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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.

Festive Crab Cakes

Festive Crab Cakes

Festive Crab Cakes

Barbara Nowakowski of North Tonawanda, New York stirs up excitement at parties with these picture-perfect tarts filled with a pleasant combination of cream cheese, crabmeat and cranberry sauce.

Mock Devonshire Cream

Mock Devonshire Cream

Mock Devonshire Cream

I made this recipe often when I worked in the food service area of a local university. The cream pairs well with scones and muffins. —Carol Allen, Emporia, Kansas

Baked Halibut with Onions

Baked Halibut with Onions

Baked Halibut with Onions

We once lived near Homer, Alaska, the Halibut Capital of the World. We fondly recall Alaska's Kenai Peninsula every time we enjoy this dish. —Rebecca McLaughlin, Piano Beach, California
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Barbecued Peanuts

Barbecued Peanuts

Barbecued Peanuts

These zippy peanuts are great for football parties, as after-school snacks or movie nights. “I like to prepare them at the holidays to give as presents,” says Abbey Boyle of Tampa, Florida.

Chocolate Caramel Corn

Chocolate Caramel Corn

Chocolate Caramel Corn

You may want to make a double batch of this irresistible snack...it gets gobbled up fast! "We purchased something similar from a local Boy Scout," recalls James Claassen of Brewster, Kansas. "We liked it so much we created our own version by coating caramel corn with rich milk chocolate."

Chocolate-Caramel Mousse Parfaits

Chocolate-Caramel Mousse Parfaits

Chocolate-Caramel Mousse Parfaits

Our home economist came up this tempting dessert that only requires three ingredients. The contrasting layers look lovely in tall, clear glasses.

Creamy Ranch Stuffed Banana Peppers with Bacon

Creamy Ranch Stuffed Banana Peppers with Bacon

Creamy Ranch Stuffed Banana Peppers with Bacon

I received this recipe from a customer while working at my sister's produce market. The peppers can be made a day in advance, making them great for get-togethers. —Cathy Kidd, Medora, Indiana

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!

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

“I keep the ingredients for this wonderful cheese spread on hand so that I can assemble it any time,” notes Patricia Kitts of Dickinson, Texas. “The combination with jalapenos, cream cheese and pecans is always a hit at parties.”

Pecan Candy Clusters

Pecan Candy Clusters

Pecan Candy Clusters

Grandchildren and kids in her Gage, Oklahoma neighborhood love helping Flo Burtnett make (and eat) these yummy, four-ingredient treats! “They're great gifts…and easy,” she adds.

Caramel Pecan Cookies

Caramel Pecan Cookies

Caramel Pecan Cookies

You’re sure to impress guests with these show-stopping treats. A golden sugar cookie is the base for an artful arrangement of creamy caramel, sweet milk chocolate and crunchy pecan halves.
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