3 Ideas For A Fabulous Christmas Holiday Dessert Buffet

by Linette

I’m planning a Christmas holiday dessert buffet this year for my holiday gathering.  I’ve been working on putting together a few great holiday dessert recipes and I decided I should give them a try and have a little pre-holiday party. Put together 3 of my favorite Christmas dessert recipes, so I thought I’d share them with you today.  Here’s the final result.

Christmas dessert buffet ideas

First of course I had to make a trip to Walmart to pick up a few ingredients to create the easy dessert recipes I wanted to include in my holiday buffet. Many of the ingredients I have listed for these recipes are everyday items I keep stocked in my pantry, but I did have to go pick up a few things I needed to restock anyway. You can check out the details from my shop here.

First up I made chocolate peanut butter pie. It’s a family favorite holiday recipe at our house. I got some new mini pie pans about a week ago. I’ve been wanting to test them out, so of course I had to make mini chocolate peanut butter pies! They turned out super cute, and delicious! They’ll make a wonderful addition to any holiday desserts buffet.

Chocolate peanut butter pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Pies Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 4 tablespoons butter~ melted
  • 1~8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 cup Planters creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Cool Whip Whipped Topping (thawed)
  • 1 Container Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting

Kraft Mealtime Solutions Holiday Meal Planning Peanut butter pie #Shop step by step


  1. Combine the crushed sandwich cookies with the melted butter.
  2. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the mini pie pans.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl cream together the cream cheese, Planters creamy peanut butter,  and powdered sugar.
  4. Add the Cool Whip Whipped topping and whip together until thoroughly combined.
  5. Scoop the cheesecake mixture over the top of the crumb crust in the mini pie pan.
  6. Refrigerate the mixture for a couple hours.
  7.  Top with Chocolate Cool Whip Frosting and serve!

Christmas Red and Green Poke Cupcakes

Christmas dessert buffet ideas for any holiday party


  • White cake mix and ingredients to make the mix
  • Strawberry Jello
  • Lime Jello
  • Water to make the Jello
  • 1 large container Cool Whip Frosting~ thawed

Christmas poke cupcakes with Jello


  1. Mix up and bake the cupcakes according to the package directions. Line the cupcake pan with festive red and green cupcake wraps.
  2. Let the cupcakes cool completely.
  3. Mix up the Jello according to the package directions in two different bowls.
  4. Use a fork to poke holes in the tops of the cupcakes.
  5. Spoon the Jello mixture onto the top of the cupcakes. Do half with Strawberry Jello, and the other half with Lime Jello.
  6. Chill the cupcakes for about an hour in the refrigerator.
  7. Top the cupcakes with Cool Whip Frosting.

The best part about these cupcakes is when you eat them!

Christmas cupcakes

The Jello makes them super moist, combine that with the Cool Whip and these are sure to be a hit for any holiday desserts buffet.

 marshmallow snowman pops

White Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Snowmen

  • 1 bag Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
  • 1 bag white melting chocolate
  • decorative black icing
  • decorative orange icing
  • chocolate sandwich cookies ~ separated
  • Chocolate caramel candies

marshmallow snowman how to make


  1. Melt the chocolates according to the package directions.
  2. Dip the marshmallows into the chocolate to coat them thoroughly.
  3. Add a chocolate sandwich cookie to the top.
  4. Dab a small bit of chocolate onto the chocolate caramel candy and use that as the glue to stick the candy to the top of the sandwich cookie to form the snowman’s hat.
  5. Once the chocolate has cooled insert a stick or decorative straw into the bottom of the marshmallow. If the chocolate is too hard you may need to use a small knife to poke a hole first.
  6. Use the black decorator icing and a small round decorator tip to pipe eyes and a mouth.
  7. Use orange decorator icing and a small round decorative tip to pipe an orange carrot nose on each snowman.

These are my ideas for a Christmas holiday dessert buffet. If you’re looking for more holiday dessert ideas check out these 31 Sweet Holiday Treat Recipe Ideas!




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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell November 7, 2013 - 11:46 am

I never thought to make poke cupcakes before. Great idea!!! Everything is so cute!

Nicole B November 7, 2013 - 12:05 pm

You are making me want to start holiday baking! Those treats are so cute. I don’t know where to buy those red and white straws – I love those.

Linette November 7, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Nicole, I found the straws at Jo Ann Fabric. I think they have them at Amazon too….

Angela November 7, 2013 - 12:25 pm

This is too cute for words! I’ll definitely be making those snowmen. I already have the red and white straws!

Elena November 7, 2013 - 1:39 pm

The mini pies look delicious. What festive treats!

Susan November 7, 2013 - 1:52 pm

the little pies look amazing! These would be fun to make.

Pam November 7, 2013 - 2:01 pm

THose snowmen pops are adorable! WHat a great idea for a party. I want to make a batch of these.

Mistee Dawn November 7, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Oh wow. I might use all three of these recipes this holiday season. Thanks!

Dawn Lopez November 7, 2013 - 7:15 pm

I am officially hungry and would like to be invited to your house.. because you totally have the best stuff! LOVE your ideas!

Jennifer Soltys November 7, 2013 - 10:04 pm

Oh my goodness. Every one of them looks delicious!!! Invite me to your party please!!

Tara November 7, 2013 - 11:03 pm

One thing looks better than the next! Great recipes and perfect for the upcoming season!

Ronni Keller November 8, 2013 - 5:47 am

I’m going to have to try those cupcakes!!!

Theresa @ Faith and Family Reviews November 8, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Awesome photos. The recipes all look so yummy! I bet your guests will be impressed. 😉

Tonia November 11, 2013 - 12:16 pm

What a great idea for the holidays! My family would love a dessert buffet. #client


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