Christmas is the ultimate cooking and baking holiday. Between appetizers, cookies, pies, candies for gift-giving and the ultimate Christmas Dinner spread, you’ll love this resource for all your favorite recipes.
It’s Christmas time and you know what that means….Party Time! Between work, school, friends and family, it seems like there’s a festive holiday get-together every night. But don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season get in the way of truly celebrating and having fun. We’ve put together all the crowd-pleasing Christmas recipes you’ll need to get you through the holiday season.
The biggest hurdle to get over when hosting a party is determining how much food to have for your guests on your Christmas Dinner Menu. Too much and you’re eating leftovers until Valentine’s day, too little and your guests will put you on the naughty list.
Not only is it important what’s on the dinner menu, it’s equally as important to make sure there’s enough for everyone. It’s an easy equation, really:
Total number of servings divided by number of guests divided by number of hours of the party.
We always add on an extra 10% to be safe because no one wants to be at a party when the food runs out…better safe than sorry.
Want our ultimate Christmas Spread? Find it below in the first section, we list our whole Reader Selected Ultimate Christmas Dinner menu.
Most families have a traditional Christmas dinner menu serving either prime rib, ham or turkey. Whichever one you choose for Christmas Dinner, you’re making a delicious decision and can’t go wrong.
If Christmas ham is your choice there’s no need to stand in long lines at the specialty shop to pick it up. We’ve got you covered with a delicious Honey Baked Ham copycat recipe that’ll not only wow your guests but save you money too. We could all use a bit more of that during the holidays, right?
Turkey is always a winning centerpiece for your Christmas Dinner Menu. Try a Turkey Brine this year or if you’re short on roast time, Spatchcock Turkey. Surprise your guests with the perfect twist on your roast turkey by making Cajun Roasted Turkey.
Christmas Dinner wouldn’t be complete without savory side dishes to add to your dinner plate. We love the classics like Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans, Corn Pudding and Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Use your slow cooker for side dishes too and reduce trying to juggle all the cooking times for your oven while getting everything to your holiday table.
We all know when either hosting or attending a party, the appetizers set the stage for holiday food before the dinner begins.
Getting your pick of all the delicious bite-sized hor d’oeuvres is part of the fun. Because of their snack sized portions, you can fill up your plate with a little bit of everything from sweet to savory and get to try new things.
You can’t talk about Christmas Food and not mention all of the wonderful desserts. Christmas is a traditional baking and candy gift giving holiday. There’s just something about the feeling of the home when something is baking in the oven. Smelling the spices and waiting in anticipation for that timer to go off. It gets me excited every time. Cakes and cookies and pies, and more.
Chocolate is always a crowd pleasing dessert option to add to your holiday party. Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Flourless Chocolate Chewy Cookies and Buckeye Brownie Cookies are just a few to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Spread the holiday cheer by gifting sweet treats. Forget the candy canes and make a batch or two of Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Candy, Christmas White Chocolate Trash Snack Mix or some delicious fudge! Use festive wrapping and gift the desserts to your friends and neighbors who will love you for it….and might ask for more.
Kids are usually the first to wake on Christmas morning but if the adults need a little encouragement to do the same, start a pot of coffee and make breakfast. Easy French Toast Bake, New York Crumb Cake (or this amazing Gingerbread Crumb Cake, perfect for the holidays) or Easy Cinnamon Rolls are guaranteed to make your morning brighter.
Yes, they may not be as popular as they once were, but retro Christmas desserts will bring back all the nostalgia your family enjoyed over the decades. Gelatin, marshmallows, fruit cocktails, this is the time to enjoy them, guilt free!
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