Popular Christmas Party Recipes

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.

Peter's Pizza Margherita

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peter's Pizza Margherita

Melted Snowman Cookies

Whether you're a Frosty fan or Olaf obsessed, you—and your little one—will love these playful snowman cookies!

From Parents

Melted Snowman Cookies

Santa Cookies

Add a few of these adorable little Santa cookies to your assortment of gifted Christmas cookies this season. You tackle the icing and let your little helpers add decorations with candy pieces and mini marshmallows.

From Parents

Santa Cookies

Gumdrop Wreath

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

From Family Circle

Gumdrop Wreath

Turkey Fingers with Maple-Mustard Sauce

Popular with both children and adults, this crispy, low-fat version of a perennial favorite will disappear faster than you expect. For a fruity alternative, substitute apricot jam for the maple syrup in the sauce.

From EatingWell

Turkey Fingers with Maple-Mustard Sauce

French Silk Pie

Bittersweet chocolate and Dutch-process cocoa meld with a shot of fresh brewed coffee to give an ultra-rich flavor to this creamy French silk pie. A frothy meringue is the secret to lightening the brown sugar-sweetened filling.

From EatingWell

French Silk Pie

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.

From EatingWell

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Cranberry-Cherry Relish

Dark cherries may be unusual in a traditional cranberry relish, but they are an interesting and worthwhile addition. They give the relish a beautiful ruby hue and complex taste; pears provide a delicate balance to the assertive red fruits.

From EatingWell

Cranberry-Cherry Relish

Maple-Pumpkin Custards with Crystallized Ginger

A Thanksgiving meal wouldn't be complete without pumpkin, and here in Vermont we wouldn't dream of excluding our beloved maple syrup. We've combined the two in these elegant custards, featuring the best part of a pumpkin pie and saving calories for a luscious finish of real whipped cream. If you can find it, use Grade B dark amber syrup to get the best maple flavor.

From EatingWell

Maple-Pumpkin Custards with Crystallized Ginger

Holiday Cookie Cutouts

There is no need to wait for December to enjoy crisp sugar cookies in fanciful shapes. Capture the spirit of fall by baking maple leaf- or pumpkin-shaped cookies. And when the festive season arrives, have fun with holiday shapes like stars and wreaths. Use the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping for crisp cookies that make perfect teatime treats or finish with Decorator Icing for more elaborate cookies (see Cookie-Decorating Tips, below).

From EatingWell

Holiday Cookie Cutouts

Turkish-Style Pizza

Italians usually get the credit for inventing pizza, but some people believe that Turkish pide (flatbreads with toppings) may have come first. This recipe is an adaptation of a pizza discovered in a street-side cafe in the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya.

From EatingWell

Turkish-Style Pizza

Twice-Baked Goat Cheese Souffles on a Bed of Mixed Greens

If you'd love to wow your guests with a souffle, but can't stand the last-minute heat, this is your recipe. The souffles bake once, fall, and revive on a second round in the oven. They emerge modestly puffed, soft and tender. If you are entertaining a group, the recipe can be easily doubled.

From EatingWell

Twice-Baked Goat Cheese Souffles on a Bed of Mixed Greens

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Adding canned beans to a spicy salsa is an easy way to boost fiber and improve nutritional value. This salsa is also a good accompaniment for burgers or Scrambled Egg Burritos.

From EatingWell

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Toasted Pita Crisps

A super scooper for your favorite dips.

From EatingWell

Toasted Pita Crisps

Squash-Stuffed Roasted Poblano Peppers

When fresh, poblanos have a wonderful, somewhat sweet heat that makes a terrific vessel for rich-tasting butternut squash stuffing. Accompanied by corn tortillas or rice and beans, this makes a special vegetarian entree. Most of the preparation can be done in advance and the recipe can easily be doubled. Look for dark green poblanos about 5 inches long, with broad shoulders at the stem, tapering to a pointy tip. Wash your hands thoroughly after removing the seeds or wear rubber gloves; most of the chile oils are found in the seeds and connective membranes.

From EatingWell

Squash-Stuffed Roasted Poblano Peppers

Squash Pie

Try this custard pie with buttercup squash, a sweet, orange-fleshed variety that bakes up luscious, light and surprisingly creamy. Roasted fresh squash has a vibrant color and full flavor, but to save time you can use frozen or canned squash. The pie is best the day it is baked, but much of the preparation can be done in advance. Serve with Ginger Cream.

From EatingWell

Squash Pie

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries

With the news that dark chocolate contains some healthful properties, there is a better excuse than ever to indulge during the holiday season. Specks of green pistachios and red dried cherries in this chocolate confection make for a festive holiday gift.

From EatingWell

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries

Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds

This tender, flavorful version of a holiday staple is made more wholesome with whole-wheat flour and flaxseeds. You can easily double the recipe if you are making these baby loaves as gifts.

From EatingWell

Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds

Pork Roast with Walnut-Pomegranate Filling

Pomegranates become available in late fall just in time to grace holiday tables - all too often as decorations. For this festive roast the fruit is used in three forms: as a thick, sweet molasses for the filling plus whole seeds and juice for the sauce. Slicing through the roast reveals a colorful pinwheel of crushed walnuts mixed with the pomegranate molasses.

From EatingWell

Pork Roast with Walnut-Pomegranate Filling

Lemon Mousse

This ethereal citrus dessert is a lighter version of classic lemon mousse. Serve with a fresh berry sauce for a special treat.

From EatingWell

Lemon Mousse

Spiral Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cider Gravy

When a whole bird is just too much--time and effort, as well as size--there is a quicker, simpler way: what's known in French cuisine as a roulade. Using a boneless turkey breast, butterflied and flattened, you can serve a beautiful spiral of juicy meat.

From EatingWell

Spiral Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cider Gravy

Broccoli with Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

Broccoli's impressive nutritional profile (think folate, vitamins C and A, fiber, phytochemicals) puts it high on the list of foods to eat more of, an inviting task when you toss it with crunchy pine nuts, soft, sweet onions and tangy balsamic vinegar.

From EatingWell

Broccoli with Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

Cranberry & Ruby Grapefruit Compote

Light enough to follow even a substantial meal, this pretty compote has a refreshing balance of sweet and tart flavors. Serve with vanilla frozen yogurt for dessert or with plain yogurt for breakfast or brunch.

From EatingWell

Cranberry & Ruby Grapefruit Compote

Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake

An adaptation of EatingWell's popular Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake, this recipe is from reader Barr Hogen of San Francisco.

From EatingWell

Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake

Marmalade-Glazed Orange Cheesecake

Our Test Kitchen created this showpiece cheesecake to celebrate one of winter's brightest gifts: the orange. It is exceptionally rich and creamy-tasting, but lower in saturated fat than a traditional cheesecake. The secret is to replace most of the cream cheese with pureed cottage cheese. Be sure to let the food processor do its job and process the cottage cheese until it has a silky texture.

From EatingWell

Marmalade-Glazed Orange Cheesecake

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