25 Favorite Christmas Recipes

Are you baking for the holidays yet? You should be. Yep, you should. You should be baking up all kinds of yummies and freezing them to share with friends and family over the next few weeks. Here are 25 of my favorite Christmas recipes from the last several years… maybe they’ll become your favorites too :)

Just click on the recipe title to reach the printable recipe.

Candy Cane Coffee Cake: This one isn’t as difficult as it may seem. I made this one several years ago and brought it to a Christmas brunch, where it was a big hit.

Overnight Eggnog Coffee Cake with Nog Glaze: I made this one Christmas… just to make it… cause we love egg nog. It’s good.

Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll Pancakes: If you like my Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, you’ll probably like these too- the holiday version.

Glazed Eggnog Bread: Wrap this one up, tie it with a bow, and give it as a holiday gift.

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies: If you’ve ever sampled Hershey’s minty specialty kisses, you know that they are totally addicting. These cookies are made with the Candy Cane Kiss version- super addicting, and perfect for these cookies. These cookies freeze well.

Bake and Slice Chocolate Swirls: My family has been making these for as long as I can remember. For Christmas we add some green and red sprinkles to the powdered sugar topping. These cookies freeze well.

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints: These are some delicious chocolate thumbprint cookies with a delicious minty filling. A few added sprinkles make it festive.

Chocolate- Peppermint Bark Cookies: You know that Peppermint Bark that is so addictive?? Yeah, well these are those in cookie-form. They’re addictive too. These cookies freeze well.

Cinnamon Bun Cookies: Dear Cinnamon Roll Fans- you will love them as cookies too :)

Magic in the Middles: Chocolate + Peanut Butter Fans will bite into this chocolate cookie and get a peanut butter surprise inside. These cookies freeze well.

Mint Kiss Kiss Crinkles: Again with the Kisses… these are the “Mint Truffle” variety- SOOOO good in these mint chocolate cookies. These cookies freeze well.

Layered Peppermint Crunch Bark: Reminiscent of the peppermint bark that you can buy at Williams- Sonoma and other places, but it has a chocolate layer too! This bark freezes well.

Reeses- Stuffed Peanut Butter- Chocolate Chip Cookies: This has to be one of my favorite cookie recipes E.V.E.R. There is something about biting into a chocolate chip cookie and finding a big old Reeses hidden inside that is pretty wonderful. These cookies freeze well.

Snicker’s Bar Cookies: Since I’m a candy-bar-in cookies-addict, I had to recommend these too. There is everything right about adding snickers bars to cookies. These cookies freeze well and ship well.

Snowballs: Here’s a flaky little snowball cookie with a chocolate- peanut butter center. These cookies freeze well.

Sparkling Butter Toffee Cookies: These ship well and they freeze well too. They’re a pretty, sparkly, delicious cookie.

Toffee- Chocolate Chip Cookies w/ Chocolate Drizzle: Here’s another cookie that freezes well and ships well. Just a great cookie with decorative chocolate drizzle.


Flourless Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies: Yay- a gluten free choice! These taste just like the original PB Kiss cookies, but they’re gluten free. They freeze well.

Chocolate- Peanut Butter Fudge: A layer of peanut butter fudge and a layer of chocolate fudge. So the best of both worlds! I don’t have too much trouble freezing fudge- it stays pretty nice.

Eggnog Fudge: If you’re an egg nog fan, this is a fun choice for fudge. It’s creamy and egg noggy. I find that it freezes well.

Mint Truffle Fudge: Minty chocolate fudge with Mint Truffle Kisses tucked inside. Good idea, eh? This freezes well too.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Icing: Chocolate cupcakes with a simple peppermint icing, and made cute with colorful candy cane decor.

Red Velvet Cheesecake: Super festive and totally velvety and delicious cheesecake. This one is for devoted red velvet fans.

Red Velvet Cake Trifle: A cake trifle with creamy layers and chocolate. It’s so pretty and impressive.

White Chocolate- Peppermint Hot Chocolate: One to keep you warm this holiday season. Tuck a mini candy cane on the side to keep things looking holiday-ish.

What will you be trying this holiday season?

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40 Responses to “25 Favorite Christmas Recipes”

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    Becki's Whole Life — December 5, 2011 @ 4:17 AM

    I usually take one or two things from a post like this and point them out as my favorites in the comments, but I can’t do this here. They all look wonderful! How do I pin this entire post? I thought I had my cookie list all set, but this list has me completely confused now. I will say the cinnamon roll cookies and the peppermint bark cookies look divine!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 5, 2011 @ 4:21 AM

    wow, this is a great post!! gives me so many ideas for this time of year :) thanks for putting this together..there’s so many i want to try.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 5, 2011 @ 5:06 AM

    I now have about 17 links of the 25 open, starting with the Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll Pancakes…Lori, it all looks so good!

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    Katrina — December 5, 2011 @ 5:08 AM

    These are all so tasty looking! Love these recipes :)

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    jenna — December 5, 2011 @ 6:25 AM

    what a gorgeous assortment of goodies!

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    Phyllis — December 5, 2011 @ 8:09 AM

    Oh my goodness! I worked on Christmas recipes for my blog yesterday and now want to scrap the whole thing and just link your blog! These all look wonderful. I will definitely be trying each and every one! (i also pinned it on pinterest)

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    Dessert Darling — December 5, 2011 @ 8:31 AM

    OMG- These look mouth-wateringly UHmazing. The Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll pancakes look like the perfect Christmas morning tradition. YUM!

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    Lauren — December 5, 2011 @ 8:51 AM

    I don’t know which one to start with they all look so good. I do appreciate you adding which ones freeze well in the description.

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — December 5, 2011 @ 8:57 AM

    Lori – this post just made me soooooooo hungry! What a fantastic roundup! That eggnog bread…it’s calling my name. :) Ok, everything is calling my name.

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    Miss CandiQuik — December 5, 2011 @ 9:18 AM

    The Chocolate Crinkles are calling my name right now!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 5, 2011 @ 1:27 PM

    Love the peppermint bark cookies! I want to make those tonight.

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    sharonTcambers — December 5, 2011 @ 4:26 PM

    I thought I had enough willpower not to do a lot of baking over the holidays … that is until I saw all those wonderful pictures of your recipes. Diet out the window, kitchen here I come!

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    Christine Stiff — December 5, 2011 @ 5:25 PM

    OMGosh!!! SO many delicious recipes that I’m going to NEED to add to my holiday baking list!!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — December 5, 2011 @ 8:08 PM

    these all look so tempting!

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    Sarah — December 6, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

    Now I am seriously hungry… consider this page bookmarked for the start of my Christmas baking marathon!

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    Tickled Red — December 6, 2011 @ 6:37 AM

    Oh my!! Nummy, tempting list darlin’. Love every single one of these. Good thing I’m already baking today :D

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    Traci — December 6, 2011 @ 7:37 AM

    Great list. I’ve bookmarked at least five recipes. So excited to try them, thank you!!

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    Bree — December 6, 2011 @ 8:27 AM

    Wow! So many fabulous treats!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 6, 2011 @ 1:08 PM

    And I want to make (or at least eat) every single one of those recipes!

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    Sarah E. — December 6, 2011 @ 1:22 PM

    Just pinned over half of these! They look amazing! ;)

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    Rachel Jaggers — December 6, 2011 @ 3:02 PM

    This is the greatest compilation of christmas desserts ever! I pinned nearly all myself :)

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    Patty — December 6, 2011 @ 4:17 PM

    This is a great assortment of delicious recipes. Can’t wait to taste them!

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    Jen — December 6, 2011 @ 6:43 PM

    I made the chocolate peanut butter fudge! So yummy! Thanks for these great recipes!

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    Shantel — December 6, 2011 @ 10:16 PM

    These recipes look amazing! Thanks for sharing – you’ve inspired me to try several of them!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 7, 2011 @ 8:33 AM

    Great round-up! I’m drooling :)

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    Cookin' Cowgirl — December 7, 2011 @ 9:05 AM

    Those cinnamon bun cookies look fantastic! :)

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    Asmita — December 7, 2011 @ 12:47 PM

    Wow all the desserts look wonderful but I am partial to the red velvet cake and cheesecake. Awesome post!

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    Rhonda — December 7, 2011 @ 4:44 PM

    Oh My Goodness!! Where to begin? These recipes all look
    amazing I am anxious to get baking! Thank you.

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    Erica — December 8, 2011 @ 6:46 AM

    what a great post! THe Chocolate Mint Thumbprints looks best to me!

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    Caitlin C — December 8, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

    Thank you for posting all of these! I want to make them all. What a great collection of very festive and beautiful cookies! Merry Christmas!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 8, 2011 @ 12:00 PM

    Thank you so much for compiling this list! It gave me the perfect idea. My husband’s best friend is obsessed with eggnog and so I’ll make your overnight eggnog cake and deliver it to him on the morning of the 24th (along with the homemade eggnog I use to make the cake!) so that he can share it with his family and not be upset about having an entire cake to eat by himself. Perfect! The other recipes look awesome too but I’m super excited about the cake idea. Thanks again! I’ll leave feedback (because I’m definitely scooping a little piece out of the bottom before flipping it over!).

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    Tara @ Tara & Dan + Their Clan — December 8, 2011 @ 11:04 PM

    All of these sound amazing! I’m going to try and make the Candy Cane Kiss Cookies this weekend.

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    vanillasugarblog — December 9, 2011 @ 5:52 PM

    gosh I remember those mint thumbprint cookies because I made them literally days after you posted them.
    i need to make those slice and bake thingees.
    love this post girl!

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    vballer — December 10, 2011 @ 7:50 PM

    yum! i’m going to make the chocolate peppermint bark cookies tomorrow and the mint truffle fudge later this week! soo excited! =]

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    Kim (@zurichnee) — December 12, 2011 @ 5:35 AM

    Oh my goodness. Where do I start and how much time do I have?

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    Jenny (VintageSugarcube) — December 13, 2011 @ 2:04 PM

    Lori- LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!! I have always wanted to make a dessert with eggnog and have never gotten around to it. I must make the eggnog bundt cake pronto!! Photos are fantasticoooo. Happy Holidays to you and your family. :)

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    Shauna — December 14, 2011 @ 11:21 AM

    Lovely post! Cant wait to make some of these this weekend!

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    Tammy — December 16, 2011 @ 7:10 AM

    WOW! You’ve got lot’s of incredible ideas here! Thanks for the inspiration! I’m going to start at the top with the Candy Cane Coffee Cake – I know my son will LOVE this one! Thanks so much!

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    Marie Phelps — December 26, 2011 @ 5:58 AM

    I am so delighted to get these recipes. Thank you for sharing! I surprised my neighbors ………

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    kim@hungryhealthygirl — December 2, 2012 @ 9:34 AM

    Good gracious! Everything looks beyond delicious…I don’t know what to bake first!!