Last-minute Christmas

Last-minute Christmas recipes

40 Recipes

No-fuss menu ideas, cakes and gifts.

Triple chocolate cupcake kit


(7 ratings)

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

Dolcelatte-stuffed figs


(10 ratings)

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

Black Forest trifle


(32 ratings)

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

Unbelievably easy mince pies


(437 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

Orange frosted panettone cake


(5 ratings)

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

Spiced beetroot & orange chutney


(66 ratings)

Serve this vividly coloured chutney with cheeses and cold meats - great to give as a gift, too
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Really simple cranberry sauce


(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

Roasted roots


(3 ratings)

Maximise your oven space by throwing everything into one dish and roasting with goose fat
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Quick & easy party nibbles


(5 ratings)

Ten stunning ideas for your Christmas drinks party, all suitable for vegetarians
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Christmas cupcakes


(25 ratings)

These beautiful and classy little cakes make lovely gifts, and kids will enjoy decorating them too
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Savoury party bites


(10 ratings)

Impressive, quick and easy nibbles to serve at parties or with drinks
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Festive fruit & nut cake


(19 ratings)

This fabulously moist and nutty Christmas cake is baked with a syrup and nut topping - a bit like a Florentine biscuit
  • 2 hours and 40 mins
  • Easy

Hot toddy fruitcake


(40 ratings)

This fabulous Christmas cake can be made and decorated in four very different ways. Just choose your favourite
  • 3 hours and 20 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Mini sausage rolls


(63 ratings)

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


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