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Christmas recipes round-up

31 Christmas recipes for sweets, appetizers, sides and breakfast

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Doing some holiday cooking is always fun for me. I’ve long been deemed the Christmas cookie maker in my family — and I don’t mind a bit. But you need more than just cookies for Christmas. So I’ll pulled together 31 Christmas recipes you’ll love to include in your rotation. I’ve got everything from sweet treats to savory sides to Christmas morning breakfast ideas. And some fit in more than one category!

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Appetizer recipes

A good meal often starts with tasty appetizers. These appetizers all work well for serving before Christmas dinner or as a snack. Some of them, I even serve for dinner around my house, so use them for easy dinner recipes in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

You can’t go wrong with a cheeseball. And this Parmesan ranch cheeseball recipe is a great way to kick off dinner or snack. Even my picky eaters like this one!

Christmas recipes: Parmesan ranch cheeseball recipe

When it comes to Christmas recipes, versatile ones that can be made ahead of time are great. This easy pantry salsa pairs with store-bought chips and can be an appetizer, snack or side dish.

Easy pantry salsa recipe

For an even more robust and filling way to serve tortilla chips, consider adding this skillet queso recipe into the mix. This stuff tastes just like what you get at Chili’s and is so good. I actually included it in my Thanksgiving menu for the past two years!

Skillet queso recipe

With just two ingredients, these meatball pockets are an easy appetizer or snack to make this holiday season.

Christmas recipes: 2-Ingredient meatball pockets

The next three appetizer recipes all start with a buttery, yummy crescent roll crust. Serve them as an appetizer, snack or even main course!

Christmas recipes: BLT pizza
Christmas recipes: Pepperoni pizza pinwheels
An easy, delicious taco pizza recipe

The final appetizer could also count as a side. This bacon ranch cheese bread is my husband’s all-time favorite food that I make. It uses a frozen bread dough for a base as well as precooked bacon, so it’s as simple as it is tasty.

Christmas recipes: Bacon ranch cheese bread

Side recipes

Is there any other side that is better than yeast rolls? I’m a carb lover, and these yeast rolls are one of my favorite recipes. My professional baker friend, Kayla, gave me the recipe originally, and I’m so glad she did!

Christmas recipes: Yeast rolls

If yeast rolls aren’t your thing, give these biscuit muffins a try. They’re simple and easy, and don’t require any time to rise like the yeast rolls do.

Christmas recipes: biscuit muffins

I love potatoes in any form, but these party potatoes are my all-time favorite potato recipe. They are cheesy and creamy and so incredibly delicious. When it comes to Christmas recipes, you’ve got to try this one, because it’s also pretty dang easy. My 13-year-old daughter made these by herself at Thanksgiving this year, in fact.

Christmas recipes: Party potatoes

The red bell peppers in this fire-roasted corn and red pepper recipe give it a festive look. And trust me when I tell you it’s one of the easiest recipes you can make!

Fire-roasted corn and red peppers Pinterest image

Another great and easy vegetable side recipe is this oven-roasted vegetables recipe you can use for most vegetables. And they always turn out so yummy!

Christmas recipes: oven roasted vegetables

Easy Christmas Eve dinner recipe

I had to include the recipe for this super easy slow cooker potato soup made with hash browns. It literally takes 10 minutes or less to put together in your slow cooker and will easily serve six people. You can easily double it if your slow cooker is large enough to feed even more people. It’s warm and filling. So yummy!

Christmas recipes: slow cooker potato soup made with hash browns

Christmas morning breakfast recipes

Whipping up a Christmas morning breakfast seems like so much work, so I love things that are easy or I can even make ahead of time. All of these recipes fall into those categories. Let’s start with the very best pumpkin bread recipe. You can serve this up for breakfast by itself, alongside yogurt and fruit or use it for a sweet treat later in the day. My family gobbles it up quickly, so it’s a good thing the recipe makes two loaves.

Christmas recipes: pumpkin bread

Another great Christmas morning breakfast recipes are these peanut butter honey nut cereal clusters. Make them the day ahead using only three ingredients and your microwave. They are like the pumpkin bread and can be served any time of day.

Christmas recipes: Peanut butter honey nut cereal clusters

For a warm, easy option, try these air fryer doughnuts made easily with canned biscuits. They are best served warm and are definitely a nice treat for Christmas morning.

Easy Christmas breakfast: Air fryer doughnuts Pinterest image

This make-ahead oat and honey granola is a great breakfast option. It works really well with yogurt and is just sweet enough that you can use it as a sweet treat as well.

Christmas recipes: easy oat and honey granola

When it comes to sweet breakfast breads, you can’t go wrong with this protein-packed banana nut bread. The nuts, of course, are completely optional. Bake it ahead of time so you don’t have to do anything besides slice it up and serve it on Christmas morning.

Christmas recipes: protein-packed banana bread

If you’re going for a bigger breakfast on Christmas morning and making pancakes and/or waffles, you’ve got to also make this super easy caramel sauce. We love it most with bananas. It’s so incredibly decadent!

Christmas recipes: caramel sauce for pancakes or waffles

Christmas sweet treat recipes

You can’t leave sweet treats out of a list of Christmas recipes. And I’ve got plenty of them for you, starting with my most popular recipe ever: a 4-ingredient whipped pudding pie. This comes together in just a few minutes, can be made sugar free and has a large variety of flavor options. You’ve got to try it!

Christmas recipes: 4-ingredient whipped pudding pie

Like I said, I’m the Christmas cookie maker in my family. And these toffee cookies are my most popular cookie. They’re so yummy and something a bit different.

The best Christmas cookie recipe: Toffee cookies

After the toffee cookies, my peanut butter cookies are my most requested. In fact, my dad asks for them as his birthday gift each year because he likes them so much. And my husband and kiddos sneak into the kitchen whenever I bake them and get them off the cooling rack.

Christmas recipes: easy peanut butter cookies

And then there are these delicious white and milk chocolate chip cookies. At Easter time, I add in some Cadbury eggs as well, but they are just as tasty with white and milk chocolate chips. They give a different flavor than traditional chocolate chip cookies (which I also love!).

Christmas recipes: white and milk chocolate chip cookies

Of the Christmas recipes I’m listing, the next two are the oldest that have been around since I was a child. First up is sugar cream squares. If you’re not a fellow Hoosier, you might not be familiar with sugar cream pie squares. If you’re from St. Louis, you probably call this gooey cake. From elsewhere, just know it’s basically a mix between blondies and cheesecake. Whatever you call it, though, these sugar cream squares are delicious!

Christmas recipes: sugar cream squares

The next family recipe is easy and delicious. I know ice cream may not sound like a Christmas recipe, but this one is an exception. This Oreo ice cream cake is delectable. A bonus to this recipe is you can make it a week or two ahead of time and it’s good to go!

Christmas recipes: Oreo ice cream cake

While we’re in a chocolate theme, don’t miss this super easy hack to make boxed brownies so fudgy good. Hands down, above everything I make, my brownies are the most requested item. And they are one of the easiest recipes I make just by using this one simple hack!

Christmas recipes: an easy hack to make box mix brownies so fudgy good

Mint is a perfect flavor for Christmas. And this mint chocolate chip mousse is super easy to make. You don’t need your stove or much besides a mixer — handheld or stand.

Christmas recipes: mint chocolate chip mousse

The final three recipes are all incredibly easy microwave recipes, and all of them are great treats to give away to others as gifts. Let’s start with the best puppy chow. Some folks call this muddy buddies. But whatever you call it, I got obsessed with it during quarantine and figured out the best recipe for it. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Easy Christmas treats: Puppy chow recipe

You can’t beat Christmas fudge, and this easy microwave fudge has been perfected by my daughter. There are five varieties you can easily make in your microwave: chocolate, brownie batter, cherry cordial, toffee candy bar and mint chocolate.

Christmas fudge in the microwave Pinterest image

And last by certainly not least, these no-bake butterscotch haystacks only need two ingredients. They are a super easy treat to make and can help fill out a Christmas platter nicely. They’re one of my husband’s favorites.

Christmas recipes: butterscotch haystacks

Easy Super Bowl foods recipe round-up

17 Super Bowl foods that are easy and delicious!

Whether you’re into football or not, you probably know the Super Bowl is coming up. I’m not at all a sports fan. I never know who is playing in the Super Bowl. But we do like watching the commercials sometimes. And we really like the excuse to have Super Bowl foods. You can’t go wrong with snacks — at least not at my house.

I love pulling together easy snacks that are also so yummy. And I really love easy snacks that are delicious as well. I want to do more than open a bag of chips and a container of dip, but I also don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen.

Your family and friends will love these Super Bowl foods. You’ll love how easy they are to make and clean up from!

Savory snacks

It doesn’t get much easier than this 2-ingredient meatball pocket recipe. Of course you could make your own meatballs from scratch, but the frozen ones work great for this recipe. Even my guys, who aren’t big on eating meat, like these meatball pockets!

If you’ve never tried this bacon ranch cheese bread recipe, you must! It’s one of those perfect Super Bowl foods because it is handheld and so incredibly delicious. You guys, I’m married to a very particular eater and this is hands-down his favorite food that I make. Since it uses a frozen bread dough for the base, it’s also easy. You just need to plan a bit of time for it to rise.

Another great warm Super Bowl food is crispy baked quesadillas. You can even customize this easy baked quesadilla recipe based on what the folks you’re serving like most. My daughter and I go for chicken, bacon and ranch. My husband and son love bacon and onion.

And if you’re serving up the baked quesadillas, you need chips and salsa to go along with them. Of course, you don’t need quesadillas for an excuse to have chips and salsa. They’re a party staple! To kick things up a notch, try out this easy pantry salsa recipe. You can make the salsa from scratch in just a few minutes.

You can’t go wrong with a cheeseball either. This 3-ingredient Parmesan ranch cheeseball comes together in minutes and is super tasty. While you can cover it in pecans for added crunch, we eat it plain with crackers and pretzel sticks!


Pizza is one of the perfect Super Bowl foods. It’s delicious, easy to eat on the couch and everyone loves it. But why not get creative this year and make some non-traditional pizzas that are even easier than making traditional pizza?! You can make this BLT pizza recipe a bit ahead of time. You don’t have to worry about it getting too cold since it’s topped with cool ingredients. Made with a crescent roll crust, this BLT pizza comes together in no time!

Another great option is this pizza sub recipe. Pizza subs made on store-bought sub bread are easy to do and can be customized for whatever you like most. I usually have my pizza subs loaded with cheese. My husband loves his loaded with pepperoni!

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And don’t overlook this pepperoni pizza pinwheels recipe. Made with a refrigerated pizza dough, these pepperoni pizza pinwheels are easy to make and eat. You can dip them in pizza sauce or ranch dressing or enjoy them plain.

The sweets

You can’t forget sweet treats when it comes to Super Bowl foods. Sweets are my favorite part of any gathering or event. I have a giant sweet tooth for sure! And these recipes are sure to satisfy your sweet cravings while still being easy to make and eat while watching the big game.

To kick off (see what I did there?!), you don’t get easier than this 2-ingredient butterscotch haystacks recipe. This is literally one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made. It comes together quickly, easily and isn’t messy. You can gobble up these treats with one hand!

These peanut butter honey nut cereal clusters are another great no-bake option for sweet treats that will be a hit. Whenever I make these, I make a double-batch because my family loves them. And I love that with just three ingredients of cereal, peanut butter and honey, they don’t have lots of added sugar.

As we start adding the number of ingredients, I’ve got two four-ingredient recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without making you spend all day in the kitchen. First up is this four-ingredient whipped pudding pie recipe. You can make this in minutes (no baking required!) and stick it in the fridge. In fact, make it the day before! You can make it pretty much any flavor you can find a pudding mix in and you can make it sugar free as well. It doesn’t get much better than that!

The other awesome four-ingredient recipe is lemon squares. While this recipe does require baking, you can whip it up using a lemon cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil in just a few minutes. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar when it is baked and slice it up. This is another great recipe you can easily make ahead of time.

If you’re not inclined to use your oven, don’t miss out on this recipe for microwave fudge made five ways. My daughter started making these recipes when she was 11. Anybody can make them with flavors like chocolate, mint chocolate, brownie batter, cherry cordial and toffee bar!

For a light, airy sweet treat, try this mint chocolate mousse recipe. It also doesn’t require any cooking. In fact, it doesn’t even need the microwave. You simply mix together ingredients and have a tasty treat! If you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, you have got to try this easy-to-make alternative!

I can’t end a round up of Super Bowl foods without including some cookies. Cookies are the ultimate handheld dessert that are perfect for noshing. First up is my peanut butter cookie recipe. My husband, kiddos and dad claim this as one of their favorite cookies I make. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. These cookies come together quickly and are so incredibly good with a bit of a crisp to the outside and a soft inside of peanut buttery goodness!

And then you’ve got to try this toffee cookie recipe. Of all the cookies I make, these are my most requested across the board. They are different from other cookies in flavor and are somehow both chewy and crunchy. They are the very best made with butter and not margarine, but either works.

Finally, if you just can’t decide what flavor of chocolate you want for your Super Bowl party, this white and milk chocolate chip cookie recipe is perfect for you. It has an optional ingredient of Cadbury eggs, which tend to show up in groceries stores around Super Bowl time. But they are scrumptious without the Cadbury eggs as well!

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