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Easy Christmas Recipes

If you're short on time during this busy season, browse our collection of easy Christmas recipes. Find quick, no-fuss holiday recipes, including appetizers, candies, cookies and more, and enjoy more time with family and friends as a result.

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Warm Feta Cheese Dip

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Ashley Lecker
We’re big on appetizers, so this dip is a mashup of our favorite tastes like cream cheese, feta, basil and sweet peppers. Serve with bread or chips. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, WI
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More Easy Christmas Recipes

Fresh Ginger Cranberry Relish

Fresh Ginger Cranberry Relish

Fresh Ginger Cranberry Relish

The reputation of this tasty relish goes way beyond your Thanksgiving dinner plate. It’s great with poultry and pork, and will even perk up a ho-hum deli sandwich on-the-fly. —Melode Weiner, Plymouth, California

Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted Pecans

Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted Pecans

Saltine Cracker Candy with Toasted Pecans

My kids and grandkids love these nutty, salty, chocolaty bites. The neighbor kids rush right over when they find out I have them. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer

Our Test Kitchen staff had a blast creating these adorable candy cane stocking stuffers. Rudolph and his friends never looked sweeter than they do with pretzel antlers, chocolate eyes and red-hot candy noses.
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Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

Mom and I took up cake decorating. Funfetti was our favorite cake, so we used the mix to make cutout cookies. Plain or decorated, they’re a fave at parties. —Danielle DeMarco, Basking Ridge, NJ

Chocolate Almond Pinecones

Chocolate Almond Pinecones

Chocolate Almond Pinecones

Our Test Kitchen suggests this clever way of dressing up any winter dessert. Make these "pinecones" when you have some time, then use—and reuse—them on a variety of desserts...or even on a pretty plate piled with candies.

Mint Sandwich Cookies

Mint Sandwich Cookies

Mint Sandwich Cookies

Canned frosting, peppermint extract and chocolate candy coating quickly turn crackers into these wonderful little no-bake cookies. My children and I like to assemble them for parties and holidays. I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do. -Melissa Thompson, Anderson, Ohio

Gelatin Fruit Salad

Gelatin Fruit Salad

Gelatin Fruit Salad

"This gorgeous salad is so refreshing and bursting with flavor that you won't think of it as sugar-free," says Eleanor Mielke of Snohomish, Washington. "A diabetic friend shared the recipe."

Sweet-and-Sour Mustard

Sweet-and-Sour Mustard

Sweet-and-Sour Mustard

In addition to using my mustard as gifts for friends, I give it to my father each Christmas. One year, I absentmindedly left it behind in my refrigerator—and he was so disappointed when he didn't find it under the tree that I had to send him some as soon as I got back home! Of course, I like using this mustard in my own kitchen as well—in everything from honey-mustard chicken to sandwiches. It doesn't have a "bite"...just a little "zip". Our home's in the country, I grow both

Pirate Punch

Pirate Punch

Pirate Punch

The nice tang to this punch, crowned by foamy topping makes it a very refreshing drink. Children love it!

Ornament Popcorn Balls

Ornament Popcorn Balls

Ornament Popcorn Balls

These gooey-sweet treats are great for dressing up the tree with a little more than the classic popcorn string. And they're yummier and fun for the family, too. — Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

Easy Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing

Easy Royal Icing

This classic decorating icing sets up and dries quickly. It's especially nice to use when cookies will be stacked on a plate. For accompanying recipes and decorating tips, visit Spring Has Sprung. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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