Whether we like it or not, the holidays are inching closer. It’s a joyful, stressful, fun, and exciting time, not to mention always packed with insane amounts of food.
Candy, cookies, dips, appetizers, fancy dinners–you name it, there’s a Christmas recipe for it.
Here’s a collection of easy Christmas recipes for the perfect holiday fun-filled day. You can enjoy Christmas cookie recipes and a few candy recipes, too, while sipping on a fizzy beverage and then finish off with a simple but delicious Christmas feast.
First, let’s get right into the Christmas cookie recipes.
The best Christmas cookie recipes
What is Christmas without a holiday cookie platter? I love the variety of Christmas cookie recipes. Some people fancy the simplicity of a sugar cookie with creamy frosting, while others like to go all out with more decadent, complicated options.
I’ll share my favorite basic sugar cookie recipe that is so simple your kids can definitely lend a helping hand. This is a really easy Christmas cookie recipe. For decoration, you can do a simple spreadable buttercream frosting or go flamboyant with royal icing.
How to make simple Christmas cookie frosting
Honestly, sometimes the easiest way to decorate Christmas cookies with little ones is to just buy the frosting. You can find pre-made jars and tubes with all the festive colors you need. Another idea would be to check your bakery department at the grocery store. They may sell frosting and sprinkles in bulk, and it’s much cheaper than off the shelf.
For those of you who want to stick to a homemade version, here is a simple Christmas cookie frosting recipe.
Christmas candy recipes
Cookies are fun, but making Christmas candies is one of my favorite holiday activities. Homemade Christmas candies are great gifts for teachers, delivery drivers, and any other people you want to thank this holiday season.
Here are some of my favorite recipes for Christmas sweets.
Christmas drink recipes for everyone
You’ll find a wide variety of Christmas cocktail ideas online, but I want to focus on some drinks we can indulge all day long and are kid-friendly. These Christmas drink recipes are great for kids and adults alike. Feel free to add the alcohol, but these are alcohol-free Christmas drinks.
Christmas dinner recipes
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Christmas dinner recipes, I want something delicious and somewhat fancy but still really simple. I want to spend Christmas day with my family, not worry about getting a big dinner on the table.
I’ve found that this meal is pretty fool-proof. It can come together rather quickly without your having to toil in the kitchen all day.
How to make sure your Christmas recipes are perfect
These are just a few simple Christmas recipes out of thousands you can choose from. Whether you pick these or other Christmas recipes, follow these few steps to make things easier for you.
- Go with Christmas recipes within your skill level. Christmas is a time to make things you don’t normally make, but it’s important to stick with recipes that are within your comfort zone. You don’t want to be stressing over complex recipes when you should be enjoying time with your family.
- Test out the recipes first. If you want to give something different a whirl, try it first. Make the recipe a few weeks ahead of time so that you can adjust and know exactly what to expect.
- Make as much as you can the day before. Prepping ahead is always a great idea.
- Pull out your serving plates for cookies, appetizers, side dishes, and entrees before dinnertime. You don’t want to be tearing apart your kitchen looking for a particular plate while you’re trying to cook.
And there you have it—a short but sweet Christmas recipe round-up. Good luck in the kitchen, but don’t forget that Christmas is all about spending time with your family.