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.

Luscious Lemon Bars

Sweet and tart, these moist, powdered-sugar-topped dessert bars will disappear fast.

From Midwest Living

Luscious Lemon Bars

Apricot-Nut Diamonds

Tangy dried apricots, sweet coconut, and crunchy walnuts are a terrific trio when baked together in this wonderful bar cookie recipe. To cut diamond shapes, carefully cut the pan of bars diagonally from corner to corner, then every two inches across the long side of the pan. Then repeat, going the opposite direction, and you'll have perfect diamonds.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Apricot-Nut Diamonds

Cranberry-Macadamia Bars

Buttery-rich macadamia nuts and tangy dried cranberries make magic when paired in these beautiful bars. Macadamia nuts have a high fat content that may make them turn rancid quickly, so store leftover nuts, tightly wrapped, in the fridge.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Macadamia Bars

German Chocolate Wafer Cookies

Drop three convenience items (Including wager cookies) in your grocery cart and you'll have everything you need to create these insanely simple treats. Using waxed paper beneath the wire rack makes cleanup a snap.

From Better Homes and Gardens

German Chocolate Wafer Cookies

Ultimate Tassies

Tiny chocolate tarts filled with creamy peanut butter filling make quite an impression on a cookie tray or after dinner with coffee. When removing the shells from the muffins pans, carefully insert a paring knife between the metal and the shell, then give the tartlet a gentle spin to loosen it from the pan.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ultimate Tassies

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Blossoms

Two incredible flavors meet in these quick but cute cookies, perfect for any occasion. Kiss-shape chocolates now come in many fancy forms, and these cookies will work with any variety you choose.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Revel Bars

These layered peanut butter and chocolate bars look complicated to make, but all they take is a few simple steps. Lining the pan with foil allows you to easily lift the bars and cut them into tidy squares.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Revel Bars

Peanutty Brownie Bites

A fudge brownie mix makes these addictive brownies -- a perfect pairing of chocolate and peanut butter -- quick and easy. If you'd like, top the brownies with chopped dry-roasted peanuts.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanutty Brownie Bites

Gingersnaps in a Snap

These spicy, crisp ginger cookies do not require a lengthy chilling time, which makes them doable whenever a gingery whim strikes. Pearl sugar makes another pretty topping if you want something other than powdered sugar.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gingersnaps in a Snap

Madeleine Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

This ages-old French cookie's shape comes from baking its exquisite spongelike batter in special, shell-shaped molds. Do not discard the vanilla bean once the seeds are removed; place it in a jar containing about a cup of sugar, cover tightly and let stand for a week, or so. You'll have delicious vanilla-kissed sugar.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Madeleine Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

No-Bake Lemon Dreams

With a little ingenuity, three ready-to-go ingredients - packaged cookies, jarred lemon curd, and canned frosting - become picture-perfect little sweets. If you like, substitute reduced-fat vanilla frosting for the full-fat version.

From Better Homes and Gardens

No-Bake Lemon Dreams

Bittersweet Truffle Tart with Whipped Almond Mascarpone

Whether you wish to serve a dessert that guests will talk about or simply indulge your own chocolate craving, this over-the-top truffle tart is the recipe for you. Mascarpone is a rich, soft Italian cheese similar to cream cheese and can be found in the gourmet cheese case of most supermarkets.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bittersweet Truffle Tart with Whipped Almond Mascarpone

Pork Rib Roast with Apple-Cherry Stuffing

Tart dried cherries, sweet, crisp apples, and tangy sourdough combine with a perfect blend of herbs and spices in a phenomenal stuffing that accompanies this rich pork rib roast. The secret to a succulent rib roast? Let it be. Once the roast has been removed from the oven, it is imperative that it be allowed to rest for at least 10 minutes. Slicing into it any sooner will result in a juicy cutting board, and dry pork.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pork Rib Roast with Apple-Cherry Stuffing

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

These yummy pecans are super for snacking, but they also make wonderful holiday or hostess gifts. Why use cane sugar? Cane sugar has a lower melting point than the more common beet sugar, which makes cane sugar better for candied glazes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Apricot-Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Any one that loves pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie will flip over these tasty turnovers. To expedite dessert, feel free to bake the sweet potatoes in the microwave. Just be sure to poke them in several places with a fork before baking to allow steam to escape.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Apricot-Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

These rich and crumbly cheese wafers boast slice-and-bake ease. Serve with pepper jelly or a mixture of pepper jelly and cream cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Panko -- extra-crispy Japanese bread crumbs -- give the crusts of these savory small cheesecakes a pleasingly crunchy texture. Grind walnuts in a food processor or blender until they're as fine as cornmeal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Refrigerated piecrust makes these cheesy leek-and-olive appetizers a snap to make. For fun, purchase olives at a gourmet market's olive bar -- they're usually filled with a fantastic selection.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Holiday Cake Pops

These petite cake pops will be a holiday hit with kids from 4 to 94. You will find lollypop sticks at craft stores and the cake decorating supply shelves of most discount stores.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Holiday Cake Pops

Peanut-Pretzel Bars

Inspired by childhood snacks, these peanut-pretzel bars can be prepped in a half hour. Peanut butter, quick oats, and sweetened condensed milk combine to make a sweet, salty, chewy treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut-Pretzel Bars

Hazelnut Truffle Cake

Hazelnut liqueur gives this decadent truffle cake a boost of nutty flavor. A whipped cream topping and chocolate-hazelnut spread makes the cake a great choice for an indulgent dessert offering.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hazelnut Truffle Cake

Double Chocolate-Espresso Truffle Pie

From Midwest Living

Double Chocolate-Espresso Truffle Pie

White Chocolate Creme Brulee

From Midwest Living

White Chocolate Creme Brulee

Cranberry-Orange Cheesecake

From Midwest Living

Cranberry-Orange Cheesecake

Mystery Cookies

From Midwest Living

Mystery Cookies

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