Last-minute Christmas

Last-minute Christmas recipes

No-fuss menu ideas, cakes and gifts.

1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

A contemporary alternative to the traditional cheeseboard, the hardest part will be selecting your favourite cheeses

10 mins
Easy
2 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Turn a simple traybake into magical mouthfuls with these fun and easy decoration ideas

20 mins
Easy
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

The ideal gift for a cheese-lover: a box of camembert to warm in the oven and serve with boozy marinated sultanas

20 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

The perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves to bake - the ingredients for delectable chocolate cupcakes

25 mins
Easy
10 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Simple yet impressive stuffed figs make lovely canapés and only take 15 minutes to make

15 mins
Easy
40 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

James Martin's indulgent trifle won't keep you in the kitchen for long but will impress guests at your next get-together

30 mins
Easy
524 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hr
Easy
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

If you’ve been given a panettone over Christmas but you’re not sure what to do with it, try this superfast, special stacked cake

12 mins
Easy
74 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Serve this vividly coloured chutney with cheeses and cold meats - great to give as a gift, too

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
55 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Making your own cranberry sauce is really easy, and you can do it a few days in advance. Plus, this one calls for only three ingredients

15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Maximise your oven space by throwing everything into one dish and roasting with goose fat

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Ten stunning ideas for your Christmas drinks party, all suitable for vegetarians

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
29 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

These beautiful and classy little fruitcakes make lovely gifts, and kids will enjoy decorating them too.

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
11 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Impressive, quick and easy nibbles to serve at parties or with drinks

1 hr
Easy
23 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This fabulously moist and nutty Christmas cake is baked with a syrup and nut topping - a bit like a Florentine biscuit

2 hrs and 40 mins
Easy
18 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Fantastic with goat's cheese, sausages or cold meats

55 mins
Easy
46 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This fabulous Christmas cake can be made and decorated in four very different ways. Just choose your favourite

3 hrs and 20 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
87 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Everybody's favourite party food. John Torode's trick is to add water to the sausage mix, which makes the pastry puff up

55 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Adapt this festive rocky road however you like. It’s great for using up leftover Christmas sweets and biscuits, and you can get kids involved in making them, too

25 mins
Easy
23 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This quick and easy fridge cakes make a great addition to a homemade gift hamper

20 mins
Easy
3 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

This microwave Christmas pud, which uses shop-bought mincemeat, takes just 35 mins - simply combine the ingredients and cook on the day.

35 mins
Easy
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