Christmas is my favorite holiday. The reason for the season, decor, festive outfits, and of course, food all get me. My home tends to be filled with friends and family at this time of year and, of course, they want to eat! I’m happy to mix, cook, and bake up all the seasonal goodies for us to enjoy and thought I’d share them with you, too. Below are 12 Christmas recipes for your holiday gatherings, cozy winter evenings, and even Christmas morning treats for your whole family.

Christmas Recipes You Should Try

  • Bourbon Glazed Gingerbread is a boozy take on the Christmas classic. It’s so easy to make and would be a well-received gift to anyone (over 21) on your list. These are great for co-workers, mail carriers, etc!
  • Buttery Chai Popcorn is the perfect treat for Christmas movie marathons, game nights or any kind of cozy gathering. Popcorn, butter, chai spices, a little sugar, and sea salt combine for a surprising yet comforting snack.
  • Candy Cane Cookies are the Christmas cookie G.O.A.T. here on Dash of Jazz. They’re extremely popular in my family and over on Pinterest. I adapted them from a recipe in my Great Grandmother’s copy of Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book but kept the classic vanilla and peppermint flavors.
  • Chewy Gingerbread Cocoa Cookies are an easy combination of two classic Christmas flavors: gingerbread and cocoa (if not obvious). These chewy, slightly gooey cookies taste like if you dunked a soft gingerbread cookie into a warm mug of hot chocolate. You can bake up multiple batches of these in under an hour!
  • Gingerbread Donuts will delight and surprise just about everyone you celebrate the holidays with. They’re more fun to eat than cookies and easier to make than cupcakes, so there’s that.
  • Holiday Cheese Board If you’re entertaining this holiday season, a holiday cheese board is a must. And it’s easy to pull off. Just arrange cheeses, red and green finger foods, etc. and it’s automatically festive.
  • Jollof Rice For Nigerians, jollof is a staple at any kind of celebration or gathering, including Christmas. Upgrade your holidays with a spicy pot of jollof rice. It pairs wonderfully with gumbo, by the way.
  • Massaged Kale Salad Christmas may not necessarily bring salads to mind but this one should be on your list. With pears, cranberries, pecans, and tender kale massaged in a sweet and spicy ACV dressing make it a must at seasonal gatherings and so simple to make that you’ll put it on the menu of every Christmas party henceforth.
  • Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail Make this for your Christmas party. Sparkling wine, pomegranate juice, and simple syrup. That’s all it takes. Boom.
  • Red Wine Hot Cocoa Just picture yourself curled up with a warm mug of rich hot chocolate that’s been splashed with fruit-forward red wine. You’re smiling in the picture, aren’t you? This grown and sexy treat is perfectly decadent and will warm up even the coldest night.
  • Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Cocoa is the easiest way to make hot chocolate for a crowd and makes hosting a Christmas party much easier. Feel free to spike yours, if you like. 🙂
  • Vanilla Peppermint Pound Cake captures festive holiday flavor in an impressive pound cake that’s surprisingly simple to make. This one is a great option to take to Christmas potlucks or a family gathering with your in-laws.

What do you and your family like to eat around the holidays? I hope this list inspires your spread. Thanks for reading!

12 Recipes to Make for Christmas