Christmas recipes are some of my all-time favorites. Between Christmas dinner, holiday baking, Christmas desserts, and all the delicious and festive drinks, these easy Christmas recipes will make cooking simple, so you can focus on enjoying time with friends and family!
Christmas is on its way, which means another round of holiday cooking is in order!
After a big Thanksgiving feast, planning your Christmas recipes for dinner, desserts, and more might be…stressful. But it doesn’t have to be!
With easy Christmas recipes for every part of the holiday, this guide is here to take some stress off your shoulders.
Some of my favorite Christmas foods include the flavors of the season: peppermint, gingerbread, anything filled with warm spices (cardamom, ginger, nutmeg), and even continuing fall favorites of apple and pumpkin. I especially like to work these flavors into desserts and drinks.
Whether you need a dish for Christmas dinner, dessert, a drink, an appetizer, or anything else, you’ll find the perfect recipes gathered here.
These are some of my favorites, and they make me so excited to cook a feast all over again a month after Thanksgiving.
Essential Kitchen Tools
Make sure your kitchen is ready for all your Christmas recipes by getting all the right tools and equipment you’ll need.
- Casserole Dishes
- Baking Sheets & Pans
- Pots and Pans
- Cooking Utensils
- Serving Bowls
- Slow Cooker
- Cutting Board
- Kitchen Knives
What is the most popular meat to eat for Christmas dinner?
Everyone knows turkey is for Thanksgiving, but what meat do you make for Christmas dinner?
The short answer is that you can make whatever you want. It’s nice to make a traditional Christmas meal, but traditions should be something you create yourself!
I’ve listed some great main dish ideas below (choose from turkey, pork, beef, or lamb). A good Christmas ham has become one of the most popular options, and turkey is pretty common as well.
Can I make these Christmas recipes ahead of time?
When you’re cooking a huge feast for a lot of people, it’s important to prepare as much as you can ahead of time.
You can cut up all your veggies the day before and store them in the refrigerator, prep a casserole so you can just stick it in the oven, or make entire dishes the day before to reheat.
Here are some recipes you can easily prepare or make ahead of time:
- Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
- Make Ahead Turkey Gravy
- Corn Pudding
- Make Ahead Yeast Rolls
- Sheet Pan Scalloped Potatoes
- Cheesy Hash Brown Potato Casserole
- Sweet Potato Casserole
Keep in mind, most casseroles can be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated, and then cooked the day of eating.
80 Easy Christmas Recipes
These recipes will help you plan your Christmas dinner menu, after dinner desserts, party appetizers, holiday baking, and everything in between!
Christmas Dinner Recipes
The main course for Christmas dinner is so important. Here are my favorite recipes, whether you prefer turkey, beef, pork, or lamb!
Christmas Ham Recipes
A Christmas Ham has become the classic go-to for the holidays. Here are a few easy recipes.
Crock Pot Recipes
Crock Pot recipes make holiday cooking so much easier! From the main course to sides to appetizers or drinks, you can make so much in a slow cooker.
A big Christmas dinner calls for lots and lots of sides. These are just a few favorites.
All the Holiday Sides
60+ Holiday Side Dish Recipes
This holiday season be sure to check out our sides guide for all the recipes PLUS tips and tricks for entertaining.
Every Christmas party and holiday gathering needs a few appetizers and snacks to keep company full and happy.
Christmas Drink Recipes
Every Christmas party requires a good beverage, preferably one that’s warm and filled with the flavors of the holidays. Hot chocolate, cider, punch, eggnog…this might be the best part of Christmas!
Christmas Dessert Recipes
These Christmas Desserts recipes are a must! Christmas mostly makes me think of cookies and pies, but anything gingerbread, peppermint, or chocolate is welcome!
All of these delicious and easy Christmas recipes have got me so excited for the holiday. I hope you enjoy your Christmas dinner, parties, and everything in between with these dishes. Happy Holidays!
Even More Recipes Ideas:
- All of the best Christmas Side Dishes for the big holiday meal.
- The Best Christmas Breakfast Ideas to make for your family and holiday guests.
- Our favorite Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes to bake leading up to Christmas.