From cookies to snacks to classic holiday treats, there are plenty of delicious ideas here in this list of 45 Ultimate Christmas recipes!
YOUR GUIDE TO HOLIDAY RECIPE IDEAS
Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet? If not, let me help you get into the mood. Turn on some Christmas music and hop into the kitchen and whip up some of these amazing holiday recipes! I’ve rounded up some of the best seasonal treats to make this Christmas season the best one yet. We’ve got everything from Christmas Cheeseballs to Holiday Drinks and all kinds of sweet treats that you know and love!
APPETIZER, SNACKS, DESSERTS, TREATS AND DRINKS!
I’ve included recipes for kids and adults alike! Each recipe has step-by-step photos and all the tips and tricks to make each recipe come out perfect every single time! Click on any image or button below to take you to the recipe. Note: I may update this list from time to time so there may end up being more than 45 recipes.
Perhaps you’re looking for some yummy comfort food recipes during these fall and winter months – be sure to have a look at my list of 75 Fall Crock Pot Dinners, 25 Fall and Winter Soup Recipes and 30 Comforting Casseroles
Red Velvet Cheesecake Bundt Cake
A rich and decadent Red Velvet Bundt Cake with a cheesecake filling.
Christmas Jell-O Poke Cake
Make this Christmas Jell-O Poke Cake with just a few ingredients and have something festive and special for the holidays without a ton of work!
Crock Pot Hot Chocolate (+Video)
Crock Pot Hot Chocolate is an easy, creamy slow cooker homemade hot chocolate that everyone loves! Rich, chocolate deliciousness in a mug!
Santa Hat Mini Cheesecakes
These Santa Hat Mini Cheesecakes are an easy, festive and tasty single serving Christmas dessert. Perfect for all your holiday gatherings!
This Reindeer Chow (a seasonal version of Puppy Chow) is fun and festive and loaded with sweet and salty flavors! It is the perfect snack for your next holiday get together!
Rudolph Reindeer Cookies (+Video)
These Reindeer Cookies are always a big hit and are the perfect cookies for Santa or for all your little elves! Easy and delicious!
This holiday Peppermint Bark is a classic Christmas favorite! Layers of milk chocolate, vanilla almond bark and crushed peppermints!
White Chocolate Peppermint Pie
This recipe for White Chocolate Peppermint Pie starts with an Oreo cookie crust and is filled with a creamy, peppermint cheesecake filling!
Easy Homemade Peanut Brittle (+Video)
This recipe for Easy Homemade Peanut Brittle is a delicious, crisp, buttery candy filled with peanuts that is perfect for gift giving!
Sweet Holiday Chex Mix
This Sweet Holiday Chex Mix combines three types of Chex cereal with pecans and coated it in a sweet glaze! It creates an irresistible treat that everyone loves!
Southern Pecan Butterballs
Southern Pecan Butterballs are known by many names: Snowball Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes and Danish Wedding Cookies!
Christmas Crack (Cracker Toffee) +Video
Christmas Crack is an easy, buttery, cracker toffee treat. Saltine crackers, butter, brown sugar and chocolate chips are all you need! Everyone loves this one!
Ritz Cracker Christmas Ornament Cookies
These Ritz Cracker Christmas Ornament Cookies are a quick and easy holiday sweet treat that are perfect for your holiday cookie trays!
Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Cake
This Chocolate Peppermint Cake recipe is a homemade chocolate cake topped with a thick and creamy peppermint frosting!
Reindeer Cookie Bars
An easy holiday dessert, these Reindeer Cookie Bars are a fun and tasty treat that requires only 5 ingredients and 30 minutes to make!
Tasty, easy and fun, this Rudolph Cheeseball recipe uses minimal ingredients and is the perfect appetizer for all your holiday festivities!
Christmas Tree Shaped Veggie Tray
This Christmas Tree Veggie Tray is perfectly festive for holiday gatherings. An easy and fun way to dress up a vegetable platter!
Holiday Blondies (+Video)
Easy Holiday Blondie Bars really are so simple and yummy! Made with boxed cake mix and eggnog or milk and topped with festive sprinkles!
Rice Krispies Christmas Wreaths
Rice Krispies Christmas Wreaths are a delicious holiday tradition. This recipe is easy to make and they turn out so festive and impressive!
Christmas Tree Cheeseball (+Video)
This Christmas Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball is the hit of every holiday party. It looks pretty, it’s simple to make and it tastes amazing too!
Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars (+Video)
These homemade Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars are not only festive but are delicious! A sugar cookie base topped with a creamy, fluffy frosting!
Christmas Grinch Punch (+Video)
This Grinch Christmas Punch recipe is a fun twist on a classic punch. No one can be mean or grumpy while drinking this delicious concotion!
Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies (+Video)
This Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe is foolproof! They hold their shape after baking and they also taste amazing! Top with icing!
Haystack Cookies (+Video)
This recipe for Butterscotch Haystack Cookies is a fun and easy treat that everyone loves. Only 4 ingredients and perfect for gift giving!
Egg Nog Mini Cheesecakes
A deliciously festive dessert, these Egg Nog Mini Cheesecakes are easy, flavorful and the perfect single serving dessert for all your holiday parties!
Eggnog Poke Cake
This holiday inspired dessert features an eggnog pudding in a vanilla cake with a whipped cream topping and sprinkled with warm spices.
Peppermint Poke Cake
Rich chocolate, fudgy cake with marshmallow creme and whipped topping with chocolate sauce and crushed peppermint candies.
White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge
This easy holiday inspired White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Fudge recipe can be made in minutes and makes the perfect Christmas gift!
Meringue Christmas Trees
These Easy Meringue Christmas Trees are so simple to make, taste delicious and are absolutely adorable! Kids and adults love these meringue treats!
Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake
A red and green festive poke cake with red velvet cake, vanilla pudding and whipped topping!
Classic Homemade Eggnog
A classic holiday tradition, this easy Homemade Eggnog is a tasty drink that you'll enjoy sipping on at all your get togethers!
Chocolate Walnut Fudge
A quick and easy holiday treat this Chocolate Walnut Fudge is a staple recipe that is great for snacking or gift giving.
Elf Bait Christmas Snack Mix
This Elf Bait Christmas Mix recipe is such a fun holiday treat! Grab your favorite cereal, some chocolate and some sprinkles. No baking!
Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies
Chocolate and peppermint collide in these Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies! Soft chocolate cookies rolled in sugar and topped with a candy cane kiss!
White Chocolate Peanut Clusters
This White Chocolate Peanut Clusters recipe just needs vanilla almond bark, salted peanuts, melted chocolate and sprinkles! A no-bake treat!
Candy Cane Fudge
This Easy Candy Cane Peppermint Fudge recipe is so simple to make and comes out so creamy and delicious! A wonderful holiday treat!
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
A classic holiday cookie, these soft Gingerbread Cookies are baked then dipped in white chocolate and decorated. A tasty recipe everyone is guaranteed to enjoy!
Grinch Cookies are the cutest and tastiest treats to make over the holidays! With that signature Grinch green color and a tiny red heart, everyone loves them!
Christmas Tree Linzer Cookies
These Christmas Tree Linzer Cookies are beautiful cookies that are filled with jam and are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray!
Christmas Yule Log Cake
A classic holiday dessert, this Christmas Yule Log Cake (also called Buche de Noel) is a show-stopping chocolate cake, with a cream filling and topped with chocolate ganache.
These Gingerbread Cupcakes are a semi-homemade recipe that turn an ordinary box of spice cake mix into extraordinary moist cupcakes with homemade cream cheese frosting!
Grandma’s Potato Candy
Grandma's Potato Candy (also called peanut butter pinwheels) is a classic recipe that only requires a small amount of ingredients. A cherished treat!
Oreo Peppermint Mini Cheesecakes
This recipe for Oreo Peppermint Mini Cheesecakes is a delicious minty dessert! A simple peppermint cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust!
Easy Popcorn Balls
This easy popcorn ball recipe whips up quickly! Popped popcorn, butter and mini marshmallows and a special secret ingredient are all you need!
Hot Chocolate Poke Cake
Marshmallow fluff, whipped hot cocoa topping and moist chocolate cake make this Hot Chocolate Poke Cake the indulgent winter cake of your dreams!
Cranberry Wine Spritzer
This Cranberry Wine Spritzer is perfect to serve in the winter months! It’s full of flavors like cranberry, pear, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. Make it in a large pitcher to serve at your next party!
This Velveeta Fudge may sound strange but it is a tried and true fudge recipe. It is a delicious and super creamy chocolate fudge with walnuts!
Mix-It-Up Christmas Candy Bark
Mix-It-Up Christmas Candy Bark uses Oreo Cookies, M&M's, pretzels, vanilla and chocolate almond bark to make a sweet and salty holiday treat!
Mini Christmas Shortbread Cookies
These Mini Christmas Shortbread Cookies are sprinkled to perfection, cut into tiny bite sized squares then baked. They will be the talk of the party or a fun gift to box up for friends or neighbors!
Christmas Tree Hand Pies
An easy holiday treat, these Christmas Tree Hand Pies use minimal ingredients, have a delicious pie filling, and are fun for everyone!
Christmas Cake Batter Fudge
This Christmas Cake Batter Fudge is an easy, tasty and colorful holiday dessert recipe that tastes like red velvet cake! No cooking required!
Christmas Tree Pop Tarts
A fun holiday breakfast or dessert, these homemade Christmas Tree Pop Tarts are easy, tasty, festive and ready in less than 30 minutes!
Grandma’s Soft Sugar Cookies
Grandma's Soft Sugar Cookies are super soft, light and fluffy. They are perfect with just a little sugar on top or with some icing.
Christmas Tree Fruit Pizza
This Christmas Tree Fruit Pizza has a cookie crust, green whipped cream and is covered in all your favorite fruits! Perfect for the holiday dessert table!
Easy Christmas Bundt Cake
This Easy Christmas Bundt Cake recipe starts with a boxed cake mix that has added flavor and swirls of color to make it a delicious holiday dessert!
Chex Mix Marshmallow Treats
Chex Mix Marshmallow Treats are easy to make and even easier to eat. All the flavors of a Chex mix but in a sweet and gooey no bake treat!
This fun recipe for Reindeer Pretzel Christmas Snacks only require four ingredients and are the perfect sweet and salty holiday treat!
A fun and festive milkshake, the Drunken Rudolph is made with three different liquors along with ice cream, hot cocoa mix and topped with whipped cream!
Egg Nog Pudding Shots
Filled with holiday flavors, these Egg Nog Pudding Shots are a fun and flavorful dessert shot. They will be a huge hit at your adult holiday gatherings!
Candy Cane Jell-O Shots
These Candy Cane Jell-O Shots are festive, fun and easy to serve. The perfect tasty holiday twist for this adult only treat!