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.

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Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

From Midwest Living

We packed a bushel of fall flavor into this homey loaf: pumpkin, apple, nuts and spices. A generous half-cup of boiled cider adds unmistakably fruity zing, but you can substitute any apple-flavor liquid. You can make boiled cider yourself using the recipe on our site, or purchase it at specialty food stores or online.

Apple Pumpkin Sunflower Bread

Snickerdoodle Pie

From Better Homes and Gardens

Try this classic recipe combination of cake baked into a pie shell. This standard variation is often called a "funny cake."

Snickerdoodle Pie

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Spiced Apple Drops

From Midwest Living

An apple a day tastes even better in cookie form, especially with frosting on top!

Spiced Apple Drops

Shortcut German-Chocolate Cake

From Midwest Living

Coconut, pecans and caramel make a sweet sauce for a twist on German chocolate cake.

Shortcut German-Chocolate Cake

Mocha Panna Cotta

From Midwest Living

Chicago pastry chef Gale Gand tops panna cotta with salted caramel.

Mocha Panna Cotta

Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake

From Midwest Living

We used a cake mix to make the crust for this creamy chocolate dessert from the former Chocolate Cafe and Coffee House in Missouri. It makes 24 bars so it's perfect for a potluck or office party.

Chocolate Mocha Gooey Butter Cake

Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree

Sugar Cookie Star Cutouts

From Better Homes and Gardens

This recipe features a star, but any cutter will do to create various Christmas cookie shapes out of this delicious dough.

Sugar Cookie Star Cutouts

Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

At Christmas try making this soft, lightly lemony cookie recipe and serve them with hot cocoa for dipping. Chill the dough at least 1 hour to ensure that it's easy to roll out and cut.

Sugar Cookies

"The Best" Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

"The Best" Sugar Cookies

Golden Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rich and buttery, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies make a delicious snack or dessert.

Golden Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

Maple-Macadamia Icebox Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Maple-Macadamia Icebox Cookies

Peppermint-Fudge Pie

From Better Homes and Gardens

With its rich chocolate sauce, peppermint ice cream, and meringue topping, this pie is the ultimate dessert indulgence.

Peppermint-Fudge Pie

Rosemary Apple Pie

From Better Homes and Gardens

Whether making your first pie or a seasoned pro, try this recipe. The exotic mix of apple and rosemary flavors make it deliciously delectable.

Rosemary Apple Pie

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

These easy icebox cookies get their "bite" from a combination of spicy ginger, several peppers, and some ground chile.

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

Vanilla Bean Infused Hot Chocolate

From Midwest Living

Jill Prescott of Wisconsin's former Ecole de Cuisine cooking school created this heavenly take on hot chocolate. We used dark chocolate to make this hot drink. Enjoy it for a sweet snack or as dessert.

Vanilla Bean Infused Hot Chocolate

Cider-Spiked Apple and Pecan Tart

From Midwest Living

In this unusual fruit tart, apples are gently cooked in butter, then arranged in a pre-baked crust and brushed with jelly. The result: an edible work of art. The tart's distinct apple flavor comes from boiled cider. You can make your own using the recipe on our site, or buy it in specialty food stores or online.

Cider-Spiked Apple and Pecan Tart

Nutty Caramel Apple Crisp

From Midwest Living

A double dose of caramel--baked in with the fruit and drizzled on top--elevates the humble crisp to new levels of indulgence. Mix two types of apples for the best texture. The tender apples cook down and create a sort of thick sauce, while the firm apples hold their shape. Boiled cider, which you can purchase at specialty stores or online or make using the recipe on our site, adds an extra splash of apple flavor.

Nutty Caramel Apple Crisp

Spiced Apple Drops

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spiced Apple Drops

Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

From EatingWell

Making a pocket in the chicken breast to hold the stuffing is easy with a good, sharp, thin-bladed knife. Browning the chicken in a skillet before baking gives it a beautiful golden color, and finishing in the oven ensures that it cooks evenly throughout.

Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Squash Cheesecake Bars

From EatingWell

Pureed winter squash gives most of the body to these leaner cheesecake bars.

Squash Cheesecake Bars

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