75 Best Christmas Cookies & Holiday Recipes

Goodbye turkey and all the trimmings, hello cookies, candy and homemade food gifts. Although the stores seem to usher in the Christmas holiday season earlier and earlier every year, for me it officially begins the weekend after Thanksgiving. Suddenly houses are sparkling with lights, wreaths adorn doorways, shopping starts, and I begin to think about all of the goodies I want to bake over the following four weeks. My list is growing, and while I work on which recipes make the short list for this holiday season, I wanted to share with you a collection of my holiday favorites that are already here on the site. There are cookies, candy, quick breads, and much more. Enjoy browsing, and keep an eye out for all the new recipes that will be coming your way this month!

Appetizers/Snacks for your holiday parties:

Artichoke Spinach Dip
Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Gruyere Puff Pastry Tartlets
Chicken Spread
Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Lavash Crackers
Parmesan & Thyme Crackers

Breads & Pastries:

Banana Nut Bread
Cheese, Olive & Ham Bread
Chocolate Babka
Date Nut Spice Bread
Double-Chocolate Loaf with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Spread
Nut Rolls
Pepperoni Bread


Cheesecake Truffles
Chocolate Walnut Fudge
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Homemade Marshmallows
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Brittle
Peanut Butter Fudge
Peppermint Bark
Pistachio & Cranberry White Chocolate Bark
Salted Caramel Cashew Bark
Sea Salt Caramels with Vanilla Bean
Toffee Pretzel Bark


Christmas Breakfast/Brunch:

Best Buttermilk Pancakes
Brown Sugar-Bacon Buttermilk Waffles
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls
Danish Braid
French Toast
Herbed-Baked Eggs
Monkey Bread
The Perfect Omelet
Perfect Scrambled Eggs
Vanilla & Brown Sugar Breakfast Polenta


Anise-Almond Biscotti
Anise Cookies
Anisette Biscotti
Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Chocolate Biscotti
Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies
Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (Homemade Oreos)
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
Cranberry-White Chocolate Almond Biscotti
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cucidati (Italian Fig Cookies)
Empire Cookies
Fig and Walnut Biscotti
Lebkuchen (German Christmas Cookies)
No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies
Nut Crescents
Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
Parmesan Black Pepper Biscotti
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pecan Sandies
Pecan Tassies
Salted Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies (Related: How to Decorate Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing)
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ultimate Ginger Cookies
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies


Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

What are some of your “must-make” holiday treats??