After a holiday meal, everyone looks forward to a rich dessert with winter’s coziest ingredients. Whether you’re looking for traditional sugar cookies or an innovative, raw German chocolate pie for your ideal Christmas desserts, we did all the elf work needed to finish off your holiday dinner.
1. Coconut Flour Gingerbread Cookies
Nothing screams Christmas more than adorable gingerbread cookies! You can even decorate these little guys with some dairy-free buttercream frosting!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Coconut Flour Gingerbread Cookies
2. Simple Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are the classic cookies to leave out for Santa. Chocolate-y, fluffy cookies are great to dip in almond milk, set out for guests, or even give as Christmas presents!
Recipe: Delighted Mama | Simple Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
3. Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons
Chocolate and coconut bring another dimension to decadent holiday desserts. Partner these with all of the cookie baking you’ll be doing to prep for the holidays, because these cookies are a little something extra special.
Recipe: Fed + Fit | Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons
4. Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies
These shortbread cookies will bring back memories of Grandma baking away during the Christmas season. Drizzle with some dark chocolate or eat them au natural.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies
5. Ginger Molasses Cookies
A cup of coffee is the perfect match for these flavor-rich cookies. Sweet molasses and flavorful ginger, cinnamon, and allspice blend together to make a delightful holiday treat.
Recipe: Gourmande in the Kitchen | Ginger Molasses Cookies
6. Paleo Mint Double Chocolate Cookies
Mint and chocolate are the flavors of the season. Chewy, chocolate-y, minty, and gooey are the perfect words to describe these rich, delicious cookies. Guests will be begging for more!
Recipe: Texan Erin | Paleo Mint Double Chocolate Cookies
7. No-Bake Cheesecake Cookies
There’s just something about eating cheesecake during the Christmas season—it’s so delicious. You can even make a sweet berry jam to dip them in, and feel free to swap strawberries with winter berries (like cranberries) too!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No-Bake Cheesecake Cookies
8. Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cookies with Spicy Roasted Pepitas
Sweet cookies with a little spicy bite—it’s delightful with a glass of coffee or almond milk. They also get some extra crunch from the roasted pepitas!
Recipe: Kitchen Tested | Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cookies with Spicy Roasted Pepitas
9. Paleo Sugar Cookies
Of course you have to make sugar cookie cut-outs! Santa hats, snowflakes, reindeer—you name it! This is the perfect recipe to make all of your favorite Christmas shapes!
Recipe: Gluten-Free Baking | Paleo Sugar Cookies
10. Almond Butter Cup Cookies
Add a little depth to your cookie game with some almond butter. Eat these little guys by the handful—the rich chocolate and creamy almond butter will give your taste buds a treat!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Almond Butter Cup Cookies
Cakes and Pies
11. Paleo Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
The cold season calls for filling desserts—with creamy frosting. This Paleo cake is (Paleo) sugar, spice, and everything nice for a wonderful Christmas dessert. It is also a crowd pleaser for holiday parties.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
12. Chocolate Truffle Cake
Who doesn’t crave chocolate truffles? Add some honey, coconut milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract for a deliciously decadent truffle cake. Serve it up after a romantic holiday dinner, or just to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Recipe: Livin’ the Crunchy Life | Chocolate Truffle Cake
13. Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Icing
Recipe: Deliciously Organic | Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Icing
14. Dark Chocolate Lava Cake
It’s the perfect dessert to keep you warm while the weather switches the landscape into a winter wonderland. Snuggle up in your favorite blanket and indulge in this gooey, rich, chocolate dessert.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Dark Chocolate Lava Cake
A warm cup of coffee is always welcome at Christmas dinner. Combine this warm beverage with this wonderful, classic, Paleo Italian dessert. Be sure to make room for seconds too!
Recipe: Unconventional Baker | Tiramisu
16. Paleo Fruitcake
Fruitcake is as much of a Christmas classic as A Christmas Carol. This Paleo-friendly recipe offers pineapple, cherries, pecans, walnuts, dates, and pecans. Give it as a holiday gift or eat it at your family gathering.
Recipe: Cave Girl Cuisine | Paleo Fruitcake
17. Purple Sweet Potato Pie
Just look at that inviting purple hue. Not only is this recipe a flavorful dessert—it’s a conversation piece! Who knew dessert could add so much color to the holidays!
Recipe: The Endless Meal | Purple Sweet Potato Pie
18. Raw German Chocolate Pie
German chocolate cake means dark chocolate, coconut, and nuts. This recipe takes this traditional cake and adds a delicious chocolate crust to it. Yum.
Recipe: Unconventional Baker | Raw German Chocolate Pie
Extra Holiday Treats
19. Paleo Eggnog Cupcakes
A warm glass of eggnog screams Christmas. Add this holiday beverage to some yummy cupcakes and watch them disappear—quickly. Holiday parties are begging for this tasty dessert.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Eggnog Cupcakes
20. Carrot Cake Pops
Here’s a personal-sized cake pop for your guests! Drizzle some Paleo-friendly frosting on top of these no-bake cake pops to complete this fun recipe!
Recipe: Healthful Pursuit | Carrot Cake Pops
21. Pumpkin Pie Bars with a Gingerbread Crust
This recipe offers a tasty, fall/winter collaboration. Pumpkin pie is a top-of-mind autumn dessert, and gingerbread adds the flavors of the winter season. It’s two seasons in one yummy dessert!
Recipe: That Paleo Couple | Pumpkin Pie Bars with Gingerbread Crust
22. Strawberry Lemon Gingerbread Men Gummies
These treats are so happy you’ll almost have a hard time biting into them—almost. This four-ingredient recipe is fast, easy, and festive!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Strawberry Lemon Gingerbread Men Gummies
23. Paleo Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Spiced apple pie can also come in bar-form. Fresh apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg bring all of the flavors here. Add some Paleo caramel sauce to really round out this recipe.
Recipe: Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind | Paleo Caramel Apple Pie Bars
24. Chocolate Pecan Tart
Individual tarts are a cute way to make guests feel special. This chocolate pecan tart offers a sweet touch to the end of a homemade holiday meal.
Recipe: Plated with Style | Chocolate Pecan Tart
25. Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Bars
Salted caramel—yes, please! Add some maple syrup and pecans to that combination, and you’ve entered dessert heaven. This bar also rests on a yummy shortbread crust.
Recipe: The Foodie Teen | Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Bars
26. Earl Grey Chocolate Pots de Crème
Have you ever tried chocolate with Earl Grey tea? If not, you should! This recipe is filled with rich chocolate, herbal tea, and a bright citrus flavor.
Recipe: Gourmande in the Kitchen | Earl Grey Chocolate Pots de Crème
27. Homemade Ferrero Rocher
Who doesn’t think of the holidays when they see Ferrero Rocher? Make a homemade version to share with family and friends—or to savor by yourself!
Recipe: Living Healthy with Chocolate | Homemade Ferrero Rocher
28. Paleo Peppermint Patties
A cool minty treat to devour by a roaring fire. Place them around your dinner table for guests to gnaw on, or wrap them up in festive cellophane wrap as a Christmas takeaway.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Peppermint Patties
29. Chocolate Coffee Coconut Truffles
If you’re looking for an easy, no-bake treat—these truffles are exactly what you’re looking for. Coconut, chocolate, and ground coffee are the flavors this recipe offers!
Recipe: Paleo Flourish Magazine | Chocolate Coffee Coconut Truffles
30. Paleo Hot Chocolate
You can’t have Christmas without hot chocolate. This Paleo-friendly version is creamy and wonderfully delicious. Add some homemade marshmallows too!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Hot Chocolate
31. Cake Batter Milkshake
Instead of eating holiday cake—make a cake batter milkshake instead! It’s easy to add a touch of peppermint or a cranberry purée to up the festive factor too!
Recipe: Fed and Fit | Cake Batter Milkshake
32. Peppermint Mocha
It’s like a trip to Starbucks during the holiday season! All this drink calls for is espresso, coconut milk, honey, and peppermint. Shave dark chocolate on the top to bring a little more personality and chocolate flavor to your cup.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Peppermint Mocha
33. Butterscotch Coffee
Rich and creamy, this butterscotch coffee is a delicious way to ring in the holidays. Add your favorite Paleo-friendly spirit to make you and your guest’s spirits even brighter!
Recipe: Civilized Caveman Cooking | Butterscotch Coffee
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