Discover a delightful array of holiday recipes perfect for gatherings with family and friends. Explore this collection of delicious Christmas recipes, and create memorable holiday moments.
‘Tis the season to gather around the table and take in the comforting flavors of Christmas. In this article, I’ve gathered together a wide range of simple yet mouthwatering recipes to make your holiday celebrations extra special. From festive drinks, to breads perfect for gift-giving, to irresistible desserts, these recipes are designed to bring warmth and coziness to your kitchen. Whether you’re a seasoned cook, or just a beginner, these dishes will add a dash of holiday cheer to your table. Let’s dive in, and create delicious memories this Christmas season.
Christmas Dessert Recipes
The holidays are the time to satisfy your sweet tooth! Take a look at this amazing collection of Christmas desserts that promises to add a personal touch to your holidays. These dessert ideas are the perfect way to sweeten the season, and create memories with the people you love.
Frosted Almond Sugar Cookies: Dough flavored with toasted slivered almonds takes these Christmas cutout cookies to the next level. Not only are they delicious, they are gorgeous, and they’re sure to make the best Christmas gift ever!
Cinnamon Dolce Icebox Cake is the ultimate no bake holiday dessert. It has a cozy cinnamon dolce flavor mixed into a cream cheese base that no one can resist. Anticipate your loved ones devouring this easy dessert.
Pecan Tassies are a holiday tradition for good reason; they are utterly delicious! With pecans, cream cheese and brown sugar in the mix, you won’t be able to resist these on Christmas eve, but try to save one for Santa if you can.
Melting Snowman Cookies are so cute that you might melt for them! With a simple marshmallow on top and some easy decorating you can recreate these to offer after your holiday dinner for the cutest dessert ever.
Cranberry Crumble is as delicious as it is festive. Make this to serve during the holidays to offer an alternative to the standard pumpkin. It has a sweet and tart interior with the best buttery crumb topping.
Eggnog Cupcakes are the perfect portion for a festive dessert after an epic holiday meal. With moist cake and creamy frosting, you will love the excellent eggnog flavor in each bite.
Christmas Cakesicles are the perfect sweet to make and share. Package these up for a festive treat that guests can enjoy on the ride home, or share them with neighbors and friends for a homemade gift from the heart.
Christmas Cherry Hand Pies are just the right size for an after dinner treat. These are shaped like trees, and have a dusting of sugar over the top to add a glistening effect. Your family will love them from the first bite.
Peanut butter blossom cookies are a staple at the holidays. This recipe makes the best peanut butter cookies and includes a kiss so you can have the combination you crave, just in time for Christmas.
Cranberry icebox cake is perfect for the holidays. It is so easy to prepare, has a creamy and slightly tart flavor and can be made ahead of time, so you can focus on wrapping those last minute gifts!
Chocolate snowball cookies are easy and so flavorful. Whip up a batch for a last minute sweet treat that no one can resist. They pair well with milk or hot cocoa if you want to share a snack with someone special on a snowy day.
Christmas Drink Recipes
Raise a glass to this holiday season with this collection of Christmas drinks, both hot and cold. Perfect for hosting a family-friendly gathering, these refreshing and beautiful drinks will definitely add sparkle to your celebrations. From delicious cranberry delights to minty wonders, these Christmas drink recipes are crafted to bring the joy of the season to every sip.
Hot chocolate is a staple for the holidays. This recipe proves to be, simply, the best ever. Make it on the stovetop, or in the slow cooker for a creamy and cozy drink everyone can enjoy near the holidays.
Pomegranate + lime spritzer makes a refreshing and festive drink to share. This recipe skips the wine and uses honey, lime and pomegranate juice with sparkling water to make a sweet and tart refreshment that adds a certain sparkle to all of your parties.
Peppermint hot cocoa is a cozy option to share on Christmas eve. It tastes exactly like the Starbucks option, but is so easy to make and share with all of your favorite people for a special occasion.
Christmas punch has pomegranate juice, cranberry juice and raspberry lemonade with soda. This is fizzy, festive and so flavorful that you can expect an empty punch bowl at the end of the evening.
Crock-pot wassail is such a cozy drink to make and share with friends and family. This apple cider based holiday drink is sweet and spicy. It is made extra festive with lemons and cranberries.
Holiday punch is festive, easy and so yummy! This is perfect for a holiday gathering or to serve family as you exchange gifts on Christmas day. Add whole cranberries and slices of citrus fruit for a pretty garnish.
Chocolate chai latte is so good when served with cookies! This tastes like the popular Starbucks option but is so easy to recreate at home. It is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with creamy chocolate.
Christmas Bread Recipes
This collection of Christmas quick bread recipes blends the magic of the season with simplicity and ease. These recipes will fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked goodness in no time. All of these bread recipes are also perfect for gift-giving. Let the warmth of the oven, and the delicious aroma of these treats add an extra layer of comfort to your holiday season.
Cranberry citrus bread brings the perfect blend of tart and sweet with every bite. Make this to serve with breakfast or brunch during the holidays or bake a few loaves to share with special people in your life.
Eggnog bread with rum glaze is so easy that you will want to make it several times to savor and share. It has the best rum glaze, but feel free to skip the step if you like.
Frosted Italian anise bread is the perfect sweet bread to make for Christmas breakfast, brunch or even dessert after the feast. You will love the fluffy texture and complex flavor.
Mini panettones are a classic holiday treat, but this recipe will have you making them fresh at home instead of grabbing the prepackaged kind. If you aren’t a fan of the dried fruits included, feel free to trade them out for chocolate or nuts!
This sweet and simple Cinnamon Muffins recipe uses basic pantry ingredients, and can also be made into cinnamon sugar bread. Make them for breakfast, brunch, when the kids come home from school, or for a family dinner. I promise these muffins will be a hit!
Cake mix quick bread is so easy you will wonder why you haven’t been making it for all of your holiday gatherings and gifts. Grab a cake mix and whip this moist and fluffy bread with a delectable crumb topping up to serve at brunch or to share with acquaintances.
Snickerdoodle bread is like a mash up of your favorite cookie and sweet bread. Make this to enjoy with breakfast, brunch or after dinner with your family.
Holiday Recipes + Family Traditions
Incorporating Christmas recipes into family holiday traditions can be a great way to to bring everyone together and create lasting memories. Here are some ideas:
- Cookie Decorating Party
- Bake a variety of Christmas cookies (sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, etc.) ahead of time.
- Set up a decorating station with different colored icing, sprinkles, and edible decorations.
- Provide everyone with pretty packaging so they can take their goodies home.
- Christmas Eve Dinner
- Establish a special Christmas Eve dinner tradition with a menu that includes family favorites or traditional holiday recipes.
- Each family member can contribute a dish to the meal.
- Make sure to include your favorite main dishes, sides, desserts, and drinks.
- DIY Hot Chocolate Bar
- Set up a hot chocolate bar with various toppings like whipped cream, marshmallows, crushed candy canes, and chocolate shavings.
- Enjoy this treat while watching a Christmas movie together, or plan a family game night.
- Family Recipe Swap
- Have each family member contribute a favorite holiday recipe.
- Compile the recipes into a cookbook that can be passed down to all family members.
- DIY Advent Calendar
- Create an advent calendar with small treats or goodies for each day leading up to Christmas.
- Include homemade cookies, chocolates, or other special treats. Make sure the treats are wrapped so they stay fresh.
I hope you have found exactly what you were looking for, and that your holiday celebrations will be filled with family, friends, good food, and love. Enjoy!