Discover all of our best Christmas Recipes on Culinary Hill. Prime rib, baked ham, roasted turkey, all the side dishes, soups and salads, bread and rolls, desserts, drinks, and appetizers. It’s all here, organized by category. Cheers!

Prime rib cut into slices on a white platter with a serving fork.
Table of Contents
  1. Christmas cookie recipes
  2. Christmas candy recipes
  3. Christmas dessert recipes
  4. Christmas breakfast recipes
  5. Christmas dinner side dish recipes
  6. Christmas soups and salads
  7. Christmas bread recipes
  8. Christmas dinner recipes
  9. Christmas appetizer recipes
  10. Christmas drink recipes
  11. Vegetarian Christmas Recipes
  12. Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve
Christmas Sugar Cookies
These frosted Christmas Sugar Cookies are my grandma’s best recipe, so buttery and sweet! A family favorite. No Christmas is complete without them.
Frosted sugar cookies decorated for Christmas on a baking rack.

Gingerbread Cookies

No Christmas cookie spread is complete without classic Gingerbread Cookies! Dress up these homemade Gingerbread Cookies with royal icing features and outfits. Rather than those hard and crumbly store-bought gingerbread desserts, I like Gingerbread Cookies…

2 hours 50 minutes
Thumbprint Cookies
Tender-crisp and buttery, these Thumbprint Cookies can be filled with any jam you love. A class at Christmas, they shine like gems on your cookie plate!
Thumbprint cookies on a cooling rack.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

When it’s time for dessert, White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are always the first to get gobbled up. This stand-out recipe mixes creamy white chocolate and tart dried fruit in buttery cookie dough that’s so easy…

17 minutes
Spritz Cookies
My mom’s classic Spritz cookies recipe is the only one you need! These tiny cookies are crunchy, sweet, and perfect with a sprinkle of colored sugar.
Spritz cookies on a red plate.

Linzer Cookies

An easy recipe for crisp, buttery Linzer Cookies. With almonds in the dough and a sweet raspberry filling, you’ll love how delicious these cookies are! These easy Linzer Cookies are a fruity, European alternative to…

2 hours 5 minutes
An easy Pizzelle recipe for the classic Italian cookie, lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla or anise. All you need are 6 ingredients and 1 pizzelle maker!
Pizzelles stacked on a cooling rack.

Christmas candy recipes

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

People go wild for my grandma’s no-bake Peanut Butter Bars! They only take 5 ingredients and 10 minutes (plus chilling time) to make, and they take just seconds to disappear.

3 hours 15 minutes
Oreo Cookie Balls
The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up.
The ultimate Oreo Cookie Balls recipe is right here, waiting to be rolled into your family’s holiday cookie line-up. These no-bake beauties get drizzled with a homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, but you can change them up in a million different delicious, chocolatey ways.

Puppy Chow

Also known as muddy buddies, this classic Midwestern dessert is my go-to no-bake treat for bake sales, parties, and food gifts. If you like peanut butter cups, you’ll love this easy dessert recipe.

15 minutes
Candied Pecans
Candied Pecans are deliciously crunchy and decadent thanks to brown sugar, cinnamon, and a few other holiday spices. This recipe is lightning fast, kid-friendly, and a snap to make for a last-minute gifts or bake sales.
Candied Pecans on a gray plate.

Christmas dessert recipes

Cranberry Wreath Cake
Cranberry Wreath Cake is a luscious chocolate cake covered in sweet vanilla buttercream and is perfect for the holidays or any winter celebration. A crown of fresh rosemary and sugared cranberries makes a stunning finishing touch.
A slice of cranberry wreath cake on a plate with a fork.


Tiramisu is a classic no-bake Italian dessert made with lady fingers, coffee, and cream. This easy version is about as luscious as it gets, and you can even make it ahead. Did you know Tiramisu…

45 minutes
Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)
It's officially Christmas when Buche de Noel appears, thickly frosted in chocolate ganache bark and dotted with tiny meringue mushrooms. If making a Yule Log cake seems too elaborate, don't worry; all the steps are broken down into one easy-to-manage project.

The Best Pecan Pie

The Best Pecan Pie has a flavorful, balanced filling that’s just sweet enough, tucked inside a flaky, buttery crust that never gets soggy. This homemade holiday pie will be a family tradition after just one bite!…

3 hours 20 minutes
Cranberry Cheesecake Galette
This Cranberry Cheesecake Galette is an easy free-form tart with a rich cheesecake filling and cranberry sauce. Keep things easy with store-bought pie crust and your leftover cranberry sauce from the holidays!
Cranberry cheesecake galette on a piece of parchment paper over a cooling rack.

Bread Pudding

Put your leftover bread to work with this dreamy Bread Pudding drizzled with quick and luscious caramel sauce. It’s perfect for weekends and holidays with your loved ones. This recipe is easy to throw together…

Easy Chocolate Eclair Cake
This no-bake easy chocolate eclair cake is the recipe my mom used to make, and one of my family’s favorites. Inspired by the chocolate eclair cake Portillo’s serves, it comes together in about ten minutes—all you have to do is make it the day before you need it, put it down on the table with some forks, and get out of the way.
A slice of chocolate eclair cake on a white round plate with a fork.

Christmas breakfast recipes

Baked French Toast
This custardy make-ahead Baked French Toast recipe only gets better as it chills overnight. Come morning, add a cinnamon streusel topping, bake, and pile with fresh berries for a delicious breakfast for six!
Baked french toast on a plate covered with berries.

Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Your easy Brunch menu savior: Overnight Breakfast Casserole. Prepare to dive into a savory ham, cheese, and egg custard topped with an irresistible buttery corn flake topping. This is one of the best make-ahead breakfast…

10 hours 45 minutes
Mini Quiche 4 Ways
Skip the coffee shop sous vide egg bites and make your own Mini Quiche instead. Tucked inside a pastry crust, try all four flavor variations for this freezable egg breakfast recipe.
A wooden board filled with 4 varieties of mini quiche.

Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

A cheesy sausage omelet meets crispy diner-style hash brown potatoes in this easy, delicious one-skillet breakfast recipe.

1 hour 30 minutes
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
If you like your Cinnamon Rolls gooey, rich, and drowning in cream cheese icing, this is the recipe for you! The dough is made with yeast because: There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Homemade cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet.

Eggs Benedict

Yes you can master how to make poached eggs and homemade hollandaise for Eggs Benedict. I’ll show you how to make this classic breakfast recipe in just 20 minutes.

20 minutes
How to Scramble Eggs
The softest, fluffiest, and best scrambled eggs are only 7 minutes away. Grab some some butter and a skillet; it's time to master how to scramble eggs once and for all.
Scrambled eggs on a plate with toast triangles, bacon slices, parsley, and a roasted tomato.

Christmas dinner side dish recipes

The Best Mashed Potatoes
The Best Mashed Potatoes in the world are just 3 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) and so simple, they barely even need a recipe.
A metal serving dish full of the absolute best mashed potatoes.

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Cheesy Potato Casserole is a cornerstone holiday recipe in the Midwest. This version has from-scratch cream of chicken soup and a crunchy cornflake topping.

1 hour 35 minutes
Vegetable Casserole
Vegetable Casserole, just like mom used to make! Made with frozen veggies, Velveeta, and buttery cracker crumbs, it's always the first side dish to disappear.
A pan of vegetable casserole with Velveeta and cracker crumbs.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

A true steakhouse classic, Twice Baked Potatoes are doubly delicious and easy to make ahead. These show-stealers are loaded up with lots of cheddar, bacon, and scallions for major flavor in every bite.

1 hour 30 minutes
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
This Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole is made from scratch, can easily be made ahead, and won't taken up any space in your oven on Thanksgiving.
Green bean casserole on a platter.

Roasted Asparagus

An easy recipe for Roasted Asparagus with olive oil, garlic, and lemon. The high oven temperature cooks it to tender-crisp perfection in 10 minutes or less.

15 minutes
Baked Mac and Cheese
Take a break from the blue box mac. Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese is the epitome of comfort food! The irresistible garlic butter breadcrumb-topped casserole is a surprisingly easy dinner recipe, calling for just 10 minutes of prep time.
A plate of macaroni and cheese.

Cranberry Sauce with Apples

Update your Cranberry Sauce with apples for a simple and sweet twist on the classic Thanksgiving side. Tasty without getting too crazy! In my family, Thanksgiving is all about traditions. The turkey goes in the oven,…

20 minutes
Harvest Roasted Vegetables
An easy recipe for Harvest Roasted Vegetables with butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, bacon, and walnuts. Your new favorite fall side dish!
A serving of harvest roasted vegetables on a white plate.

Christmas soups and salads

Cream of Broccoli Soup
This easy Cream of Broccoli Soup recipe is rich, decadent, and full of fresh broccoli florets. It’s an absolute classic and perfect for cold weather!
A bowl of cream of broccoli soup with croutons on top.

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

When you learn how easy it is to make your own homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, you’ll never go back to the can again. Its rich and earthy flavor is wonderful when eaten by…

20 minutes
Seven Layer Salad
Bright, crunchy, and colorful, this easy Seven Layer Salad recipe is a fun blast from the past for any party. Make it as-is, just like you remember it, or switch up those layers in a million different delicious ways.
Seven layer salad in a clear glass dish.

Wedge Salad

Inspired by the classic steakhouses, this Iceberg Wedge Salad is smothered in creamy blue cheese dressing and topped with bacon, tomatoes, and more blue cheese crumbles. It’s fresh, crunchy, and totally delicious. There’s nothing more…

30 minutes
Citrus Salad
Citrus Salad with strawberries and pomegranate is healthful fruit salad elevated to a higher level, gorgeous enough for a special occasion yet easy to make.
Citrus salad on a white plate.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

This easy Broccoli Salad is loaded up with bacon, cheese, and a sweet and tangy 3-ingredient salad dressing. We call it Piggly Wiggly salad in the Midwest, and it’s the ultimate year-round party side dish.…

25 minutes
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
More dessert than salad, Strawberry Pretzel Salad is sweet, salty, made with Jell-O, and topped with cool whip.  If you're still reading, it loves to be made ahead and is an absolute winner at potlucks and parties!
A serving of strawberry pretzel salad on a white plate with a fork.

Christmas bread recipes

Soft Yeast Dinner Rolls
When nothing but homemade bread will do, try these easy Soft Yeast Dinner Rolls. They are perfect at your holiday table, piled with any kind of meat, or on the side of Sunday Supper.
Soft yeast dinner rolls on a baking sheet.

3-Ingredient Homemade Biscuits

Trusted for the last 40 years, this easy homemade biscuit recipe requires just 3 ingredients. Whip up a batch of homemade biscuits for a dinner side dish, shortcake-starter, or as the base of a breakfast…

15 minutes
Homemade Crescent Rolls
Pillowy soft with a sweet, buttery taste, these Homemade Crescent Rolls are perfect for all the holidays or a weekend baking project.
A basket of homemade crescent rolls.

Christmas dinner recipes

Prime Rib with Mustard Cream Sauce
Learn how to cook the perfect Prime Rib with step-by-step instructions and photos. This prime rib recipe will be the star of your holiday table, and it's even better with a drizzle of mustard cream sauce.
A platter of sliced prime rib.

Dr. Pepper Ham

Your search for the best baked ham recipe ends here. A Dr. Pepper glaze and an oven bag (trust me!) make this the ultimate holiday ham recipe. For birthdays, Easter dinner, Christmas dinner, and any…

2 hours 15 minutes
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Fennel
This fabulous Bacon-wrapped Pork Tenderloin with roasted fennel is the sheet pan dinner of your dreams. The pork is tender, the bacon is salty, and the fennel soaks up the juices from both! It's also fancy enough for "company" and ready in an hour.
Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin surrounded by roasted fennel and onions.

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken

Learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home with my super simple spice rub (4 ingredients plus salt & pepper). Or, recreate that same delicious flavor for your next oven-roasted chicken!

1 hour 15 minutes
Perfect Roast Turkey
This simple Roast Turkey recipe relies on dry-brining and butter-basting for the juiciest, most delicious turkey you've ever had. Save your pan drippings too for an easy classic gravy recipe.
A platter of roast turkey garnished with grapes.

Cornish Hens with Stuffing

Roasted Cornish Hens with Stuffing make Thanksgivings extra special. An easy apple mustard glaze takes the place of gravy, and a classic bread stuffing soaks up all the flavors.

1 hour 10 minutes
The Best Make Ahead Lasagna
The best Make Ahead Lasagna has three kinds of cheese, two different meats, one fantastic homemade sauce, and oodles of real noodles that require absolutely zero boiling.
The best make ahead lasagna slice on a white plate.

Christmas appetizer recipes

Midwest Charcuterie Board
A Midwest Charcuterie Board ripe with regional offerings is perfect for all-day grazing and parties with people you love. Make a few things, buy the rest, enjoy it all!
Midwest Charcuterie board on a gray countertop.

Crockpot Meatballs with Grape Jelly Sauce

The easiest party appetizer on the planet is also the most delicious. Crockpot Meatballs with Grape Jelly Sauce is a lifesaver for hungry crowds and cocktail parties, so make a double batch! To those who’ve…

3 hours 40 minutes
Antipasto Platter
For a snack dinner or Italian appetizer idea, you can't beat this easy Antipasto Platter. It takes just 20 minutes to build a feast of cured meats, cheeses, olives, and more.
An antipasto platter on a wooden tray.

2-Ingredient Barbecue Little Smokies

Sharpen your toothpicks. Barbecue Little Smokies are the easiest, most festive appetizer you’ll ever make. Two ingredients, zero prep, and 100% addictive, exactly the way all good party food should be. Game days, birthday parties, movie…

10 minutes
This appetizer recipe idea is more than a trend! Jarcuterie, or single-serving charcuterie assembled in a jar, is ideal for parties, potlucks, or even food gifts.
Jarcuteries on a wooden cutting board.

Easy Pigs in a Blanket

These Easy Pigs in a Blanket take just two ingredients and 20 minutes. Makes a great snack for kids or double the batch for your next party! Pigs in a Blanket are at their best…

20 minutes
How to Make Ceviche
Learn how to make ceviche, a zesty fresh fish and citrus salad enjoyed throughout Mexico and South America. It’s so light and irresistibly delicious, you’ll be hooked from the very first bite.
Tilapia ceviche in a bowl with chips.

Christmas drink recipes

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is simple to make, sweet, and delicious. This welcoming, spiced hot beverage makes the whole house smell amazing, too.
Slow cooker cranberry apple cider in a clear mug.

Apple Cider

Invest 10 minutes of prep time and you can transform fresh apples into a classic Apple Cider. This big-batch homemade cider is sensational party drink idea.

3 hours 10 minutes
Brandy Old Fashioned
From Friday fish fries to supper clubs, the Wisconsin drink of choice is a Brandy Old Fashioned. Here's the authentic recipe for the Wisconsin twist on this famous classic cocktail.
A brandy old fashioned in a clear glass.


Homemade Eggnog is the ultimate holiday cocktail. This easy holiday drink recipe is going to become your new holiday party tradition. So much better than store-bought eggnog!

1 hour 15 minutes
The Best Moscow Mule
Discover the secret ingredients to the Best Moscow Mule you’ve ever tasted! Developed by a bartender friend in Minnesota, this mule is miles ahead the rest of the pack and perfect for your next happy hour.
The best Moscow mule in a copper mug with a lime.

New Mother Mocktail (Juice Blend)

New mothers, non-drinkers, and anyone celebrating will appreciate a New Mother Mocktail served in a beautiful glass with lots of crushed ice. A blend of three different fruit juices makes sure every sip tastes special.…

5 minutes