33 Festive And Beautiful Foods To Make For Christmas

There are so many great things about the holidays. One of them is presents; all of the rest of them are food.

1. Honey and Rye Glazed Ham

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When it comes to cooking a turkey, once a year is enough. Ham is just as festive — and, frankly, far more delicious. Recipe here.

ID: 2112590

2. Stollen

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Recipe here.

ID: 2113136

3. Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini

Recipe here.

ID: 2119012

4. Chocolate Babka

Recipe here.

ID: 2112908

5. Hot Buttered Rum and Cider

Recipe here.

ID: 2112769

6. Eggnog Cupcakes with Spiced Rum

Recipe here.

ID: 2112810

7. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Gingerbread men for all! Recipe here.

ID: 2112870

8. Peppermint Buttercrunch

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Recipe here.

ID: 2113898

9. Rosemary Pepper Beef Rib Roast with Porcini Jus

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Recipe here.

ID: 2112707

10. Fyrstekake

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Never heard of this Norwegian dessert? It’s basically a big, almond flavored cookie pie. Adorable snowflake topping is optional (but highly, highly recommended). Recipe here.

ID: 2113192

11. Roasted Chestnut Cookies

Recipe here.

ID: 2113216

12. Caramel Swirl Hot Chocolate

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Recipe here.

ID: 2113243

13. Gougères (Cheese Puffs)

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Recipe here.

ID: 2113950

14. Cranberry Orange Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Recipe here.

ID: 2119081

15. Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles

Easier than cake pops, and perfectly reminiscent of licking gingerbread batter off the spatula. Recipe here.

ID: 2112923

16. Roast Goose with Pork, Prune, and Chestnut Stuffing

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Start a new Christmas dinner tradition. Recipe here.

ID: 2118267

17. Pear and Cranberry Bellini

Stunning but simple, and great for brunch or a holiday party. Recipe here.

ID: 2113318

18. Pomegranate-Jeweled White Cheddar, Toasted Almond, and Crispy Sage Cheese Ball

Recipe here.

ID: 2113390

19. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Affogato

Hot and cold. Recipe here.

ID: 2113409

20. Classic Roast Potatoes

So cozy. Recipe here.

ID: 2119148

21. Christmas Pudding

For all you Anglophiles out there. Recipe here.

ID: 2113431

22. Eggnog

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Must. Recipe here.

ID: 2113472

23. Mulled Wine

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A mulled wine spice kit also makes a thoughtful, tasty holiday gift. Recipe here.

ID: 2113558

24. Kale, Pomegranate, and Caramelized Parsnip Salad

Balance. Recipe here.

ID: 2118924

25. Pignoli Cookies

Recipe here.

ID: 2113611

26. Crown Roast of Lamb

An old Christmas classic, traditionally pork, is even better made with rack of lamb. Recipe here.

ID: 2118298

27. Glitter-Painted Sugar Cookies

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They’re easier than they look, and guaranteed to make you the star of the cookie swap. Recipe and directions here.

ID: 2112500

28. Hot Cross Buns

As good for Christmas breakfast as they are for Easter brunch. Recipe here.

ID: 2113680

29. Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

Recipe here.

ID: 2113730

30. The Merry Manhattan

Recipe here.

ID: 2114053

31. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Recipe here.

ID: 2113986

32. Star-Topped Mince Pies

“Mincemeat” refers to sweet, jammy-dried fruit. Sometimes there’s a little bit of beef or beef suet (fat) involved, but often the mixture is meat-free. Recipe here.

ID: 2118559

33. Porchetta

Sophisticated and kid-friendly. Recipe here.

ID: 2119398

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