert is wonderfully refreshing and easy to make.  Wow your guests with this fantastic dessert.  You don't have to tell them it's a healthy alternative to traditional mousse recipes, and they'll never guess just from tasting this decadent treat.


Gingerbread Cupcakes These Gingerbread Cupcakes are the perfect seasonal treat to celebrate Christmas with.  A full flavor and sweet frosting makes these the perfect dessert to end a meal with or to hand out to hungry kids.



Handmade Christmas Decorations for the Whole Family

Bright Knit Hats and Mittens Holiday Decorations


Bright Knit Hats and Mittens Holiday Decorations (pictured above) Prepare your household for the holiday season with this bright Christmas decoration that's sure to charm all your guests.  If you're not much of a knitter, just gather up some tiny mittens from Goodwill and adopt this craft to your own abilities.


Jingle Bell Tile Coasters Sprinkle some holiday cheer around your house with these bright coasters.  This is an easy craft that's perfect for anyone with a lot of wood furniture who also happens to be planning on a lot of guests. 


Christmas Carol Ornament


Christmas Carol Ornament (pictured above) If the weather's bad, stay indoors with your family and make this classy Christmas tree ornament.  If you're not much of a music buff, try making a fashion ball out of magazines or any pictures you have around the house.


Christmas Goodie Pop Top Cans Dress up your stocking stuffers with this adorable recycled Christmas craft.  This is a creative and easy way to wrap up small gifts.  Adults and kids alike will love pulling the tab on their gift. 


Crafty Coca Cola Advent Calendar Count down to the big day with this DIY Christmas craft.  Kids will love opening up the door of each day to reveal a small gift.  This would be a great project to pull out at the end of November to help everyone gewt into the holiday spirit.


What kind of desserts are part of your Christmas tradition?

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