Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year! The one thing I don’t love is how much money we end up spending. Yikes! I’m always looking for easy ways to save money during the holiday season while still celebrating well.
The thing is, you truly can still celebrate Christmas on a budget. Today I’ve rounded up a list of cheap Christmas desserts you can make for and with your family that won’t break the bank this holiday season.
These easy recipes are perfect for taking to your next Christmas party, to eat with family after Christmas dinner, or take for another special occasion during this time of the year.
The Best Cheap Christmas Desserts
I've rounded up a big list of the yummiest easy Christmas desserts that are also cheap and affordable!
From traditional Christmas cookie recipes, to Christmas cakes, to no-bake Christmas desserts, to unique Christmas treats with a modern twist, I've got so many great ideas for you!
These are the best Christmas dessert recipes on the Internet!
A family favorite in our home, this no-bake recipe can be made with fresh cherries or canned cherries for a cheaper dessert. The festive red cherries are perfect for the holiday season and the taste is out of this world! You'll love it!
This easy Christmas dessert recipe is always a winner!
These chocolate mint cookies definitely belong in your Christmas cookie assortment this year!
There are very few combinations better than chocolate and mint. Both are favorites of mine so mixing them together for this Sprinkled Chocolate Mint Cookies Recipe is sure to be a winner! These cookies are pretty easy to make and perfect for beginners or novice bakers.
Check out this Frosted Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe! The fresh cranberries paired with subtle orange citrus work well together to create a wonderful blend of flavors. Topped with a delicate sweet drizzle, this recipe is a favorite during the holidays and all year round!
This classic Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe is a no-fail, no refrigeration needed recipe you will FALL IN LOVE WITH! The results are so tasty you'll find yourself turning to this recipe all year round but especially for those classic rolled sugar cookies!
This festive dessert is something we make every single year.
This must-make holiday Christmas Crack sweet treat can be made in just 15 minutes! It’s a tasty combination of sweet and salty plus caramel and chocolate that’s topped with red and green candy-coated chocolate M & Ms for a festive touch.
This delicious mixed berry galette is an inexpensive, delicious, and quick dessert - what more can you ask for?! Uses storebought pastry and frozen berries, and only requires 15 minutes of active prep time.
Mini Eggnog Cream Pies are a fun and festive easy Christmas dessert recipe perfect for the holiday season. You only need four ingredients to make these super simple and simply dreamy mini cream pies with a crescent roll crust and one of everyone’s favorite Christmas flavors!
Gingerbread Caramel Candy is a fun and festive twist on classic soft and chewy caramel candy. If you’re looking for homemade soft and chewy caramel recipe with no corn syrup, this is the recipe for you and it’s easier to make than you might think!
Easy to make and adorable to look at, these kid-friendly gingerbread cookies use m&m candies to make the “ornaments” on the tree. The dough is very forgiving, which means you can re-roll the scraps over and over, wasting none of it!
Arroz con Leche (or Mexican Rice Pudding) is a delicious and affordable Mexican dessert made from simple ingredients including rice, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. It can be served hot or cold and is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth during the Christmas holidays.
Poor Man’s Pudding, or pouding chômeur as it was originally known, is a quintessential French Canadian dessert. It originated in the Belle Province early during the Great Depression and can be literally translated by “pudding of the unemployed”.
For a festive holiday dessert, you cannot go wrong with a 2-ingredient Peppermint Bark recipe. It's delicious with creamy white chocolate and cool classic peppermint together in a dessert that is easy to make & easy on the wallet.
Ensalada Navideña is a sweet Mexican fruit salad made during the holidays. It consists of a mixture of apples and nuts all dressed in a rich cream sauce. An incredibly yummy Christmas dessert that doesn’t break the bank.
Looking for the perfect holiday cookie that is super easy to make? These gingerbread cookies pack a spicy gingerbread flavor with a delicious sweetness from the brown sugar and molasses. You won’t be able to stop eating them!
These festive Christmas Pretzel Hugs are melted just enough to press an M&M on the top. Let the chocolate set back up and then package them for neighbor gifts, or place them on a plate for the perfect salty-sweet treat!
Cranberry Toffee Bread Pudding is a decadent and easy to make holiday dessert. Made with condensed milk, dried cranberries and topped with a simple store-bought caramel sundae sauce, orange zest and a little whipped cream, it's the perfect Christmas dessert.
Crescent-shaped vanilla almond cookies, with tender and melt-in-your-mouth texture. Perfect to celebrate Christmas and other special events. These cookies would look so pretty if you create festive cookie boxes to gift to family and friends.
These Melt Away Christmas Cookies are simple sweet cookie with a tangy cream cheese frosting that melts in your mouth every time you take a bite. They might possibly be the best Christmas Cookies ever!
Bread pudding with bourbon sauce is a rich dessert popular around the holidays. You'll love this classic cheap Christmas dessert with a boozy twist! This delicious dessert recipe uses stale bread, milk, eggs, and bourbon.
Super creamy and very flavorful are all I can say about these chocolate pandan panna cotta. From everyday dessert to elegant Christmas dessert ideas, this unique panna cotta recipe can satisfy all your needs with a minimal budget but still deliver that rich chocolate flavor you crave.
Make this fun, colorful Stained Glass Jello Salad in a fraction of the time with this recipe's shortcuts. Also called Broken Glass Jello Dessert, this small batch recipe is made with prepared gelatin cups you can get at the dollar stores.
Which one of these amazing desserts will you try? One of my favorite things about Christmas baking is getting the whole family involved in preparing them. Every year we whip up a batch of sugar cookies and then decorate them together. It’s so much fun!
This year, choose a handful of these best Christmas desserts and make them for your family and friends to enjoy. You won’t be disappointed!
Do you have any Christmas traditions involving cheap and easy holiday desserts? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
I know that sometimes it can be tough to find just the right gift for family and friends at Christmastime. We have a huge gift guide filled with ideas for everyone on your list. We also have lots of stocking stuffer ideas too.
Stained glass jello looks SO cool!! My kiddos love jello so we will probably try that one first!!
Sunday 18th of December 2022
Wow! These are awesome recipes. I'd love to try the Whipped Chocolate Chip Shortbread!
Sunday 11th of December 2022
I love the idea of a Christmas Poke Cake, how pretty! I am definitely going to make one for my kids, they are going to be so excited!
Wednesday 7th of December 2022
There are so many things I want to try seeing this list! My husband's family are huge fans of Jello Salad! They make it every Christmas. I love the Grinch popcorn! That looks so festive!
Tuesday 6th of December 2022
Oh my goodness!! You have delicious cheap recipes for many Christmases to come! They all sound scrumptious 😎 I have to pin the link you have for these masterpieces of comfort food 😍 The pin is like a huge recipe book 📖 Thanf you for sharing 👍👍 Merry Christmas 🎄 Yummy 😋