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Christmas Dessert Buffet Table Ideas

Updated on December 23, 2013

Looking For Ideas For Your Christmas Dessert Buffet Table?

Because it's never too early (or too late) to start planning for Christmas!

Setting up a Christmas dessert bar or buffet can be as simple as setting out some Christmas cookies and candies. It can also be a beautiful and elaborate setup with a complete dessert buffet, including gingerbread houses or elaborate cakes.

Here are some recipes and ideas to help you set up your Christmas dessert buffet.

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Christmas Dessert Buffet

Christmas Dessert Buffet
Christmas Dessert Buffet

Make a stunning display by adding Christmas candy to glass canisters or cookies to platters. Add a Christmas ribbon to your glass jar for a festive touch.

I used

Fillable Cylinder Centerpieces to create the dessert candy centerpieces pictured here.

Chocolate Mousse Fillo Cups

chocolate mousse cups easy Christmas dessert
chocolate mousse cups easy Christmas dessert


1 box of Large fillo cups (in your grocers freezer)

1 large box of chocolate, or chocolate mint instant pudding (made with 1/2 the amount of milk called for in the box directions)

1 Tablespoon cocoa

1- 8 oz container of whipped topping

Maraschino Cherries

Red and green colored sugar sprinkles

Can of whipped topping


Mix up the chocolate pudding using half of the milk called for on the box. Mix in the cocoa, then carefully fold in the container of whipped topping. Refrigerate the mixture until party time. When you’re ready to serve, fill the fillo cups with the chocolate mousse mixture and top with whipped topping, sprinkles, and a cherry. This makes 6 mousse cups, just double or triple the recipe if you have a larger party.

They’re quick, and easy, and you can make them low calorie and low fat if you use fat free whipped topping, and pudding.

You can also use sheets of fillo dough to make your cups. Just moisten 3-4 sheets of fillo dough with cooking spray and put them into muffin pans to make your cups, then bake for a few minutes until the cups are golden brown.

Add a festive holiday touch by adding red and green holiday sprinkles and a red cherry to the top.

These would be a hit on any Christmas party dessert buffet, and they're super quick and easy to make.

Image (c) L Gerlach

Dress Up Your Holiday Dessert With Christmas Sprinkles!

Christmas Cookies For Your Christmas Buffet!

Christmas cookies
Christmas cookies

A platter of Christmas cookies can make a wonderful statement on your Christmas dessert display. Include your holiday favorites, made from scratch or from your favorite cookie maker.

Christmas Dessert Platters

Christmas Bark Can Be a Wonderful Addition To Your Christmas Dessert Buffet

Christmas white chocolate bark mint
Christmas white chocolate bark mint

White Chocolate Mint Chocolate Bark


* 12 ounces (about 2 cups) dark chocolate, or chocolate chips

* 12 ounces (about 2 cups) white chocolate, chopped, or white chocolate chips

* 8-10 peppermint candy canes or about 20 pieces of mint Christmas candies


1. Unwrap the candy canes or mint candy pieces and crush them by adding them to a food processor and pulsing it on and off until they're crushed, or place them in a large plastic bag and roll over them with a rolling pin until they're crushed into small pieces.

2. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper.

3. Melt the dark chocolate according to the package directions. Pour the chocolate onto the wax paper and spatula or knife spread it evenly to about 1/8" thick. Don't worry about getting all the way to the edges or making it neat, the chocolate will be broken into pieces later. Place the tray in the refrigerator to cool while you're preparing the white chocolate.

4. Melt the white chocolate according to the package directions, and stir the candy cane bits. You can reserve some of the candy cane pieces to sprinkle on top later.

5. Remove the cookie sheet from the refrigerator and use a spatula or knife to spread the white chocolate in an even layer over the dark chocolate. Again don't worry about it being perfectly neat around the edges, you'll be cutting it into pieces.

6. Before the white chocolate cools and hardens, sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces over the top and press them in. Place the tray back in the refrigerator to cool for at least another 30 minutes.

7. Once bark is completely set, use your hands to break it into small, uneven pieces.

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      HalloweenLady 6 years ago

      nice idea's! though it is early for Christmas, me and my dad are planning to do a cooking course for making Christmas tapas, and saw your site while googling. Thanks.