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

Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.59 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.

Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Almost too pretty to eat, these festive wreath-shaped shortbread cookies are infused with Meyer lemon and adorned with sugared rosemary and thyme.

Marshmallow Fudge

Mini marshmallows are melted into this dark chocolate fudge, giving it the smoothest, creamiest texture.

Baked Potato Slices

Rating: 3.53 stars 114
Serve these elegant, thyme-seasoned potato slices with our Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives.

Kransekake

The kransekake, which translates to "wreath cake", is the signature cake of Norway and a showstopping confection that is made for special occasions. And as impressive as a tall tower made out of eighteen delicate cookie rings is, this sweet stunner is surprisingly straightforward to make. The naturally gluten-free dough is made from processing almonds until finely ground, then confectioners' sugar and egg whites are added to bind it together. After an overnight rest, the dough is rolled into ropes and fitted into specialty molds. Once baked, the rings are stacked sky-high and kept in place with royal icing, which pulls double duty as both glue and garnish.

Christmas Punch

Rating: 3.32 stars 1162
In the 17th century, employees of the British East India Company discovered punch, a beguiling combination of spirits, water, lemon, sugar, and spices that became synonymous with good cheer and festive celebrations all over Europe. Here, pomegranate and lemon sharpen the sunny New World flavor of cranberries.

Standing Rib Roast

Rating: 3.23 stars 186
Roast beef is classic British fare. It's the centerpiece of a traditional Sunday dinner, and the hearty main course for a holiday celebration. Chef Anne Willan has drawn on her own family's techniques for cooking and serving a standing rib roast for this recipe, which is served with roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.

Prime Rib Roast

Rating: 3.04 stars 192
This prime rib roast is a perfect Sunday dinner, with leftovers for sandwiches.

Sausage-Cheddar Balls

Rating: 3.34 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.

Coconut Custard Pie

Rating: 3.11 stars 321
We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Pork Wellington with Prosciutto and Spinach-Mushroom Stuffing

Juicy pork tenderloin is filled with sauteed mushrooms and spinach, then wrapped in store-bought puff pastry lined with a layer of prosciutto. The resulting dish is a true showstopper, inside and out--it's just the thing for a holiday meal. Serve with mustard-cream sauce, Peppery Greens with Meyer-Lemon Dressing, and Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic and Sage.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best and Brightest Christmas Appetizers
Start your Christmas meal with a few of these delicious appetizers. Some are rich and decadent, others are meaty classics, and some just plain fun and delicious. Whichever route you choose, you're bound to delight your loved ones.
Spiced Nuts
Rating: 3.1 stars
594

A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.