Easy-peasy fruitcake topped with candied fruit, served on a plate

Easy Christmas recipes

94 Recipes

Take the stress out of Christmas prep with these simple yet scrumptious recipes. We've got all the essentials covered, from easy roast turkey to no-fuss mince pies.

Easy-peasy fruitcake

4.666665

(3 ratings)

Try this lighter version of a classic Christmas fruitcake, bursting with festive spice and juicy fruit. Decorate with candied fruit and glacé cherries
  • 3 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Easy turkey crown

5

(1 rating)

Serve a traditional roast turkey for Christmas without the fuss. Use the sticky glaze you'd get on a ham to add flavour and golden colour to a turkey crown...
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Easy mulled wine

0

(0 ratings)

Get that festive feeling with this smooth mulled wine made with figs, sliced clementine and spices. Great for a Christmas party or just to cosy up with
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Easy Christmas pudding

4.842105

(19 ratings)

A classic light, spiced Christmas pudding - so simple you don't even need any kitchen scales...
  • 3 hours
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Unbelievably easy mince pies

4.54318

(440 ratings)

No rolling required! Press the raw, crumbly pastry directly into your tin for a short, biscuity finish. Our easiest mince pie recipe and great fun to make with kids
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

No-stress gravy

5

(2 ratings)

Take the stress out of Christmas dinner prep with our easy five-ingredient gravy. Prep it on the day or make ahead and keep in the freezer until needed
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Roast chestnuts

4

(1 rating)

Make a batch of roast chestnuts for a festive Christmas treat to share with guests. Try our easy method and make the most of these seasonal bites
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

3-in-1 brown-buttered winter vegetables

5

(1 rating)

Save yourself time and washing-up on Christmas Day by cooking carrots, leeks and Brussels sprouts together along with butter and sage for a perfect side dish
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Really easy cinnamon rolls

5

(2 ratings)

Use ready-made croissant dough to make these easy cinnamon rolls. We’ve topped the rolls with a thick caramel, but you could use a thin white icing instead...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Snowman cake

5

(3 ratings)

Get in the seasonal spirit with this stunning snowman cake. It will be a hit with the whole family and kids will love getting involved with the decorating
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Smashed roasties

4.8

(5 ratings)

Boiling the potatoes for longer, then smashing them, makes for more surface area, meaning golden brown beauties and extra crispy bits everyone will love!
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Sticky spiced red cabbage

4.634145

(41 ratings)

This colourful dish will complement any festive main course. Toss any leftovers with a drizzle of olive oil and serve with cold cuts, pâté or cheese
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Cheese & rosemary biscuits

5

(3 ratings)

These savoury biscuits are deliciously cheesy, and are so easy to make. They make a lovely gift. Leave out the rosemary, if you prefer
  • 39 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Turkish delight

2.714285

(7 ratings)

Make your own Turkish delight with our easy recipe. It makes a great gift for Christmas, or just treat yourself to something sweet
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Ham & crackling

5

(6 ratings)

Cook this festive ham up to three days ahead and keep it covered in the fridge (and the crackling, in an airtight container) to save on stress when entertaining
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Really simple cranberry sauce

4.91111

(45 ratings)

Making your own sauce is really easy, and you can do it a few days ahead. Plus, this one uses only three ingredients
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

All-the-trimmings traybake

4.444445

(9 ratings)

Enjoy the best of Christmas in a traybake. A perfect Boxing Day feast for using up leftovers like potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sprouts and pigs-in-blankets
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy

Easy Christmas turkey

4.5

(2 ratings)

The turkey is cooked high and fast like a chicken, giving it extra crispy skin. It needs longer to rest so the meat can relax and stay succulent
  • 2 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy

Pickled red cabbage with walnuts & apple

5

(1 rating)

Serve this festive pickled red cabbage with cold cuts and sausage rolls on Boxing Day and beyond. It also makes a fantastic side dish for Christmas Day
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Carrot & caraway crackers

5

(1 rating)

If you're catering for vegans at a party, make these easy carrot canapés that everyone will love. Top with a sprig of dill and a vegetable crisp to impress...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

10-minute mincemeat

0

(0 ratings)

Make your own mincemeat this Christmas – and not just for mince pies. Try it in Chelsea buns or sweet samosas. You could also give jars of it away as gifts...
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Classic snowball

4

(2 ratings)

Serve a classic snowball at Christmas for your guests. With advocaat, lemonade and ice, it's the ultimate retro cocktail to celebrate the festive season...
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Cranberry & lentil bake

4.5

(8 ratings)

Double or triple the quantities of this festive cranberry and lentil bake to serve more people, if you like. You can make it up to two days before serving
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Marmalade glazed roast duck

4.25

(4 ratings)

Try roast duck as an easy alternative to the usual turkey dinner on Christmas Day. A sticky Seville orange and marmalade glaze makes it even more festive
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy

Sherried sprout & Savoy gratin

5

(1 rating)

Take Brussels sprouts and cabbage to a new level with this festive gratin containing cream, cheese and a slug of sherry. Ideal for Christmas or Boxing Day
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

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