Save on Pinterest

36 Easy 13×9 Christmas Dessert Ideas

These 13x9 desserts are easy, delicious, festive—and perfect for your Christmas celebration.

1 / 36

Festive Mint Cream Dessert

Mint ice cream and colorful sprinkles make this cool concoction perfect for holiday parties or meals. For a chocolaty dessert, use rocky road or chocolate ice cream instead. —Sally Hook, Montgomery, Texas. Hungry for more? Try these chocolate Christmas desserts.

Go to Recipe

Need a new 13×9 pan? Check out this nonstick version from Taste of Home‘s bakeware line.

2 / 36
Tart Cranberry Cake Exps Ft21 2849 F 1118 1

Cranberry Christmas Cake

The ruby cranberries in this recipe stay bright and beautiful, and their tartness is irresistible. I’ve made this cranberry Christmas cake many times to share. —Marilyn Paradis, Woodburn, Oregon
3 / 36
Eggnog Tres Leches Cake Exps Tohdj21 132005 B07 29 12b 3

Eggnog Tres Leches Cake

When the holidays roll around, my family eagerly anticipates sampling this cake. Its rich eggnog flavor is delightful. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
4 / 36
Exps124321 Thca163696a05 28 6b V2 4

Hot Chocolate Tiramisu

Instead of using coffee and rum, I let cinnamon shine in this tiramisu. It's best if eaten within two days—if it even lasts that long! —Cathy Geniti, Saratoga Springs, New York
5 / 36
Sweet Potato Cranberry Cake Exps Tohca23 132001 P2 Md 09 21 5b 2

Sweet Potato Cranberry Cake

This convenient recipe uses items you have in your pantry, like sweet potatoes, cranberries, coconut and chocolate chips. Everyone will enjoy this delicious dessert! —Amie Valpone, New York, New York
6 / 36
Frozen Peppermint Delight Exps Hplbz18 25742 C05 17 7b 8

Frozen Peppermint Delight

If you’re looking for a dessert that’s festive, delicious and easy to make, this is the one for you. Drizzled in hot fudge sauce and loaded with pretty peppermint pieces, this almost tempting treat will have guests asking for seconds. —Pam Lancaster, Willis, Virginia
7 / 36
Reindeer Brownies Exps Hc22 173398 P2 Md 06 01 4b 1

Reindeer Brownies

My son, Jeremy, is 36 but acts as if he’s 5 when he sees these Christmas brownies—I’ve been making them for more than 30 years! My daughter, Jayme, and my four grandchildren love them, too. If you’re short on time, a boxed mix works just fine. —Jeannine Schneider, Fremont, California
8 / 36

Pumpkin Shortbread Dessert

My family prefers this to traditional pumpkin pie, which is just fine with me. It feeds a crowd, so I need to make only one dessert instead of several pies. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
9 / 36
Cranberry Amaretto Bread Pudding Exps Tcbbz18 188544 B05 04 4b 8

Cranberry Amaretto Bread Pudding

This is an update to a recipe that’s been in our family for three generations. The combination of white chocolate and amaretto mingled with seasonal cranberry is my favorite way to end any celebration’s meal. —Jennifer Evans DaCastello, Virginia Beach, Virginia
10 / 36

Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Both kids and grown-ups like this gorgeous dessert. It’ll keep a few days and is actually better the second day, so you can make it a day ahead. —Sherry Conley, Noel Hants County, Nova Scotia
11 / 36
Peppermint Brownies Exps Hpbz16 16041 D05 17 3b 10

Peppermint Brownies

My grandmother encouraged me to enter these mint brownies in the county fair some years ago—and they earned top honors! They're a delicious treat to serve during the holidays. —Marcy Greenblatt, Redding, California
12 / 36
Chewy Chocolate Cherry Bars Exps Diyd21 33234 E07 14 12b 7

Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Bars

Colorful dried cherries and pistachios star in this take on seven-layer bars. To switch it up even more, try cinnamon or chocolate graham cracker crumbs instead of plain and substitute pecans or walnuts for the pistachios. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
13 / 36
Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars Exps Cplbz19 120679 B11 01 9b 4

Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars

What did I do when I couldn’t decide between two of my favorite desserts? I combined them! This snickerdoodle-blondie hybrid proved even better with caramel, always a favorite ingredient. —Niki Plourde, Gardner, Massachusetts
14 / 36
Exps40764 Th132104b06 26 8b Web2 6

Deep-Dish Apple Pie

This deep-dish apple pie is a winner! The crust is so flaky and the filling is sure to please everyone. —Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, Massachusetts

Christmas pieCaken is here for the holidays, but there’s only one place to find it.

15 / 36
Cinnamon Brownies Exps Fbmz16 1943 C05 19 5b 13

Cinnamon Brownies

For Christmas one year, a friend gave us a pan of these delicious brownies. Before I figured out their secret was cinnamon, half the pan was already gone! —Gail Mehle, Rock Springs, Wyoming
16 / 36
Broken Glass Dessert Exps Tohca20 4932 E02 13 7b 5

Broken Glass Dessert

When it’s cut into squares, this dessert looks just like stained-glass windows. The buttery graham cracker crust pairs perfectly with the lovely creamy topping. —Kathy Crow, Cordova, Alaska
17 / 36
Gingerbread Meringue Bars Exps Gbhrbz18 160186 C06 20 2b 6

Gingerbread Meringue Bars

For the best of both worlds, I combined my grandmother's gingerbread recipe with my aunt's special brown sugar meringue. The result? These lovable holiday-perfect bars that have become a new family tradition. —Eden Dranger, Los Angeles, California
18 / 36
Exps154747 Th132767b05 10 5b Web2 2

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

My twist on rice crispy bars includes crunchy crushed pretzels. Then I top them with a creamy peanut butter coating and rich chocolate topping. Garnished with peanuts and even more pretzels, I don’t think I'd ever go back to plain old bars again. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
19 / 36
Exps33541 Bhd153762b07 10 2b 12

Double Nut Baklava

It may take some time to make this rich, buttery treat, but it's well worth the effort! The blend of coconut, pecans and macadamia nuts is irresistible. —Kari Kelley, Plains, Montana
20 / 36

Curry-Kissed Coconut Fudge

If you love Thai flavors and love fudge, you'll adore this creamy coconut fudge sprinkled with a hint of sweet curry powder. —Sarah Meuser, New Milford, Connecticut
21 / 36

Easy Pecan Pie Bars

I'm always searching for fast and easy recipes to take to the teachers lounge. The staff goes nuts for these shortcut pecan pie bars. —Kathro Yoder, Defiance, Ohio
22 / 36

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

Friends sometimes ask me to make these for wedding receptions. For a fancier presentation, I cut the bars into triangle shapes and drizzle white chocolate over each one individually. —Erika Busz, Kent, Washington
23 / 36
Exps62822 Thca163696a05 28 5b V2 2

German Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

I first tried tres leches cake while in Ecuador several years ago. Since then, I’ve changed it up by adding some of my favorite ingredients, namely chocolate and coconut. This version also has a splash of rum for an adults-only treat. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
24 / 36
Exps12830 Mtc153706d03 05 1b 4

Cherry Coconut Bars

I came across these easy maraschino cherry bars while stationed at a Michigan Air Force base in 1964 and have been making the recipe ever since. My children don't think an event is special unless they are part of it. —Marguerite Emery, Orland, California
25 / 36

Cuppa Joe Caramel Cake

I get compliments on this cake wherever I take it. It is very much an adult cake, with the hit of coffee and the warmth of the brown sugar and caramel.—Leigh Doutt, Pueblo West, Colorado
26 / 36

Layered Candy Cane Dessert

This fabulous dessert has the magical flavor of candy canes plus the bonus of an Oreo cookie crust. And it looks like a winter wonderland. —Dawn Kreuser, Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 / 36

Layered Chocolate-Raspberry Triangles

My chocolaty triangles layered with raspberry jam are a must during the holiday season. The cakelike bars look festive, and one batch goes a long way.—Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York
28 / 36
Maple Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars Exps Fbmz18 154149 B05 11 6b 3

Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Chip Bars

When I make these, the kitchen smells like Christmas. Cinnamon chips add fabulous flavor to the bars, and the maple glaze fancies them up a bit. —Lyndi Pilch, Springfield, Missouri
29 / 36
Exps H13x9bz16 14756 A05 06 4b 3

Fudgy Macaroon Bars

Anyone with a sweet tooth will make a beeline for my dessert tray when these rich squares show up. They're attractive on the platter and delectable with fudge and coconut. —Beverly Zdurne, East Lansing, Michigan
30 / 36
Butterscotch Apple Cake Exps Hplz17 16196 C06 02 3b 1

Butterscotch Apple Cake

"My family often requests this easy old-fashioned cake for get-togethers—especially in the fall," writes Beth Struble from Bryan, Ohio.
31 / 36
Exps40878 Sd153322d04 07 12b 6

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tiramisu didn't do it for me until I tried this recipe with its luscious layers of cheesecake. It's one of my favorite desserts to make this time of year. —Christie Nelson, Taylorville, Illinois
32 / 36
Chocolate Maple Bars Exps H13x9bz17 17749 D06 09 5b 13

Chocolate Maple Bars

My family runs a maple syrup operation, and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate maple syrup into my cooking and baking. These bars are delicious! —Cathy Schumacher, Alto, Michigan
33 / 36
Raspberry White Chocolate Bars Exps Hpbz16 15299 D05 24 4b 10

Raspberry White Chocolate Bars

A co-worker's mother gave me this gem of a recipe a few years back. I can never decide what's more appealing—the attractive look of the bars or their incredible aroma while they're baking! Everyone who tries these asks for the recipe. —Mimi Priesman, Pace, Florida
34 / 36
Mississippi Mud Pie Exps Ppp18 104815 B04 13  11b 4

Mississippi Mud Pie

This southern favorite is one my family can never get enough of and there are never any leftovers. My grandmother, mother and aunts always made this recipe for family gatherings. Now I make it for everyone because it's so easy to prepare and everyone loves it! —Elizabeth Williston, Thibodaux, Louisiana
35 / 36
Exps191114 Sd163324c08 06 4b 3

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher torte is a Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares are an easy alternative, but they still feature the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
36 / 36
Exps H13x9bkz16 40218 D05 06 2b 4

Glazed Ginger Bars

I can’t think of the holidays without these luscious bars. The scent and flavor of ginger are just right for the season, and the light glaze adds the perfect amount of sweetness. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.