25 Christmas in July Dessert Recipes to Make - Handle the Heat
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25 Christmas in July Recipes to Make

By Tessa Arias
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July 21st, 2022

Celebrate Christmas in July with these 25 easy and delicious holiday dessert recipes! We’ve got brownies, cinnamon rolls, cakes, and of course, LOTS of cookies.

‘Tis the season.

I know, I know. It’s July. It’s 100 degrees outside here in Phoenix. However… who doesn’t love a little extra Christmas in their life?!

Today I’m sharing 25 recipes to make for Christmas in July! We’re baking up in celebration of The Ultimate Cookie Handbook *new lower price* of just $29.

You see, I self-published the cookbook in 2020 after YEARS of working on the project. I knew exactly what book I wanted to write and wanted to control every part of the process so I could be sure I was delivering the best possible cookbook to you. I knew a lot of publishing houses wouldn’t let me dedicate an entire section of the book to the SCIENCE of cookie baking.

After selling out of the book in 30 hours when we first launched and restocking several more times… well, we’ve finally sold enough copies that I can permanently lower the price. Everything is so crazy expensive right now, but we wanted to make baking like a pro as accessible as possible.

Get your cookbook here! >>

This book includes tons of visual examples to learn the science of baking in a fun way as well as 50 of my best cookie recipes (some not even found on the site!). It’s one of my proudest professional accomplishments, and I hope you love it if you decide to order one! Okay, back to our regular programming…

So, what is Christmas in July?

Apparently, the roots of the Christmas in July concept trace back to the later 1800s. It was popularized by advertisers in the 1950s. I associate it mostly with the Hallmark channel. I just love the idea of adding a little sprinkle of magic into the summer months. Why not?!

So, get your baking sheets ready, and let’s have a rockin’ Christmas in July baking celebration!


Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Possibly the most flavorful chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted. The combination of the nutty brown butter, the rich sweetness of the dark brown sugar, and the caramel-y toffee is INSANELY good. These cookies even went viral on TikTok! Get the recipe >>

Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies

My go-to recipe, these Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies are perfectly tender and soft with just the right amount of chewiness. They take just minutes to make with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen! Roll them in sprinkles before baking for extra festive sugar cookies. Get the recipe >>

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

My most popular cookie recipe of all time! Ultra thick Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies feature golden brown edges with ooey and gooey centers. This easy recipe can be made in 30 minutes! Get the recipe >>

Gingerbread Cookies

Easy Gingerbread Cookies are thick, soft, and perfectly maintain their adorable shape. This dough is a dream to work with and the cookies can be made ahead of time! Easy cookie icing included.

Easy Gingerbread Cookies are thick, soft, and perfectly maintain their adorable shape. This dough is a dream to work with and the cookies can be made ahead of time! Get the recipe >>

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate and peanut butter has been my favorite sweet combination since before I can remember! I am obsessed! These peanut butter cookies are thick, chewy, soft, melty, and wonderful. Get the recipe >>

Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies with Icing

Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies with Icing features a simple dough that's fun to work with so you can make any festive shaped and decorated cookies you want!

This simple sugar cookie dough is a joy to work with! Plus, these cookies hold their shape perfectly while baking and don’t get too hard or crispy. Get the recipe >>

Crispy Gingersnaps

Classic Crispy Gingersnaps are the perfect Christmas cookie! Thin and crunchy with the perfect amount of molasses and spice, this easy homemade recipe takes just 30 minutes to make! Get the recipe >>

M&M Christmas Cookies

holiday m&m cookies with christmas m&ms

These festive red and green M&M Christmas Cookies are ultra thick, soft, chewy, and flavorful. These cookies are ridiculously easy to make and are perfect for holiday gifting. Get the recipe >>


Festive Pie Recipes

French Silk Pie

slice of french silk pie with homemade whipped cream and chocolate curls

French Silk Pie features an Oreo cookie crust, rich and creamy chocolate filling, and is topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings! No raw eggs. Perfect holiday recipe! Get the recipe >>

Peanut Butter Pie

This pie recipe is like a massive peanut butter cup from heaven! The crust is crunchy yet buttery, the peanut butter filling is ultra light, fluffy, and luscious, and the candy on top takes it to a whole other level. We never have leftovers when we make this pie recipe because it gets gobbled up so quickly! Get the recipe >>

Caramel Apple Streusel Pie

This Caramel Apple Streusel Pie features a rich and buttery crust, an easy homemade caramel apple filling, and a toffee streusel topping. Get the recipe >>

Butterscotch Pie

Butterscotch Pie is made with an easy spiced Biscoff cookie crust, homemade butterscotch pudding filling, and is topped with creamy whipped cream. Perfect fall treat!

Butterscotch Pie is made with an easy spiced Biscoff cookie crust, homemade butterscotch pudding filling, and is topped with creamy whipped cream. Get the recipe >>


Holiday Cakes and Cupcakes

 

Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Peppermint Chocolate Cake is the absolute PERFECT holiday cake! It’s as easy as it is beautiful, ultra moist, and is loaded with chocolate and refreshing peppermint flavors. Get the recipe >>

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Mint + chocolate = heaven. The cupcake is super duper moist while the frosting is lusciously smooth. Get the recipe >>

Gingerbread Sheet Cake

Easy Gingerbread Sheet Cake features a Texas-style spiced molasses buttermilk cake topped with a creamy and rich cream cheese frosting. Simple recipe perfect for a crowd! Get the recipe >>

Butterscotch Cake

Ultra rich, tender, and moist Butterscotch layer cake slice on a plate with a bite taken out

How to Make AMAZING Butterscotch Cake from scratch! Super moist and tender brown sugar sour cream cake layers filled with thick homemade butterscotch sauce and finished with butterscotch buttercream! Get the recipe >>

Red Velvet Cake

The BEST Red Velvet Cake recipe ever! Ultra moist, buttery, tender and soft cake with the most perfect red velvet flavor. Topped with easy cream cheese frosting. Get the recipe >>

Peppermint Mocha Bundt Cake

The perfect easy Christmas Cake - Peppermint Mocha Bundt cake tastes like your favorite Starbucks drink in dessert form!

Peppermint Mocha Bundt Cake is the absolute PERFECT holiday cake! It’s as easy as it is beautiful and loaded with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint flavors. Get the recipe >>


More Christmas in July Desserts You’ll Love

Peppermint Oreo Truffles

Fun and festive easy Peppermint Oreo Truffles require no baking and just 6 ingredients. Anyone can make these, and they are sure to be an all-time family favorite! Get the recipe >>

Gingerbread White Chocolate Blondies

Gingerbread White Chocolate Blondies are chewy, soft, melty, and a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Perfect easy treat for the holidays and ready in just 40 minutes! Get the recipe >>

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

It isn’t Christmas without cinnamon rolls! Gooey Cinnamon Rolls are ultra soft and tender, loaded with ooey gooey buttery cinnamon filling, and flooded with vanilla icing. Better than Cinnabon and can be made the night before! Get the recipe >>

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars are tangy, sweet, fresh, and rich. They look almost as good as they taste!

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars are tangy, sweet, fresh, and rich. They look almost as good as they taste! Get the recipe >>

Gingerbread Brownies

Spiced gingerbread brownies feature a fudgy brownie loaded with homemade gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Brownies feature a thick and fudgy spiced brownie studded with crumbled gingerbread cookies and topped with adorable mini gingerbread men for a perfectly festive Christmas dessert! Get the recipe >>

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

A slice being cut out of chocolate peppermint cheesecake

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake features a buttery Oreo cookie crust, an ultra rich and decadent chocolate peppermint filling, and is topped with fudgy ganache and crushed candy canes. Get the recipe >>

Fudgy Ginger Brownies

Fudgy Ginger Brownies are ultra thick and chewy crackly topped brownies loaded with gooey chocolate chips and candied ginger. Get the recipe >>


What is your favorite recipe to make for Christmas?! Comment below!

    Tessa Arias
    Author: Tessa Arias

    I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

    Tessa Arias

    About Tessa...

    I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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