Christmas recipes and ideas

Looking forward to the jolliest season of the year? Make this Christmas and New Year a truly delicious one with our festive recipes and Christmas dinner ideas. We’ll help you take some stress out of the big day with make-ahead starters and desserts, plus a pick-your-own Christmas menu that can be made almost entirely in advance. From the classic Christmas dinner to trifles, mince pies, party food ideas and Christmas cocktails, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also rounded up our best-ever Christmas baking recipes, as well as a new guide to cooking a zero-waste Christmas dinner and expert tips on how to make perfect roast potatoes to how to assemble a cheeseboard. Finally, come back for all the Boxing Day recipes and Christmas leftover ideas you need, too…

Make-ahead recipes

However much we love to cook, most of us want to spend time celebrating with loved ones rather than sweating in the kitchen. Get a head start on your festive feast with our make-ahead Christmas and New Year’s Eve recipes, including sumptuous starters, special sides and sparkling desserts; all can be prepped ahead if you like.

Crowdpleasing feasts

One of the joys of Christmas is gathering with friends and family… Get the party started with our cocktails and canape ideas, host the ultimate Boxing Day buffet or sit down to a special meal together – we have menus for Christmas Eve dinners and festive recipes to feed larger groups. Non-drinkers won’t be forgotten with our mocktail options, we’ve got all the vegan and vegetarian Christmas inspiration you need – and let our budget party food ideas help keep the cost down, too. Pop the bubbly, turn up the music and let the good times roll!

Magical festive bakes & desserts

Capture the enchantment of Christmas with our imaginative creations, from a black forest trifle ‘forest’ to edible chocolate baubles… Or, step into the festive spirit with a seasonal baking session ­­– homemade mince pies and gingerbread, anyone? From showstopper desserts and tempting treats to chocolate or Baileys-inspired puds, make all your sweet dreams come true this Christmas.

show stopping Christmas desserts

Show-stopping Christmas dessert recipes

Make sure your Christmas guests save room for pudding. They won't want to miss out on one of these show-stopping...

Christmas baking recipes

Christmas baking recipes

Warming spices, boozy sponges and plenty of sweet, dried fruit - plus some savoury baking ideas too, like our to-die-for...

Baileys and chocolate cheesecake

Baileys recipes

We don't need to be told twice to add a splash of Baileys into a dessert, especially around Christmas time....

Christmas chocolate recipes

Christmas chocolate recipes

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without chocolate – would it? So we've put together a collection of our very best Christmas...

Christmas biscuits

Christmas biscuits

There's nothing more festive than the aroma of Christmas baking wafting through your home. We can guarantee a full-on delight...

Cupcakes with a reindeer decoration shown on a festive table

Christmas cupcakes and small bakes

Love the idea of small festive bakes instead of one large cake? These decorated cupcakes and small bakes would be...

Gingerbread houses

Gingerbread ideas for Christmas

Fancy learning how to make a gingerbread house? Or DIY gingerbread biscuits? They're a must-make at Christmas... Discover the very...

Bundt cake recipes

Bundt cake recipes

These stunning Bundt cakes will steal the show at any party.  We've got... banana and caramel, lemon drizzle and a...

Trifle recipes

A spectacular, retro-style Christmas trifle is a must on any festive table. Have a browse through our tremendous trifle recipes,...

Black forest trifle

Festive desserts

Don't like Christmas pudding? Try these festive dessert alternatives, including recipes for a salted caramel Yule log and a clementine...

Mince pie recipes

Mince pie recipes

There's nothing quite like a homemade mince pie. We've got plenty of recipes to pick from including gluten-free mince pies,...

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