Easy dessert recipes for Christmas

This is pretty last minute since Christmas is two sleeps away but if you’re still stumped for easy dessert recipes that your friends and family will “ooh” and “aah” over, I’ve got your back. Plus, these recipes don’t require hours of slaving away in the kitchen, giving you time to spend with your loved ones.

First up is my mom’s mince pie recipe. I have such fond memories of making these with her when I was a kiddo, and now she has carried on the tradition with Aria. Dan is a massive fan and has declared that these specific mince pies are way better than the Woolies ones; not too sweet, not too tart and a pastry that isn’t overly heavy. Basically perfect.


2¼ self raising flour

250g margarine

1 cup sugar

1 egg

pinch of salt

Christmas mincemeat

Mix together the dry ingredients together. Rub in the margarine. Beat egg lightly and add to the mixture. Work together with your fingers. Roll out to 6mm thick and cut out circles to fit inside your cupcake tray, a glass works well.

Place the bases inside the tray and put in a generous teaspoon full of Christmas mincemeat. Wet edges of the base with water and place the top circles on. If you want to add a little bit of pizazz to your mince pies, use a star cookie cutter and make your top circles starts instead. Prick a few times with a fork and then bake for about 20min at 180°C until golden.

Once done, sprinkle them with caster sugar and then serve by themselves or with some custard.

Makes approx 12 mince pies

This pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) lava cake recipe was an absolute gamble… but it paid off and I was thrilled! I had seen a few different lava cake recipe’s that used a pressure cooker online, but I ended up dumbing it down a little, because ease is key, and it worked so beautifully that I think it may become my new go to!

Chocolate cake box mix

Ingredients for box mix

Blocks of chocolate

Prepare the cake mixture as per the instructions on the box. Grease oven proof ramekins generously and then fill them to the ¾ mark. Push a piece of chocolate (I used Lindt balls) into the centre of the mixture.

Add 1 cup of water to your pressure cooker and put the wire rack inside. Arrange your ramekins onto the rack. Set your pressure cooker to high pressure for 8 minutes. Quick release when done and then remove the desserts carefully as they will be really hot.

Slide a knife around the edges of the dessert and then turn the ramekins upside down on the serving plate and the pudding will pop right out. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and some mixed berries.

I told you these were super easy recipes! They really are such crowd pleasers and if I can master them, then you definitely can as well. If you do whip one (or both!) of these up, please do tag me, I would love to see!

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