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
Melted Snowman Cookies
Whether you're a Frosty fan or Olaf obsessed, you—and your little one—will love these playful snowman 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.
Turn edible candies into a fun door or wall decoration with this easy and sweet wreath project.
From Family Circle
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.
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.
Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola
Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Toasted Pita Crisps
A super scooper for your favorite dips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This ethereal citrus dessert is a lighter version of classic lemon mousse. Serve with a fresh berry sauce for a special treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 25 Slides in Christmas Party Recipes
- Peter's Pizza Margherita
- Melted Snowman Cookies
- Santa Cookies
- Gumdrop Wreath
- Turkey Fingers with Maple-Mustard Sauce
- French Silk Pie
- Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola
- Cranberry-Cherry Relish
- Maple-Pumpkin Custards with Crystallized Ginger
- Holiday Cookie Cutouts
- Turkish-Style Pizza
- Twice-Baked Goat Cheese Souffles on a Bed of Mixed Greens
- Black Bean & Tomato Salsa
- Toasted Pita Crisps
- Squash-Stuffed Roasted Poblano Peppers
- Squash Pie
- Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries
- Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds
- Pork Roast with Walnut-Pomegranate Filling
- Lemon Mousse
- Spiral Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cider Gravy
- Broccoli with Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts
- Cranberry & Ruby Grapefruit Compote
- Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Marmalade-Glazed Orange Cheesecake