Christmas Recipes

A roast turkey on a Christmas table.
There are many kinds of delicious, holiday recipes for special foods, goodies and beverages. Start your own family Christmas tradition with one of these homemade recipes.

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January 21, 2010

chocolate miceI love this recipe! It is easy to make and both my daughters (4 and 5 1/2 years) love helping make them for the Christmas Bake Sale at church every year!


*I used the Royal Cherry with Stems, about 22 that I could use


Carefully (I used a butter knife) twist cookies apart; set aside the halves with cream filling. Save plain halves for another use. In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Holding each cherry by the stem, dip in melted chocolate, then press onto the bottom of a chocolate kiss. Place on the cream filling of cookie, with cherry stem extending beyond cookie edge for tail.

For ears, place slivered almonds between the cherry and kiss. Refrigerate until set. with green gel, pipe holly leaves on the cream. with red gel, pipe holly berries between leaves and pipe eyes on each chocolate kiss. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Servings: 24
Time:1-2 Hours Preparation Time
20 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: adapted from Country Women Christmas 2000 Cookbook ( I got if from Faith and Family

By Nicole from Eden Prairie, MN

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February 26, 2007


  • 18-24 frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 small package butterscotch pudding (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


Arrange frozen rolls (do not thaw) in bundt pan or angel food cake pan. Sprinkle butterscotch pudding (not instant) on top of the frozen dinner rolls. Heat butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts, vanilla on stove until bubbly. Pour over rolls. Let cool to room temperature. Cover lightly with foil. Set on counter overnight. Rolls will rise. Bake in the morning around 25 - 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. When done, let set for a few minutes then turn upside-down on round platter. YUMMY!
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September 26, 2006


  • 1 large bag bugles
  • 8-10 cups pretzels (not sticks)
  • 1 lb peanuts
  • 1 lb dried fruit mix
  • 1 bag hershey kisses (I like the mini ones)
  • 30 mini candy canes
  • 30 chocolate stars


Mix all together. Fill small gift bag and tie with raffia. Attach a printed card to each bag with the following poem:

Bugles - Trumpets Heralding His Foretold Birth
Pretzels - Mary's Arms Cradled This Child Of Great Worth
Fruits And Nuts - Praise And Gifts The 3 Wise Men Brought
Candy Cane - Shepherd's Staffs Helping Them To The New King They Sought
Candy Star - The Star Of Bethlehem Brightly That Night Shone
Hershey Kiss - The Love God Has For Us, Calling Us His Own
Raffia - Hay, Bedding The Manger For His Humble Birth
God's Son, Our Savior, Sent Lovingly To Earth !


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December 20, 2006

Soften cream cheese at room temperature. In large bowl, Whip cream cheese with electric beater for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.


December 7, 2005

You'll wow your guests with this beautiful, edible centerpiece!


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December 11, 2007

An excellent side dish for turkey and dressing.


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December 10, 2007

Heat cranberry juice, red hots and 1 cup water until candy is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Serve hot or cold.


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March 20, 2007

Unroll crescent dough; separate into triangles. Arrange triangles in circle on greased 14 inch pizza pan with wide ends overlapping in center and points toward the outside.


December 19, 2006

Crushed peppermint candy make these brownies a special Christmas treat.


April 21, 2006

Combine eggs, applesauce, milk, liquid sweetener, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Pour into unbaked pie shell. . .


December 10, 2005

Heat sugar, cocoa, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg in 2 qt. saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth.


Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer 4 minutes, stirring constantly...


December 7, 2004

A quick, refreshing treat for a special occasion.



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December 21, 2014

Does anyone have an idea of what sweet thing I could make on Christmas morning for my family?

By rhiannon.b


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December 22, 20141 found this helpful

Homemade crepes filled with chestnut puree, a bit of strawberry jam and real whipping cream, drizzled with maple syrup. Decadent and Delicious !! Hard boiled eggs on the side to sop up the gooey maple syrup left on the plate is wonderful too.


We didn't have a lot of money when I was a kid but Christmas and Easter mornings were special days. I'm a senior now, and do this for my grandkids. A family tradition lives on.

To keep things easier on the morning, I often make the crepes the day before and in the morning, just sprinkle them with water before re-heating them in the oven. Re-heating in the microwave makes the crepes too floppy.

December 23, 20140 found this helpful

I suggest "Holiday Morning French Toast." It's a sweet, fruity, syrupy make-ahead breakfast casserole. You make it the night before and put it in the oven the next morning. I can't seem to find my recipe right now, but there are lots of recipes out there. I like the one made with dried cranberries and apples. Just try doing an internet search for "Holiday Morning French Toast" if you're interested.


Another idea would be making the cinnamon pull-apart bread (often called monkey bread) made with canned biscuits. I make these extra good by rolling a piece of cream cheese up inside and also using walnuts or pecans. It would be a simple and tasty sweet thing for Christmas breakfast!


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December 29, 20140 found this helpful

Hi, I make Texas French toast, but give it a nice seasoning of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar to the egg mixture, whip it up good, let the bread soak really good before putting it in the hot pan. Turn heat down to medium, the sugar can make it burn. I heat the maple sugar with butter and peppermint cany crushed up. It's always been a great hit! With any leftover egg mixture, pour it over the uncooked bread, use a wide spatula to turn the bread over. "Enjoy"


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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

What about a sweet roll ring that could be assembled the night before and baked Christmas morning? Our tradition is coffee and sausage biscuits.


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August 18, 20170 found this helpful

Overnight French toast. There are many recipes. I like this one because you can enjoy Christmas morning without being in the kitchen

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October 22, 2009

I am looking for some good Christmas recipes for me and my daughter to make this year. We both are really into cooking and this is something I never did with my mom as a child. I am looking for any cookie, candy, and bars recipes or anything you've got. Thank you for your time.

By Jaimie from Toledo, OH


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October 23, 20091 found this helpful

Maple No Bake Cookies

1/2 cup Butter
2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown Sugar
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Marshmallow crème
1/2 cup Peanut butter
1 tablespoon Maple flavoring
3 cup Rolled oats

Mix the butter, granulated sugar, brown Sugar and milk; boil for two minutes
Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients
Drop onto waxed paper or tray using spoonfuls
Set in the refrigerator for one hour until hardened

Deeli's Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

2 large egg whites (room temp)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high speed with an electric mixer until they hold stiff peaks. Slowly beat in sugar. Reduce speed to low and evenly dispense vanilla. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Drop mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment lines baking sheets. Bake at 250 degrees for one hour. Turn off oven, leaving cookies in oven for two hours longer.

Try chopped pecans as a substitution for the chocolate chips.

October 24, 20090 found this helpful

Here is one that we make at every holiday. It is a tradition in our house. They are very good too. Enjoy.

Sugar Cookies (Company's Coming)
Ingredients :

3/4 cup butter or hard margarine softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 lrg egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp cardamom optional
1/4 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar in large bowl. Add egg and vanilla. Beat. Mix remaining ingredients in separate bowl. Stir into batter. (I then put the dough in the fridge to harden it a bit before I roll it.) Roll out 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into rounds or different shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheet in 350F (175C) oven for about 10 minutes. Cool. Decorate.

Makes 7 dozen cookies
Variation: For plain sugar cookies, sprinkle with granulated sugar before baking.
Variation: For decorated sugar cookies, sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles before baking or decorate baked cookies with icing.

Diane Says: Here is one recipe I make at every holiday. The kids have fun making these.
Yield: 7 dozen
Notes: Have fun with the kids cutting out different shapes. We make these for every holiday with cookies cutouts.

October 24, 20090 found this helpful

I love this because you just break the cookie slab into pieces.
Pecan-Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle Recipe

Here's another free sample recipe from the Southern Living party. Pecans - chocolate - coconut...nope, can't go wrong with that combo! :-)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate mini-morsels
1 cup pecan pieces, toasted (see note)
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted (see note)

Combine first 4 ingredients; set aside. Stir together butter and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; add flour mixture, stirring until smooth. Stir in chocolate morsels, pecans, and coconut. (Dough will look crumbly.) Press dough evenly into a lightly greased 17" x 11" jelly-roll pan, pressing almost to edges. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until lightly browned and cookie "slab" seems crisp. Cool completely in pan. Break cookie into pieces.

Note: You can toast pecan pieces and coconut in the same pan at 350° for 8 minutes.

Personal Notes: 18 minutes is enough. I used parchment paper on pan. I do not toast the pecans and coconut.


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October 28, 20091 found this helpful

Every year my mom and I and now my neices make these recipes, easy peasy.
melt a bag of butterscotch chips and a cup of peanut butter pour over 6 cups of rice krispys put into a cake pan and let set up, these are terrific.

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1 melted bag of chocolate chips
1 half bag of mini colored marshmallows
1 small bag of walnut pieces
powdered sugar
Mix together melted chocolate, marshmallows and walnuts. Take a piece of wax
paper and sprinkle it liberally with powdered sugar put one third of mixture on
top of sugar and shape into a roll fold the wax paper around the roll making
sure powdered sugar is in between mixture and paper all over. Do the same to
other two and put into the refrigerator. When chilled cut into about half inch

easy oreo truffles
Prep Time: 30 min Total Time: 1 hr 30 min Makes: 3-1/2 doz. or 42 servings, one truffle each What You Need!1 pkg. (1 lb. 2 oz.) OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened 2 pkg. (8 squares each) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted Make It!
MIX 3 cups of the cookie crumbs and the cream cheese until well blended. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls.

DIP balls in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover melted chocolate can be stored in tightly covered container at room temperature and saved for another use.) Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Store any leftover truffles in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
These are fabulous, everyone was fighting over these.

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October 12, 2006

I like to research for the origin of things, especially cooking. It is often thrilling to see how our grandmothers did things. This time, I am searching for old fashioned recipes for Christmas, such as spekulatius recipe, stolen cakes, etc. I know there are some goodies that need a whole month of preparation before baking. Also, recipes you can store for a period. If anyone can oblige... My thanks in advance.

Zelda from Sao Paulo - Brazil


By Sean Carter (Guest Post)
October 13, 20060 found this helpful

I know... there's nothing better than home cooked traditional recipies at Christmas.... Peep into this amazing Christmas Blog at to check out some really cool stuffs and unique ideas

By Laura Lantz (Guest Post)
October 13, 20060 found this helpful

I have a couple recipes from my husbands Czech Grandmother that I love for Christmas.
One is Houska - a bread with golden raisins and slivered almonds and mace as a spice.
The other is Kolacky - a danish like desert. Yummy.
If you would like the recipes email me at jandl3dogs AT
Also try these two websites - & (has ethnic recipes from all over the world).

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