10 Effortless Christmas recipes for sweet and savoury treats
Perfect for the busy Christmas dinner host, these quick and easy Christmas treat recipes will pack out a dining table with minimal effort
The holiday season is upon us, and nothing says Christmas like a table filled with delectable treats.
If the mere thought of spending hours in the kitchen has you feeling more Grinch than Santa, fret not! We've compiled a list of ten hassle-free Christmas recipes that promise to bring joy without the stress.
From savoury bites to sweet delights, these recipes are designed for simplicity, ensuring you spend less time cooking and more time savouring the festive moments.
Christmas tree veggie platter
Bring the spirit of the season to your table with the Christmas tree veggie platter. Paired with a tempting dip, this platter is not just a visual delight but also a delicious and nutritious way to kick off your holiday celebrations.
- Broccoli florets
- Cherry tomatoes
- Yellow bell pepper
- Dip of your choice
Arrange broccoli florets in the shape of a Christmas tree on a platter. Use cherry tomatoes as ornaments and a yellow bell pepper as a star on top. Serve with a side of your favourite dip for a visually appealing and healthy holiday appetiser.
No-bake Christmas cookies
In the midst of the holiday hustle, no-bake Christmas cookies offer a swift and delightful solution to your sweet cravings. Perfect for a quick festive fix, these cookies promise to satisfy your sweet tooth with minimal effort and maximum flavour.
- Crushed graham crackers
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
Mix together crushed graham crackers, sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips. Form the mixture into small cookie shapes and let them set in the refrigerator.
These no-bake cookies are a quick and delightful addition to your Christmas dessert spread.
Cranberry and Brie bites
Elevate your holiday appetiser game with the cranberry and Brie bites. Optionally warmed to achieve melty perfection, these bites encapsulate the essence of the season's flavours in every savoury and sweet mouthful.
- Brie cheese
- Cranberry sauce
Place small pieces of Brie cheese on crackers and top with a dollop of cranberry sauce. For an extra touch, warm them in the oven until the cheese is slightly melted. These bite-sized delights perfectly balance sweet and savoury flavours.
Slow cooker hot chocolate
Warm your heart and soul with the indulgent simplicity of slow cooker hot chocolate. This slow-cooked elixir promises a rich and velvety cocoa experience, just the comforting embrace everyone needs on a chilly Christmas evening.
- Chocolate chips
- Pinch of salt
- Whipped cream and sprinkles for serving
Combine milk, chocolate chips, and a pinch of salt in a slow cooker. Let it cook on low for a few hours, stirring occasionally. Serve this rich and creamy hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of festive sprinkles.
Fruit salad with mint and honey
Celebrate the freshness of the season with the fruit salad with mint and honey. This colourful ensemble brings together a medley of your favourite fruits, from succulent berries to juicy citrus segments, drizzled with golden honey and crowned with fresh mint.
- Assorted fruits (berries, melon, citrus segments)
- Fresh mint
Mix together your favourite fruits and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle fresh mint on top for a refreshing and vibrant fruit salad that adds a burst of colour to your Christmas table.
Transport your taste buds to the sun-soaked fields of Italy with Caprese skewers. With a drizzle of balsamic glaze to complete this Mediterranean-inspired appetiser, you now have a flavourful and elegant addition to your holiday spread.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Fresh mozzarella balls
- Basil leaves
- Balsamic glaze
Thread cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, and basil leaves onto small skewers. Drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving. These Caprese skewers offer a taste of Italy in every bite.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with the cool and festive allure of peppermint bark. Melted white chocolate meets the crunch of crushed candy canes in this delightful treat, making it a simple yet indulgent addition to your dessert table.
- White chocolate
- Crushed candy canes
Melt white chocolate and spread it on a baking sheet. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top and allow it to cool. Break it into pieces for a sweet and festive treat that combines the richness of chocolate with the coolness of peppermint.
Infuse a touch of sophistication into your holiday gathering with cucumber canapés. Elegant and effortlessly prepared, these canapés offer a refreshing taste of luxury for your Christmas celebrations.
- Cream cheese
- Smoked salmon
- Dill for garnish
Slice cucumbers and top each slice with cream cheese and a small piece of smoked salmon. Garnish with dill for an elegant and flavourful appetizer that requires minimal effort.
Elevate your snack game with the warm and savoury goodness of roasted nuts. A delightful medley of flavours and textures, these roasted nuts are a crunchy and aromatic addition to your holiday nibbles.
- Mixed nuts
- Melted butter
- Pinch of cayenne
Toss mixed nuts with melted butter, rosemary, and a pinch of cayenne. Roast in the oven until golden brown for a savoury and spiced nut mix that makes for a satisfying holiday snack.
Toast to the season with the refreshing and festive notes of eggnog punch. Served over ice, this punch is a delightful way to raise your glass and savour the flavours of Christmas.
- Ginger ale
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Ice for serving
Mix together eggnog, ginger ale, and a splash of vanilla extract. Serve chilled over ice for a refreshing and festive punch that captures the classic flavours of the season.
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