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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.

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.

2. Stollen

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Recipe here.

3. Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini

4. Chocolate Babka

5. Hot Buttered Rum and Cider

6. Eggnog Cupcakes with Spiced Rum

7. Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Gingerbread men for all! Recipe here.

8. Peppermint Buttercrunch

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Recipe here.

9. Rosemary Pepper Beef Rib Roast with Porcini Jus

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Recipe here.

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.

11. Roasted Chestnut Cookies

12. Caramel Swirl Hot Chocolate

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Recipe here.

13. Gougères (Cheese Puffs)

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Recipe here.

14. Cranberry Orange Roasted Brussels Sprouts

15. Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles

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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

Christina Holmes / foodandwine.com

Start a new Christmas dinner tradition. Recipe here.

17. Pear and Cranberry Bellini

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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

19. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Affogato

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Hot and cold. Recipe here.

20. Classic Roast Potatoes

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So cozy. Recipe here.

21. Christmas Pudding

jamieoliver.com

For all you Anglophiles out there. Recipe here.

22. Eggnog

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Must. Recipe here.

23. Mulled Wine

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

24. Kale, Pomegranate, and Caramelized Parsnip Salad

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Balance. Recipe here.

25. Pignoli Cookies

26. Crown Roast of Lamb

cookingchanneltv.com

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

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.

28. Hot Cross Buns

theculinarylife.com

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

29. Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

30. The Merry Manhattan

foodess.com

Recipe here.

31. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

32. Star-Topped Mince Pies

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"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

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Sophisticated and kid-friendly. Recipe here.