From our best Christmas cookies to festive Yuletide menus, we’ve got recipes to help you plan perfect Christmas parties, dinner on Christmas Day, holiday brunches, plus a special plate of cookies for Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve.
Chocolate Walnut Cream Cake
With ground almonds and walnuts and breadcrumbs instead of flour, this cake is topped with a luscious buttercream frosting. Use gluten-free bread for a gluten-free cake.
Creamy Seafood Newburg
This creamy rich, decadent first course from The Brandywine Inn in Monroe, Ohio, is best in small amounts for special occasions.
Vanilla Parsnip Puree
Sweet parsnips and musky vanilla pair beautifully in this side dish from Black Cat Farm Table Bistro in Boulder, Colo.
Chock full of nuts, dried fruit, and spices—panforte is delicious with after-dinner coffee.
Raspberry, Lemon and Almond Friands
These little cupcakes are light as air but somehow rich at the same time. They’re filled with almonds and fresh raspberries.
Buttery, crumbly, cheesy, and just a little spicy, these cheese crackers absolutely perfect with a glass of chilled white wine.
Spice-Scented Cranberry Sauce
Ginger, allspice and cinnamon boost the flavor of this holiday cranberry sauce.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
Food blogger Nicole Weston of Baking Bites puts a decadent new spin on a classic Southern cake.
Holiday Stollen from Weight Watcher’s
Stollen is a traditional German fruit bread usually eaten at Christmas, and this Weight Watchers version has a PointsPlus value of 5.
This is a simple and tasty dish that fills the kitchen with the savory aromas of the Southwest.
Hot Apple Raspberry Cider
Raspberry juice gives this hot apple cider lots of added flavor and color.
Smoked Oyster and Pecan Stuffing
This rich and flavorful stuffing is a classic accompaniment to a turkey dinner.