Christmas is undoubtedly a magical time of year, when families unite to celebrate the Christmas season, each with their own unique traditions. Houses are filled with decorations and presents lie under the tree, waiting to be unwrapped. One of the most magical parts about Christmas has to be the food. Not only is there the gathering of loved ones for a Christmas feast on the day, but the whole season is marked with delicious treats. We’ve compiled our list of favorite Christmas baking recipes to inspire your creations this festive season. Baking can be a great way to get young kids and other family members involved, so whatever the finished product, remember to enjoy the process. Happy baking!
Is there anything more wonderful than the sight of a heavily iced and over-gemmed ginger bread house? Make sure to begin your house by creating a paper template- there is nothing worst than a house that doesn’t fit together! Egg white frosting works well to stick the walls together and also for adding those all-important decorations. When it comes to decorations, the more the better! Think midget gems, M&Ms and chocolate buttons… Tip: allow the house to dry and settle before decorating- it will stop your gingerbread house walls buckling under the weight of the decorations!
Snow Globe Cupcakes
Upgrade your average Christmas cake with these incredible snow globe cupcakes. They’ll be sure to wow your guests! Start by making both cupcakes and mini gingerbread men. Once your cupcake is frosted you can stand up your ginger bread man and finish with a globe. Tip: Dust a little icing sugar over your dome to give a gorgeous snowy effect!
Christmas Cookie Gifts
There is something lovely about receiving a hand made gift at Christmas, and a pile of Christmas cookies is a sure winner! Choose whichever flavor cookie you feel the recipient would love and if you’re not sure you can’t beat a vanilla cookie with sugared icing! Tip: use some pretty ribbon, or a gorgeous box to present the yummy gifts to loved ones.
Take some inspiration from America this Christmas with a delicious pumpkin pie! For pumpkin pie, pie crust is filled with a cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger pumpkin filling, which is smooth and delicious. There is nothing more comforting or scrumptious in the Christmas season! Tip: you can get tinned pumpkin puree or pie filling for a super easy bake.
How festive do these amazing Christmas biscuits look? When it comes to these biscuits, it is definitely less about the biscuit and more about the icing! Pick green, white and red colours for truly seasonal bakes and try experimenting with your favourite sprinkles too. Tip: keep the biscuit dough in the fridge for half an hour before cutting the shapes. It will help the dough retain its shape better.
Christmas Tree & Snowman Cupcakes
Christmas certainly isn’t a time to hold back on the calories and that also means it isn’t a time to hold back on the frosting! Take your average cupcakes up a notch with these amazing Christmas tree and snowman cupcakes! For the Christmas trees, roll pre made icing into a cone and hand finish with a piping bag filled with frosting. For the snowman, take two large marshmallows and hand ice on the face and buttons. Tip: use interesting sprinkles to add decorations to your tree or a face to your snowman. You can also make other variations, such as a Father Christmas hat or a reindeer!
The Ultimate Hot Chocolate
Okay, admittedly this one doesn’t involve any baking, but no Christmas season is complete without a hot chocolate and it makes a great drink for alongside all the delicious bakes you have made! For the ultimate creamy hot chocolate make sure to use full fat milk and to whisk in the good quality chocolate. Just as important is the toppings! Get as many marshmallows and as much whipped cream and your cup can handle. You can even top it with a candy cane. Tip: for the adult version try adding some Baileys to the hot chocolate. It will add to the creaminess and provide a cheeky alcoholic kick!
Christmas Tree Decorations
Not all biscuits are made for eating and that is the case with these Christmas tree decorations! These gorgeous biscuits can add a homemade touch to decorations around the house or on the tree. Get creative with your icing for truly intricate biscuits. For a personalized touch, you could even try adding names! Tip: these biscuits can be also be hung. Before cooking the biscuit, create a small hole at the top with a skewer. Once the biscuit has been cooked, this hole can be used to string thread through, making them easy to hang on the tree or around the house.
Cinnamon No Bake Cheesecake
For a fabulous Christmas desert, try making this cinnamon no bake cheesecake. For the base, crush cookies and combine with melted butter. Make sure to leave the base to set before adding your delicious creamy cinnamon topping! Dust cinnamon powder or scatter cinnamon sticks to add a Christmassy touch to the decorations. Tip: try using ginger biscuits instead of cookies for the ultimate cheesecake base!
Chocolate Orange Brownies
You can’t beat a good brownie and Christmas is no exception to the rule. For the best brownies, make sure you don’t bake them too long- it will mean they maintain a gorgeous gooey centre! For a real treat, serve them hot and with ice cream. Tip: add some orange zest to the mixture for a seasonal flavour twist.
Simple Christmas Cupcakes
These cupcakes make for easy Christmas baking, by keeping things simple. A lovely vanilla sponge can be topped with melted chocolate and a handful of sprinkles, for something quick and easy yet yummy. Tip: try dribbling both dark and white chocolate across the cupcakes for an interesting lattice effect.