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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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Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

"I keep the ingredients for these frosty chocolate pies on hand during the summer," writes Wendy Bognar of Sparks, Nevada. "They're so quick to assemble. My husband and kids love them."

Chocolate-Coated Pretzels

Chocolate-Coated Pretzels

Chocolate-Coated Pretzels

These pretty pretzels are simple to make and are great gifts any time of the year. —Virginia Chronic, Robinson, Illinois

Chocolate-Orange Scones

Chocolate-Orange Scones

Chocolate-Orange Scones

Yes, you can make scones! Pancake mix is the key to this light and fluffy quick bread that kids will love! “These are great with a cup of coffee, milk or herbal tea.” Margaret Wilson — Sun City, California
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Cocoa Mint Truffles

Cocoa Mint Truffles

Cocoa Mint Truffles

Wow! These easy chocolate truffles will be a hit at holiday parties. Moist with a rich minty flavor inside, the candies have a powdered cocoa outer layer. These are decadent, but oh-so-simple to do.

Cranberry Crispies

Cranberry Crispies

Cranberry Crispies

At holiday rush time, you can't go wrong with these simple cookies shared by LaVern Kraft of Lytton, Iowa. They're a snap to stir up with a boxed quick bread mix, and they bake up crisp and delicious.

Creamy Peppermint Punch

Creamy Peppermint Punch

Creamy Peppermint Punch

Almost too pretty to drink, Creamy Peppermint Punch is a real crowd-pleaser. Serve it in a punch bowl and guests can help themselves, so you're free to mingle. —Linda Foreman, Locust Grove, Oklahoma

Crisp Sweet Pickles

Crisp Sweet Pickles

Crisp Sweet Pickles

My mom's delicious pickles, a Christmas tradition, are quick and easy to make since they start with a jar of purchased dill pickles and then are just "dressed up." They would make a nice gift from the kitchen in a pretty glass jar.—Denise Bitner, Reedsville, Pennsylvania

Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

A tin of Jackie Howell's chocolate-coated cookies is a tempting treat you'll love to give. "The recipe is almost too simple to believe!" assures the Gordo, Alabama field editor.

Favorite Cranberry Mousse

Favorite Cranberry Mousse

Favorite Cranberry Mousse

We live about 100 miles from Cape Cod, which is known for its cranberries. When we spent a weekend there, we toured the Cranberry World Visitors Center, which is where I found this recipe. When I made it for our fellowship group at church, everyone wanted the recipe. You’ll be surprised it’s so easy to make with just four ingredients.

Fruited Cranberry Relish

Fruited Cranberry Relish

Fruited Cranberry Relish

This recipe came from my aunt, who for many years invited our family to her home for Christmas dinner. I took great delight in helping myself to this relish because she always served it in one of her fancy dishes, used only on the holidays. -Ruth Collins, Blossvale, New York

Goat Cheese Crostini

Goat Cheese Crostini

Goat Cheese Crostini

My husband got this crostini recipe from a friend at work. At first, I thought the flavors wouldn't work well together, but they blend deliciously! —Rebecca Ebeling, Nevada City, California
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