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45 Ultimate Christmas Recipes

From cookies to snacks to classic holiday treats, there are plenty of delicious ideas here in this list of 45 Ultimate Christmas recipes!


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!

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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 Dinners25 Fall and Winter Soup Recipes and 30 Comforting Casseroles 

A slice of Red Velvet Cheesecake Bundt Cake sitting on a plate.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bundt Cake

A rich and decadent Red Velvet Bundt Cake with a cheesecake filling.

A slice of red, white, and green Poke Cake.

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 recipe

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!

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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!

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Reindeer Chow

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 Christmas Cookies.

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!

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

This holiday Peppermint Bark is a classic Christmas favorite! Layers of milk chocolate, vanilla almond bark and crushed peppermints!

White Chocolate Peppermint Pie recipe

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 recipe

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!

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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 recipe.

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 or Cracker Toffee recipe from The Country Cook.

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!

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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!

Chocolate Peppermint Cake with Peppermint Frosting recipe

Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Cake

This Chocolate Peppermint Cake recipe is a homemade chocolate cake topped with a thick and creamy peppermint frosting!

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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!

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Rudolph Cheeseball

Tasty, easy and fun, this Rudolph Cheeseball recipe uses minimal ingredients and is the perfect appetizer for all your holiday festivities!

holiday veggie trays

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!

Easy Holiday Blondie Bars

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 recipe

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-Shaped Cheese Ball

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!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars topped with Cream Cheese Frosting

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 Holiday Party Punch recipe

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

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!

No-Bake Butterscotch Chow Mein Haystacks

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!

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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!

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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.

A plate with a slice of Peppermint Poke Cake with a fork holding a bite.

Peppermint Poke Cake

Rich chocolate, fudgy cake with marshmallow creme and whipped topping with chocolate sauce and crushed peppermint candies.

Easy White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Fudge recipe

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!

Adorable and Easy Meringue Christmas Trees recipe

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!

A piece of Christmas Poke Cake on a plate.

Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake

A red and green festive poke cake with red velvet cake, vanilla pudding and whipped topping!

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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!

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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 recipe

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!

Close up square image of lined up Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies.

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 Cluster recipe

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 Cake Peppermint Fudge

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!

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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!

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Grinch Cookies

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!

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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!

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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.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

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!

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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 recipe

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 Homemade Popcorn Balls

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!

closeup photo of a slice of hot chocolate poke cake topped with mini marshmallows on a white plate.

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 recipe from The Country Cook

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!

Square image of Velveeta Fudge stacked showing chopped nuts inside.

Velveeta Fudge

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

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!

Close up of Mini Shortbread Christmas Cookies on platter.

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!

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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!

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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!

Close up overhead photo of one of the finished Christmas Tree Pop Tarts with icing and sprinkles.

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

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.

Overhead square image of finished and decorated Christmas Tree Fruit Pizza.

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 recipe.

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!

Close up looking at a pile of Chex Mix Marshmallow Treats.

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!

Reindeer Pretzel Christmas Snacks recipe from The Country Cook

Reindeer Pretzels

This fun recipe for Reindeer Pretzel Christmas Snacks only require four ingredients and are the perfect sweet and salty holiday treat!

Drunken Rudolph drink.

Drunken Rudolph

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!

Close up of Egg Nog Pudding Shots on white platter with whipped topping and nutmeg and cinnamon on platter.

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!

Square image of finished garnished Candy Cane Jell-O Shots on red and white linen.

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!

Close up square image of finished Holiday Jell-O shots on Christmas tree linen, garnished.

Holiday Jell-O Shots

These Holiday Jell-O shots are an easy, festive and fun alternative to a drink recipe. Colorful, flavorful and perfect for your adult holiday gatherings!

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  1. I am amazed at all of your practical and delicious recipes day after day! This group of recipes in this post are all so wonderful, and I plan to make several of them over the holidays. Thank you for all the work you do to circulate such delicious ideas!!!!

  2. I enjoyed reading all the recipe ideas. I copied a lot of them and can’t wait to make them. I love your posts.

  3. 5 stars
    Awesome lineup! I don’t know where to start, but pinning this for sure. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes ALL.YEAR.LONG!

  4. Wonderful list of party food! I will definitely add deserts from this list to my birthday party that I am planning to throw at the garden venues for events. Hey do you have some recipes that are perfect for a garden birthday party?

  5. Yep, I see quite a few of these that I will try for our Holiday party at work in a few weeks! Thanks for the ideas…Your recipes are so simple EVEN I can follow them1