Last-minute Christmas

Last-minute Christmas recipes

45 Recipes

No-fuss menu ideas, cakes and gifts.

3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Unexpected guests and no Christmas cake to serve? This last-minute loaf tastes as if it had been made in November. Decorate with a snow shower of icing sugar

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A simple, quick and indulgent dessert you can rustle up in 10 minutes. If you want to make a non-alcoholic version, use a can of cherries in syrup instead

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 20 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

We all know a few die hard chocolate fans - make them one of these hot choc stirrers as a gift and they'll never want to use powdered cocoa again

13 mins
Easy
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Make a cosy night in even more indulgent with this meltingly good quince paste, spicy sausage and cheese toasted sandwich - the perfect winter pick-me-up

16 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

There's nothing better than soft, buttery carrots to go along with your favourite roast. You can keep this side simple or tweak it with our delicious twists

15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

This simple syrup makes a lovely homemade gift and adds a festive flavour to drinks and desserts - stir into hot chocolate, warm apple juice or Prosecco, or drizzle over ice cream

10 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

These low-fat, gluten-free canapés can be put together in just 10 minutes - perfect as a last-minute party nibble

10 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

This simple gravy compliments delicately flavoured turkey meat and is quick enough to make at the last minute

15 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Treat your guests to a Christmas punch. It's a blend of prosecco, sloe gin, Jägermeister and apple juice, together with festive clementine and ginger

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

James Martin's stunning seafood starter is guaranteed to impress at any dinner party - layer with beetroot, orange and tangy horseradish cream

30 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These colourful, spiced sweet and sour onions add piquancy to a ploughman’s, or a sharp finish to Mexican food - an ideal edible gift to make ahead and pop in a homemade hamper

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

The classic combination of apples and cheese is given a lift with thin slices of sweet fruitcake - a great festive party canapé or buffet treat

20 mins
Easy
24 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Also known as miracle fudge, this indulgent sweet treat is made in minutes in the microwave, and makes for an ideal last-minute edible gift – no sugar thermometer required

17 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This simple canapé is easy to assemble and has only three ingredients, yet looks great as part of a party platter or buffet

15 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This super simple, yet delicious, side dish has just three ingredients - perfect for no-fuss entertaining or with a laid-back Sunday roast

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

This is a really tasty and easy roast recipe that won't let you down on the big day

5 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Beautifully bite-sized canapés to hand round at your next party - just five ingredients and ready in 15 minutes

15 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

For a simple, smart starter, just mix mayo with garlic, herbs and a squeeze of lime and serve with seafood and brown bread

15 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This fresh idea for your Christmas sprouts is a good source of both vitamin C and folic acid

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Give your roasties a little style and originality with rosemary, garlic and chipolatas

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This storecupboard relish has all the flavours of a classic cooked chutney but with more bite. It makes a great last minute accompaniment to a cheese board or ham

15 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

An easy yet stunning decorative idea which will put those surplus Christmas chocolates to good use

15 mins
Easy
10 ratings 3.2 out of 5 star rating

This fudgy, fruity alternative to a classic Christmas pudding can be prepared on Christmas Eve to save time on the big day

1 hr and 45 mins
Easy
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