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!
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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.
Find the best food ideas to help you celebrate the holiday season. Everything you need is right here!
Essential Kitchen Tools
Make sure your kitchen is ready for all the holiday cooking 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?
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.
What can I make ahead of time for Christmas dinner?
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
- 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
Christmas Dinner Recipes
Whether you prefer pork, beef, turkey, or lamb, there’s an easy main course option here for Christmas dinner.
Christmas Ham Recipes
A Christmas ham is pretty common, and I’ve got a few delicious recipes to chose from. You can even make a honey baked ham copycat in an Instant Pot for the ultimate easy recipe!
Christmas Crock Pot Recipes
Anything you can make in a slow cooker will make the holidays a lot easier. Here are some of my favorite crock pot recipes for Christmas.
- Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
- Crock Pot Pecan Pie
- Slow Cooker Velveeta Broccoli Rice Casserole
- Crock Pot Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Christmas Side Dish Recipes
A big Christmas dinner calls for lots and lots of sides. These are just a few favorites.
- Sheet Pan Scalloped Potatoes
- Classic Green Bean Casserole
- Baked Mac and Cheese Casserole
- Pineapple Bread Pudding
- Crispy Baked Zucchini
- Perfect Baked Sweet Potato
- Spiced Rice Pilaf with Apples & Raisins
- Garlic Roasted Asparagus
- Cheesy Potato Casserole
- Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin
- Crispy Baked Green Beans
- Homemade Turkey Stuffing
- Honey Glazed Carrots
- Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- Sauteed Green Beans
See all of the best Christmas Side Dishes here
Christmas Salad Recipes
Salads are a nice thing to add to big dinners, but there’s not point in adding a BORING salad to the table. There’s so much good food, the salads need to be just as tasty!
- Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Grilled Corn Salad
- Creamy Cucumber Apple Salad
- Waldorf Salad
Christmas Appetizer Recipes
Appetizers are a must this time of year. Whether you set something out for guests while dinner cooks, or you just need some finger food for Christmas Eve gatherings, these are the best options.
- Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
- Smoky Port Wine Cheese Log
- Mini Cheese Ball Bites
- Christmas Cheese Ball
- Crispy Coconut Shrimp
- Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Scallops
- Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
- Best Cheese Ball Recipe
- Classic Sausage Balls
- Provolone Baked Cheese Dip
- Sausage Rolls with Hot Pepper Jelly
- Sweet Potato Souffle Cups
- Fried Blue Cheese Olives
- Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs
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!
- Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- Spiced Pear Cider
- Chai Tea with Bourbon
- Orange Bourbon Slush
- Hot Cranberry Apple Spiced Cider
- Easy Holiday Punch
- Orange Cranberry Sangria
- Festive Snow Punch
- Homemade Eggnog Recipe
- Mulled Wine Margaritas
- Easy Holiday Sangria
- Malted Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- Salted Caramel Eggnog
Christmas Dessert Recipes
Desserts are a must for every holiday. Christmas mostly makes me think of cookies and pies, but anything gingerbread, peppermint, or chocolate is welcome!
- Sheet Pan Apple Crisp
- Homemade Apple Pie
- Chocolate Pot de Creme
- Watergate Salad
- Chocolate Pecan Pie
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Gingerbread Loaf Cake
- Homemade Cherry Pie
- Pecan Pie Bars
- Gingerbread Pudding Cake
- Gingerbread White Chocolate Bark
- Christmas Butter Cookies
- Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding
- Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
All these Christmas recipes have got me so excited for the holiday. I hope you enjoy your holiday with these dishes!