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

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam

Rating: 3.47 stars
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Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.

Baked Potato Slices

Rating: 3.53 stars
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Serve these elegant, thyme-seasoned potato slices with our Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives.

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.26 stars
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Easiest dessert ever! Break out the blender and bring on the spoons for this rich chocolate mousse that's a snap to make.

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake

Rating: 3.31 stars
10
This stunner is a naturally gluten-free cake that has a smooth, ultra-rich texture. Packed with decadent dark chocolate and espresso, it's like the mocha latte of your dreams in dessert form. And we haven't even gotten to its best selling point: this cake is super easy to pull together, with only eight basic pantry ingredients and three simple steps. 

Coconut Custard Pie

Rating: 3.11 stars
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We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Broiled Oysters

Rating: 3.45 stars
2
Oysters take very little time to cook. Our pan-broiled hors d'oeuvre, which consists of oysters tossed with herbs and showered with olive oil and Parmesan, spends just minutes in the oven; serve with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.

Lemon-Mascarpone Crepe Cake

Rating: 3.85 stars
5
This Lemon-Mascarpone Crepe Cake is a dessert dream. Lemon curd can be made the week before; if you don't have time, use store-bought, and lighten it with whipped cream—the cake will still be delicious.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Rating: 3.53 stars
6
This mouthwatering buttermilk biscuit recipe comes from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook."

Cloud Cake

Rating: 4.17 stars
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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.

Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.59 stars
122
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.

Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies

Rating: 3.81 stars
80
The holidays wouldn't be complete without a jar of these spice cookies.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Lighter Appetizer Recipes

We've gathered some of our favorite recipes for lighter appetizers that ease up on the fat and have plenty of colorful vegetables and bright, refreshing flavors.

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.