Christmas Recipes

We have the best recipes for Christmas appetizers, Christmas dinner sides, Christmas ham, desserts, and more! We also have plenty of Christmas breakfast recipes including, omelets, gingerbread pancakes, and eggnog lattes. And, don't forget Christmas cookies, including, sugar cookies, thumbprint cookie, gingerbread cookies, and shortbread cookies.

Staff Picks

Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Rating: 4 stars 396
Getting a great-tasting turkey on the Thanksgiving table is easier than you might think. Here, the bird is rubbed with a flavorful mixture of butter and fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme before going into the oven. Use the roasted vegetables and turkey neck to make Rich Gravy.

Negroni Sbagliato

This fizzy, four-ingredient pitcher drink is based on the famed Italian aperitif but calls for prosecco instead of gin; so while it still whets the appetite, it won't go right to your head. It's the perfect lighter beverage to have with appetizers and before a big feast.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 493
Instant potatoes from the box can't compare to this homemade version.

Simple Stuffing

Rating: 3 stars 539
Drying the bread cubes and cooking the vegetables a day in advance helps this stuffing come together quickly on Thanksgiving Day. 

Herbed Roasted Turkey

Rating: 4 stars 284
This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Our version, which is packed with protein, is rubbed with a blend of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic.

Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 253
Perfect for any festive occasion, these sugar cookies are a blank canvas for decorating and cutting into any shape you desire. The dough can be made the night before, then decorated the following day. All you need is some royal icing and a little creativity to make stunning cookies. If you're looking for a homemade food gift or have a cookie swap coming up, Martha's sugar cookie recipe is a good place to start. 

Roast Turkey

Rating: 5 stars 1
This recipe calls for brining the turkey for 24 hours, so plan accordingly. If you choose not to brine, skip the first two steps. If your roasting pan fits only sideways in the oven, rotate the pan every hour so the turkey cooks and browns evenly.

Broccoli-Cheddar Hash-Brown Casserole

A riff on Swiss rosti, this casserole tastes like a loaded baked potato, but with the crispness of hash browns. A mixture of cheese, shredded potato, broccoli, and egg is first cooked in a skillet and then baked in the oven until golden brown. Crumbled bacon adds a delicious finishing touch.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 668
This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.

Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 593
This cookie recipe is beloved by our food editors, who make it every Christmas as part of their holiday cookie boxes. What makes the cookies so irresistible? We think it's the combination of fresh and ground ginger, molasses, and chunks of semisweet chocolate. These chocolate ginger cookies are sophisticated enough for adults, but chocolatey enough for children.

Warm Cider and Rum Punch

Rating: 4 stars 389
For a fun and festive holiday gathering, make this crowd-pleasing spiked punch.

Sausage-Cheddar Balls

Rating: 3.5 stars 1270
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.

Inspiration and Ideas

18 Stellar Vegetable Sides for Your Holiday Table
Don't tell the prime rib, but sides are the true crowd-pleasers of any holiday meal. The choices are many: stovetop braises and sautés, purées, oven-roasted options, and baked vegetable casseroles.
8 of Martha's All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies
Get out your measuring cups, mixing bowls, cookie cutters, and baking trays, because you'll want to make all of these Christmas cookies—they're Martha's favorites! These beloved recipes are both traditional and surprising. Of course, at the top of Martha's list are sugar cookies; her buttery recipe is the standard for these classics. Once you've made the dough, you can cut it into any shape you wish, like partridges-in-a-pear-trees, snowmen, reindeer, and Santas. Martha's go-to for decorating is royal icing, which goes on smoothly and then dries wherever you place it, ensuring your cookies will look fantastic (and taste delicious, too). Of course, our founder doesn't stop at sugar cookies: Her holiday baking adventures include gingerbread cookies, sandwich cookies, icebox cookies, and more—she has a trove of time-honored recipes that she turns to every year. And once you try her favorite cookies, you'll be making these recipes every Christmas, too.
Cookie-Press Cookies
Rating: 3.5 stars 567

Rich, buttery, and made with lots of vanilla, these cookies are simple to make. Use a cookie press—a hollow tube fitted with a decorative nozzle at one end and a plunger at the other—to press the cookies directly onto the baking sheet.