20 Holiday Recipes It's Not Too Late to Make

I think we can all agree the holidays seem to sneak up on us faster and faster each year. Before we know it, it's Christmas Eve and we haven't crossed off nearly enough of the things on our holiday to-do list. It may be too late to order those must-have gifts, but it's definitely not too late to whip up something delicious and festive in the kitchen to enjoy before the holidays are over.

Whether you like something sweet to eat after Christmas dinner, a delicious cocktail to sip on all day long, or a wonderful Christmas morning breakfast to wake up to, festive holiday recipes make the day that much better, and all of these are super easy. Plus, it brings the family together in the kitchen to help out (or just watch and then eat). I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and enjoys time with family, friends, and pets! 


1. Christmas Tree Sandwich Cookies

Christmas is not complete without these Pillsbury ready-to-bake cookies that are arguably better than any Christmas cookie you could spend hours and tons of ingredients on. All you do is take them out of the packaging, place them on a cookie sheet, and bake! Sounds hard to mess up, but trust me, I can mess up anything in the kitchen. 

2. Christmas Sangria

After spending the early part of the holidays in Madrid last year, I indulged in sangria just about every evening with friends, so it became a special part of celebrating the holidays. This recipe makes it a little more festive, though, with a sprig of rosemary and cranberries to garnish it off. It's just that much better than wine, and it gives the day a special international twist.

3. Peppermint Pattie Brownies

Peppermint patties are a wonderful year-round taste of Christmas, but why not put a little more effort into something more decadent, like these brownies. They add a homemade touch, plus more texture and rich chocolate flavor to make the holidays more delicious.

4. Eggnog Bread with Rum Glaze

Eggnog may be a very divisive holiday subject, but when you turn it into a sweet bread, the anti-eggnogs may come around and indulge with you. Just another way to bring people together for the holidays.

5. Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Gingerbread is perhaps the most festive holiday flavor, and everyone loves a good donut. But you can convince more of your friends and family to indulge with you since these are baked and super festive! 

6. Peppermint Crunch White Chocolate Blondies

If chocolate isn't your thing, these blondies will surely hit the spot, with a punch of peppermint and a contrast between soft and crunchy textures.

7. Cinnamon Vanilla Baked French Toast

If you want something decadent to serve on Christmas morning while everyone sits together and opens gifts, serve this baked french toast dish, filled with delicious cinnamon and vanilla flavoring, guaranteed to make everyone happy.

8. Gingerbread Oatmeal Smoothie

If you'd rather drink your holiday breakfast, this smoothie keeps it festive and healthy. 

9. Hot Cocoa Pancakes

Make any family member (especially yourself) happy by whipping these up on Christmas morning while everyone opens presents!

10. Peppermint Kiss Cookies

If you've ever made peanut butter blossoms, these are essentially the Christmas version. They're even prettier than the original and would make a beautiful display for your Christmas gathering.

11. Campfire Cocktail

For anyone into camping or s'mores, this drink is definitely for you. Just to make Christmas day a little cozier and warmer.

12. Crispy Peppermint Bark

It may sound odd at first, but I never make peppermint bark without rice krispies. They add some texture that's in between the creamy chocolate and crunchy candy with just a subtle crisp. 

13. Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies have always been a must in my house over the holidays, but we typically just stick to the standard recipe. These chai spice spritz are definitely on my to-bake list, just to add a little fun and flair to the already amazing buttery spritz cookies I love so much. You can add food coloring to make them any color, and the kit comes with so many fun shapes!

14. Cranberry Ginger Holiday Cocktail

This fruity and festive cocktail is perfect for any Christmas party, even if it's just you and your family!

15. Cranberry Orange Bread

For those who are more into fruity treats, this cake combines two of the strongest and sweetest flavors into one delicious holiday dessert.

16. Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Because every warm and cozy holiday drink needs a little peppermint marshmallow garnish!

17. Eggnog Donuts with Bourbon Butter and Spiced Sugar

To keep the eggnog love alive, mix it into these donuts with some sugar and spice and everything nice.

18. Nutella Hot Chocolate

It's just better than any other hot chocolate. Sidenote: it's pronounced "new-tella."

19. Vanilla Bean Eggnog Cookies

Combine the strong and often disliked flavor of eggnog with the simplicity of vanilla to please everyone with these sweet cookies.

20. Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Chocolate and peppermint are incredible in any setting, but mix them with some alcohol and you've got an even better way to celebrate Christmas.

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