Here is my page of Christmas Recipes - bakes & no-bakes, sweet & savoury, super simple & tasty, all suitable for a Christmas table of food gifting this holiday season.
**More still to be added that were on the old website, as well as new ones. So keep checking back regularly.
Sweet Christmas Recipes
CHOCOLATE ORANGE YULE LOG – That Just Happens To Be Gluten & Flour Free Too
Here is my detailed tutorial and video for making this amazing chocolate & orange flavoured Yule Log (Bûche de Noël). So much easier to make that it looks, don’t be afraid to make a Swiss roll/Jelly roll, and any cracks can be covered by the ‘chocolate bark’. And because the cake is flour free, it is also gluten free too.
Go to Gluten Free Flour Free Chocolate Orange Yule Log
Or the 30 second YouTube short
CHOCOLATE & COCONUT SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD
Using my Traditional Scottish Shortbread recipe, I developed this chocolate and coconut version, with just a hint of anise! Still with the same melt in the mouth texture, I have been told my shortbread is so much better than a certain popular brand you can buy!
You can read feedback and see readers’ bakes on Reader’ Feedback & Photos page
Go to Chocolate Coconut Scottish Shortbread recipe.
While you are here, why not check out a quick video of a hack to soften butter in about 10 minutes?
Try my take on British biscuit/cookie Jammy Dodgers. Themed as a Christmas recipe, they are filled with jam & a firmer buttercream, so perfect for a sandwich cookie.
SPEEDY MINCE PIE SWIRLS
Here’s a sweet version of my Speedy Cheese Swirls recipe. Speedy Mince Pie Swirls have the same minced fruit filling of your favourite mince pies, but can be made much easier and quicker too than making pastry.
EASY MADEIRA LOAF CAKE
Madeira Cake is a classic British bake & also synonymous with New Year in Scotland. No Scottish New Year (or Hogmanay party), is complete without the addition of our Scottish shortbread and a slice of Madeira cake. A very simple bake, and not too sweet, this cake is liked by all. Try the new fresh cranberry orange version too.
TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD
Trust me when I say this is an authentic Scottish Shortbread recipe, with the delicate melt in the mouth texture – I am a Scot after all.
SIMPLE FRUIT CAKE – No Hassle Boiled Fruit Cake For Afternoon Tea
This simple fruit cake, is perfect for an afternoon tea, & so easy to make. A popular classic British bake, it is enjoyed by all. Also called a Boiled Fruit Cake, part of the ingredients are boiled before adding the dry ingredients & baking. The high sugar content from the fruit also means the cake will last that little bit longer too.
Use as an alternative to a British Christmas Cake. Be sure to make day before you intend eating, as it tastes better day after.
MERINGUE CHRISTMAS TREES – RECIPE REVIEW
Mrs D’s review of Good Housekeeping’s Meringue Christmas Tree recipe. Ideal for baking with the kids and gifting this holiday season.
CHRISTMAS MINCEMEAT SLICES
Try this traybake, a great way to use up mincemeat from other Christmas recipes, or as an alternative to mince pies. “Christmas In A Slice!”
CRANBERRY, ORANGE & PECAN SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD
Try my Scottish Shortbread, this time flavoured with orange, and added nuts and cranberries. Not just part of the Christmas recipes, these are a favourite year round.
TRADIONAL BRITISH CHRISTMAS CAKE BAKE-TOGETHER
A series of posts for making a 100 year old traditional British Christmas cake. Including video and fondant tutorials.
EASY BRITISH GINGERBREAD CAKE RECIPE
Sweet lesson number 3 is this easy traditinal British gingerbread cake with golden syrup and black treacle. Make as a 2lb loaf cake or use the 12 mini bundt gingerbread cakes recipe & make 6 cakelets.
GINGERBREAD CRINKLE COOKIES – Recipe Review
This is my review of Anna Olson’s recipe for Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies.
I was on the hunt for a new gingerbread cookie, that would not only bake off soft, but stay that way, as well have a nice chewy texture. Read on to hear my thoughts on this recipe by Anna Olson.
Go to Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies recipe review
MINI MINCE OR JAM PIES WITH MARZIPAN TOPPERS
What Christmas recipes would be complete without mince pies? Use my simple sweet shortcrust pastry tutorial to make these mini mince pies (made from minced dry fruit, meat free) & topped with marzipan. Don’t like mincemeat? Then use alternative fillings such as jam/jelly or peanut butter.
CHOCOLATE & ORANGE SANDWICH COOKIES – Can Be Made Gluten Free Too
Here’s my ‘Oreo-style’ cookies, Chocolate & orange sandwich cookies, themed for any holiday and filled with an orange flavoured buttercream. Can be made with Gluten free flour too.
Go to my Chocolate & Orange Sandwich Cookies recipe.
FONDANT PENGUIN CHRISTMAS CAKE TUTORIAL
Here’s my easy step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make this cute fondant penguin cake topper. Use this penguin & create a snow scene for your Christmas Cake this holiday season.
Go to Fondant Penguin Christmas Cake
Need a traditional recipe for a British Christmas Cake? Try this one used in the photo above, and in our Bake-together.
For more, go to the Fondant Tutorials Page
Buttered Brazils are whole Brazil nuts encased in smooth butterscotch caramel, they are ideal as a gift at any time of the year and easy to make too.
Go to Buttered Brazil Nuts
BRANDY SNAPS – A Recipe Review
Here’s a review by Mrs D, of Mary Berry’s Brandy Snaps recipe. A British classic!
For something less traditional ….
Try one or all 3 of my popular Chocolate Brownie recipes to make this simple but impressive Brownie Stack. In the photo is my Chocolate Orange brownie, the Browned Butter Hazelnut Brownie, decorated with caramel & Hazelnut Spikes. Or see ways to decorate for the holidays – seasonal brownies
SAVOURY CHRISTMAS RECIPES
QUICK CHEESE PASTRY TWISTS
Here’s my quick & simple recipe for making Cheese Pastry Twists, using shop-bought puff pastry. A perfect, quick bake, great for entertaining & sure to please your guests.
QUICK CHEESE PUFF PASTRY SWIRLS
Here’s my simple recipe for making Quick Cheese Puff Swirls, using shop-bought ready-made puff pastry. A perfect, quick bake, great for entertaining & sure to please your guests.
(Prep. Time – 30 mins, Chill Time – 30 mins & Cook Tim – 30 mins)
ROASTED, SALTED SMOKED PAPRIKA ALMONDS
Try this great savoury snack, that’s perfect for parties and even as giving out as gifts at Christmas.
EASY PEASY SMOKIN’ CHEEZEE SQUARES (& Stars!)
Love cheese? Then these you will love too and so easy to make and great for nibbles and gifting.
Binus recipe, a spicy version!
SAVOURY TURKISH BISCUITS – Tuzlu Kurabiye
Try these super simple, but very moreish, savoury snack from Turkey. My take on a Tuzlu Kurabiye, it it literally translates as ‘salty biscuit’ (cookie). These are perfect for pairing with your favourite cheese, but equally good snacked on alone.
Can also be made with different shaped cookie cutters for a theme. See my Halloween bat shaped version below.
Go to Savoury Biscuits recipe or the Cheesy Biscuits version.
ROASTED FLAVOURED PUMPKIN SEEDS
Read how to use every part of a pumpkin or squash, including drying, flavouring and roasting the pumpkin seeds, for a healthy & quick snack.
SPEEDY CHEESE SWIRLS
Speedy Cheese Swirls, are an easy, yeast-free, cheesy snack, & an alternative topastry, that is ideal for entertaining. Great for beginner bakers or when short on time.
BRITISH CHEESE SCONES
Here is my savoury version of our British Scones. Learn all the tips & watch the video tutorial, to achieve a classic rise to your scones. Perfect for those who don’t like sweet bakes, so pop in a pretty basket and gift as a tasty treat this holiday season.
QUICKER ITALIAN BREADSTICK – A Recipe Review
Using a revolutionary new method for working with yeast dough, read my review for soft large breadsticks in 90 minutes. See my Savoury Lessons for more recipes.
More Quicker Breads & Rolls
Here’s my recipes that don’t require any baking in the oven.
TROPICAL CAKE TRUFFLES USING LEFTOVERS
Try these amazing cake truffles, using leftover cake and cookies. No need for buttercream or cream cheese, these truffles, last longer and are used with pantry staples.
‘PROTEIN POWER-BALL’ CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Try my easy no-baking required, Chocolate Truffles. Includes how to easily make ganache and these perfect gifting treats.
EASY MICROWAVE CHOCOLATE FUDGE
Easier, safer and quicker way to make chocolate fudge. Add orange extract, or some Baileys! And some cranberries, nuts, or sprinkles.
HONEYCOMB & CHOCOLATE DIPPED HONEYCOMB
New no-bake recipe, for honeycomb, that is ideal for food gifting this holiday season. Make with or without a chocolate coating.
PEANUT BRITTLE – Recipe Review
Read Mrs D’s review of this no-bake sweet treat, ideal for gifting.
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