Once the Christmas dinner has been eaten and the gifts have been unwrapped, it’s time to gather around the dessert table and end the holiday on a sweet note. Although cookies are most often associated with the winter holiday, there is something about a Christmas cake that really wraps up the evening. Because while a cookie can be eaten on the go (or away from the table, leaving crumbs on the floor) a cake requires everyone to slow down, sit together, and savor every delicious bite.

From gingerbread bunt cakes to peppermint cheesecakes to fruity, well, fruit cakes, these Christmas cake recipes encompass the best flavors of the holiday season. And if you’re feeding a crowd, you can easily make more than one for a dessert spread that’ll wow you guest. So this season, consider trading in your cookie cutters for a cake pan and try one of these delicious Christmas cake recipes.

Any one of these festive Christmas cakes will definitely impress your holiday guests. Not only are these confections absolutely stunning, but they’re unbelievably delicious too.

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The aroma of homemade Christmas cookies baking in the oven is one of the greatest smells in the world. The moment you begin scrolling through this list of Christmas desserts, you’ll want to rush to your kitchen, preheat the oven, and grab all the sugary ingredients you can. And even if it isn’t quite Christmas cookie season yet, you may want to get started taste testing, because there are dozens of must-make recipes offered on this roundup. No matter what type of Christmas sugar cookies you’re in the mood for, trust us—you’ll find it on this list.

Cookies are pretty much the best part of Christmas, right? Whether you’re making them for a party, Santa, or just a cozy night in by the fireplace, there’s always a reason to whip up a batch of cookies during the holidays. Want even more easy cookie ideas? Sugar cookies allow you to cook and decorate on your time schedule, no-bake cookies save space in the oven, and these snowball cookies couldn’t be simpler. Problems solved.

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    Christmas Cookies 5