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Best Easy Christmas Recipes

Best Easy Christmas Recipes

Easy Christmas Shopping Tips

Purchase ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes in bulk, in order to minimize waste and save money.

Easy Christmas Cooking Tips

When planning your menu, maximize the number of items that can be prepared in advance so you can enjoy your food without stress.


Quick and Easy Holiday Recipes

Serve something impressive this holiday season — and still have time for family and friends. These simple recipes come together quick, giving you more time for what's really important.

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Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloins

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Foolproof Popovers

Christmas Tree Tarts

These miniature cherry pies come together in under an hour, thanks to premade pie crust and canned cherry pie filling.

Toasted Gruyere and Cranberry Cups

Nutty gruyere cheese is the perfect complement to sweet-tart cranberry. Served together in a bite-size phyllo cup, they make the perfect holiday appetizer.

Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms

Easily upgrade fresh green beans for the holidays with just a few flavorful ingredients. In this recipe, spicy chili flakes, savory garlic and fresh rosemary work together to make an otherwise simple side dish shine.

Easy Parmesan "Risotto"

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

Wondering how a tasty cheese ball becomes a festive Christmas tree? A coating of fresh green herbs and pomegranate seed 'ornaments' will do the trick!


35 Best Christmas Cakes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

It's the most wonderful time of the year&mdashespecially if you love dessert! Christmas cookies are everywhere and so is the sweet scent of chocolate, peppermint, and gingerbread. You don't have to limit your Christmas dessert lineup to just cookies though: These best Christmas cake recipes are a great way to wow your family with something new and special&mdashjust look at Ree Drummond's yule log cake!

If you're looking to make an impressive Christmas cake, draw inspiration from holiday flavors and dishes you already know and love. Think about all of the sweets and drinks that come to mind this time of year: spiced nuts, peppermint candies, chocolate fudge, hot cocoa, mulled wine and eggnog. Turning them into a beautiful cake to share with family and friends is the fun part!

If you're looking for a special way to round out your Christmas dinner this year or you just want to switch up your usual cookies, you'll definitely find a Christmas cake recipe on this list that fits the bill. You might find that you enjoy decorating a holiday cake just as much as decorating Christmas cookies. Plus, a nice slice of cake pairs just as well with a glass of milk for Santa!


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Need a healthy salad to power you through an afternoon of assembling those Christmas gifts? This quinoa salad is bidding for a spot at your brunch table on Christmas morning—it has red and green ingredients, like asparagus, kale, and tomatoes. And it counts as breakfast because it's got a runny egg on top.

Want to serve something a little more retro? Check out these 24 Vintage Christmas Dinner Recipes for Partying Like It's 1899.


67 Holiday Appetizers To Start Christmas Dinner Off With A Bang

Get the party started with these pumped-up Christmas appetizer recipes. From classics like pigs in a blanket and sausage balls to our best-ever cranberry brie bites, there's something for everyone in here. Looking for more holiday eats? Try our best ever Christmas cookies and holiday cocktails, too!

Your favorite sandwich is now the perfect appetizer. Caramelized onions are the real star of the show.

These easy meatballs can be made in the oven or air fryer. With a sweet a spicy mayo, these are perfectly shareable.


30 Super Cute Christmas Cake Pop Recipes That'll Make the Holiday Magical

When it comes to baking up sweet homemade treats, there's really no time like Christmas to bring out the baker in all of us. And the thing is, there are a lot of Christmas desserts to choose between when planning out your holiday baking schedule. Obviously, you have to make a batch or two of holiday cookies (at least, you do if Santa has any say in the matter), but after that the sky's the limit: You can make Christmas cakes, you can make gingerbread houses (or dozens of other gingerbread recipes), you can make pies, and even creative eggnog recipes. So while Christmas cake pops might not at be at the top of your to-do list, allow us to present you with a variety of reasons while they deserve a spot on your dessert spread.

Cleanup is easy, for starters, because there won't be any forks or plates to have to wash off. You can dress them up and make them look elegant (almost like truffles), or you can make them more playful by decorating them to look like Santa or reindeer. The presentation options are endless too. Lay them out on a nice Christmas tray, stick them in a festive vase, or fill a clear bottle with sprinkles or fake snow to hold them steady. The bottom line: If you're looking for an easy Christmas treat to make your table stand out just a little bit more, consider these pretty cake pops as an easy way to do it.


60 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes for Fun Holiday Baking This December

For some, Christmas cookie baking is like an Olympic sport. You try to make as many versions of these must-have Christmas desserts as possible in a short amount of time&mdashsounds pretty competitive, right? To help you out on your holiday baking adventures, reference this list of beautiful, easy Christmas cookie recipes throughout the month of December. Ree Drummond knows a thing or two about what makes a delicious Christmas cookie&mdashshe's a judge on Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge, after all! "I set aside one day and bake a few different kinds so the cookie platters will look more fun," she says. (Cookie platters = fabulous DIY Christmas gifts and homemade Christmas food gifts, btw!)

With flavors like gingerbread, eggnog, peppermint, and more, you'll cover a wide range of seasonal tastes. There's also an abundance of cookie types, like shortbread, sandwich cookies, and even homemade biscotti. If you're on the hunt for some showstoppers, the gingerbread thumbprint cookies with dulce de leche in the middle are sure to send you to sugar heaven. And the pretty stained glass cookies can double as cute DIY Christmas decorations! Ree's favorite Christmas cookies are must-makes too&mdashshe got the sugar cookie recipe from her mom. Try out some new Christmas cookie recipes this year with these creative, irresistible ideas.


Easy Christmas recipes

Take the stress out of Christmas prep with these simple yet scrumptious recipes. We've got all the essentials covered, from easy roast turkey to no-fuss mince pies.

Easy-peasy fruitcake

Try this lighter version of a classic Christmas fruitcake, bursting with festive spice and juicy fruit. Decorate with candied fruit and glacé cherries

Easy turkey crown

Serve a traditional roast turkey for Christmas without the fuss. Use the sticky glaze you'd get on a ham to add flavour and golden colour to a turkey crown

Two-tray Christmas dinner

Make a fuss-free Christmas dinner with this two-tray method that includes stuffing, veg and the turkey. It's ideal if you have a small oven, and saves on the washing-up

Easy mulled wine

Get that festive feeling with this smooth mulled wine made with figs, sliced clementine and spices. Great for a Christmas party or just to cosy up with


50 Cozy Christmas Breakfasts to Start Your Holiday off Right

These Christmas breakfast and brunch ideas are almost as tempting as the presents .

Nothing beats the feeling you get when you first wake up on Christmas morning &mdash especially when you know you&rsquove got a warm breakfast (and some presents under the tree!) waiting for you. Whether you decide to eat before or after diving into the present pile, it's important to start off the holiday right with the best Christmas breakfast recipes &mdash both to fill you up and to get you the energy you need to partake in all those fun holiday festivities, from decorating Christmas cookies to watching the best Christmas movies with the whole family.

To ensure you don't spend all Christmas morning in the kitchen, though, we've rounded up all our favorite quick and easy Christmas breakfast recipes &mdash including make-ahead casseroles, sweet baked goods and the tastiest savory brunch ideas. Not only will these delicious on-the-go options make for a satisfactory breakfast, they'll also allow plenty of time to unwrap presents, create memories and enjoy all the rest of your Christmas Day traditions . before you have to get to work on Christmas dinner, of course. (But don&rsquot worry: We&rsquove got plenty of easy and time-saving ideas for that big meal, too.)


50 Best Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas to Create a Memorable Holiday Meal

From apps to the main course, here's everything you need.

Although you know what to make for your Thanksgiving dinner menu every year&mdashroasted turkey, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce, to name a few recipes&mdashthe Christmas dinner menu is often more up in the air. For your main course, you could make a baked ham, roast chicken, or pork roast. Or, you could mimic the Drummond family&mdashthey enjoy a gorgeous prime rib each year. "I&rsquom not sure there&rsquos anything more special and delicious at Christmastime than a beautiful, perfectly cooked piece of roast beef," says Ree Drummond. That, and tons of Christmas cookies, of course.

Here, you'll find a collection of the best Christmas dinner ideas, including holiday appetizers, sides, and drinks, in addition to options for the main course. Your next delicious festive dinner is right around the corner! Make the baked mashed potatoes, citrus-brined turkey, and honey-glazed carrots and parsnips for a classic meal. Or, try Ree's famous lasagna, potatoes au gratin, and brie-stuffed mushrooms for a comfort food extravaganza. All that'll be missing is a spread of delectable Christmas desserts, like Christmas cakes, for the sweetest end to your evening. These easy Christmas menu ideas will make holiday entertaining a cinch this year, even if you're just cooking for your spouse and kids. Then, all you have to do is plan out your Christmas Eve dinner ideas!


32 Easy Christmas Cocktails to Spice Up Your Holiday Celebrations

These are the best holiday drinks to truly make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year.

There is so much to celebrate this holiday season, and if you want to make your celebration extra special this year, there's nothing better than a great holiday cocktail. These easy Christmas cocktails will only take you five to 10 minutes to make, and they'll taste like you went to bartender school. Whether you want something sweet, spicy, or full of seasonal berries, these are the best holiday drinks to impress everyone in your family.

And the great thing about holiday cocktails is they're not tied to a typical Christmas feast. You can make one that goes great with your cookie decorating party and another that's cozy enough to sit with by the fire for opening presents or one that pairs perfectly with watching your favorite Christmas movies. There's a Christmas cocktail that works no matter what activities you plan on doing this holiday season, so try one or try them all, and prepared to be wowed.