Christmas Food Recipes -For Holiday Gatherings And Gifts

by Margielynn

The holiday is for parties, gatherings, and gift-giving! I have recipes for a cranberry cake, scones, candies, gingerbread, eggnog, and wassail.

I love the holidays, the gift-giving spirit seems to be in the air!

When my son was young, and the holidays rolled around we were in the kitchen making candy, this was our favorite to make and give for gifts.

I treasure those time, he passed away when he was 31, but I still have those beautiful memories of us making candy for sharing with others! Make some memories of your own!
Let's get in the kitchen and start cooking!

Creamy Pecan Pralines Recipe

Creamy Smooth Pecan Pralines
Creamy Smooth Pecan Pralines

Creamy pecan pralines take a little time, but the end results is a candy that is creamy and full of pecans.

I wrap mine individually in plastic wrap, then they will not stick together.

A candy thermometer is very helpful to make this recipe, but you can drizzle in cold water to test for soft ball stage.


  • 2 1/2 cup cranberries

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 3/4 cup butter, unsalted, soften, cut into chunks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Cook in a double boiler; sugar, milk, syrup and baking soda.

  2. Stir constantly; cook until it reaches the soft-ball stage on a candy thermometer or until balls forms when dropped into a cup of cold water.

  3. This will take about 15 minutes.

  4. Remove from the heat; add butter, pecans, and vanilla extract. Beat until it is cool and stiff enough to keep its shape when dropped on wax paper.

  5. It could take 15 or 20 minutes of beating. (I would need help!)

Cranberry Cake With Pecan Topping

Cranberry Cake With Pecan Topping
Cranberry Cake With Pecan Topping

Cranberry cake is moist, crunchy and filled with cranberries. The texture of the cake is like a pound cake. It would be a perfect dessert for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.


  • 2 ¼ cups sugar

  • ½ cup white corn syrup

  • 1-3 ounce can evaporated milk

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ cup butter or margarine

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups pecan halves


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. You can use a 9-inch x 13-inch or 10-inch springform cake pan. Grease your pan lightly.

  3. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar for 5 to 8 minutes, until mixture is doubled in volume.

  4. Next, add butter, vanilla and almond extracts; beat for 2 minutes.

  5. Gradually stir in flour; fold in the cranberries. Pour into pan.


  • 2 cups pecan, halves or pieces, toasted

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup brown sugar


  1. In a large skillet, add butter and heat over medium-high heat.

  2. Add brown sugar; stir.

  3. Add the toasted pecans; cook 2 to 3 minutes until smooth and shiny.

  4. Spread over the cake batter.

  5. Bake 45 to 50 minutes for 9-inch x 13-inch pan or 1 hour in the spring-form pan.

  6. Watch the last 15 to 20 minutes, if it starts to burn, tent it with foil.

  7. Cool completely before serving.

Cranberry Scones Recipe

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I had never eaten scones a lot, but just recently had one, and I loved it! Not too sweet, flaky and yummy. This recipe is for cranberry scones, but use any dried fruit that you like. The secret is to not over-mix the scone dough!


• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon baking soda
• 6 tablespoons unsalted, cold butter
• ½ dried cranberries
• ½ cup buttermilk
• 1 egg
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

  2. Cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until coarse crumbs.

  3. Add dried cranberries, mix.

  4. In another bowl, whisk buttermilk and egg; add to other ingredients.

  5. Stir until it makes a soft ball, do not over-mix.

  6. Turn out on lightly floured surface, knead gently four or five times.

  7. Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll dough to a ½-inch thickness in a circle. Cut into wedges, separate and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

  8. Brush scones with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

  9. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes.

Okay let it cool a bit, so you do not burn your mouth, now you may eat it!

Old Fashoned Gingerbread Recipe

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Old-Fashioned gingerbread is something I grew up eating as a kid. Mom made it often for a snack for us when we came in from school.

I love the moist molasses flavor of the gingerbread. You can serve it plain or with a lemon sauce or whipped cream. This recipe is at least 175 years old, there was not a lot of directions on how to make it! This is a treat that is often made at Christmas.


  • 1 cup butter, melted

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup sorghum molasses

  • 3 eggs

  • 3 cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Sift together in large mixing bowl flour, sugar, ginger, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir into flour mixture, melted butter, molasses, eggs; add warm water; stir until blended.

  3. Pour batter into a 9-inch x 13-inch pan that has been greased and floured.

  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes, test with a toothpick.

  5. Now let it cool a little and cut a slice out to eat! Oh, what deliciousness and memories!

Hot Wassail Drink Recipe


Wassail is made with hot apple cider and several different ingredients. We serve it at the Christmas holidays, but this winter beverage can be served anytime during the winter months. This really makes your kitchen smell delicious while it is simmering. You may spike it if you like!


  • 2 quarts sweet apple cider

  • 2 cup pineapple juice

  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 12 whole cloves

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 pinch ground ginger


  1. You can make this in a large pan on the stove or in a slow-cooker. If mixing in pan; combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, then simmer five minutes and it is ready.

  2. Using a slow-cooker; add all ingredients.

  3. Allow the wassail to simmer all day.

  4. Serve the wassail hot.

There are many recipes for making this. You can add lemon slices if you like or apples.

DIY Holiday And Christmas Treats

M and M's Fudge Candy Recipe

The kids and adults will love this yummy fudge. It is colorful with M and M's candy and red candied cherries and creamy with marshmallow creme and peanut butter. This recipe makes three pounds of candy.


  • 2 ½ cup sugar

  • ¾ cup butter or margarine

  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1-7 ounce jar marshmallow creme

  • 1 ½ cups M and M's candies

  • ¾ cup red candied cherries, chopped


  1. Combine sugar, butter, salt and milk in a heavy 3-quart saucepan.
  2. Bring to a full boil over high heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat.

  3. Stir in peanut butter until melted, stir in vanilla.

  4. Remove lid from marshmallow creme; microwave on medium-high heat for 1 minutes. This makes it easier to remove from the jar.

  5. Add marshmallow creme to the mixture; beat until blended.

  6. Fold in candies and cherries gently.

  7. Spread in buttered 9 x 13-inch dish.

  8. Let stand until cooled to room temperature.

  9. Cut into squares.

  10. Store in airtight container.

Yield: 3 pounds.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Candy

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  • 1-12 ounce package peanut butter chips

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1-6 ounce package chocolate chips( I like milk chocolate, use what you like) 4 tablespoons butter

  • ½ cup peanuts, chopped


  1. In a large saucepan, melt peanut butter chips, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk and 2 tablespoons butter; stir occasionally.

  2. Remove from heat and add peanuts.

  3. Spread mixture in a foil lined 8-inch square dish. Make sure the foil goes over the side of the dish, later you can use it to lift the fudge out, side off foil and cut!

  4. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips with remaining sweetened milk and butter. Pour over peanut butter mixture.

  5. Chill two hours.

  6. Cut into squares.

Christmas Party Ideas| Planning Christmas Party

No-Fail Peanut Brittle Recipe

Peanut Brittle
Peanut Brittle

The holidays are coming up soon, this recipe for No-Fail Peanut Brittle would be great to put in your recipe box. Peanut Brittle is great for gift giving, holiday parties or just to have for you family to munch on. This old- fashioned candy has long been a favorite candy for everyone.


  • 3 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup white syrup

  • ½ cup water

  • 3 cups raw peanuts

  • 3 teaspoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda


  1. In a large heavy sauce pan: boil sugar, syrup, and water until thread spins, 234 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Add peanuts and stir continuously until it turns a brownish gold color.

  3. Remove from heat.

  4. Add butter, salt, and baking soda.

  5. Pour onto a butter board or cookie pan to cool. Break into pieces.

  6. Store in airtight container or plastic freezer bag.

Easy Egg Nog Punch

Egg Nog
Egg Nog

You can add spirits to this yummy eggnog punch or not! It is made easy by using a commercial eggnog and vanilla ice cream. I love it, takes the commercial eggnog up a notch for the holidays! Merry Christmas!


  • 2 quarts commercial eggnog, light or regular

  • ½ gallon vanilla ice cream, softened

  • 1 ½ cup bourbon, optional

  • 1 large can whipped cream, for topping

  • Nutmeg, ground or fresh to taste or sprinkle on top of whipped cream


  1. If you have a punch bowl, dig it out and the ladle too!

  2. Mix eggnog and bourbon in the punch bowl.

  3. Add dips of ice cream; stir to blend.

  4. Add nutmeg to the mixture or on top of whipped cream.

  5. Dip a cup and top with whipped topping.

  6. Enjoy this delicious eggnog!

Makes around 18 cups.

Do you cook for the holidays?

Updated: 01/21/2018, Margielynn
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DerdriuMarriner on 08/14/2017

Margielynn, Is the old-fashioned gingerbread recipe a 175-year-old legacy from your own ancestral lines?

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