Classic Christmas Recipes

Celebrate Christmas this year with traditional recipes you love to make year after year. From succulent meats, to sweet treats, we have 50 recipes that bring you right back home in every bite.

  • Butter-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes
    Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Butter-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Classic holiday flavors like buttery sweet potatoes and nutty pecans create a creamy starch that brings a sweet familiar taste in every bite.
  • Gorgonzola-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Gorgonzola-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce

    Gorgeous in presentation and taste, this succulent centerpiece yields a hearty holiday main that the whole crowd will love.
  • Whole-Wheat, Buttermilk, and Orange Pancakes
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver  

    Whole-Wheat, Buttermilk, and Orange Pancakes

    Serve a short stack of Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with a punch of citrus zest. Allowing the batter to sit before cooking gives the leaveners a chance to work, creating light, fluffy pancakes.
  • Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

    Cold winter nights call for a hearty, comforting stew. A nutty dark beer adds richness and depth to the stew. Be careful not to choose a beer that's super-hoppy; it will taste too bitter.
  • Herb and Citrus Roast Leg of Lamb
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Herb and Citrus Roast Leg of Lamb

    Orange and lemon in the marinade make for a bright counterpoint to the earthy cumin. Stuff leftovers into pitas, and drizzle with yogurt.
  • Marmalade French Toast Casserole
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Leigh Ann Ross

    Marmalade French Toast Casserole

    Wake up the entire house with the sweet aroma of French toast on Christmas morning. This easy casserole can be assembled in less than 15 minutes and stored in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Roasted Cornish Hens with Cherry-Port Glaze
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Cornish Hens with Cherry Glaze

    Ginger gives the sweet-tart cherry glaze a little bite atop roasted Cornish game hens.
  • Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Heather Chontos

    Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole

    Andouille sausage, two types of cheese, and a splash of hot sauce add flavor and a little kick to Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole. This make-ahead breakfast casserole is perfect for holiday mornings--just cook and enjoy.
  • Pecan Squares

    Pecan Squares

    If you like the taste of pecan pie, you'll love this easy alternative. Serve the squares with vanilla ice cream for an over-the-top dessert
  • Fennel-Crusted Rib Roast
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Fennel-Crusted Rib Roast

    Rub prime rib with freshly ground peppercorns, coriander, and fennel for a heady combination of seasonings that perfectly complements this elegant cut of meat. A garnish of fresh cranberries and oranges adds vibrant color to your table, making this dish as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.
  • Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole with Fruit Compote
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Heather Chontos

    Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole

    This make-ahead breakfast casserole features slices of French toast arranged in a pie pan and and a layer of sweetened dried fruit. The casserole is topped with a sweet, buttery streusel topping before baking.
  • Baked Oatmeal
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Martin

    Baked Oatmeal

    "I have been making this for years, my whole family loves it. This recipe is great, I make it all the time." -FoodieSandi
  • Iced Browned Butter Sugar Cookies
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Iced Browned Butter Sugar Cookies

    With nutty, caramel notes from browned butter and a fair bit of salt to balance the flavors, these cookies will become an instant favorite.
  • All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

    If chocolate chip cookies are your favorite cookies, whip up a batch of these all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies. They're the best of the best
  • Pecan Cookies
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Pecan Cookies

    Make the cookie dough up to a month in advance, wrap it tightly, and freeze. Thaw dough completely by placing it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine Sauce
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine Sauce

    For an easy, elegant meal, serve family and friends Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine Sauce.
  • Coconut-Cardamom Macaroons
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Robyn Glaser

    Coconut-Cardamom Macaroons

    Cardamom adds an exotic sweet flavor to Coconut-Cardamom Macaroons. Coconut gives these drops cookies their chewy, dense texture. The combination adds an elegant addition to your dessert table.
  • Marble Snickerdoodles
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas  

    Marble Snickerdoodles

    "The best snickerdoodles I've ever eaten!" -lizziebrown
  • Chocolate-Triple Hazelnut Truffles
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

    Chocolate-Triple Hazelnut Truffles

    Mild milk chocolate allows the triple hit of nutty goodness to come forward in these creamy truffles; bittersweet chocolate would overpower those flavors.
  • Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon
    Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Kevin Crafts

    Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon

    "As a child in England, I loved fire-roasted chestnuts sold on the street in winter and presented in little brown paper bags. You'd turn your fingers black from peeling every last gem. Every time I enjoy the pleasure of a chestnut, I am transported to my youth. My grandma Eve used to make a version similar to this recipe for Christmas dinner." -Consulting chef Andrew Spurgin
  • Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries

    The nutty, almost smoky flavor of wild rice pairs beautifully with game birds and other poultry.
  • Gingerbread People
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Gingerbread People

    For a whimsical presentation, arrange these cookies in a lunch box lined with colorful packing paper. Use a variety of cookie cutter sizes to create "families." If you don't want to cut the dough into shapes, roll it into two logs, cover, chill, and slice into 1/8-inch rounds. Refrigerate
  • Pumpkin Streusel Pie
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Pumpkin Streusel Pie

    This gourmet dessert combines a classic pumpkin pie with a crunchy streusel topping for a dish that will sure to be a crowd pleaser.
  • Brined Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Brined Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze

    "Brined pork is about as good as it gets. Throw some bourbon on it, though, and it somehow gets better." --Mike Wilson, former Test Kitchen Professional
  • Roast Stuffed Pork Loin with Port Sauce
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

    Roast Stuffed Pork Loin with Port Sauce

    Bring elegance and beauty to your table with a lovey centerpiece dish that tastes just as good as it looks.
  • Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Topping

    Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Topping

    Turn a Thanksgiving side dish into a tasty Christmas dessert with this delicious recipe for Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Topping.
  • Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

    Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

    If you can't find fresh cranberries, use thawed frozen ones. A prepared pie shell yields a stellar dessert with little effort. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
  • Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze

    Fresh carrot and apple plus a splash of bourbon boost the flavor of the layers of this cake, while the browned-butter glaze is, well, the wildly delicious icing on the cake.
  • Holiday Pears
    James Carrier

    Holiday Pears

    Serve these classic holiday pears as a side dish with turkey or ham. Spooned over vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, they also make a great dessert.
  • Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Take oatmeal cookies to a whole new level by adding chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter. They won't last long after you bake them.
  • Rustic Apple Tart
    Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Jocelyne Beaudoin

    Rustic Apple Tart

    Finish your savory meal with a sweet, decadent dessert featuring sweet-tart apples wrapped in a buttery crust.
  • Easy Orange Rolls
    Photo: John O'Hagan; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Easy Orange Rolls

    Your family will definitely want to rise, shine, and dine when they smell these baking in the oven.
  • Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemon Shallot Sauce
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemon Shallot Sauce

    Shallots roast alongside the chicken; then they're pureed and browned with lemony pan juices to make a fragrant gravy.
  • Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
    Oxmoor House

    Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

    Nothing says Christmas time better than a cup of peppermint hot chocolate. This recipe uses creamy white chocolate for a warming, comforting sip of goodness.
  • Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross

    Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

    Make the whole family happy when you serve up a batch of warm, flaky, buttermilk biscuits on Christmas morning.
  • Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

    Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

    While parsley, tarragon, and thyme make a nice combination, you can also try sage, chives, and rosemary for this holiday recipe.
  • Sweet Potato-Pecan Pancakes
    Oxmoor House

    Sweet Potato-Pecan Pancakes

    These hotcakes are best when topped with extra toasted pecans and maple syrup.
  • Roasted Root Vegetables with Walnut Pesto

    Roasted Root Vegetables with Walnut Pesto

    Carrots and parsnips have a slight sweetness that balances the bite of the Brussels sprouts and turnips.
  • Slow-Cooker Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing
    Photo: Kate Sears

    Slow-Cooker Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing

    Save space in your oven when you’re cooking the holiday meal and use your slow cooker for the wild rice stuffing.
  • Haricots Verts with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Haricots Verts with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

    Give fresh vegetables, a touch of holiday cheer with a warm bacon dressing that is simply irresistible.
  • Rich 'n' Thick Hot Chocolate
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Leigh Anne Montgomery

    Rich 'n' Thick Hot Chocolate

    This is a luxurious, unexpected offering for dessert. Take it over the top with a dollop of Marshmallow Whipped Cream.
  • Walnut Bread
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Walnut Bread

    This walnut bread recipe yields two loaves, which means you can make one for yourself and give one away with preserves as a tasty gift. Serve any leftovers toasted with a spot of butter and jam.
  • Framboise Cranberry Sauce
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Framboise Cranberry Sauce

    Belgian Framboise Lambic beer—a frothy, berry-colored beverage—adds an underlying sweetness that complements the cranberries.
  • Buttermilk-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

    Be sure to purchase a crumbly wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano for this superquick potato side dish.
  • Warm Cranberry-Walnut Brie
    Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Warm Cranberry-Walnut Brie

    Dip into the luscious melted cheese this holiday season with crunchy crackers or toasted bread.
  • Old Fashioned Eggnog
    Oxmoor House

    Old Fashioned Eggnog

    When you discover how easy this old fashioned eggnog is to make, you'll never buy it in a carton again. Sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
  • Roasted Turkey with Rosemary-Garlic Butter Rub and Pan Gravy
    Photo: Charles Masters

    Roasted Turkey with Rosemary-Garlic Butter Rub and Pan Gravy

    If you didn’t get enough turkey at Thanksgiving, roast this beauty for Christmas dinner as well. For larger crowds, make two meats including a turkey to satisfy the kids and picky eaters in the crowd.
  • Phyllo Cups with Ricotta, Chèvre, and Thyme
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Phyllo Cups with Ricotta, Chèvre, and Thyme

    Start making the phyllo stacks about 30 minutes after you put the cheese mixture in the refrigerator. Or make the cheese mixture a day ahead, and assemble before guests arrive
  • Apricot-Ginger Scones
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Best-Ever Scones

    “I've made all the sweet variations of this recipe except for the apricot and they're all awesome! They're so rich and buttery. I always drizzle them with vanilla or spiced glaze while they're still warm.” -jameyadams
  • Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns

    Simple, gooey, and incredibly divine, these Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns are a must-serve during the holiday season.
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