Filled with classic flavors like eggnog and gingerbread, our best Christmas desserts are sure to add a memorable finish to your holiday dinner.

Photo collage: Eggnog panna cotta, pumpkin spice cake, port poached pear, vanilla chai cupcakes.

With the stars of most holiday meals being classic dishes like roast turkey and old-fashioned stuffing it can be hard to choose a dessert that will stand out.

The Christmas dessert recipes in this collection are filled with classic holiday flavors but offer an alternative to more common choices like pumpkin pie.

Pair them with complementing after-dinner drinks and you’ll have a sweet finish to your Christmas dinner that might just become a new family tradition. Read on for some pairing ideas.

Christmas dessert and drink pairings

Our Eggnog Panna Cotta is smooth and creamy and topped with a layer of caramel sauce spiked with rum. Pair with Moscato (Muscat), late-harvest Riesling or for a non-alcoholic option, dark-roasted coffee.

Complement the light sweetness of our Port Wine Poached Pears with a sweet (demi-sec) Champagne, hard pear cider, or sparkling water with a lemon twist.

Christmas desserts like our Pumpkin Spice Cake and Bourbon-Laced Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake work well with a sweet Moscato, tawny Port, or Belgian-style ale.

The chocolate and mint flavors of our Candy Cane Brownie Bites pair best with a robust red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or a hearty Chocolate Stout.

Our Best Christmas Desserts