Christmas Recipes

Cookies to decorate, Christmas dinner ideas, and holiday party traditions like pudding and cake. See top recipes, videos and get tips from home cooks like you for making this Christmas special.

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Cream Cheese Penguins

Rating: 4.5 stars 915
Just imagine a cute display of penguins, made with black olives, carrots and cream cheese! You can add scarves and hats by using fresh red pepper strips, or canned pimentos cut into different shapes. Use frilly toothpicks if you can.
By Valerie Cain Cuff

5-Ingredient Peppermint Bark

Rating: 4.5 stars 403
Semisweet and white chocolate candy bark topped with crushed peppermints.

Amazingly Good Eggnog

Rating: 5 stars 1102
This cooked eggnog is easy to make! Just give it time to chill before serving.

Buche de Noel

Rating: 4.5 stars 420
This Buche de Noel cake doesn't just look beautiful — it tastes wonderful, too!

Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 4.5 stars 1479
Spiced gingerbread cookies cut in any shape are the perfect holiday treat!

Eggnog Cheesecake III

Rating: 4.5 stars 547
This is a delicious cheesecake for eggnog lovers. The secret to a smooth cheesecake is to cream the cream cheese in a food processor for several minutes.

Rich and Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin

Rating: 4.5 stars 382
These are the easiest, creamiest potatoes au gratin I have ever had... YUM!

Christmas Prime Rib

Rating: 5 stars 223
Delicious coating on outside of roast, and perfect roasting time. Plan on 1 pound per person.

Butter Rich Spritz Butter Cookies

Rating: 4 stars 429
These are wonderful cookies from the press. They are rich in flavor. My mom has made these cookies for years for all of the holidays. She even used food coloring for the different designs, like green trees, etc.The kids love to decorate them as much as they love to eat them.

Traditional Yorkshire Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
As legend has it, Yorkshire puddings were traditionally cooked in a pan of fat, at the bottom of a hearth, underneath a large piece of roasting beef. The smoky heat from the fire, along with all the other goodness dripping into the pan from the meat, must've made for quite a delicious pastry. Though limited by modern ovens, we can still come close to the original by using real rendered beef fat, without which you're just eating a popover.

Hot Buttered Rum Batter

Rating: 4.5 stars 426
This is THE batter to use for absolutely delicious and buttery Hot Buttered Rums! You can keep this in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Christmas Stollen

Rating: 4.5 stars 92
I got this recipe while I was head baker at London's Dorchester Hotel. It's packed with dried fruit and filled with a marzipan surprise.

Inspiration and Ideas

10 Great Make-Ahead Holiday Appetizers
Festive little bites dressed in their Christmas best! Try these dips, cocktail meatballs, and pastry appetizers you can make ahead of time.
Christmas Ideas
Browse our Editors' best ideas and beloved recipes to create a memorable Christmas.
Easy Sugar Cookies
Rating: 4.5 stars 8345

Quick and easy sugar cookies. Great either plain or with candies mixed in.