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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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Here is a treat enjoyed by people of all ages. Spiced pecans are nice to have on hand during the Christmas season - to serve as an appetizer or add to your cookie plate, or to give as gifts packaged in decorated jars or containers! I love making foods that will delight my family or guests.
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Edible Poinsettia Christmas Clay

Edible Poinsettia Christmas Clay

Edible Poinsettia Christmas Clay

To make a cake extra special during the holidays, add this decorative poinsettia to the top. Your guest will be thrilled!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Chocolate Cashew Clusters

Chocolate Cashew Clusters

Chocolate Cashew Clusters

People are crazy about these cashews coated in toffee and three kinds of chocolate. They make gift-giving sweet and simple for me!—Virginia Sauer, Wantagh, NY

Pastrami Asparagus Roll-Ups

Pastrami Asparagus Roll-Ups

Pastrami Asparagus Roll-Ups

"When people first see this appetizer, they're often skeptical about the combination," notes Sharon Waller from Aromas, California. "But once they take that first bite, they're hooked!" The addictive treat is enhanced with a flavorful pesto sauce.
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Sugar-Free Holiday Nog

Sugar-Free Holiday Nog

Sugar-Free Holiday Nog

"I developed this delicious recipe for my diabetic mother," explains Nancy Schickling of Bedford, Virginia.

Four Ingredient Tumbleweeds

Four Ingredient Tumbleweeds

Four Ingredient Tumbleweeds

With just four ingredients, these surprisingly easy clusters are guaranteed to delight both young and old alike all year round. Melted butterscotch chips and peanut butter coat nuts and potato sticks to make these satisfying sweet-salty treats.—Peggy J Gray, Savannah, Tennessee

Harvest Salads with Pear Vinaigrette

Harvest Salads with Pear Vinaigrette

Harvest Salads with Pear Vinaigrette

You’ll love this simple but elegant salad’s subtly tart dressing and fresh taste. It’s a fantastic combination! Don’t have Gouda? Try using Swiss cheese instead. Cheryl Perry - Hertford, North Carolina

Peppermint Popcorn

Peppermint Popcorn

Peppermint Popcorn

Crisp and minty, this simple popcorn snack is a hit with all 10 of our children. For variety, use whatever kind of candy you like. —Shirley Mars, Kent, Ohio

Quick Blue Cheese Pear Salad

Quick Blue Cheese Pear Salad

Quick Blue Cheese Pear Salad

Made with just five ingredients, this special salad from Ginger Smiser of Blanco, Texas is a cinch to put together. Chopped pear balances the rich blue cheese while almonds lend crunch and sweetness. Add a drizzle of dressing, and you’re done!

Chocolate Pizza Candy

Chocolate Pizza Candy

Chocolate Pizza Candy

—Norma Oosting, Holland, Michigan Suggest that red and/or green candied cherries could be used. (Original photo had both; current photo only had red).

Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

My grandmother made haystacks like these and gave them to my cousin Vonnie and me when our parents didn't want us to have any more sweets.—Christine Schwester, Divide, CO

Funshine Drink

Funshine Drink

Funshine Drink

My kids are crazy about this frosty, frothy drink any time of year. But I have to admit, the fresh fruity beverage is as welcome as a splash of winter sunshine with grown-up holiday guests, too.
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