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10 Perfect Christmas Desserts for the Family

on 16 December 2019 in Family
Yet, if you don’t undo at least one of the buttons on your pants on Christmas, is it even Christmas? Spruce up your Christmas table with these 10 desserts that will send you into sensory overload. Rich, tasty and visually appealing, these desserts will be the cherry on top of your family Christmas.
Christmas Day Desserts to Die For 
  1. Christmas Pudding 
It just isn’t Christmas without Christmas puddings. There is nothing like sitting at the table on Christmas day and unwrapping your own individual Christmas pudding. And the best part about Christmas puddings is they can be made well in advance.
150g raisins
150g sultanas 
50g dried cherries or dried cranberries 
50g pitted prunes 
50g glace cherries 
55g mixed peel
150ml brandy 
55g blanched almonds 
1 lemon 
1 orange 
105g white breadcrumbs 
1 teaspoon mixed spice 
200g dark brown sugar 
2 tablespoons treacle 
50g plain flour 
1 apple
2 eggs 
110g dry vegetarian suet 
Pure cream to serve 
  1. Gingerbread Men 
Gingerbread men and Christmas just seem to go hand in hand. After baking, enjoy the soft, spiced cookies as is, or get the kids of the family to decorate for a bit of added fun. 
¾ cup butter 
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup molasses 
1 egg
3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (combination of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg) 
  1. Christmas Yule Log 
The Christmas Yule Log is a classic dish that lovers of rich and decadent desserts will delight in. A yule log is a suitable dessert for both adults and kids to indulge in on Christmas day. 
6 eggs 
⅔ cup caster sugar 
225g dark chocolate (60% cacao or greater)
4 tablespoons water 
1 ½ cups double cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract 
Decorate with icing sugar
  1. Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies are rich and buttery and a relatively easy dessert that can be enjoyed by every member of your family. The best part of these cookies is that they are great on their own as well as when decorated with icing- something that creative kids can help with. 
1 ½ cups sugar 
⅔ cup butter
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ¼ cups flour 
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt 
  1. Pavlova
What better way to celebrate an Australian Christmas than with Australia’s dessert? Affectionately called pav, the beauty of this dessert is that you can customise it anyway you like. Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, when decorated with seasonal fruits, nothing can beat a pav.
4 egg whites
1 cup caster sugar 
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornflour 
  1. Christmas Trifle 
Preparing a Christmas Trifle brings a pop of colour to the Christmas table. It’s a family favourite that ticks off a lot of food groups. Instead of a decadent chocolate based dessert, the humble trifle is all about achieving layers of custard, cream and fruit to create a visual and tasty masterpiece. 
300g Swiss jam roll
600g vanilla custard
250ml thickened cream
85g red jelly
60ml Baileys Irish cream liqueur
¼ cup icing sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups mixed berries 
85g green jelly 
  1. Tim Tam Cheesecake
Making a Tim Tam cheesecake is a great way to provide Christmas guests with a creamy, chocolatey dessert. An added bonus is the fact that everybody loves a Tim Tam, so this dessert, with a Tim Tam base and filling, is guaranteed to be a winner.
350g Arnott’s Tim Tams 
80g butter
375g cream cheese
½ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup thickened cream
3 teaspoons gelatine powder
¼ cup boiling water 
200g white chocolate 
  1. Mini Christmas Tree Cupcakes
These Mini Christmas Tree Cupcakes successfully combine the festive season into a delicious dessert. You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like cupcakes. So put a batch in the oven and decorate with Christmas trees or anything festive to liven up the dessert table. 
225g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar 
225g self-raising flour
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
175g fondant icing
2 tablespoons raspberry jam 
  1. Rum Balls 
Rum Balls are a Christmas favourite. Instead of a big, heavy dessert, guests at your family Christmas can graze all day long with this dessert. Perfect for sharing, you could even put a rum ball in everyone’s bowl of trifle as a point of decoration. 
250g Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot biscuits 
395g condensed milk 
1 cup coconut
¼ cup cocoa
1 ½ tablespoons rum 
1 cup coconut- to decorate 
  1. Malteser Christmas Cake
From the outside your guests will think you’ve created a traditional Christmas cake. However, they’ll soon realise that this cake has been made with the rich goodness of both milk and white chocolate and maltesers. This Malteser Christmas cake is a fun take on a classic that is sure to delight.
1 ½ cups brown sugar 
1 cup milk 
190g butter
1 ¼ cups self-raising flour
¾ cup plain flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
4 eggs 
300g dark chocolate melts 
125ml thickened cream
30g butter
465g maltesers
200g white chocolate melts 
The Sweetest Christmas Yet 
With these 10 dessert recipes you are guaranteed to please the family this Christmas. Often people think that desserts need to be extravagant in order to be worthy of Christmas, yet this couldn’t be further from the case. Simple things like gingerbread men or even sugar cookies are small yet they somehow manage to exude Christmas spirit.  
The best desserts are made with love in mind, not extravagance. From traditional favourites like Christmas puddings and trifle to newer treats like Malteser cakes and Tim Tam cheesecakes, your family will have everything they need to finish off Christmas on a sweet note. 
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