Frosted cinnamon brioche buns.

Friends, it’s here! The season of cinnamon buns and snow scones, egg bakes and breakfast cake, shortbread and rum balls, ham and mustard sauce, glogg and tangerine spritzes.

I’ve included all of my favorite Christmas Eve, Morning, and Dinner recipes below. This year I’ve added a few new favorites including these Lofty Popovers (Yorkshire Pudding), these Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots, and these Lemon-Almond Snowball Cookies, a low-effort, high-yield, crowd-pleasing, festive finale.

PS: 25+ Christmas Cookies

Christmas Eve

On the side? Good bread: My mother’s peasant bread is an excellent choice as is this dead-easy focaccia or this simple sourdough boule. A simple salad dressed in a citrus-shallot vinaigrette makes it a meal.

If mussels aren’t your thing, I can’t say enough about lasagna, which is such a good meal to make for entertaining. Here are two butternut squash lasagna recipes I love:


Breakfast (Sweet)

Brioche Cinnamon Buns

Prep these buns on Christmas Eve. Rise to frosted brioche bliss. And to very happy humans.

Two cranberry-studded favorites:

Overnight French Toast

This is the easiest French toast you will ever make, and I believe it’s one of the best, too. It’s crisp on the exterior and custardy on the interior.

Breakfast (Savory)


Salads & Sides



Classic Sweet Potato Casserole

Just-baked sweet potato casserole.


Bread, Biscuits & Rolls

Popovers 🎉

Rolls 🎉

Bread 🎉

Biscuits 🎉

Sourdough 🎉