Christmas Baking Recipes 
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Are you looking for Christmas baking recipes that are tried and true? If you are then you have definitely come to the right place.

You will find delicious, yummy, heavenly, delightful treats on this page that will knock your socks off.

So if you are ready to start crafting some scrumptious holiday treats grab your baking supplies and pick one of the recipes below. You won't be sorry!



Christmas Baking Recipes

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Do you have a favorite Christmas baking recipe you would love to share with us?  Please email the recipe to me and I will be sure to post it with all the other recipes.





It's Go Time!

"It's go time!"  That's what Buddy says to the competitors on "The Next Great Baker" before every challenge. 

The challenge you have before you is to make some delicious Christmas desserts that will tantalize the taste buds of all your friends and family.  So take a look at the recipes here and then start baking.  It's go time!


Magic Cookie Bars

This is one of my mom's Christmas baking recipes. She always made these squares around Christmas time and my sister and I adored them. They never lasted long in our house - they disappeared like hot cakes! It is an easy recipe to follow and make and these squares will be a big hit with everyone.

baking ingredients



Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cup coconut
  • 15 oz can Eagle Brand Milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

1. Mix together:

  • 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2. Spread this mixture in the bottom of a 13x9x2 pan and press with something flat.

3. Scatter over the crumbs:

  • 1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cup coconut

4. Pour a 15 oz. can of Eagle Brand Milk over all.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mmmmmmm, Mmmmmmm, Mmmmmmmm...there is nothing like my mom's chocolate chip cookies. Her cookies were another baked good that disappeared quickly during the holidays. Make the recipe yourself and see just how good they are.



Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten whole
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp hot water
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

1. Mix together in one bowl:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten whole
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 package chocolate chips

2. Mix together in second bowl:

  • Dissolve 1 tsp baking soda in 2 tsp hot water
  • 2 1/4 cups four
  • 1 tsp salt

3. Mix the contents of the first bowl with the contents of the second bowl.

4. Drop spoonfuls of dough on an un-greased cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 12 minutes.

*Cookies should look uncooked when they are removed from the oven.

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Coconut Dainties

My mother-in-law is fabulous at crafting any type of food. Since I have a sweet tooth I particularly love the desserts she makes. This is one of the family favorites.



Ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • colorful jelly, red currant, strawberry or other filler

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F.

1. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

2. Spray with Pam.

3. Mix together:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

4. Beat in:

  • 1 egg yolk (save the white)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

5. Add:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

6. Roll the dough into small balls.

7. Dip the small balls into beaten egg white.

8. Roll in coconut and place on cookie sheet.

9. Make a round indent in each ball.

10. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

11. Cool in pan for 1 minute, then remove carefully to a wire rack.

12. While still warm, fill the centers with colorful jelly, red currant, crab apple, strawberry, or any filler you like.

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Non Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

This Christmas baking recipe is another one from my mother-in-law. Peanut Butter Balls are a must have treat in our family and these sweets definitely hit the spot.



Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped red glazed cherries
  • coconut

Directions:

1. Blend together:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped red glazed cherries

2. Chill dough.

3. Make a thin icing of icing sugar, vanilla and milk.

4. Roll dough into small balls.

5. Dip balls in icing to coat and roll in coconut.

6. Refrigerate.

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Peanut Brittle

What is Christmas without Peanut Brittle? You just have to have it. And now you can add the recipe to your Christmas baking recipes thanks to my Aunt Lorraine.



Ingredients needed:

  • 1 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

1. Combine in glass bowl:

  • 1 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup

2. Microwave on HIGH for 7-8 minutes or 300 degrees on a candy thermometer.

*Make sure the bowl is large enough to avoid boiling over.

3. Add:

  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda

4. Stir all together.

5. Quickly spread as thin as possible on foil lined cookie sheet.

6. Cool and break into pieces.

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Shortbread

My husband's grandmother was a big baker and always had a house full of baked goods. She always made these cookies at Christmas because they were so easy to make and would keep well for several weeks.



Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

1. Cream 1 cup butter very well.

2. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and blend well.

3. Gradually add 2 cups sifted flour and knead with hands until smooth (a lot of kneading is required).

4. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and roll out 1/4 inch thick.

5. Cut into desired shapes with floured cookie cutters.

6. Bake on un-greased baking sheet for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk

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Dirty Snowballs

The name of this dessert alone makes it a great recipe for Christmas. This is another one of Grammie Clarey's (my husband's grandmother) Christmas baking recipes that has been passed down through the years.



Ingredients Needed:

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • confectioners sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 355F.

1. Heat butter and chocolate for 2 minutes on high.

2. Add sugar, egg, salt, and vanilla.

3. Mix well.

4. Stir in flour.

5. Roll into balls and place on un-greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 7 - 9 minutes.

7. Roll warm balls in confectioners sugar.

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Gumdrop Cake

This yummy Christmas baking recipe has come from Prince Edward Island and is sure to add some sweetness to your holiday entertaining. Add it to your Christmas baking recipes now!



Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 1 tsp lemon flavoring
  • 1 tsp almond flavoring
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour (set aside 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 lb raisins
  • 1 lb gumdrops, sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

1. Cream the butter, sugar and eggs together.

2. Add the milk and the 3 different flavorings.

3. Add the remaining ingredients.

4. In a separate bowl blend together 1 cup of flour and the raisins and gumdrops.

5. Add this gumdrop mixture to the first mixture.

6. Bake for 1 hour.

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Christmas Plum Pudding Sauce

I don't like plum pudding at all but it is a dessert that has been served during Christmas for a very long time. So Christmas baking recipes wouldn't be complete without this recipe.



Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon flavoring
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Combine all the ingredients together.

2. Cook over medium heat.

3. Stir frequently until the mixture thickens to the consistency you like.

*If you would like a thinner consistency then just add some extra water to the mixture*

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Peanut Butter Balls

~ Recipe from Dawn Chisholm Oliver

Yummy in my tummy! These little goodies are a must at Christmas time (heck, any time).



Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup graham crumbs
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1. Mix together and shape into balls.

2. Melt some chocolate and dip the balls in it.

3. Refrigerate

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Cherry Balls

~ Recipe from Dawn Chisholm Oliver

Here is another quick and easy Christmas baking recipe for you to try.



Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut

Directions:

1. Blend together and form into balls.

2. Cut maraschino cherries in half and put one in the middle of each ball.

3. Roll in graham cracker crumbs.

4. Refrigerate.

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Christmas Drops

~ Recipe from Dawn Chisholm Oliver

Here is another easy recipe to add to your Christmas Baking recipes. Enjoy!



Ingredients Needed:

  • 6 squares melted white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Mix all the ingredients together.

2. Drop 1 tsp in 48 mini cupcakes.

3. Refrigerate.

*These yummies freeze well*

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Mini No-Bake Cheesecakes

~ Recipe from Janis Fraser

Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, if not my absolute favorite. That is why this recipe caught my eye.



Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 18 oz (small tub) whipped topping, thawed
  • Oreo cookies
  • multi colored sprinkles

Directions:

1. Beat cream cheese and sugar together until well blended.

2. Gently stir in whipped topping.

3. Place cookies on the bottom of paper-lined muffin cups.

4. Spoon cream cheese mixture into the muffin cups.

5. Top with sprinkles (or crushed candy cane) and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Snowmen Cookies

~ Recipe from Janis Fraser

Nothing says Christmas like snowmen so this recipe is a must in your Christmas baking recipes.



Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 325F

Directions:

1. Beat cream cheese, sugar, butter and vanilla with mixer until well blended.

2. Add the flour and baking soda and mix well.

3. Shape dough into equal number of 1/2 inch and 1 inch balls (should be 44 each).

4. Using one of each size, place the balls slightly overlapping on un-greased baking pan.

5. Flatten to 1/4 inch thickness with the bottom of a glass dipped in flour.

6. Repeat with remaining dough.

7. Bake 19-21 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack and decorate as desired.

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Drumstick Dessert

~ Recipe from Janis Fraser

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here is another yummy delight to add to your Christmas baking recipes.



Ingredients Needed:

Bottom layer:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts or almonds

Middle layer:

  • one 8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • tub of cool whip
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Topping: Caramel and chocolate sauce

Directions:

1. Melt the margarine and mix together the bottom layer, reserving a 1/2 cup for extra topping.

2. Mix up all ingredients in the middle layer in your mixer, adding the cool whip last.

3. Spread mixture onto crumb base and top with remaining crumbs, chocolate sauce and caramel topping.

4. Freeze over night.

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Peanut Butter Squares

~ Recipe from Janis Fraser

Mouth watering, drool worthy yummy for your tummy.



Ingredients Needed:

Base:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Melt together and mix with the following mixture:

  • 1 cup Oreo crumbs
  • 4 cups icing sugar

Pat into a pan.

Topping:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips melted and spread over base.

Let set about 2 hours before cutting.

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