Christmas Recipes Made EASY!
These recipes are illustrated to make them easy to follow. Just follow along and your friends and family will think you are a gourmet cook! The history of many Christmas recipes and food traditions is also provided for your dinner conversation! I'm still adding recipes (you'll notice not all have links yet), so if you have a good recipe,
send it in
and I'll try it and add it!
Cakes, pies and cookies
- Step by step directions to make a gingerbread house, easily!
- Gingerbread cookies
- Chocolate Yule log
- Leb Kuchen
- Roasted Chestnuts (oven or "open fire")
- Pumpkin pie from a fresh or canned pumpkin!
- Apple pie - with a crumb topping - The world's best apple pie!
- Pumpkin cheesecake - INCREDIBLE!!! You have to try this one!
blueberry pie! (from fresh or frozen berries)
- Blueberry cheesecake
- Christmas decorated sugar cookies!
- Pumpkin cookies
Coming soon (December 21):
- Christmas pudding
- Toll house (moist, chewy chocolate chip) cookies
- Peanut butter chocolate cookies
- Roast Turkey - Make a tasty, juicy turkey with these EASY, illustrated instructions! And easy clean up, too!
- Smoked turkey (How to smoke a turkey in your back yard smoker or grill)
- Gravy - how to make an easy, tasty turkey gravy
- Stuffing - also called "dressing"
- Creamed onions
- Candied sweet potatoes
- Mashed potatoes
- Roast honeyed parsnips
Sauces and soups
- Blueberry sauce
- Cranberry sauce
- Jellied cranberry sauce
- Cran-apple sauce
Pumpkin Soup - Christmas/Halloween style
- Spicy pumpkin soup
Teas and drinks
- Eggnog - even sugarfree and fat-free (yes, you CAN make a tasty and health, safe eggnog!)
- Cranberry tea
Cobblers and crisps
- Apple-blackberry, crumble - a English favorite (or favourite)
- Blackberry cobbler
- Apple crunch - best of all! Moist, low sugar and using oats!
- Apple crisp - ever-popular, low sugar and using oats!
- Apple, blackberry, cherry, and/or peach cobbler
- Apple-blackberry, crumble - a English favorite (or favourite)
- Peachberry crisp
- Baked apples
Coffee cakes, Muffins and breads
Canning Directions - Easy and Illustrated!
- How to make applesauce
- How to make applesauce for a meal (not canning it) with NO special equipment
- How to make apple butter
- NEW! How to make homemade apple pie filling - with or WITHOUT any added sugar!
- NEW! How to make cranberry sauce - Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas - bright, colorful, loaded with vitamin C and incredibly easy to make!
- NEW! How to make cran-applesauce - GREAT for the holidays - bright, colorful, not too sweet, not too tart and loaded with vitamin C! Kids love it!
- How to can green beans, yellow beans, snap beans, broad beans, etc
- How to make ketchup. or if you prefer; How to make catsup
- How to make your own home canned peaches, plums, cherries or nectarines (in a light sugar, regular sugar, natural fruit juice or no calorie sweetener solution)
- How to make pickles (kosher dill, bread & butter, refrigerator or processed etc.)
- How to make pumpkin pie from a whole, fresh pumpkin - the easy way!
- More pumpkin recipes (roasting seeds, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, etc.)
- How to make salsa
- How to make spaghetti sauce
The History of Christmas Recipes
For centuries, the celebration of the Christmas holiday has brought people together. Families throughout the world prepare special holiday foods together. And when people gather to celebrate this holiday, there is a wide assortment of food. The English traditionally serve goose, the Germans suckling pigs, and in America the holiday dinner usually centers around a turkey.
See below for links to recipes and then more history of the Christmas recipes around the world!
Holiday Main Courses
Many foods have special meaning at Christmas. Mince meat pies have long been a traditional Christmas food. Many years ago they were made with a mixture of beef, chicken and spices that was meant to symbolize the gifts the Wise Men brought to the manger. The pies were shaped like a manger with an image of the baby Jesus on top. This custom was declared sacrilegious by the Puritans in England, but Puritan settlers in New England refused to give up the pie and began to shape it in the traditional pie shape. Today mincemeat is made of raisins and other dried fruit and is a dessert rather than a main course.
Cakes, Pies, Puddings and Breads
Christmas breads and cakes can be found in most countries that celebrate the holiday. The Danish have Danish Kringle which is an advent bread shaped like a pretzel. English Christmas puddings are actually like American fruitcakes, just more moist and with brandy in them. No less tasteless, unfortunately. The "figgy pudding" that we sing about is also a rich, dark fruit cake. Chocolate Yule Log cakes, like a moist chocolate cake rolled and shaped like a log, are also very popular in Great Britain. Panettone is an Italian Christmas bread with raisins and a lemon flavor. The Swedes prepare a braided bread called St. Lucia's crown that is served at dawn on December 13 to signal the beginning of the holiday season. The most spectacular of these cakes is the French Buche de Noel, or Christmas log. This cake resembles the traditional Yule log.
Gingerbread has been baked in Europe for centuries. During the 19th century it was romanticized when the Grimm brothers wrote Hansel and Gretel. At Christmas time gingerbread makes its most impressive appearance. The baking of lebkuchen (a gingerbread cookie) and elaborate gingerbread houses is a custom that originated in Germany and quickly caught on in North America. If you watch the food network, you may have seen the national championships for holiday food art; there are some amazing edible constructions! And it is easy to make your own gingerbread house - click here for a page of easy, illustrated instructions .
Lebkuchen cookies (usually, with star anise in them - a licorice flavor - are also sold at Christmas time (definitely an acquired taste). Baking sugar cookies shaped like holiday symbols and decorated by the family with frosting, sprinkles or candy pieces is a popular tradition in the United States.
A visitor writes on October 20, 2012: "My family loves this recipe around the holidays, beginning with the Autumn season. I thought I would share this recipe, which has been passed down in my family for generations, with you and others. The smell and taste of cranberries is an often overlooked delight during this season...from candles to our special tea, our holidays wouldn't be complete without it. :)
- 3 quarts water
- 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
- 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
- 2 cups sugar (or equivalend agave, honey, stevia, etc.)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- In a Dutch oven (or on stove), combine the water, cranberries and cinnamon. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until berries pop, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat.
- Discard cinnamon.
- Strain cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined colander.
- Return to Dutch oven.
- Stir in the sugar, orange juice and lemon juice; heat through.
Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts). Enjoy! "
Wild Blueberry MuffinsIngredients:
- 2 cups sifted flour - all-purpose, white or wheat, just not self-rising!
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (wild, tame or domesticated!)
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg, beaten (or egg substitute)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup melted vegetable shortening
- ½ cup sugar or Splenda
- 1 cup milk (fat-free, low fat or regular)
- Sift the dry ingredients together.
- Stir in blueberries;
- mix egg, shortening and milk together thoroughly.
- Combine mixtures, stirring just enough to dampen flour.
- Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full.
- Bake in moderately hot oven, 400 degrees F, for 20-25 minutes.
- Makes about 18 muffins.
- 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup each - orange juice and water
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch (called "corn flour" in Great Britain)
- 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash salt
- Combine all ingredients in saucepan.
- Cook and stir over medium heat for 3 - 6 minutes or until thickened.
Makes 2 cups