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8 Christmas recipes perfect for beginners

Traditional Christmas Duck Holiday Dinner

Looking for something to whip up for your friends and family during the holidays? Here are a few easy to make Christmas dishes you can try!

  1. Roast chicken and vegetables

    There’s nothing quite like a traditional lemon-and-herb roasted chicken paired with potatoes and carrots to spruce up your family meal. The combination of butter, lemon, and thyme sprigs packs a flavorful punch, and the best part is, it’s very simple and easy to make.

    See the full recipe here.

  2. Bacon-wrapped pork loin with cherries

    Sink your teeth into a delightful combination of bacon, pork loin, and dried cherries! Every slice is guaranteed to fire up your taste buds – sweet, crumbly bacon crust, juicy pork that melts in your mouth, and a moist, tangy layer of fruit that ties everything together perfectly.

    See how to make this delicious dish here.

  3. Christmas tree sheet cake

    Have some fun decorating this colorful and tasty Christmas tree with your kids! Instead of using ornaments, place M&M’s, gumdrops, caramel corn, and starlight mints on top of a chocolate candy base. Top it all off with some colorful sprinkles to create a Christmas tree that’s both delicious and dazzling.

    Learn how to make a Christmas tree sheet cake by taking a look at the full recipe here.

  4. “Impossible” peanut butter cookies

    These tasty peanut butter cookies are called “impossible” since they’re only made with three ingredients (one of them isn’t even flour!). Yes, you only need three ingredients, and they’re simple, quick, and extremely easy to make, which makes it perfect if you want to bake something together with your kids.

    Learn how to make impossible peanut butter cookies here.

  5. Cheese stars

    Brighten up your holidays with these soft, cheesy treats. These puff pastries are simple to make, and are great for serving during parties.

    Take a look at the full recipe here.

  6. Sausage balls

    These wonderful bite-sized delights are always a surefire crowd pleaser. They’re best served with a variety of dipping sauces – try them with this special mustard dip, or some BBQ sauce, Sriracha mixed with mayo, chili sauce, or some of your other favorite concoctions.

    Here’s the full recipe for sausage balls.

  7. Christmas candy cupcakes

    These Christmas candy cupcakes are perfect for the little ones – they’re tasty, colorful, and fun to make. You can use all sorts of trimmings to create your own designs to add a festive touch. Go wild with M&M’s, gummy bears, Froot Loops, marshmallows, Laffy Taffy, candy cane bits, and other various candies and treats.

    See how to make these colorful Christmas cupcakes here.

  8. Striped bass with shallot vinaigrette

    This light, easy to make meal is a terrific addition to your traditional Christmas dinner. It takes just 30 minutes to finish the flaky bass and sautéed spinach. The secret to this dish however, is the flavorful vinaigrette, made with fried sliced shallots and combined with a mix of red wine vinegar and capers. Use this to drizzle over the fish prior to serving to add a zesty, tangy punch.

    See the full recipe for this tasty dish here.