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Christmas Recipes to Celebrate a Merry Season

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Christmas Recipes to inspire a merry season! From breakfast recipes to snacks, sweet treats, and ideas for feasting, all to inspire the celebration of the most wonderful time of the year. Here’s to the holidays!

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As the season gets into full swing and the air grows chilly, expectant hopes for a merry and bright season are top of mind.

And perhaps visions of snowflakes or maybe sugar plums are in there somewhere too.

Along with decking the halls and gifts for friends and family, the to-do lists have a way of growing.

So here, in one place, you can find some quick and easy but festive and delicious Christmas recipes to help shorten that list… and celebrate a merry season in the best possible ways!

Christmas Breakfast, Brunch and Snacks

Make Ahead Easy Vegetable Egg Bake Breakfast Casserole | 31Daily.com

Make Ahead Easy Vegetable Egg Bake Breakfast Casserole

An easy make-ahead breakfast casserole perfect for entertaining, serving groups, on holiday mornings, or for brunch. Packed with vegetables, this is always a favorite every time I serve it. Filled with favorite seasonal vegetables, high protein eggs, and a punch of savory bacon.

Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones: Holiday Treats to Share | 31Daily.com

Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones: Holiday Treats to Share

Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones, a cozy holiday treat, made perfect with a cup of tea. Or with coffee on Christmas morning. Festive, easy, and delicious. Each bite is like a taste of the holidays.

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Refined-Sugar Free)

These Cranberry Orange Muffins are a healthier, 100% whole grain, naturally sweetened version of a classic holiday favorite. Bursting with cranberry and orange flavors, and warm spices too, these soft and tender muffins are a festive addition to your holiday table!

Tall stack of thick fluffy pancakes with cut strawberries and blueberries

Fluffy Pancake Recipe for a Thick Delicious Delicious Stack

This fluffy pancake recipe is one you'll want to memorize. It's simple, easy, quick… and utterly delicious! A perfect stack of thick pancakes for weekends or holidays.

Closeup view of Christmas Mini Pancake Stacks

5 Minute Christmas Mini Pancake Stacks

These Christmas Mini Pancake Stacks are the quickest, cutest, easiest holiday breakfast or brunch pancake skewers you'll ever make. With ready-made ingredients, fresh fruit, and festive skewers, they are sure to liven up the party for kids and adults alike.

Bowl of Christmas Granola with jarred homemade granola for food gifts

Christmas Granola

This spiced Christmas Granola recipe is an easy, healthy, homemade and festive treat packed with wholesome grains, nuts, and fruit, that tastes like Christmas in every bite. This winter granola recipe is also great for packaging up for Christmas food gifts!

Festive Holiday Breakfast Inspirations to Make Christmas Morning | 31Daily.com

Festive Holiday Breakfast Inspirations to Make Christmas Morning

Festive and hearty breakfasts during the holidays are a must. We’ve gathered some beautiful and inspirational ideas your whole family will love. And the best part is, they work not only for breakfast, but for any meal! Sausage Potato Frittata Put your slow-cooker to work for this dish. “This smoky, savory, and filling frittata is

Top view of Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board

Easy Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board

Set a festive mood with this easy Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board that's simple to put together. Filled with delicious holiday treats that are both sweet and savory, including fresh fruit, mini quiche, pastries, yogurt, granola, and more. It's a 5-minute holiday brunch charcuterie board everyone will love.

Open Faced Poached Eggs for Christmas Brunch Ideas

47 Easy Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Simple and delicious Christmas Morning brunch and breakfast recipes to celebrate the most wonderful morning of the year!

Christmas Cookies

There can never be too many Christmas cookies! Here you’ll find cookies galore, perfect for sharing!

Table filled with Christmas Cookies to Make Ahead

Vintage Christmas Cookies to Make Ahead

Get a jumpstart on the season with these Make-Ahead Vintage Christmas Cookies. Add to your holiday cookie plates and boxes with classic vintage Christmas cookies popular over the decades.

A Classic Scottish Shortbread for your Holiday Cookie Tray | 31Daily.com

Classic Scottish Shortbread for your Christmas Cookie Tray

Mildly sweet, melt-in-your-mouth flaky, easy to make, improves as it ages — a welcome accompaniment to any cookie tray, but for me, it’s absolutely perfect with a cup of tea.

Sugar Cookies Bar on a teal plate with a teapot in the background

Sugar Cookie Bars with Buttercream Frosting

Sugar Cookie Bars with Buttercream Frosting is a super simple, soft, and utterly delicious buttery bar cookie with a vanilla flavor we can't get enough of. And when you top it with buttercream frosting? Oh my.

closeup coconut cranberry white chocolate cookies on a white board

Coconut Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

Cranberry Crumb Bars with Cinnamon and Ginger | 31Daily.com

Cranberry Crumb Bars with Cinnamon and Ginger

Nothing heralds the holidays quite like cranberries. And oranges. And treats. Having both, these Cranberry Crumb Bars with Cinnamon and Ginger certainly ushers in the most wonderful time of the year. The cranberry filling is sweetly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and the zest of an orange. Every bite, truly, takes like Christmas.

Oatmeal cookies with cranberries falling out of a glass cookie jar.

Cranberry Orange Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

These Cranberry Orange Pecan Oatmeal Cookies are a moist and chewy cookie I love to make in the fall and holiday season.

Side view of pecan tassies on a white scalloped plate

Simple Pecan Tassies Recipe

Tiny, bite-size Pecan Tassies are a delicious, chewy, and decadent pecan-filled pastry with a cookie-like crust. This southern-inspired treat is an all-time favorite, and incredibly simple to make for the holidays, or anytime you’re craving pecan pie.

S'mores Cookies on a white plate

S’mores Cookies: Utterly Delicious

Gooey and delicious, these S'mores Cookies are everything you love about s'mores in cookie form. Packed with 2 kinds of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers.

Chocolate Crinkles on a White Board with a Red Ribbon

Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Espresso

Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Espresso, a soft and moist, ooey gooey Christmas cookie.

A Sweet Iconic Snickerdoodle Recipe | 31Daily.com

Sweet Iconic Snickerdoodle Recipe

Snickerdoodle Cookie is a sweet, iconic classic that every cookie baker should have in their recipe files. Nostalgic, utterly delicious… and simple to make with a secret ingredient that makes them perfect. Some cookies are so indelibly imprinted in our memory, and so incredibly delicious, they earn the title, “iconic.” The Snickerdoodle is one of

White plate of sugar coated ginger cookies.

Giant and Soft Ginger-Spice Cookies

These Spiced Ginger Cookies are the perfect fall and Christmas cookie! The richly spiced flavors of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses are a comforting and familiar blend that evokes memories of warmth and love, and laughter.

A Favorite Sugar Cookie Cutouts Recipe I Use Every Year | 31Daily.com

Favorite Sugar Cookie Cutouts Recipe

It’s the season for Sugar Cookie Cutouts! Beginning with pumpkin cutouts, followed by turkey cutouts, followed by snowflakes and Santas and trees… and all things Christmas. Then comes Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter.

Decorated Gingerbread Cookies on a White Stand

Gingerbread Cookies: German Inspired

This is the best recipe for Gingerbread Cookies, inspired by German spices, making soft cookies with molasses and brown sugar. These Gingerbread Cookies are Christmas in every bite, and perfect for decorating!

Millionaires shortbread squares piled onto a green and white Christmas plate.

Scottish Millionaires Shortbread

This deliciously easy Scottish Millionaires Shortbread recipe is a new addition to my holiday baking. It’s a triple-decker combo of buttery shortbread, a sweet caramel made with sweetened condensed milk, and decadent chocolate. It’s already a favorite!

Shortbread cookies on a white platter with a red ribbon

Buckingham Palace Shortbread Cookies

These Buckingham Palace Shortbread Cookies are a recipe from pastry chef John Higgins that's perfect for the holidays or afternoon tea.

Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Blossom Cookies | 31Daily.com

Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Blossom Cookies

It’s Christmas time and there’s nothing quite like a Peppermint Mocha to herald in the season. Unless, of course, you’re in the mood for cookies. These Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Blossom cookies are like Christmas in every bite. Densely rich with chocolate and espresso, merry and bright with peppermint, and crunchy with sparkling sugar.

Russian Teacakes on a red and white plate

Russian Teacakes: Christmas Snowball Cookies

Russian Teacakes or Christmas Snowballs is a rather simple cookie made with flour, sugar, butter, and nuts. I prefer almonds, but walnuts or pecans are equally delicious. I also add a splash of flavoring to this traditional recipe because, after all, isn’t everything better with vanilla?

Plate of decorated Spritz Cookies for Christmas

Easy Spritz Cookies: Buttery and Delicious

These Spritz Cookies are an easy recipe that makes dozens of sweet bite-size, dense cookies with a delicious buttery vanilla flavor. A quick and simple Christmas cookie for trays, gifts, or tea.

17 Simple Christmas Cookies You Have to Try!

17 Simple Christmas Cookies You Have to Try!

The baking season has begun, and these 17 Christmas cookie recipes are ones you will love. I make them every year! They’re simple, festive, and delicious!

Holiday Desserts and Treats

These holiday desserts and treats will keep the season extra sweet.

Crockpot candy for Christmas Candy to Make Ahead

34 Christmas Candy Recipes to Make Ahead

The season is near! Let's get started with these easy make-ahead Christmas candy recipes to celebrate the holidays!

Pile of Christmas crack and red and green M&Ms next to a half full glass jar.

5 Minute Christmas Crack Chex Mix

Tis the season for sweet and salty, and easy. This simple Christmas Crack can be made in 5 minutes or less — and is incredibly tasty. Does it get better than that?

Figgy Pudding: A Classic Every Christmas Table Needs | 31Daily.com

Figgy Pudding: A Classic Every Christmas Table Needs

Figgy Pudding— the name itself conjures visions of Christmas and sugarplums and family… and tradition. A moist and tender Christmas pudding, redolent with the spices of Christmas, figs, and oranges.

Oh-So-Delicious Easy Cakes of Christmas | 31Daily.com

Oh-So-Delicious Easy Cakes of Christmas

‘Tis the season for “Oh-So-Delicious Easy Cakes of Christmas.” And while these show-stopping confections are amazing, they are also relatively easy Christmas cakes to create. Take a look at these very doable Christmas delights! Candy Cane Forest Cake “Twirl up a white cake covered with crushed peppermints and candy canes.” Get the recipe > Gingerbread

Closeup view of Chocolate Bundt Cake on white beaded stand

Chocolate Bundt Cake: Deliciously Simple Christmas Cake

Rich and utterly divine, this Chocolate Bundt Cake is an easy-to-make, super moist, dense, chocolate pound cake recipe you won't forget anytime soon. Rich but simple with a hint of espresso.

Side view of unsliced Christmas Cake on a red and white platter.

Lighter Christmas Cake with Apple and Fruit

This Christmas Cake is a delicious and moist cake packed with dried fruit, citrus zest, and applesauce. And with every bite, you will taste the holidays.

Side closeup view of Swedish Tea Ring with Christmas evergreens in the background

Christmas Swedish Tea Ring

Christmas Swedish Tea Ring, filled with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins and topped with a simple powdered sugar glaze, is a beautiful and delicious Scandinavian recipe for the holiday season!

Christmas Bread for 27 Holiday Loaves and Christmas Bread Recipes

32 Holiday Loaves and Christmas Bread Recipes

Spectacularly beautiful and delicious Holiday Loaves and Christmas Bread to bake for the season or special enough to give as holiday gifts.

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Zest Holiday Loaf | 31Daily.com

Holiday Orange and Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Bread is a delicious, buttery, seasonal bread filled fresh cranberries, orange zest and juice. Perfect for gatherings or to gift.

Closeup view of 3 Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix in a Glass Jar

3 Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

This 3 ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix, with optional espresso, is easy to whisk together, contains no dry milk, and is a fun winter staple or gift to give during the holidays.

Christmas Muddy Buddies in a White Bowl with Hot Chocolate in the background

Christmas Muddy Buddies Recipe

This Christmas Muddy Buddies Recipe is the perfect quick and easy treat for the holidays. Always a classic favorite, naturally gluten-free, and ready in minutes!

Christmas Chocolate Mug Cake in a White Cappuccino Mug with Whipped Cream

2 Minute Christmas Chocolate Mug Cake

Get festive with this oh-so-simple Christmas Chocolate Mug Cake, in 2 minutes. It's chocolatey and delicious, dense and rich, and perfect for the holidays. Treat yourself to a decadent dessert in minutes. Plenty of time for that Christmas movie you've been meaning to watch!

Front view of sliced Dresden Stollen on a wood cutting board

Dresden Stollen (German Christmas Stollen)

This classic recipe for Dresden Stollen is a buttery German festive favorite, packed with dried fruit and citrus zest before being dusted liberally with confectioners sugar.

Christmas Recipes: A Season of Feasting

From dinner ideas to the holiday feast, here you will find plenty of inspiration for your next gathering.

overhead view of winter greens salad with slices of blood oranges

Winter Greens Salad with Pomegranate and Blood Oranges

Winter Greens Salad with Pomegranate and Blood Oranges is a sweet and zesty, crispy salad that is perfect for the holidays.

Duchess Potatoes for Christmas Side Dishes

Festive Christmas Side Dishes for the Holidays

Closeup top view of Holiday Cheese Board with mixed olives, nuts, fruit, cheese, and crackers

Easy Holiday Cheese Board

This easy Holiday Cheese Board takes minutes to assemble, is a beautiful and delicious display of seasonal finger foods and appetizers that will keep everyone satisfied for parties and gatherings. I’m keeping it super simple with store-bought ingredients and almost zero prep.

Christmas Ham on a White Platter

Christmas Dinner Recipes: Simple and Festive

There’s nothing more memorable than Christmas Dinner. We’ve gathered some simple, festive, and easy Christmas dinner recipes and ideas for your feast!

Gold and White Teacups with Teatime Food

Hosting a Christmas Afternoon Tea

Capture forever memories by hosting an easy Christmas Afternoon Tea this holiday season. Be inspired by beautiful teatime finger foods, table settings, serving ideas and more.

Bowl of lighter ragu sauce over pappardelle with fresh parsley

Simple Lighter Ragu Sauce Recipe

This simple, lighter Ragu sauce recipe is based on a classic Ragu but is made lighter with ground turkey instead of beef. Yet retains the ultimate flavor we love in this simple, classic Italian pasta sauce.

Keeping Christmas

To keep the season special and memorable, here are some ideas.

A Christmas Candle in a Snowy Window

31 Simple Ways to Make Christmas Memorable

To help you make the most of the season, and enjoy it to the fullest, we’ve made a list of 31 simple ways to make Christmas memorable. 

How to Adopt Nordic Hygge and Cozy Up Your Home | 31Daily.com

How to Adopt Nordic Hygge and Cozy Up Your Home

As winter sets in, adopting ideas of Nordic Hygge to create cozy spaces will help you find beauty and enjoy the season both inside and out. While Nordic Hygge has been the rage in Europe for quite some time, the term, “hygge,” is somewhat new yet becoming ever more popular in the states. Although the

Christmas Pudding Cake for Stir-Up Sunday Recipes

Stir-Up Sunday Recipes

Stir-Up Sunday is a delicious Christmas tradition beginning 5 weeks before Christmas. It involves cakes and families, and long-held Christmas traditions.

Bowl with Orange Pomanders

Decking the Halls with Orange Pomanders

Orange Pomanders are a simple, classic and beautiful way to usher the holidays into your home. And your kitchen.

Natural Christmas Ornaments: Dried Apple Slices | 31Daily.com

Natural Christmas Ornaments: Dried Apple Slices

There is a light dusting of snow this morning, really … just a skiff, but it’s enough to put us all in the Christmas mood. My fingers are cold and I’m thinking about that mitten project I’ve yet to begin for Christmas — but for today, I’m putting the finishing touches on our holiday decorations,

Christmas Dried Orange Slices | 31Daily.com

Christmas Dried Orange Slices

Bring the fragrance of Christmas into your home with Dried Orange Slices. Learn how to make these easy, homemade orange slices for the holiday season.

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