I love pretty much anything that has to do with Christmas. The decorations, the lights, the family togetherness, the spirit of giving, and the food! And even though all the food is wonderful, Christmas dessert recipes have a special place in my heart.
I've always loved to bake. I didn't really start cooking until a bit before leaving my parents' house, but I've been baking as long as I can remember.
And there's no baking I love more than Christmas baking!
For me, it's just not Christmas without lots and lots of different desserts. And it's not even just so that we can pig out - although let's be honest, we do.
It's really about the variety, having lots of beautiful desserts, and being able to sample a bit of each.
But making all those different desserts means that you need a good plan. If you wake up on the 24th and decide you want to have 6 different homemade desserts, you'll be in trouble. Luckily, a lot of delicious Christmas desserts are awesome even if you make them weeks ahead of time.
We always have a lot of desserts around Christmas time in my family. My mom and I each make 3 or 4 different kinds, and we'll usually buy a cake or yule log, and have a whole bunch of little extras like peppermint patties or chocolate covered almonds.
It might seem like a lot of desserts, but we eat them over a few different meals. Christmas Eve, Christmas day, New Year's, and pretty much any gathering in the middle. And it's just so pretty to have a plate full of lots of different treats.
And of course, each one of those desserts is a part of the tradition and if we didn't make them all, something would just be missing. So how do we manage all those desserts?
A lot of Christmas desserts freeze really well, which means that you can make them way ahead of time. So instead of having to make a whole bunch of Christmas baking recipes the week before Christmas, you can spread out the baking work all throughout the month of December.
Whenever you have the time, just bring out those Christmas dessert recipes, make the treats, then wrap them carefully and freeze them. Some desserts that freeze really well are:
Not all Christmas desserts freeze well, but the ones that do can be made ahead of time. If you wrap them carefully, they can last over a month in the freezer.
The refrigerator can also be a big help when you're planning out your Christmas dessert recipe schedule. Some foods might not freeze very well, but sometimes they can stay in the fridge for a few days, without a problem. Some examples are:
If your favorite Christmas dessert recipe doesn't really lend itself to freezing or refrigerating, there's still hope.
There are a lot of Christmas candy recipes or other types of desserts that store really well just in an airtight container. And then's there the bonus of not using up fridge or freezer space — which around the holidays is very, very valuable.
Here are some good candidates for airtight storage:
When you're choosing your Christmas dessert recipes, it's not a bad idea to pick a few you can freeze, a few you can store, and a few that can be made fresh. That way, you spread out the work. Plan ahead, and you'll have a much more relaxing holiday.
Well, now that you've got a good idea of how to plan things out so that you can have way too many different kinds of Christmas desserts, you need some recipes. A lot of these are the Christmas dessert recipes we've used in my family forever.
It's not Christmas without a few good Christmas cookie recipes. Cookies are great because they're easy to make, easy to store, and decorating them is a ton of fun.
My mom is always the one in charge of bar cookies. Every so often, she'll say we make too many desserts and suggests removing one recipe from the menu, but someone always vetoes that!
There's nothing like some yummy Christmas candy recipes. Something to nibble on during the day, a sweet little treat here and there.
Having a nice variety of Christmas baking recipes is awesome. You end up with lots of delicious holiday treats. But remember, having a fun, relaxing holiday is important, too. So plan ahead — you'll get all the treats without the stress.