5 Simple Christmas Desserts to Wow the Whole Family

If you need a fool-proof recipe that the whole family will enjoy this Christmas, look no further. We’ve found 5 delicious and simple dessert recipes that can easily be made ahead of time and will have everyone asking for seconds!

When it comes to Australian Christmas, there are few things you can’t go without—fresh seafood, the perfect glazed ham and, of course, dessert. If you’ve been asked to bring a dessert to your family Christmas, or just want to serve up a show-stopping dish, then 1 of these 5 simple Christmas dessert recipes will sure to wow your entire family.

While the Christmas pudding is always a crowd pleaser, we’ve found the best new recipes that put a spin on the traditional Christmas pavlova and trifle, as well as some not-so-traditional options even the fussy eater will love. We’ve even included some vegan options and substitutions, so everyone can dig in this Christmas.

5 Simple Christmas Desserts Even the Worst Baker can Make

1. Individual Chocolate Cherry Trifles

Dessert highlights:

  • No having to evenly portion the servings.
  • Silence any arguments over who gets the ‘biggest bit’.
  • Making use of delicious seasonal cherries.
  • Can be made ahead of time.

While the traditional English trifle uses layers of custard, cream, fruit and liquor-soaked sponge cake in a large glass bowl, this version simplifies it into delicious individual servings. This dish is perfect for making ahead of time AND it’s as simple as Christmas desserts come. So, you can focus on enjoying your Christmas Day instead of spending hours in the kitchen whipping up a dessert.

Find a delicious recipe for individual chocolate cherry trifles here.

2. Coconut & Fresh Fruit Ice Blocks

Dessert highlights:

  • Can easily be made vegan.
  • Gluten free.
  • A cooling, yet simple, Christmas dessert.

Cool off in the summer heat with these delicious coconut milk and fruit popsicles. Easily make these ahead of time by blending together coconut milk, any fresh or frozen fruit on hand and freezing.

If you would like to make this recipe vegan, simply substitute the honey for agave syrup. The best part is, you can make any combination of flavours, so everyone is sure to be happy!

We love this recipe for Berry Popsicles by Fork Knife Swoon.

3. Vegan pavlova

Dessert highlights:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten free.
  • Nutrients from the fresh fruit.

Pavlova has to be at the top of the favourite simple Christmas dessert list. Everyone at the table can enjoy this vegan version—and we promise it’s every bit as good as the traditional recipe! The best part is, you can switch up the fruits to suit you and your family’s favourite.

Check out this pavlova recipe by Vegan Australia.

4. Eton Mess

Dessert highlights:

  • Perfect for beginner bakers.
  • Looks beautiful.
  • Can use up left over bits of meringue.

If you’re not exactly crafty with your dessert decorating skills, Eton mess is for you. This classic English dessert combines fresh strawberries and meringue. Add some cream and a few other ingredients and mix. That’s it…

Switch it up by using other fruit fruit on hand, nuts or biscuits. We love the combination of raspberries and pistachios.

See how easy it is to make Eton Mess with this recipe.

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Raspberry pistachio meringue with spiced whipped cream for dessert! I love when dessert is so good that conversation stops and all you hear is the clanking of the spoon against the glass as everyone is trying to eat every last morsel. This was that kind of dessert. It’s fantastically easy too! Raspberries are first briefly cooked in a bit of sugar and water until a couple break down and the sugary water is stained bright red. Fresh lemon juice and zest is added the the raspberries to brighten it up a touch. Meringue cookies are broken down into bite size morsels and briefly placed under the broiler until the edges turn lightly golden giving it a toasty flavor. Heavy cream is whipped up with tangy sour cream and cardamom which gives it lovely tangy warm notes. Then everything is layered in the glasses and topped with pistachios. This one will go in our rotation for guests! Speaking of which, my best friend since 8th grade is in town and staying with us today and tomorrow and I haven’t seen her in years and years so I’ll catch up on posts and comments as soon as I can. I wanted to post this as tomorrow is the last day of the month already! Where does the time go? This is from Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by @177milkstreet and @cpkimball and this is for my #rainydaybitescookbookclub. Happy Saturday everyone! . . . #cookbook #cookbookclub #huffposttaste #food52 #f52grams #onmytable #foodstyling #foodphotography #foodwinewomen #buzzfeedfood #myopenkitchen #cookit #realsimple #forkyeah #mywilliamssonoma #myamazonkitchen #entertaining #shareyourtable #bhgfood #milkstreettuesdaynights #bakersofinstagram #etonmess #dessertstagram #raspberries #cardamom #eatdessertfirst #imsomartha

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5. Gingerbread Doughnut Cookies

Dessert highlights:

  • Icing the cookies is a good way to keep the kids occupied.
  • Change the toppings to suit your tastebuds.

Spice up the traditional gingerbread cookie by turning it into an adorable doughnut shape, complete with icing and decorations. This is a great simple Christmas dessert for any little ones to help with the decorating. Try a variety of sprinkles and shavings of milk or white chocolate. You won’t be able to stop at just one!

Find the recipe here

plate with ginger bread cookie men and stars with gift wrapped present

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Of course, if you are not the best baker…

There are plenty of cooking classes out there to brush up your baking skills. Check out where you can get some help on Localsearch!

Brit McDowell

Lifestyle Specialist & Subject Matter Expert

Brit McDowell is a Subject Matter Expert at Localsearch with a background in marketing, business and tourism management. Aside from her specialisation in technical processes, Brit is known for her green thumb and growing succulent collection, love of dogs (especially Dalmatians), eye for home interior and fervour for travel. Brit is also a Lifestyle Specialist on the Localsearch Blog and enjoys sharing her research and knowledge in home and gardening services, food, beauty and general lifestyle tips and tricks.