Christmas Recipes

Everyone knows that the Christmas season is one of the most delicious times of year—and we’ve got all of the Christmas recipes you need to celebrate the season in style, including tempting Christmas cookies (perfect for a cookie swap!), festive warm cocktails, and extravagant Christmas dinner recipes. Prefer to keep things casual? Try a few of our suggestions for an inviting holiday open house lineup, or get a jump on planning and use our make-ahead menu instead. (Don’t forget, dinner isn’t the only thing you can plan: these tasty Christmas desserts are all make-ahead as well.) Of course, the Christmas season is all about giving, too—and few presents are more welcome than a homemade gift straight from the kitchen. Find some inspirational ideas in our collection of easy but impressive DIY holiday gifts, all of which are made from just a few simple ingredients (and lots of love, of course).

Italian Christmas Cookies

This year we thought we’d bake something beyond basic sugar cookies. We took inspiration from some of our favorite Italian treats and folded them into 7 new recipes. From tender pine-nut studded Pignoli to striped Neopolitan Butter Cookies, you’ll want to add one (or all) of these to your holiday baking repertoire.

13 Insanely Pretty Christmas Cupcakes

Delicious and festive cupcakes that are perfect for giving away (or keeping to yourself!).

Traditional Christmas Dinner Recipes

If you really want to make an entrance during the holidays, something spectacular on a platter does the trick. Here are six deceptively doable dishes—three serves-a-crowd main courses, three grand-finale desserts—to delight everyone, including you.

10 Mini Christmas Desserts You’ll Want to Add to Your Wish List

Don’t be fooled by their tiny size. These one-bite treats, which are dangerously delicious, will be the star of any holiday party.

A Cookie A Day for the Entire Season

61 ways to make this the sweetest holiday yet

Glazed Ham With Coriander and Fennel

This is a ham glaze recipe you’ll want to keep tucked away for special suppers. The resulting ham slices have a sweet and savory flavor guests can’t quite pinpoint; in other words, this method is wildly different than the countless brown sugar and maple glazes out there. We used dried fennel and coriander seeds, along with whole black peppercorns and apricot preserves. Simply crush the seeds and peppercorns and stir them with the jam to form a spreadable glaze, which you’ll brush over the ham during its final stretch in the oven. Serve the ham with the remaining glaze on the side.

35 Recipes for Christmas Dinner

From appetizers to desserts, recipes as special as the holiday itself.

25 Decadent Holiday Desserts

A deliberately tempting photo gallery of sweet treats.

A New Year’s Day Open House Menu That’s Festive and Fuss-Free

Want to start the year off right? Greet 2017 by gathering friends and family for a casual open house featuring warm, welcoming, wintertime comfort food. To help, we've assembled a menu that's simple to prep, bursting with color and full of flavor—in other words, the perfect antidote to the January doldrums.

30 Simply Delicious Holiday Desserts

These recipes provide sweet endings to any festive celebration.