Southern Soul Food Christmas Desserts 

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We all know that Christmas cookies are classic Christmas desserts. But did you know there are Southern soul food Christmas cakes, pies, cheesecakes, puddings, and more?

After all, doesn’t the most wonderful time of the year deserve the most wonderful and flavorful desserts?

Southern Soul Food Christmas Desserts 

What desserts do you have on Christmas?

Christmas Desserts Soul Food Sweet Potato Pie

What is a soul food Christmas dinner menu?

A soul food Christmas dinner menu is Southern soul food entrées and Black folks’ recipes and dishes. 

Now, close your eyes. Take a deep breath. And imagine yourself sitting down to the perfect Christmas dinner feast. 

Tender, juicy, and flavorful meats and side dishes are oh so savory – and sometimes even sweet!

The scent of a soul food Christmas dinner wafting through the air. An aromatic scent and the essence of Black folks’ food. The kitchen becomes the gift that keeps on giving.

This year, create your own delicious memories with this easy Christmas desserts menu featuring exceptional soul food Southern desserts!

What desserts do African Americans eat on Christmas Day? African American Tea Cakes

What desserts do African Americans eat on Christmas Day?

You won’t need a fancy yule log recipe, Christmas tree cupcakes, or edible sparkly sprinkles. 

These are classic Southern soul food desserts, from sweet potato pie to a Christmas tea cake recipe or comfort-cozy bread pudding.  

A list of the best Black folks’ Christmas desserts favorites.

For Christmas tree brownies, cookie dough creations, snowball cookies, or strawberry Santas, check out my Christmas in July recipes HERE!

What is the most popular Christmas dessert?

The best Southern soul food Christmas desserts 

What is the most popular Christmas dessert?

In the Black community, hands down, it’s a soul food sweet potato pie! No respectable holiday meal would be without one!

Christmas Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Sweet, delicious, and soothing to the soul, Christmas sweet potato pie has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday celebration!
Check out this recipe!
Christmas Sweet Potato Pie

Pro tip – Soul food Christmas desserts rule number one: No pumpkin pie. Always sweet potato.

  • Southern sweet potato pie
Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Similar to our original Black Folks' Sweet Potato Pie, this Southern sweet potato pie recipe is made with fresh sweet potatoes and soul food spices and seasonings. 
But for this recipe, it's the Southern charm added to the pie after it bakes…
A thin layer of homemade cream cheese frosting is spread on top to savor the sweet taste of Southern hospitality!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

  • Black folks sweet potato pie 

Black folks deep-South sweet potato pie is somewhere between a Southern candied yam and an old-fashioned gingersnap! 

Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
A Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe is a delightful Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert packed with flavorful seasonings and spices in the tradition of Black folks’ soul food cooking. 
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

 

  • Purple sweet potato pie 

Looking to dazzle a crowd? 

Well, this’ll do it because it ain’t no humble pie! 

A purple sweet potato pie is a stark contrast from the traditional Christmas hues of red and green. 

This pie is bright purple, so if you want your dessert this year to stand out from the crowd – make it a Black folks’ purple sweet potato pie!

Black Folks Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
New twist on an old classic: Introducing Black folks purple sweet potato pie recipe!
Same but new - incredible soul food flavors with a regal purple hue!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

 

  • Black folks Southern pecan pie recipe

What is traditional Christmas food? The menu of traditional Christmas desserts would begin with this classic recipe for pecan pie!

Black Folks Southern Pecan Pie Recipe
Black folks' Southern pecan pie recipe is an old-fashioned African American soul food classic that yields an abundance of sweet flavor with each bite.
Brown sugar is combined with a syrupy pecan filling, caramelized, and then baked.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Pecan Pie Recipe

  • Soul food almond flour pie crust

An almond flour pie crust is so easy to make, just like a regular pie crust. Even if you don’t have any baking experience at all, trust me, you’ll be able to whip this up in minutes!

Soul Food Almond Flour Pie Crust
What’s the story of soul food and almond flour pie crust?
Almond flour has a Black folks' history and soul food legacy.
Black cooks in the South used to bake with almond flour because they didn't have access to traditional flour. The result was a moister, richer, and softer baked good!
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Almond Flour Pie Crust

  • Black folks Southern red velvet cake

Which sweets are a must for Christmas? A Southern red velvet cake!

Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Red velvet cake is considered to be soul food of the South!
A Black folks' Southern red velvet cake is a made-from-scratch decadent red sponge cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. A cake that's just sweet enough to be irresistible!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake

 

  • Black folks Southern bread pudding

Black Folks Southern Bread Pudding
Are you looking for an old-fashioned Southern bread pudding or a soul food African American beading pudding recipe?
Then look no further than this Black folks' Southern bread pudding - your go-to recipe!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Bread Pudding

 

  • Black folks Southern soul food carrot cake

Black Folks Southern Soul Food Carrot Cake Recipe
Soul food carrot cake is a Southern dessert specialty enjoyed by many African-American families as a sweet holiday tradition.
Black folks tend to make a more spiced carrot cake with classic homemade cream cheese frosting. 
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Soul Food Carrot Cake Recipe

 

  • Black folks Southern banana pudding

Black Southern banana pudding is an elevated version of the Americanized English trifle. African-American cooks in the South reimagined this layered homemade custard dish to perfection!

Consider this recipe a Christmas trifle!

Black Folks Southern Banana Pudding
How to make banana pudding the Black way
You'll never be able to look at other banana pudding the same way once you've tried this soul food delicious delight - Southern banana pudding prepared the Black way!
Check out this recipe!
Black Southern Banana Pudding

 

  • Black folks chocolate Southern banana pudding

Black Folks Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding Recipe
This chocolate banana pudding recipe is as quick and easy as the original soul food banana pudding recipe.
You simply add an additional layer of chocolate pudding and crunchy buttery Nilla Wafers for pure chocolate bliss!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

 

  • Instant Pot banana pudding made from scratch

Instant Pot Banana Pudding From Scratch
Instant Pot banana pudding from scratch - Southern desserts at their finest!
This banana pudding recipe just got easier with the help of an electric pressure cooker.
Check out this recipe!
Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

 

  • Black folks Southern peach cobbler recipe 

Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe
This soul food dessert and the darling favorite of the South is loaded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a light and airy cinnamon sugar crust. A cobbler so delicious, you may want to eat it all. All by yourself!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe

 

  • Soul food apple pie

Soul Food Apple Pie Recipe
What makes this apple pie a Black folks’ soul food specialty?
The flavor! This soul food apple pie recipe features fresh apples sweetened with brown sugar and spiced with a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Seasoned to perfection, the apples are roasted and then baked in the pie to leave you reminiscing on the best Southern dinners!
Check out this recipe!
Soul Food Apple Pie Recipe

 

  • Strawberry pretzel salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry pretzel salad combines strawberries with crunchy pretzels and cream cheese whipped topping.
This Southern dessert is a great way to use up some of the strawberries that are in season now! 
Check out this recipe!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe Jelll-O
 

  • Southern Living chocolate ganache lava cake

Serve warm to get the full effect of the melted chocolate center, and top with powdered sugar and whipped cream

Southern Living Chocolate Lava Cake In The Instant Pot
What is Southern Living chocolate lava cake in the Instant Pot?
It's a spin on a classic Southern Living chocolate lava cake recipe. 
Today it's elevated for easier Instant Pot making instead of oven baking!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Living Chocolate Lava Cake In The Instant Pot
  • Black folks Southern tea cakes

Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe
What are Black folks tea cakes?
An African American Southern dessert, Black folks tea cake is a sweet little biscuit. Light, airy, and sometimes compared to soda bread or pound cake. Tea cakes are a traditional African American treat that dates back to the 1600s.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe

Christmas Tea Cakes
Tea cakes are a soul food Southern old-fashioned treat renamed Christmas tea cakes with a holiday twist using cookie cutters and lemon frosting!
Check out this recipe!
Christmas Tea Cakes
  • Pie crust cookies Southern desserts

What to do with all that leftover pie dough?

Pie Crust Cookies Southern Desserts
What is a pie crust cookie?
Imagine this. The perfect sweet, flaky crust, bite-size piece of pie with your favorite seasoning (cinnamon, nutmeg) or simply sugar sprinkled over the top…
You just imagined pie crust cookies!
Check out this recipe!
What Is A Pie Crust Cookie?

 

  • Pillsbury mini Christmas wreaths

Pillsbury Christmas Wreath Cinnamon Rolls
This mini Christmas wreath cinnamon rolls recipe is so quick, simple and cute. Hardly a recipe and more like a fun craft project because it needs food coloring, frosting and candy sprinkles to make the
Check out this recipe!
 Pillsbury Christmas Wreath Cinnamon Rolls

Christmas brunch, after dinner, & dessert drinks

Christmas brunch, after dinner, & dessert drinks

Traditional Christmas Eggnog
Christmas eggnog is a holiday tradition that tastes like home and family! 
Creamy, custardy, rich, and milk-like, with a hint of sweetness. Eggnog will satisfy your wintertime cravings with a hint of nutmeg and sweet cinnamon notes. It's like liquid Christmas!
Check out this recipe!
Traditional Christmas Eggnog

  • Black folks moscato sangria recipe

Black Folks Moscato Sangria
Black folks like sweet recipes, so it's no wonder that we've signed on for this fruity and often sparkly Italian wine. And like we always do, started creating our own Black folks' recipes - like moscato sangria!
#BlackFolksSwag
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Moscato Sangria Recipe

 

  • Black folks soul food homemade eggnog

This is far from a dairy-free recipe! Eggnog is a welcome addition to the spiced-up drinks and festive foods during the holiday season. Southern comfort food that you can drink!

Black Folks Soul Food Homemade Eggnog
Creamy and sweet, Black folks' homemade eggnog has a flavor profile that resembles cinnamon, coconut, and rum. Southern comfort spice eggnog and soul food at its finest!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Homemade Eggnog

 

  • Black folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican eggnog (Hennessy coquito)

Black Folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican Eggnog (Hennessy Coquito)
A creamy, exotic, and delectable drink awaits you! 
Step up your cocktail game with this beverage that features a creamy texture and a rich flavor profile. Perfect for impressing your guests. Hennessy coquito will add soulful swag to any event or occasion!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Hennessy & Puerto Rican Eggnog (Hennessy Coquito)

 

  • White hot chocolate recipe

A warm white chocolate Christmas recipe! Enjoy with a gingerbread cookie, sugar cookie, candy cane, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate cake, peanut butter bars, Christmas candy, or even a cool scoop of ice cream!

Starbucks White Hot Chocolate In The Instant Pot
Copycat Starbucks white hot chocolate – easy to order & even easier to make at home in the Instant Pot!
Why spend your hard-earned bucks on one little cup of deliciousness when you can make it at home for less?
Check out this recipe!
Starbucks White Hot Chocolate Copycat Recipe
  • Hot toddy

A warm welcome drink to enjoy this holiday season sitting fireside or by the Christmas tree!

Apple Cider Hot Toddy
Apple cider hot toddy – Nothing speaks holidays like the nostalgia of sweet treats in a cozy, warm setting shared with family and friends. It’s a foundation for creating the best traditions and memories.
Check out this recipe!
Apple Cider Hot Toddy

 

  • Red Southern hibiscus sweet tea
Juneteenth Southern Hibiscus Sweet Tea
Southern hibiscus sweet tea is a delicious red drink made from hibiscus flowers. A tea that’s native to West Africa and the perfect red color for Christmas recipes.
Check out this recipe!
Juneteenth Southern Hibiscus Sweet Tea
The best Southern soul food Christmas desserts 

Southern soul food Christmas desserts FAQs

What cake is eaten on Christmas Day?

While fruit cake might be the most popular among Christmas desserts, red velvet cake is the perfect decadent and delicious cake with a Christmas red color! Plus, this recipe includes a secret ingredient of chocolate chips!

What Christmas dessert is known for its long shelf life?

The USDA says that a Christmas fruitcake can last 2-3 months in the refrigerator before going bad – Wowza!

However, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson may have said it best. “There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” Hilariously explaining why of all the Christmas desserts, this one has earned its reputation for longevity!

What fruit is traditionally eaten at Christmas?

It’s oranges. 

Fun fact – During the Great Depression when many families couldn’t afford to buy holiday presents. Waking up on Christmas morning and finding a fresh orange in your Christmas stocking was considered a luxury!

My mom used to elevate this tradition by poking oranges with whole cloves, creating one of the most beautiful, fragrant, and memorable holiday aromas!

What cake is eaten on Christmas Day?

Why are 13 desserts served at Christmas dinner?

According to Only Provence, the thirteen desserts are about Jesus and his twelve disciples at The Last Supper. 

“As tradition goes, there must be at least thirteen sweets available. They are all served at once, and each guest must have at least a small bite of each dessert.”

What is the oldest dessert in the world?

It’s said to be Ashura (pronounced ashure). Otherwise known as Noah’s pudding because Turkish legend has it that Noah made this first pudding, similar to what we know as rice pudding.

What is the best Christmas treat?

Other than a sweet potato pie, pecan pie, or red velvet cake. Southerners might describe Christmas tea cake cookies as the best Christmas desserts treat! 

What can you bring to a Christmas potluck?

Choose any from this potluck recipes list!

Best Soul Food Southern Potluck Side Dishes
Soul food Southern potluck side dishes are a collection of tasty, savory, and sometimes sweet recipes each guest brings as food to share.
Check out this recipe!
Best Soul Food Southern Potluck Side Dishes

What should you serve for Christmas Eve dinner?

Any of these Christmas desserts are perfect for after-dinner selections. They pair well with recipes from a soul food Christmas dinner menu HERE!

What is the best menu for Christmas?

Black Folks Soul Food Easy Christmas Dinner Menu
A soul food Christmas dinner menu is Southern soul food entrées and Black folks recipes. Try these Black folks’ easy Christmas dinner ideas!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Easy Christmas Dinner Menu
Southern Soul Food Christmas Side Dishes
The most magical time of the year & a holiday feast that should include Southern, savory, & soul food best Christmas dinner side dishes!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Soul Food Christmas Side Dishes

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Southern Soul Food Christmas Desserts
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Southern Soul Food Christmas Desserts | Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

We all know that Christmas cookies are classic Christmas desserts. But did you know there are Southern soul food Christmas cakes, pies, cheesecakes, puddings, and more?
Starting with this irresistible classic. Soul food sweet potato pie recipe!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 59 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: Black folks sweet potato pie recipe, Instant Pot Thanksgiving, recipe for sweet potato pie, soul food sweet potato pie, soul food Thanksgiving, soul food Thanksgiving menu, Southern sweet potato pie, Southern sweet potato pie recipe, sweet potato pie, Thanksgiving menu, Thanksgiving sweet potato pie, vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pound sweet potatoes washed and scrubbed (equals about 3 cups when softened and peeled)
  • 12 oz evaporated milk 1 can
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons butter unsalted butter, melted (or vegan butter)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Grease a 9-inch pie pan and set it aside.
  • See my recipe HERE for homemade almond flour pie crust, or you can use a store-bought pie crust, dough, or pie shell that may or may not come with its own pie pan.
  • Pro tip: Use an Instant Pot pressure cooker to soften and peel the sweet potatoes quickly and almost effortlessly!
  • Open the Instant Pot lid and fill the stainless-steel inner pot with water to the ½ mark.
  • Add the scrubbed sweet potatoes to the pot of water.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 12 minutes to loosen the potato skin.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 12 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  • Pour the water and sweet potatoes into a colander in the sink to drain the hot water from the potatoes.
  • Once the sweet potatoes are cool to the touch, peel and discard the skin.
  • Gather 3 cups of sweet potato flesh.
  • Add to either the Instant Pot Ace blender or an electric mixer the sweet potato flesh, evaporated milk, brown sugar, egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt.
  • Pulse or mix until the ingredients are combined and smooth.
  • Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pie crust.
  • Bake the sweet potato pie at 350 degrees F: in a conventional oven for 28-30 minutes, in the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven for 24-26 minutes, or until the pie is puffed and firm in the center. (Remember that cooking appliance times and oven temperatures will vary.)
  • Allow the sweet potato pie to cool for at least 2-4 hours before garnishing or slicing.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top.
  • Serve this Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe warm and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Use an Instant Pot pressure cooker to soften and peel the sweet potatoes quickly and almost effortlessly! 
  • Unlike some pie recipes, there is no need to pre-heat your empty pie crust for this Black folks’ sweet potato pie recipe. Doing this can cause your pie crust edges to burn.
  • A good indicator of when this pie recipe is done is when you can see the center of the pie filling puffing in the oven. 
  • You’ll probably have leftover sweet potato mix, depending on how deep-dish your pie pan is. You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Or you can pour it into a Ziplock bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.
  • You could also make mini-Black folks sweet potato pies with any leftover pie filling.
  • And don’t forget to use any leftover pie dough for the easiest Southern dessert ever – pie crust cookies!
  • It’s best to let the pie cool and set for a few hours up to a whole day before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 12243IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 1mg
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Nutrition Facts
Southern Soul Food Christmas Desserts | Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
268
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
54
mg
18
%
Sodium
 
198
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
488
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
50
g
17
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
35
g
39
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
12243
IU
245
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
179
mg
18
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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