The 10 Christmas Cookbooks to make this holiday the best of all!

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the Christmas Cookbooks.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

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Whether you go for a hulking ham, roast duck, a rack of lamb, a massive slab of prime rib, or a pure-vegetarian feast, the Christmas recipes in these cookbooks will make sure that you will have the best Christmas dinner ever. We have rounded up the best 10 Christmas cookbooks and holiday main course recipes worthy of a center spot on your table.

Let’s discover the 10 Christmas Cookbooks that you didn’t know you needed!

1. Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

We love this Jamie Oliver’s Christmas cookbook because it’s packed with all the classics that you will need for the big day, as well as loads of delectable recipes for holiday table food, edible gifts, and new ways to use Christmas leftovers. It is absolutely everything you need for the best Christmas ever!

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Inside this beautiful Christmas cookbook, you will find all your favorite classics, including Roasted Apple and Squash Soup, Baked Mash, Gravies and Cranberry Sauce, Vegetarian and Meat Stuffings, Glazed Carrots, Smoked Salmon Pate, Turkey Risotto, Seafood Smorgasbord, Christmas Trifles, Pavlova, Beet Carpaccio, Baked Camembert, Shrimp Cocktail, Beef Carpaccio, and many more delicious recipes. Chapters include Smart Starters; the Main Event; Veggie and Vegan Plates; The Wonderful World of Potatoes; Scrumptious Vegetables; Gravy, Sauces and all the Trimmings; Incredible Leftovers; Spectacular Festive Desserts; Afternoon Tea and Sweet Treats; Cute Edible Gifts; Super-Fantastic Salads; Dips, Bites, and Handheld Nibbles; Perfect Drinks and Guide to Roasting Meat. 

This cookbook is the greatest hits, perfect for a beautiful Christmas dinner, all wrapped up in one Christmas parcel. A must-have!

2. Christmas Cookies Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

We love Christmas as it is the most wonderful season of the year. It is about spending time with family and friends. It is about cooking, baking, decorating, and exchanging gifts. This adorable Christmas cookbook is jam-packed with delicious holiday treat recipes, cakes, candies, cookies, pies, and other festive treats that your entire family will love. 

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Inside this helpful holiday survival guide, you will find all your favorite recipes which will make your Christmas day truly magical. From Peanut Butter Bars, Coconut Macaroons, Cranberry Orange Cookies, Biscotti, Snowballs, Peppermint Meringues, and Pecan Pie Cookies to Rum Balls, Apple Sauce Cookies, Christmas Stars, Grandmas Raspberry Bars, Pistachio Cream Cheese Fingers – this truly festive book is packed with fantastic recipes and activities for the festive season. 

The dishes are straightforward and easy to prepare. A delightful Christmas cookbook to have! 

3. Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection

Why We Love It ❤️

We love this fabulous Christmas cookbook because it combines old-time favorites with a variety of exciting new dishes to spice up the festive season. The author adds sparkle to every celebration by taking the traditional Christmas fare and giving it a twist. All recipes are simple and reliable, whether it’s for Christmas day itself, a Boxing Day crowd, or a New Year family gathering. 

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Christmas is a time for celebration, family, laughter, and good food. The recipes themselves are, on the whole traditional, but many of them have a modern twist, which gives them that special touch. This lovely Christmas cookbook also contains tips, hints, and shopping lists that help to plan and organize Christmas lunches without stress. 

There are several set menu options to choose from. Traditional Roast Turkey lunch comes with Smoked Salmon Starter, Lemon and Thyme Stuffing, Apricot and Chestnut Stuffing, Bread Sauce, Christmas Turkey Gravy, Roast Potatoes, Roast Parsnips, Buttered Brussel Sprouts, Braised Red Cabbage, Celeriac Puree, and Sausages Wrapped in Bacon followed by Christmas Pudding. Another option is to go for Beef Roast that comes with Fresh Salmon and Dill Terrine as a starter, Yorkshire Pudding, Aubergine Goat’s Cheese Roast, and Roast veggies, followed by various desserts. 

Apart from set menus, there are also many other recipes: Smoked Salmon Canapes; Parmesan and Pistachio Nutters; Roquefort and Pear Crostini; Dips; Jumbo Prawns in Teriyaki Sauce; Hoisin Duck Filo Baskets; Mini Sausages with Mango Chutney and Sesame and many more. 

With an invaluable Christmas Day countdown, sample menus, shopping lists, and ever-popular tips on freezing and preparing ahead, this is a must-have Christmas cookbook for the festive season.  

4. Top 100 Most Delicious Christmas Recipes

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Christmas is full of magical moments where there are a lot of family gatherings and celebrations. The aim of this beautiful Christmas cookbook is to give the readers the best experience and a wide range of benefits, including the recipes associated with the wonderful Christmas holidays. If your family is yearning to enjoy a wonderful breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack during Christmas time, then you have come to the right place. 

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Open up a whole new world of fun Christmas cooking for yourself. Surprise your friends, guests, and their families with these delicious recipes. 

Breakfast recipes include Blueberry Muffins, Banana Cookies, Shrimp and Eggs Mix, Clafoutis, Cinnamon Rolls, Chia Seed Pudding, Baked Eggs and Artichokes, Raspberries Breakfast Scones, and many more. 

Lunch recipes are totally scrumptious: Cranberry Glazed Ham, Avocado Stuffed with Tuna and Pepper, Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Shrimp and Strawberry Salad, Pork Chops with Mushrooms, Salmon and Potato Salad, and Moroccan Chicken with Pumpkin, to name just a few.  

Dinner options are plentiful, and you can decide on Coffee-Rubbed Tenderloin, Walnut Salmon Mix, Spiced Prawns, Chives Toast, Irish Lamb Casserole, or Apple-Stuffed Chicken Breasts. 

And there is no Christmas without dessert. You can opt for Strawberry Cobbler, Cranberry Poached Pears, Chocolate Mousse, Walnut Ricotta Cake, or Pumpkin Pudding. 

You don’t need to be a world-class chef to make these dishes. Cook with soul, enjoy the festive season, and have fun!

5. The Festive Christmas Cookbook – Book 1

Why We Love It ❤️

We love this delightful Christmas cookbook because all recipes are good in taste and easy to prepare. They are full of joy, like delicious food – party food included. Enjoy cozy Christmas food in your budget, and wow everyone this Christmas! There are many classic Christmas recipes to choose from, but other delicacies are also added to make the event more exciting. 

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This delightful Christmas cookbook contains 50 recipes, crafts, and ideas to make your festive season magnificent. Inside this Christmas cookbook, you will find a complete collection of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year recipes. The recipes included in the cookbook include Apple Pie, Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast, Baked Squash with Feta and Pesto, Apple Salad with Cranberry and Candied Walnuts, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Baked Turkey Rolls, Beef Cranberry Celery Meatloaf, Blue Cheese and Pear Tart, Carrot Cheesecake, Classic Roast Turkey, Corn Casserole, Crab Cakes, Chicken Drumsticks, Gingered Pork Tenderloin, Grilled Chicken Green Salad, and many more delightful recipes. 

This book was created to make your Christmas memorable and delicious! 

 6. Christmas Baking

Why We Love It ❤️

We love this Christmas cookbook because it has the most irresistible Festive Cookies, Candies, Cakes, Snacks, and Confections that will bring comfort and joy to your holiday. Christmas Baking has perfect recipes for gift-giving, holiday gatherings, cookie swaps, and Christmas morning. If baking is any labor at all, it’s a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation.  

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Part of the appeal of Christmas is the many memories we bring to the season. Attic boxes filled with delicate glass ornaments and garlands come out once a year and remind us of the anticipation and magic of our childhoods. 

This beautiful Christmas Baking cookbook contains detailed notes on equipment, notes on ingredients, and baking tips. This book is packed with fantastic Christmas recipes. There is a separate Chapter on Cookies that includes Gingerbread Cutout Cookies, Dark Chocolate Crinkles, Chocolate Cutout Cookies, Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, Vanilla Meringue Cookies, Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms and more. There is a Chapter on international cookies that includes Red Velvet Macarons, Dutch Windmill Cookies, Kolaczki, Raspberry Linzer Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Krakelingen and Tonnekensbrand, and much more. Candy recipes include delicious Maple Peanut Clusters, Dark Chocolate Truffles, Almond Toffee, Cashew Brittle, Sugared Pecans, and Vanilla Bean Marshmallows. And on a Christmas morning, you have so many choices: Tomato Asparagus Quiche, Spinach and Bacon Mini Souffles, Overnight Egg Bake, Christmas Tree Sweet Bread, Buttermilk Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze, and Malted Waffles with Raspberry Compote. What can be more delicious? Plus, there are snacks and drinks as well! 

So have fun, take your cooking charts and make memories. Enjoy a merry sweet Christmas!

7. Grandma’s Best Christmas Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

We love this cookbook because it is packed with old-time favorite recipes for Christmas that Grandma used to make. These time-tested recipes are full of flavor and down-home goodness. They are easy to make and are comforting. If you are looking for some special treats to make for your family or to give as gifts, this Christmas cookbook will give you all that you need. 

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In Grandma’s Best Christmas Recipes, you will find old-time favorite recipes for Christmas. From Red Pepper Jelly, Fruit Christmas Cake Cookies, Christmas Shortbread, Gingerbread Men, Rum Balls, Strawberry Slush, Christmas Eggnog, Roast Turkey with Stuffing to Whipped Buttered Potatoes, Baked Ham with Glaze, Turkey Soup, Cinnamon Swirl Muffins, Honey Mustard Chicken, Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes – there are so many recipes to choose from to celebrate the festive season without fuss. A beautiful cookbook to refer to every Christmas. 

8. Nigella Christmas

Why We Love It ❤️

This is a wonderful recipe collection that will get you through the holidays. The recipes are a mix of fuss-free dishes that are very easy to prepare and cook. Prepare early in the day and let it simmer slowly. You will end up with a lavish party menu in a very ultrashort order. These recipes are real-time savers that don’t compromise on flavor but are extremely effective. A beautiful must-have Christmas cookbook!

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Christmas is a time for family and friends. The recipes in this lovely Christmas cookbook are easy to follow and very practical. It is all about planning and cooking ahead. This cookbook will bring you comfort and joy, including jokes and anecdotes. It has pretty much everything you will need for Christmas: from cocktails, canapes, and mass catering to homemade chutneys, preserves, and edible decorations. And, of course, there are recipes for Super-Juicy Turkey, Ginger-Glazed Ham, Goose, Rib of Beef, Stuffed Rolled Pork, Chocolate Pudding, and the Boozy British Trifle. The aim of this cookbook is to spend Christmas dinner with minimal stress and maximum enjoyment. We are just in love with this Christmas cookbook! 

9. Taste of Home Christmas

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With all the recipes in this Christmas cookbook, you have plenty of incredible delicious options for your party – whether it’s a sit-down dinner, an open house buffet, or a cocktail party. There is holiday hosting Do’s and Don’ts. Although Christmas preparations can be stressful, this wonderful cookbook teaches us different approaches to planning and just stressing less. 

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This wonderfully illustrated Christmas cookbook contains the following chapters: Festive Appetizers and Beverages; Jolly Holiday Parties; Joyful Morning Meals; Christmas Dinner Menus; Very Merry Entrees; Yuletide Side Dishes; Cheery Oven-Fresh Breads; Delightful Cookies and Bars; Truly Heavenly Desserts; Candy and Confection Sampler; Homemade Gifts from the Kitchen and Thanksgiving Gathering. 

Scrumptious recipes include Baked Brie with Mushrooms; Mediterranean Pastry Pinwheels; Butternut-Gouda Pot Stickers; Festive Holiday Punch; Mushroom, Walnut, and Thyme Cheesecake; Pimento Cheese Spread; Spanakopita Bites; Marinated Almond-Stuffed Olives; Mini Crab Cakes; Goat Cheese and Onion Pastries; Tropical Candy Freeze; Ricotta Puffs; Warm Feta Cheese Dip; Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Pear Sauce; Mulled Wine; Cranberry Bourbon; Lemon-Herb Salmon Toasts; Steak and Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion and Roasted Tomato Jam; Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey Meatballs; Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade; Curried Crab Spread; Rosemary and Thyme Lemon Cocktail; Camembert and Cranberry Pizzas; Fish Taco Bites –a wonderful selection and there is more!

This stunning Christmas cookbook will help you to create magic this season with more than 350 tempting recipes to choose from. Enjoy and have fun!

10. Christmas Cookies

Why We Love It ❤️

We love this Christmas cookbook because it has a collection of incredibly edible cookies, plus nifty packaging and cookie swap how-to’s! This cookbook has 21 full-color recipe photos, wonderful recipes, decorating ideas, and crafts. Let’s talk about cookies and scrumptious sweet treats that keep us coming for more. This cookbook has all the recipes you need!

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Christmas Cookies cookbook is a pure delight comprehensive Christmas cookbook for those who love baking. The chapters are divided into Frost-Kissed Cut-Outs, Razzle-Dazzle Drop Cookies, Snow Kidding, Sugarplum-Perfect Cookies, and Very Merry Mixes. Which is inspired by Betty Crocker’s Christmas cookbook, an amazing and classic cookbook.

What is a cookie exchange? It is simple, quick, and easy for friends and family to swap sweet treats. Arrive with a few dozen of your favorite goodies and leave with a candy-box assortment! Try exchanging layered mixes, candy, chocolate-dipped pretzels, popcorn balls, savory snack mixes, or mulled cider and cocoa mixes. 

There are recipes for bars, beverages, candy, cut-outs, frostings, mixes, and shaped cookies. From Nana’s Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies, Butterscotch Gingerbread, Mock Whipped Cream Frosting, and Cookies for Santa to Fancy Puff Cookies, White Velvet Cut-Outs, Spicy Ginger Cookies, and Chocolate Cut-Outs – this Christmas cookbook is jam-packed with sweet holiday treats. So, whip up a batch of cookies and fill your home with warm memories and tasty treats. 

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Here they are, the holiday classics! Perfect for the holiday countdown calendar and the perfect Christmas meal. These are the top-rated main dish and side dish recipes you need for a perfect traditional Christmas dinner. 

Honey Glazed Ham

Scalloped Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Roast Turkey Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Christmas Prime Rib

Traditional Yorkshire Pudding

Roast Duck with Chestnut Stuffing

Christmas Cranberry Salad

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Roast Christmas Goose

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin

Creamy Corn Pudding

Celebrate the holidays with friends, family, and festive recipes. What could be merrier than that? If the grinch stole Christmas and you don’t have a sweet doggie tale featuring, you can still enjoy the magic of Christmas with amazing and delicious dishes like Classic Pork Crown Roast, Simple Shrimp Scampi, Christmas Ham Wrapped in Puff Pastry, Cioppino, Yorkshire Pudding, Pineapple Honey-Glazed Ham, Stuffed Rib Roast, Red Chili Pork Tamales, Creamed Spinach, Crispy Pork Belly with Red Braised Cabbage and Sugar Browned Potatoes, Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries, Roasted Celery Root and Carrots, Cauliflower Goat Cheese Gratin, Sausage, and Apple-Stuffed Pork Roast, Roasted Rack of Lamb, Posole Rojo, Herbed Cauliflower with Parmesan. 

The traditional American Christmas dinner is very similar to a Thanksgiving dinner. This holiday season usually includes a stuffed bird (turkey is the most common) with gravy and some classic sides. 

Stock up on turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, beef, lamb, butter, celery, butter, vegetables, chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, cream, eggs, cream cheese, flour, garlic, glace fruit, green beans, leafy greens, milk, mixed nuts, onions, pecans, potatoes, prepared broth, puff pastry, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, sugar, sweet potatoes, thyme, vegetable oil, winter squash, yeast, and brandy. 

These basic Christmas ingredients will have you covered for the festive season!

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