Christmas Party Recipes

One genius tip is to pick Christmas party recipes and menu ideas, like mini Asian crab cakes and ham and gruyere thumbprints, that you can make in advance and freeze. Or try potato pancakes with gravlax, goat-cheese stuffed mushrooms, Christmas tree cupcakes, or Christmas cookies like honeyed almond-cherry shortbread.

Staff Picks

Baked Potato Slices

Rating: 3.5 stars 114
Serve these elegant, thyme-seasoned potato slices with our Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives.

Martha's Cheddar Cheese Ball

Rating: 4 stars 179
Martha's cheddar cheese ball makes an ideal appetizer for any party.

Coconut Custard Pie

Rating: 3 stars 321
We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam

Rating: 3.5 stars 2145
Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.

Seafood Linguine

Shellfish is the star in the traditional Italian pasta dish linguine ai frutti di mare. Our recipe calls for five varieties: clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudge

Inspired by the traditional Italian treat torrone dei morti, this indulgent slab fudge calls for two kinds of chocolate (dark and milk), hazelnuts, and Nutella. It makes a wonderful holiday gift for friends, neighbors, kids' teachers, and anyone else on your list.

Lemony Brown-Butter Crinkle Cookies

Lemon zest and juice add brightness and cut the richness of the brown butter in these cookies. You can make the dough up to two days in advance.

Cloud Cake

Rating: 4 stars 41
We take the guesswork out of making caramel with our foolproof microwave method. After it cools, chop and sprinkle over the cake for a sweet crunch.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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

Sauteed Pork Cutlets

Rating: 3 stars 193
Pan-fried pork cutlets are lightly flavored with citrus and Parmesan.

Shrimp Scampi

Rating: 3 stars 34
Colossal shrimp are stuffed with breadcrumbs, garlic, paprika, and parsley in this elegant appetizer or entrée. This shrimp scampi is fashion designer Dennis Basso's traditional Christmas Eve dish. Try serving it with his River Salad.

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Host an Easy Holiday Party
Consider this your stress-free guide to entertaining family and friends this holiday season.
Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies
Rating: 3.5 stars 593

A combination of fresh and ground ginger, molasses, and chunks of semisweet chocolate makes the cookies sophisticated enough for adults but chocolaty enough for children.