All Make-Ahead Christmas Recipes

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  • Horizontal view of white plate with slice of small batch lasagna and garnished with chopped parsley. A partial view of the baked lasagna in the glass pan is to the right of the plate. Above the plate to the left is a small bowl of lettuce and a tumbler. A fork is on the left of the plate.
    1 hr, 5 min
    This small-batch weeknight lasagna comfortably serves two and is ready in half the time as a larger batch. Loaf Pan Lasagna is layered with chunky pieces of sausage and rustic-but-quick tomato sauce.
  • Two Glasses of Coquito
    40 min
    Think of Coquito as the Puerto Rican version of eggnog! It's made with a blend of coconut ingredients, cinnamon, and rum. One batch makes plenty for a party.
  • Bakery Style Cinnamon Roll
    9 hrs, 50 min
    These Homemade Cinnamon Rolls only taste like they came from a bakery! Soft and fluffy, and topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting. A make-ahead dough breaks up the work.
  • Lemon Curd Cheesecake - whole cheese cake with lemon curd on top and someone is about to take a slice out of it
    9 hrs, 30 min
    This is the creamiest, most delectable, most lemony cheesecake! It's speckled with lemon zest and topped with tart, luscious lemon curd. It's just what you need to satisfy that sweet-tart craving.
  • Best fruit cake on a serving platter
    2 hrs, 15 min
    This easy Christmas fruitcake is perfect for the holidays. It's light, tender, and full of dried fruits and nuts. Sprinkle the loaf with brandy, or leave it out! Either way, this fruit cake is a welcome addition to the holiday table.
  • Best Bread Pudding served on a plate with bourbon sauce
    2 hrs, 10 min
    This best-ever Bread Pudding is so easy to make. Just soak bread cubes with eggs, sugar, and milk, then bake. Add bourbon-soaked raisins and spices to make it extra-special. This New Orleans dessert is a classic for Christmas, Mardi Gras, or any special meal.
  • Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin
    1 hr, 25 min
    We LOVE this pork loin roast stuffed with chopped apples, walnuts and cranberries. So festive, perfect for holiday entertaining!
  • Duchess Potatoes
    55 min
    Gluten-Free
    Classic Duchess potatoes, mashed with butter, nutmeg and cream, then baked until the tops are golden brown.
  • Tiramisu
    45 min
    Here's how to make a classic tiramisu, step-by-step. Made with whipped egg yolks, sugar, rum, mascarpone, and whipped cream, layered with coffee-dipped ladyfingers. Great make-ahead dessert for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and holiday parties.
  • Sausage Breakfast Casserole
    1 hr, 25 min
    EASY sausage breakfast casserole! Made with eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, cubed day old bread, and Italian pork sausage. Perfect brunch casserole.
  • Peanut Brittle Recipe
    1 hr, 30 min
    Gluten-Free
    Peanut Brittle is easy to make at home and great for holiday gifts, or just to have around the house when unexpected guests show up. Breaking apart the brittle is a fun holiday tradition!
  • Chocolate Ganache Torte
    1 hr, 15 min
    This over-the-top rich chocolate ganache torte is made with two pounds of chocolate, a stick of butter, and a cup of cream. It earns being called Death-By-Chocolate!
  • Cider Roasted Root Vegetables
    1 hr, 5 min
    Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
    Beautiful roasted root vegetables—garnet yams, parsnips, carrots, beets—tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette and roasted until tender and caramelized.
  • Almond Shortbread Cookie
    1 hr, 20 min
    Almond Shortbread Cookies! For the holidays or "just because." Made with a mix of almond flour and regular flour, and topped with sliced almonds for even more almond flavor.
  • French Toast Recipe with Eggnog
    25 min
    Can't get enough eggnog? Make this Eggnog French Toast! It's a great way to use up leftover eggnog in a festive holiday breakfast.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Sauté
    50 min
    Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
    Great side dish for the holidays! Roasted cubes of butternut squashed tossed with balsamic sautéed onions, kale, pecans, dried cranberries.
  • Hot Buttered Rum
    10 min
    Bring these orange and vanilla hot buttered rums to your next holiday party! Easy to make for a crowd.
  • How to Make Chocolate Cream Pie
    5 hrs, 13 min
    Chocolate, pudding, and pie—the best of all possible worlds! This easy, make-ahead pudding pie sets up in a few hours in the fridge, just in time for dessert.

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