Christmas Party

Whether you're in charge of the office Christmas party or you're hosting a crowd at home, you'll find what you need in these party recipes. From recipes for elegant buffet menus to snacks and spreads and even potluck ideas, we make Christmas party planning easier.

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Holiday Hosting: Festive Christmas Party Ideas

Hosting a Christmas party is a hallmark of the holiday season, but there's no reason to be stressed about throwing one. You just need a few key recipes to impress your guests and keep them feeling the spirit of the season. Start with a festive holiday cocktail (sparkling wine is always a winner!)

Walnuts Add a Healthy Touch to Easy Christmas Party Recipes

The holidays are upon us; please set your scales back ten pounds. Yes, it's that special time of year when we go to dinners and parties, take pleasure in decadently delicious food, and then feel guilty about it until January rolls around. But it doesn't have to be that way. Not if you indulge in the the right kind of ingredients. Walnuts are a perfect example. They are luxurious and rich but at the same time a superfood. Walnuts are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, a heart healthy fat. A handful of them as a snackread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Pecan Balls

Look familiar? These Pecan Balls are the ultimate Christmas cookie. They're been around forever, and you're certain to have seen them more than once on the holiday table. Which means ... there must be something ever-so-right about these tiny treats. Maybe the secret is in the few ingredients. This recipe calls for butter, with "no substitutes." Yeah, butter is butter. And it's Christmas, and Christmas cookies just aren't gonna taste the same without rich creamy butter. There! Also, pecans, which taste so luscious in the creamy butter. Add a little granulated sugar, a bit of vanilla extract, andread more

Gumdrop Wreath

Family Circle

Turn edible candies into a fun door or wall decoration with this easy and sweet wreath project.

Meringue Snowflakes

Ladies' Home Journal

Pipe the meringue into pretty snowflakes for this fun holiday dessert.

Total: 2 hrs

Christmas Snack Mix

Betty Crocker

Try this Christmas snack mix recipe from Betty Crocker.

Total: 10 mins

Sparkle on the Side: Side Dish Recipes for Christmas Dinner

Christmas is delightful for all kinds of reasons--glittering decorations, time with loved ones, the gifts (!)--but for many of us, the best part of the season is the food. The entire month of December is filled with amazing dishes, from delicate party appetizers to heaping trays of Christmas cookies at family gatherings.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Sandies

It's a good thing our recipe for Christmas Sandies yields up to 144 cookies: the bright, buttery flavor of these holidays treats is so irresistible that it's impossible to eat just one. Flavored with cranberry and a bit of lemon peel, Christmas Sandies are a bite-size holiday staple. Whether you serve them by the dozen at a holiday party or freeze the dough to make small batches of the cookies later, sandies are here to serve your needs -- and your taste buds! We also love the added crunch -- and color -- the white, green, and red nonpareilsread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Eggnog Wreaths with Nutmeg Glaze

Eggnog is a little like fruitcake: Everybody has it on hand but does anybody really want to partake of either of these two laugh-line Christmas classics? There's just something so ... so ... so old-fashioned about both eggnog and fruitcake. Not that's there's anything wrong with old-fashioned when it comes to Christmas. But ... here's an idea we like a lot better: Eggnog Wreath COOKIES with Nutmeg Glaze, which taste better than fruitcake, to be sure, and are a lot more original than a glass of milky liquid in a big punchbowl. These cookies are just soread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Reindeer Gingerbread Cremes

A plate of Reindeer Gingerbread Creme cookies, left near the fireplace on Christmas eve, is perhaps the best way to ensure Santa's arrival at your house. Santa's affection for reindeer is well-documented, but more to the point, he could never pass up this spicy, sweet gingerbread (click here for other Christmas Gingerbread recipes) -- the perfect way to pay homage to his favorite helpers. And Santa won't be the only one indulging in the tasty Christmas treats. A delicious combination of gingerbread and creamy frosting, these reindeer cookies are sure to be a holiday favorite for your whole family.read more

Shrimp Teriyaki Skewers with Bacon: Best Holiday Appetizer Ever!

For Christmas party entertaining and all the way through the New Year's Eve festivities, we are riding to holiday heaven on the Skewers of Glory -- until each and every guest passes out from overeating! YA-HOOOOOO! These gorgeous appetizers just went up on The Pioneer Woman Cooks; they're also in Ree Drummond's (the Pioneer Woman herself) new 2013 cookbook, A Year of Holidays. Says Drummond: "I call them ... Skewers of Glory. That's because that's exactly what they are. Sizzling bacon wrapped around shrimp, pineapple, and brushed in a ginger-spiked teriyaki sauce? Well, 'glory' was pretty much theread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars

White chocolate is super-rich and supersweet. After all, it's almost pure cocoa butter. That's why it's the perfect foil for those tart little flavor bombs called cranberries. Topping a butter-cookie bar that's mellowed with nutmeg, this combination not only rocks the Christmas color scheme, it hits all the sweet spots of flavor in one surprising bite. (Here's a hint: use freshly grated nutmeg if you can; you'll taste the difference.) Bar cookies are great grab-and-go food, whether you're throwing a kids' holiday party or a cocktail bash for the grown-ups. And with these White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars,read more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Dulce de Leche Thumbprints

At this year's Christmas party, make sure every guest has a good set of prints -- Dulce de Leche Chocolate-Chip Thumbprints, that is. These heavenly rich butter cookies deliver an ever-so-sweet surprise of creamy chocolate with each bite, making them almost impossible to resist. You'll want to make plenty -- they're as easy as can be -- and even send people home with some. Or take them in a pretty box to the holiday potluck. Even give them as gifts. You can't go wrong with Dulce de Leche Chocolate-Chip Thumbprints. Just don't leave them for Santa. Frankly, heread more

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Somehow, this recipe for Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Filling sounds a little -- you know -- naughty. A red velvet whoopie pie! Didn't they used to take them to Elk's conventions back in the Fifties? Or weren't they something once fluffed up and piled on crimson-colored sofas in the finer bordellos of New Orleans? Well, forget all that. Instead think crazy beautiful little cookies -- bright puffs of red that will really shine on your holiday snack table -- with a surprising filling of peppermint and cream cheese! Wow. This may be be the first recipe we'veread more

Chili-Chocolate Crinkles

Ladies' Home Journal

Cayenne pepper and chili powder are the secret ingredients in these rich chocolate cookies.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Spiced Ginger Cookies

Food & Wine

Shawn McClain got the recipe for these crisp, spicy cookies from pastry chef Elissa Narrow.

Total: 2 hrs
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