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: 4.72 stars
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.

5-Ingredient Peppermint Bark

Rating: 4.66 stars
This layered peppermint bark is a delectable blend of semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint. Semisweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate can be used.

Amazingly Good Eggnog

Rating: 4.73 stars
This cooked eggnog is easy to make! Just give it time to chill before serving.

Buche de Noel

Rating: 4.67 stars
Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This one is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with confectioners' sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.

Marzipan Christmas Kringle (Juleskringle)

Rating: 4.66 stars
This marzipan tubular bread is an ABSOLUTE must for the Christmas season, and a traditional dinner would not be complete without this Christmas Kringle for dessert. It may seem complicated at first glance, but if you follow the recipe step by step, it is actually quite easy and you will amaze your family with this beautiful dessert. This is an extremely rich and decadent treat so guests only need a little. Often a coin is hidden in the kringle and it is thought that the finder will be guaranteed good luck for the upcoming year. As such, it is considered bad luck not to indulge at Christmas!

Eggnog Cheesecake III

Rating: 4.65 stars
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: 4.41 stars
These are the easiest, creamiest potatoes au gratin I have ever had... YUM!

Christmas Prime Rib

Rating: 4.83 stars
Delicious coating on outside of roast, and perfect roasting time. Plan on 1 pound per person.

Butter Rich Spritz Butter Cookies

Rating: 4.21 stars
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: 4.12 stars
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: 4.73 stars
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: 4.41 stars
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
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Chef John's Perfect Prime Rib

Rating: 4.76 stars

This is a specific formula for achieving a perfectly pink prime rib cooked somewhere a shade under medium rare. To use this method you must have a full-sized, modern oven with a digital temperature setting that indicates when it is preheated. Older ovens with manual controls can vary greatly, and the doors may not have the proper insulation.