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 plenty of recipes that bring you right back home in every bite.
Perfect Beef Tenderloin
Inspired by J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab and managing culinary director of Serious Eats, we take a 3-step, 5-ingredient approach to the best holiday roast: First, season, chill, and air-dry the beef overnight to create a flavorful crust; second, slow roast in a low oven to keep it extra juicy; and third, broil a few minutes to brown it. Serve with Board Dressing, Classic Horseradish Cream Sauce, or both.
Chocolate Yule Log
We've managed to transform naughty into nice with this rich dark-chocolate sponge cake filled with a delicate, yogurt-lightened whipped cream. We cut the amount of sugar in half, letting the intensity of the chocolate in the sponge cake shine--go ahead and splurge on a higher-quality bar.
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.
Caramelized Baby Carrots
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
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
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
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
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
Ginger gives the sweet-tart cherry glaze a little bite atop roasted Cornish game hens.
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.
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
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
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.
"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
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
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
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
For an easy, elegant meal, serve family and friends Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine Sauce.
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.
"The best snickerdoodles I've ever eaten!" -lizziebrown
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
"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
The nutty, almost smoky flavor of wild rice pairs beautifully with game birds and other poultry.
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Finish your savory meal with a sweet, decadent dessert featuring sweet-tart apples wrapped in a buttery crust.
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
Shallots roast alongside the chicken; then they're pureed and browned with lemony pan juices to make a fragrant gravy.
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
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
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
These hotcakes are best when topped with extra toasted pecans and maple syrup.
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
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
Give fresh vegetables, a touch of holiday cheer with a warm bacon dressing that is simply irresistible.
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.
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
Belgian Framboise Lambic beer—a frothy, berry-colored beverage—adds an underlying sweetness that complements the cranberries.
Buttermilk-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Be sure to purchase a crumbly wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano for this superquick potato side dish.
Beef Short Ribs
This dish looks so impressive but requires little effort. You don't have to use an expensive bottle of wine for cooking, but make sure you like the flavor.
Warm Cranberry-Walnut Brie
Dip into the luscious melted cheese this holiday season with crunchy crackers or toasted bread.
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.
Brisket with Mushroom-and-Onion Gravy
Flat-cut brisket comes in a range of sizes. If you get a large, oblong piece, trim the thin end off, if necessary, so it will fit in a Dutch oven and cook evenly.
Beer-Braised Turkey Legs
These Latin-inspired turkey legs are a welcome change of pace from the traditional holiday roast.
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
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
“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
Tangy-Sweet Lemon Chicken
Mediterranean flavors meld deliciously in this chicken dish. Bone-in breasts are meaty and cook perfectly in the moist heat of the braise.
Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Shanks
Parmigiano-Reggiano is aged, dry, and crumbly, so it's easy to grate, making it ideal for creating the beautiful and flavorful crust on these truly luscious shanks.
Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns
Simple, gooey, and incredibly divine, these Maple-Pecan Sticky Buns are a must-serve during the holiday season.
Coq au Vin
This variation on the classic French wine-braised chicken uses white instead of red wine, giving the finished dish a lovely golden hue.
Leg of Lamb with Olive-Wine Sauce
We call for a boneless leg of lamb for convenience; if you'd rather use a bone-in leg, it may take an hour to reach 130°.
Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder
If you want to dress up the humble pork shoulder roast, ask your butcher to butterfly it. Sprinkle the spice rub all over both sides of pork; roll and tie it with kitchen string before browning.