We’ve listed our best and favourite Christmas Baking ideas for you! Find our best and easy Christmas Baking Recipes, including Christmas Cookies, Traditional Christmas Recipes, Christmas Cakes and more below…
CHRISTMAS BAKING IDEAS
Stuck for Christmas baking ideas? We’ve made a list of our best sweet Christmas recipes. Full of traditional treats like Christmas Cakes and pudding, cookies, edible gift ideas, and baking for the kids, there’s something there for everyone. Check out 15+ ideas now below!
CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES
CHERRY ALMOND CHRISTMAS COOKIES
These Christmas Cherry Almond Cookies are so simple to bake, which is great for those of us rushing around in the festive season. These cookie balls are stuffed with almonds, coconut and cherries, and are finished with a cherry on top. Best of all, they can be mixed in just one bowl and bake in only 15 minutes.
I imagine these Almond Cherry Cookies would make beautiful gifts packaged with ribbon and adorned with bespoke gift tags.
Who doesn’t love crispy biscotti? I’ve flavoured these Christmas Biscotti with pistachios, cranberries, almonds and white chocolate. I love them sliced thick and toasted just so the edges are crispy, then dunked into a fresh cup of Italian coffee. They can be customised easily with your favourite dried fruit and nuts. Just keep the weight quantities the same.
I love these festive red, green and golden pinwheel cookies. The pattern comes from layering sheets of coloured dough on top of each other, rolling the dough up like a swiss roll, then cutting off cookie slices to bake. Another great recipe for edible Christmas gifts or treats for your Holiday season guests.
LEBKUCHEN CHRISTMAS COOKIE TREES
This Lebkuchen cookie recipe is spiced with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. It’s a German cookie that’s very similar to gingerbread, except a little softer. I’ve topped these with dark chocolate and festive Christmas sprinkles.
WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIES
Christmas cookie time! These beauties are white chocolate and macadamia flavoured with red and green M&Ms. I love their crispy edges and chewier insides. They’re great for treats for Christmas visitors, or as packaged gifts.
CHRISTMAS CAKE AND PUDDING RECIPES
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CAKE
What’s Christmas without a Christmas Cake? This is a traditional Christmas cake recipe filled with fruit and soaked in brandy. Although ideally the cake is started weeks ahead to allow maximum brandy soakage, you could still start today and feed it brandy regularly for the next week.
PUMPKIN FRUIT CAKE
This is the cake that got me to break my “no fruitcake” rule on the blog. Previously, I turned my nose up at every offer of fruitcake. Then, my Mum baked this Pumpkin Fruitcake using homegrown pumpkin. And boy did my opinion change. For once, I tasted a fruitcake that was actually moist and flavoursome. And look how naturally golden it is!
PANFORTE (SIENNA CAKE)
An alternative Christmas Cake is this traditional Italian Panforte recipe. It’s a chewy chocolate treat filled with dried fruit, toasted almonds and spices. Serve thin wedges of panforte with a cup of espresso, or wrap the whole cake in ribbon and package it up as a gift.
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PUDDING
The traditional Christmas pudding is a fabulous addition to your Christmas menu. It can be made ahead of time, then steamed back to its delicious self over the course of Christmas Day ready for dessert. Serve with brandy custard for maximum yumminess.
CHRISTMAS BAKING GIFTS
FRUIT MINCE PIES
I can’t get enough of Fruit Mince Pies at Christmas, especially when they’re homemade. You’ll never be happy with a store bought pie again! This Margaret Fulton adapted recipe is a real winner. The pies can be made in advance and frozen in preparation for Christmas!
QUICK AND EASY CHOCOLATE FUDGE
In a Christmas pickle and need a fast and easy recipe? This Quick and Easy Chocolate Fudge has THREE ingredients and is mixed together so simply! You could customise the flavour for gifts by adding their favourite nuts, dried fruit or a few drops of flavoured essence. Even a little drop of liqueur would be perfect.
NO-BAKE RUM BALLS
Rum Balls are fun bite-sized treats at Christmas time. They are so fast and easy to make, and don’t need any baking! Tip in your favourite dark rum for flavour, or use rum essence to keep them PG-rated.
CHOC MINT CHRISTMAS FUDGE
This fudge has three gorgeous layers: a creamy dark chocolate at the bottom, peppermint in the middle, and white chocolate fudge on top. Sprinkle generously with Christmas-themed sprinkles and you have a sweet Christmas treat. This choc mint Christmas fudge is quite sweet, so small pieces will go a long way! I imagine them being great as little treats when visitors come over the festive season, or packaged up and given to others as edible Christmas gifts.
CHRISTMAS BAKING RECIPES FOR KIDS
MINI CHRISTMAS CAKE BITES
These mini Christmas Cake bites are a kid-friendly take on the Christmas Cake. Inside is apple juice, sultanas, raisins, cherries and white chocolate in a bite-sized serving. They look so cute presented with red and green mini cupcake wrappers. They’re a perfect dish to whip up for a kid’s Christmas Party. These mini Christmas cake bites also got a mention on this Kid-friendly Christmas Recipes list.
NO-BAKE CHRISTMAS SNOWBALLS
These no-bake Christmas Snowballs are great for kids. They are so easy to make, and don’t require an oven or any setting time. Kids will love getting hands-on with these snowballs, squishing their hands into the dough and rolling little balls, and then decorating them with coconut and chocolate. For an extra Christmas twist you could roll the Christmas Snowballs in red and green festive sprinkles.
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