The holidays are here and everywhere people are bustling around their homes, excited to get the festive season started. Once we've finally gotten all of our Christmas shopping done, ensured that the gifts are properly wrapped, and the house is decorated with lights and tinsel galore, it's time to think about planning for the holiday meals. Everyone has their own idea of what Christmas dinner should be, however, it can be difficult to come up with exciting new ideas for holiday dessert recipes that your family and friends are going to love.

It's the one season of the year where you can get away with a little extra indulgence in sweets and sugar, so why not make the most out of it with easy-to-make delights, from stunning cakes, to bite-size treats.

1.) Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

When it comes to holiday dessert recipes, one thing that you can always be sure of is that just about everyone loves chocolate. Made with seven tablespoons of butter, one tablespoon of cocoa powder, three ounces of chocolate, 1 cup of hazelnuts, 13 ounces of hazelnut spread, and six large eggs, the hazelnut chocolate cake is sure to become a firm favorite.
Dark and dense, this chocolate cake has been likened to hazelnut flavored fudge. It comes out of the oven fluffy and tall, but will deflate to about half the size when it starts to cool, so don't worry when it starts to shrink.

2.) Sticky Fig Pudding

If you think that figgy pudding is something that was simply dreamed up for Christmas carols, think again. Made with 20 dried figs, 2 large eggs, one and a half cups of flour, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 cups of brown sugar, and a stick of unsalted butter, this sticky fig pudding is incredibly simple to make, and it's delicious for the whole family. What's more, the toffee sauce, made with 2 cups of heavy cream, 2 cups of brown sugar, a stick of unsalted butter and a teaspoon of vanilla extract is so good that you'll finally understand why those carolers "won't leave" until they get some.

3.) Eggnog Ice Cream

When you're thinking up holiday dessert recipes, and Christmas treats, chances are that eggnog is going to be high up on your list. However, this delicious yuletide drink doesn't just have to be enjoyed in a glass. All you have to do is remove the egg whites from the recipe and put the rest of the mixture into an ice-cream maker. This dessert is delicious by itself for a bit of festive sweetness, or ideal on top of a steaming hot slice of your favorite holiday pie.

4.) Stollen

One of the most well-known holiday dessert recipes around today, Stollen is a traditional German version of the much-loved fruitcake, made with almonds and candied fruit. To make the sponge, all you need is a tablespoon of dry yeast, a quarter cup of warm water, a teaspoon of honey, 1 cup of flour, and 2/3 of a cup of milk. There are a number of different recipes for this available on the internet today, but most people agree that it is a simple and delicious holiday treat.