Our Best-Ever Christmas Recipes To Make This Holiday Season

cranberry christmas cake
Photo: Photographer: Frederick Hardy II, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

We're firm believers that the best holiday recipes impress your friends and family without keeping you forever in the kitchen. For all of your Christmas feasting needs, we created a spread of delightful recipes, covering you from casual cookie swaps to a filling Christmas morning breakfast to breathtaking Christmas dinners. Then, we rounded out our holiday extravaganza with—you guessed it—candies, cakes, and pies—so many treats and treats and treats. Make a batch (or two, or three) of our fresh take on nostalgic Southern sweets, like peppermint divinity, bourbon balls, nut brittle, fruitcake, pralines, and butter mints, and celebrate the season with these best-ever Christmas recipes.

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Christmas Morning Coffee Cake

Christmas-Morning Coffee Cake
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Christmas Morning Coffee Cake

Start Christmas Day with a slice of this make-ahead spice cake and a cup of coffee while you're opening presents. Just like your gifts, our Christmas Morning Coffee Cake has a few surprises up its sleeve, including dried tart cherries and roasted, salted pistachios. Drizzle sweet cream over top in candycane stripes.

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Croissant Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Feed your crowd Christmas morning with mini croissants nestled in ham steaks, carmelized onions, and a rich and cheesy egg custard. Assemble this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven when you're ready. This meal is sure to keep the family feeling satisfied until the arrival of Christmas dinner.

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Chocolate Breakfast Wreath

Chocolate Breakfast Wreath
Alison Miksch; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Chocolate Breakfast Wreath

It's the holidays, which means you can indulge in chocolate at any time of day. This recipe might look fussy, but our instructions make preparing this wreath simple. Make a citrus-cranberry version too for a large family breakfast.

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Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter

Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter

A slow-cooker holiday jam is easy to make and delicious on crackers, biscuits, or toast. Be sure to make extra jars of Cranberry-Pear Butter to wrap up as gifts. This recipe will last for two weeks in the refrigerator.

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Cherry Pecan Swirl Bread

Cherry-Pecan Swirl Bread
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Cherry Pecan Swirl Bread

This rustic cast-iron recipe is graceful enough for a holiday breakfast. A yeasty dough is filled with a sweet mixture of dried cherries and pecans, rolled up like a jelly roll, and sliced longways. Then the pieces are arranged side by side and swirled like a wreath.

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Cheddar Cheese Shortbread Crackers

Cheddar Shortbread Crackers
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Shortbread Crackers

These oven-baked cheese crackers will be a hit at any holiday party. Savor each crispy bite of the original recipe, or add a twist with pimento and chives, pecans and thyme, or bacon and bourbon. Plate these crackers with a selection of cheeses and finger foods and watch them disappear.

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Cranberry Baked Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites
Southern Living

Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites

For an appetizer that's both pretty and tasty, these cranberry-topped cheese bites are a favorite every holiday season.

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Cheddar Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws
Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws

No Southern Christmas is complete without a bowl of cheese straws to snack on. These ones have a kick from cayenne pepper and paprika, but you can play with just how much spice you'd like. A cookie press with a star-shaped disk creates the classic shape with little fuss.

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Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites

Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites

This recipe comes from April McGreger, a member of a sweet potato-farming family. Although sweet potato sausage balls may not be the first recipe that jumps to mind when you're considering cooking the staple fall vegetable, these delicious sausage balls make a wonderful holiday appetizer. Spicy chorizo, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, a dash of cinnamon, and a few scoops of plum jelly give this recipe multiple layers of savory flavor.

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Shrimp on Seasoned Crackers with Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese

Shrimp on Seasoned Crackers with Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Shrimp on Seasoned Crackers with Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese

Your family will love this upgrade to crackers with pepper jelly and cream cheese. This recipe comes to us from Adam Evans, chef at award-winning Birmingham restaurant Automatic Seafood and Oysters. The shrimp are pan-fried until just done, around five minutes, and tossed in an herby, lemony dressing. All that's left is to assemble the brightly colored appetizer.

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Cornmeal Popovers

Cornmeal Popovers
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Cornmeal Popovers

Puffy, airy popovers get a Southern makeover with the addition of fine white cornmeal. Rich, eggy, and lightly textured, this recipe will make you reconsider serving plain rolls at Christmas dinner. Skip the popover pan and use a muffin tin you already have at the ready.

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Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad

Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad

This fresh and herby first course will set the tone for the rest of the dinner. If you can't find red-and-white-striped Chioggia beets, use a selection of red and golden beets for the brightest color. The white wine and honey viniagrette can be made in advance and used to dress any salad.

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Christmas Salad

Christmas Salad
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Christmas Salad

Any bright red beet will make this salad festive, but we especially like the look of candy-striped Chiogia beets. Our Christmas Salad uses a base of winter greens instead of lettuce. Add leftover bacon drippings to the viniagrette to infuse the salad with salty, smoky flavor.

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Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions

Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions Recipe
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions

For lighter fare, try our Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions. Tangy, sweet, and oniony, this recipe may just push aside the green-bean casserole on your table. We created this side dish for the holidays, but with such a short prep time and delicious result, you'll be using this recipe for busy weeknights and fancy dinner parties all year long.

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Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Honey Glazed Spiced Carrots
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots

Look for carrots in beautiful contrasting hues, like crimson, yellow, and purple, for a visually appealing addition to your holiday sides. Use young, slender carrots of similar thickness for even roasting. The naturally sweet and earthy flavor is enhanced during the baking process with a honey and spice dressing.

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots

CROP Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots

In this crowd-pleasing recipe, Brussels sprouts are made especially flavorful with the addition of garlic, shallots, and bacon. A splash of sherry vinegar adds more complexity to the dish, while golden-brown breadcrumbs add a pleasant crunch. This is sure to become a standby at many holiday events.

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Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Skip sugary marshmallows and savor the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes instead. This recipe's flavors include shallots, savory spices, and a crunchy pecan-and-Parmesan streusal topping. Perfect for serving alongside roasted meats and a hot, buttery roll.

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Savory Corn Pudding

Savory Corn Pudding
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Savory Corn Pudding

No holiday dinner is complete without heaping scoops of corn pudding. Here the classic is more savory than sweet, with flavors enhanced by garlic, chives, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme.

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Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Butternut Squash Bread Pudding
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

Recipe: Butternut Squash Bread Pudding

Crispy, browned bread on top and soft, cheesy pudding underneath will have you reaching for extra helpings this Christmas. This savory recipe is flavored with fresh herbs, but also gets a natural touch of sweetness from the winter squash. Leftovers can be reheated for a delicious after-Christmas breakfast.

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Potato Gratin with Rosemary Crust

Potato Gratin with Rosemary Crust, christmas recipes
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Potato Gratin with Rosemary Crust

This beautiful potato gratin will compete with the prettiest holiday cakes on your table. A blend of Yukon gold and sweet potatoes creates delicate layers in every slice. The aromatic rosemary crust is made with refrigerated pie crusts, simplifying a complex looking dish.

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Creamy Whipped Potato Casserole

Creamy Whipped Potato Casserole
Atonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Creamy Whipped Potato Casserole

Our fluffiest mashed potato casserole is creamy and rich on the inside, crispy and cheesy on the outside. Browned butter imparts a nutty flavor throughout, while a quick broil browns the exterior. Sprinkle with chives and pepper for extra flavor.

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Classic Roasted Duck with Orange-Bourbon-Molasses Glaze

Classic Roasted Duck with Orange-Bourbon-Molasses Glaze
Photo: Alison Miksch

Recipe: Classic Roasted Duck with Orange-Bourbon-Molasses Glaze

If you're looking to roast a different kind of bird this holiday season, we have the recipe for you. First, dry the duck well and cook to crispy perfection. Finish in the oven with a syrupy glaze of orange marmalade, molasses, and bourbon.

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Pork Crown Roast

Cornmeal Crescent Rolls
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Pork Crown Roast

You don't even need flowers when you can use this gorgeous dish as a centerpiece. The ribs are rubbed in garlic and herbs to marinate overnight. Leave them uncovered in the fridge so they dry out slightly, leading to a crispy and flavorful crust.

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Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Burgundy-Mushroom Sauce

Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Burgundy-Mushroom Sauce
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Burgundy-Mushroom Sauce

The family will ooh and aah over tender spirals of beef filled with creamy spinach and leeks. Not to worry, we provide easy-to-follow instructions on how to make that magic happen. Plate on your most elegant platter and serve alongside a rosemary and mushroom-infused burgundy sauce.

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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar-Citrus Glaze

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar-Citrus Glaze
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Baked Ham with Brown Sugar-Citrus Glaze

Everyone loves a holiday ham for the leftovers, but it's not always the prettiest dish on the table. This holiday ham will look as incredible as it tastes when you tuck green leaves, kumquats, and blood oranges around the plate. The scent of sliced citrus also enhances the flavor of the glaze made with fresh-squeezed juice and marmalade.

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Herb-Crusted Prime Rib

Herb-Crusted Prime Rib
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Herb-Crusted Prime Rib

Just what you wanted for Christmas: a standing rib roast rubbed in herbs de Provence and roasted until pink and succulent. The pan drippings won't go to waste here, forming the base of a mouthwatering gravy. Tuck a few herb sprigs around the platter or make a garland worthy of this centerpiece.

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Herb-Crusted Roasted Leg of Lamb

Herb-Crusted Roasted Leg of Lamb
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Herb-Crusted Roasted Leg of Lamb

Make this year special with tender leg of lamb roasted to crispy brown perfection. You can carve this dish yourself or ask the butcher to debone and truss the lamb. Serve with a fresh, green herb sauce.

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Spiced Orange Bourbon Punch

Spiced Orange-Bourbon Punch
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Spiced Orange Bourbon Punch

This bright and festive orange punch makes it easy to serve mixed drinks to a crowd. Using freshly squeeze orange juice will pay off in this recipe. Add the carbonated ingredients right before serving to keep the bubbles fresh.

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Williams Family Wassail

Chris Williams' Family Wassail
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Williams Family Wassail

If you've got an urge to go a-wassailing, we're here and ready for you. This spiced cider and citrus concoction is served warm and garnished with cinnamon sticks. Make sure everyone has their drink ready before they break into song.

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
Southern Living

Recipe: Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

It's hard to imagine anything more Christmasy than drinking pomegranate with your bubbly. Substitute cranberry juice if you can't find pomegranate juice at the store. Rock candy makes a charming stirrer for this elegant cocktail.

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Ambrosia Cocktail

Ambrosia Cocktail
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Ambrosia Cocktail

This recipe from the kitchen of Amy Mikkelsen is inspired by the popular Southern side dish. Blend coconut rum and juices over ice. Then garnish with a marshmallow and maraschino cherry for a festive touch.

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Homemade Eggnog

Homemade Eggnog
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Homemade Eggnog

Make a batch of Clark Griswold's favorite celebratory drink from scratch. This classic uses a mixture of whole milk, a dozen eggs, and heavy whipping cream spiced with nutmeg and vanilla extract. While the recipe calls for bourbon, you can omit the alcohol if you choose.

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Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

This rich, satisfying cocoa recipe uses whole milk and half-and-half to make it ultra-creamy and dark chocolate chips for extra chocolatey-ness. Kids can have fun dunking marshmallows and peppermint candies in a steaming hot mug. Grownups can toss in a shot of peppermint schnapps.

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Brown Sugar Cookie Stars

Brown Sugar Cookie Stars
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Brown sugar gives this cookie recipe a deeper, richer taste. Decorate with Easy Royal Icing for Cookies and sprinkles. We like the simplicity of silver and gold, just like our favorite black-and-white Christmas movies.

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Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies

Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies
Linda Pugliese, Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies

This simple recipe can be whipped together on the fly if you have a well-stocked holiday pantry. A touch of peppermint extract makes them taste like Christmas. To get the crackle effect, the cookies are rolled in powdered sugar just before they bake.

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Chocolate-Peppermint Swirl Sandwich Cookies

Dog Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Victori Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Chocolate-Peppermint Swirl Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate sugar cookies glittering with sparkling sugar are sandwiched around a peppermint-cream cheese filling in this Christmas treat. Add stripes of red food gel inside the piping bag for a festive swirl of red. Any extra dough can be cut with your favorite cookie cutters.

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Pecan Snowball Cookies

Pecan Snowball Cookies
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pecan Snowball Cookies

This big-batch recipe is as Southern as it gets: crumbly, buttery vanilla shortbread mixed with crunchy pecan pieces. Make sure to take the time to toast the pecans in the oven before making the dough for a richer, nuttier flavor. After baking, give the cookies two rolls in powdered sugar for good measure.

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Christmas Butter Mints

Christmas Buttermints
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Christmas Butter Mints

With this simple no-cook recipe, you can make your very own melt-in-your-mouth buttermints. The freshly made buttermint dough has the consistency of modeling clay. Roll it and cut it with fanciful cookie cutters, press it into candy molds, or simply roll it into logs and cut into slices—this is your chance to get creative.

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Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls

Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley

Recipe: Fudgy Pecan Bourbon Balls

This no-bake recipe has just four ingredients and makes a sweet gift. Nestle each one in a mini baking cup and place them in cardboard jewelry boxes wrapped in holiday paper for delivery. Make certain to save a few of these delectable treats for yourself.

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Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

brown butter snickerdoodles
Photographer: Isaac Nunn, Prop Stylist: Julia Bayless, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe: Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

These quintessential cinnamon-sugar cookies are made even more delightful with brown butter. Better yet, you can prepare the dough up to a month in advance and freeze. You'll be pulling a tray or two out of the oven all season long.

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Mixed Nut Brittle

Salty-Sweet Nut Brittle
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Mixed Nut Brittle

We added that other Southern powerhouse—pecans—to our version of peanut brittle, as well as cashews and whole almonds for a tasty change of pace. A final sprinkle of sea salt balances out the sweet. Spread it on a baking sheet to dry for one hour and it's ready for munching.

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Buttermilk-Pecan Pralines

buttermilk pecan pralines
Emily Laurae/Southern Living

Recipe: Buttermilk-Pecan Pralines

This caramelized confection is a favorite of New Orleans and a true American classic. Our variation is a rich mix of buttermilk, cream, butter, and bourbon or rum. Spoon into paper baking cups for individual servings (like you could eat just one.)

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Peppermint Divinity

Peppermint Divinity
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Peppermint Divinity

The traditional divinity recipe is dressed with crushed peppermint candies for Christmas. Somewhat like a meringue, divinity is cooked until it can hold its fluffy, crispy shape. Divinity is best prepared on a dry day so that it will harden.

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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

Brown Sugar-and-Ginger Whipped Cream
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

Nothing says Christmas like a slice of tender, richly spiced gingerbread cake. And you already have everything you need, as long as you have molasses and brown sugar in the pantry. Top with our subtly spicy Brown Sugar-and-Ginger Whipped Cream, which is also delicious on pumpkin and apple pies.

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Gingerbread Cake Roll with Eggnog Cream

Gingerbread Roulade and Eggnog Cream
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Gingerbread Roulade and Eggnog Cream​​​​​​

Don't let the long ingredient list keep you from trying this easy cake recipe—you probably already have most the ingredients in your pantry. Strong coffee added to the fudge layer helps give it a deep, rich, flavor. Leave the bourbon out if you wish.

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Best White Cake

Best White Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christina Lane; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Best White Cake

This almond-extract flavored snow-white cake is so versatile and simple. It's a blank canvas for fun holiday decorations—try sprigs of rosemary dusted with powdered sugar for trees, or use an assortment of gingerbread cookies or candies. Or get the kids involved and make it a family affair.

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Cranberry Christmas Cake

cranberry christmas cake
Photographer: Frederick Hardy II, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Recipe: Cranberry Christmas Cake

This Christmas cake only takes 20 minutes to prepare, but you wouldn't guess it when you bite into the extremely tender buttermilk layers dotted with fresh cranberries. The sumptious orange-buttercream frosting can be decorated with rosemary sprigs, orange slices, and fresh or sugared cranberries. This recipe is certain to get a repeat performance for the holidays.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake-Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cheesecake-Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Red Velvet Cheesecake-Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

For a playful twist on the Southern staple, try two layers of creamy red velvet cheesecake with moist vanilla cake in the middle, all blanketed in a cream cheese frosting. Follow our instructions for a crumb coat of frosting to keep the red velvet layer from showing through. For the perfect finishing touch, shave curls of white chocolate and place on top.

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Pecan Spice Cake with Caramel-Rum Glaze

Pecan Spice Cake with Caramel-Rum Glaze
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Pecan Spice Cake with Caramel-Rum Glaze

The Bundt pan does most of the work in making this cake into a centerpiece. All you need to do is pull together a blend of spices and chewy pecans, stir, and bake until it reaches full holiday flavor. Then add a sweet rum glaze to send it over the top.

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Transparent Pie with Whipped Crème Fraîche and Sugared Cranberries Recipe

Transparent Pie with Whipped Creme Fraiche and Sugared Cranberries
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Transparent Pie with Whipped Crème Fraîche and Sugared Cranberries

We've dressed up Kentucky's traditional transparent pie for the holidays. Much like a chess pie, our Transparent Pie has a sugary, creamy, custardy filling, but embellished with Sugared Cranberries and Whipped Crème Fraîche. Make your own Single-Crust Pie Pastry or save time with your favorite storebought pie crust.

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Over the Moon Chocolate Pie

Over the Moon Chocolate Pie
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Over the Moon Chocolate Pie

Just like a Moon Pie, but so much better. Our Over the Moon Chocolate Pie has layers of crunchy graham cracker crust, gooey marshmallow, a creamy, chocolately filling, and a springy meringue. Add an optional splash of Tennessee whiskey to mature your favorite childhood snack.

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Persimmon Pie with Pecan Streusel

Persimmon Pie with Pecan Streusel
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Persimmon Pie with Pecan Streusel

Revel in frosty mornings and ripening winter fruit with a persimmon pie. If you don't have local persimmons to harvest, try a frozen puree. This pie is loaded with cinnamon and topped with a sweet, crunchy streusel, but the persimmons take center stage.

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Ultimate Apple Pie

Ultimate Apple Pie from Buxton Hall
Photo: Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Ultimate Apple Pie

This pie from Buxton Hall Bakery in Asheville, North Carolina, celebrates the apple in all its forms. The recipe calls for a mix of different kinds of apples as well as dried apples and apple butter. The hearty dough uses a mix of flours and buttermilk, while a touch of lemon juice, ginger, and orange zest brighten the filling.

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German Chocolate-Pecan Pie

German Chocolate-Pecan Pie
Alison Miksch

Recipe: German Chocolate-Pecan Pie Recipe

There have been many delicious twists on the chocolate-pecan pie, but this recipe takes it to another level. The pie is baked in stages, with a homemade crust, chocolate filling, and final coconut-pecan layer. For a special occasion like Christmas, this one is worth the effort.

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Really Good Fruitcake

Really Good Fruitcake
Southern Living

Recipe: Really Good Fruitcake

Yes, a Southern fruitcake can be really tasty, as our Test Kitchen has proven. Of course, we included pecans, and almost every ingredient is soaked in bourbon for a distinctive fruitcake flavor. Wrapped in a cheesecloth in the fridge, this cake will last you until January.

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