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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.

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1. Honey and Rye Glazed Ham

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

2. Stollen

Recipe here.
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Recipe here.

3. Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini

Recipe here.

4. Chocolate Babka

Recipe here.

5. Hot Buttered Rum and Cider

Recipe here.

6. Eggnog Cupcakes with Spiced Rum

Recipe here.

7. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread men for all! Recipe here.
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Gingerbread men for all! Recipe here.

8. Peppermint Buttercrunch

Recipe here.
Con Poulos / foodandwine.com

Recipe here.

9. Rosemary Pepper Beef Rib Roast with Porcini Jus

Recipe here.
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Recipe here.

10. Fyrstekake

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.
Christina Holmes / bonappetit.com

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.

11. Roasted Chestnut Cookies

Recipe here.

12. Caramel Swirl Hot Chocolate

Recipe here.
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Recipe here.

13. Gougères (Cheese Puffs)

Recipe here.
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Recipe here.

14. Cranberry Orange Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Recipe here.

15. Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles

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

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

Start a new Christmas dinner tradition. Recipe here.
Christina Holmes / foodandwine.com

Start a new Christmas dinner tradition. Recipe here.

17. Pear and Cranberry Bellini

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

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

Recipe here.

19. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Affogato

Hot and cold. Recipe here.
notwithoutsalt.com

Hot and cold. Recipe here.

20. Classic Roast Potatoes

So cozy. Recipe here.
whatkatieate.com

So cozy. Recipe here.

21. Christmas Pudding

For all you Anglophiles out there. Recipe here.
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For all you Anglophiles out there. Recipe here.

22. Eggnog

Must. Recipe here.
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Must. Recipe here.

23. Mulled Wine

A mulled wine spice kit also makes a thoughtful, tasty holiday gift. Recipe here.
Macey Foronda / buzzfeed.com

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

24. Kale, Pomegranate, and Caramelized Parsnip Salad

Balance. Recipe here.
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Balance. Recipe here.

25. Pignoli Cookies

Recipe here.

26. Crown Roast of Lamb

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

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

27. Glitter-Painted Sugar Cookies

They're easier than they look, and guaranteed to make you the star of the cookie swap. Recipe and directions here.
Danny Kim / bonappetit.com

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

28. Hot Cross Buns

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

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

29. Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

Recipe here.

30. The Merry Manhattan

Recipe here.
foodess.com

Recipe here.

31. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Recipe here.

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.
womanandhome.com

"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.

33. Porchetta

Sophisticated and kid-friendly. Recipe here.
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Sophisticated and kid-friendly. Recipe here.

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