There are a few favorite recipes that I make ever single year around Christmas. I’ve learned that it’s really not a good idea to test out something new when I need something that will work and be absolutely delicious too. Here I’ve assembled a list for you of great holiday recipes, from breakfast to dessert (actually, I kind of skip dinner and go straight to dessert. You know me).
So, here we go….
Christmas Morning Breakfast
The way I figure it, there are two kinds of people in this world: Those who want to get up early Christmas morning to make the most beautiful breakfast ever, and those who would prefer to sleep in until, say, noon, then get up and make a quickish breakfast before starting on all that Christmas dinner cooking. The good news is, no matter which kind of person you are, you can have a delicious cinnamon breakfast while you look outside your window at the snow and the lights.
The quick version: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (20 minutes)
These are just like regular pancakes except that they taste like heavenly cinnamon rolls. It will only take about 2 minutes longer to turn plain old pancakes into beautiful Christmas morning pancakes. There’s really no reason not to do this. All the time. Click here for the recipe.
The long version: Cinnamon Rolls or Monkey Bread
Okay, so it might just be worth it to go thet extra mile and make cinnamon rolls. They are so good. Totally worth taking 2 hours to make. Click here for the recipe.
Note: If you really aren’t a morning person but want cinnamon rolls anyway, make them ahead of time and either freeze in an airtight plastic bag or leave on counter overnight in an airtight bag or container. Reheat in microwave.
Option 2: Monkey Bread
This delightful pull apart bread is especially fun if you have kids. The whole idea of this bread is to be as messy as possible (ignore the fork in the picture–it’s so unnecessary). The fun part is ripping off the little chunks of cinnamon covered dough (yes, with your hands).
So dig in. You can get the recipe here.
If you’re not desperately in need of a cinnamon breakfast, you can also have some super moist gingerbread muffins (since muffins happen to be my very favorite thing on a cold winter day). Besides, muffins are much faster than cinnamon breads.
Okay, so my lack of main dishes is a little bit pathetic, but I will tell you that it’s pretty easy to find a turkey recipe on the internet. I don’t recommend using pinterest because the people on pinterest are really weird (I’m temporarily pretending that I’m not actually on pinterest). I’ll bet if you searched for a turkey recipe on pinterest you’d probably find turkey recipes, but you’d probably also find weird things like, I don’t know, turkey stuffed cake. Strange things happen on pinterest. So just be warned.
Since I can’t really be much help in the turkey department or really the Christmas side dishes department, I’m making it up to you by providing the yeast rolls. Here’s a delicious recipe for multigrain rolls that taste like heaven. Click here to get the recipe.
What is Christmas without all those delicious treats? Here are my favorite no fail Christmas dessert recipes.
Making a gingerbread house is a Christmas tradition that we’ve been doing for years. Every year I work to improve my recipe to get the perfect stability and flavor. Then the fun starts as my sisters and I cover the house in candy and frosting (though you see on the above house that we cut back on candy a wee bit). We usually have at least one episode of “Linnaea’s Wrath” where I lose it because they are decorating it wrong or someone…er…broke the roof. But usually it’s all fun and everyone has a good time. So if you haven’t already, start your own decorating tradition! We usually do it about a week before Christmas and then eat the house on Christmas day (because of course there’s enough sugar in it to keep it for a year, despite the aforementioned candy avoidance).
Extra Creamy Fudge
We’ve been making this fudge every Christmas for years. I’m not gonna lie and say it’s healthy, but it is so worth the sugar. I make it for Christmas caroling parties, gift baskets, and pretty much any other party. It’s always a hit.
Perfect Flaky Pie Crust (that doesn’t fall apart)
I’m a huge believer in this pie crust recipe. It’s flaky and good but doesn’t crumble at all. You can get the recipe here.
So anyway, there are some delicious recipes you can make for Christmas day. Stay tuned here on the blog as I keep adding recipes over the next few weeks!