08/12/2016

30 Best Ever Holiday Recipes for Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year and everyone's looking for the perfect holiday recipes to make this year's holiday celebrations the best ever! I've rounded up 30 of my absolute favourite holiday recipes that I've tested year after year, including the perfect holiday brunch recipes, holiday appetizers and finger foods for the perfect holiday parties, my favourite holiday side dishes, my favourite warm holiday beverages, and of course my absolute favourite holiday sweets and desserts including holiday cookies, truffles, squares, pies, and other show-stopping holiday desserts!


30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca

30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca

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Holiday Breakfast and Brunch

Ok, so let's start at the very beginning with holiday breakfast recipes. If you're hosting a holiday brunch or breakfast then you're going to need some great make-ahead recipes great for a crowd!


 30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


This Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake can be made the night before and baked to absolute perfection in the morning! Serve it with some whipped cream and your guests might never leave!





 30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


This Skinny Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole is a deliciously savoury dish that's low in fat but high in flavour! Adapt it to your family's tastes by adding ham or sausage instead of bacon and whatever veggies you'd like!




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


There's always a fruit salad on our Christmas Morning breakfast table and this fruit salad recipe is my favourite! Add whatever fruit your family enjoys, but don't forget the sweet honey lime dressing!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


This Sticky Cinnamon Buns recipe has never failed me and it's one of my favourite recipes of all time. These are perfect for Christmas breakfast or for a sweet treat after playing outside in the snow!





 30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


And if you're in the mood for hash browns this holiday season, these Waffle Iron Hash Brown Potatoes are SO fun to make, and really easy too! Serve them with a side of sour cream and some green onions!


 

Warm, Comforting Drinks



The holidays are a time of celebration which calls for some delicious warm drinks to enjoy!



30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


Is there a tea-lover in your life? This Homemade Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte is so creamy and delicious, and it's made with all natural ingredients so it's a healthy choice too!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


There's nothing more comforting during the holidays that a hot mug of homemade cider! Make this Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Cider for a super easy version of the traditional favourite!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


This Healthier 3-Ingredient Hot Chocolate Recipe is one of our family's favourite recipes during the holiday season! And it just doesn't get any easier than this delicious set-it-and-forget-it recipe!


 

Holiday Party Foods and Appetizers


Are you hosting a holiday cocktail party this year? If so, you're going to need some delicious hors d'oeuvres that will be easy to make but sure to impress any guest!



 30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


These Creamy Bruschetta Bites are made with a super easy homemade bruschetta and a deliciously creamy homemade herb and garlic cream cheese!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


Any appetizer platter wouldn't be complete without mini quiches and these Roasted Red Pepper Phyllo Quiche Cups are the perfect addition to any holiday party!






30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


Try these Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Mushrooms for a deliciously creamy appetizer! They come together in minutes and bake to perfection with a delicious Parmesan crust on top!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


Looking for something to snack on in between delicious holiday meals? This Homemade Kettle Cooked Popcorn is the perfect blend of sweet and salty, and it's SO easy to make at home!

 

 

Holiday Side Dishes


With all these delicious holiday side dishes, all you'll need to add is the turkey!!



30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


This Pomegranate Lemon Couscous Salad is so fresh and delicious and makes a great side dish with roasted chicken or turkey! And for another holiday twist, substitute the lemon with fresh orange zest and juice!




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


These Maple Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes are made with real maple syrup for the ultimate sweet flavour! They pair perfectly with roasted chicken, turkey, or ham!




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


Who doesn't love Brussels sprouts? Ok, a lot of people...but if there's one awesome way to enjoy Brussels sprouts it's in this Brussels Sprouts Salad with sweet raisins, sharp red onions, real crumbled bacon and a creamy bacon dressing!




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If you're in need of a super easy side dish to make at the last minute, these Roasted Carrots with Honey Balsamic Glaze have your back! The only other ingredients you'll need are oil, salt and pepper and you're good to go!!



30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


Serve some pasta over the holidays with this delicious Butternut Squash Pasta Salad with Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Baby Spinach and Pancetta. Need I say more??




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca 


Try these Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions, Cranberries and Pistachios for the ultimate holiday-inspired side dish!


 

Sweets and Desserts


The holiday season wouldn't be complete without lots and lots of sweet treats, am I right? Here's a list of all my favourite sweet holiday recipes for you to enjoy!



30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


This Gingerbread Spice Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting is one of my favourite holiday cakes! It's a simple, moist cake recipe with whipped cream cheese frosting that's as fluffy as the fresh snow outside!




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


These Peppermint Chocolate Snowball Truffles are an old family recipe that began with my great-grandmother! They call for a really strange secret ingredient that makes all the difference in the delicious minty centre!!



30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


These Amaretti Cookies are light and airy and perfect with a dusting of powdered sugar during the holidays!




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


Do dried fruit in a whole new way this holiday season with these Chocolate Spice Fig Truffles! Every bite tastes like Christmas and if you have a food processor, you can easily make these yourself instead of buying expensive store-bought chocolates this year!




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


If any of your holiday guests are gluten-free they'll appreciate this Chocolate Spice Meringue Torte with Mulled Cranberry Compote! It may look like a difficult dessert to tackle yourself, but with my tips you'll have the perfect meringue torte this year!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca



Put a twist on the traditional apple pie this season with this delicious Cranberry Apple Pie! And if you're tired of soggy crust, don't forget to check out my Top 10 Tips for the Perfect Fruit Pie Every Time!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca



Try this Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bread for a sweet snack with a warm mug of something to drink while you watch the kids play outside! Or add slices of it to your holiday baking trays for something different!




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


If you have a tea-lover in your life, these Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Glaze are a great choice for an edible gift!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca



These Best Ever Ginger Molasses Cookies are one of the most popular recipes on my blog, and they're by far my most requested recipe by friends and family!





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


It wouldn't be Christmas for us without these Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars! They're simple to make and so rich and delicious!




30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca



These Whipped Shortbread Holiday Cookies are one of my favourite holiday recipes passed down from my grandma.





30 of the best Holiday and Christmas recipes you'll ever try! www.thebusybaker.ca


And last but not least, try these No Bake Oreo Cheesecake Truffles for a deliciously easy holiday treat!!





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