The holidays are finally here which means it’s time to grab your apron and head into the kitchen to prepare some holiday fare for your friends and family. However, no one wants to spend their whole day in the kitchen, missing out on all the festivities. So we’ve put together this great list of twelve incredibly easy holiday recipes to add to your holiday menu that will also impress even your most discerning guests.

1. 5-Minute Candied Pecans


If you have unexpected guests drop by or are just looking for something to set out during cocktail hour this holiday, these super simple candied pecans are easy and delicious.

Just a few simple ingredients and 5 minutes of your time, and they are ready to serve. The best part is these are completely sugar-free so you and your guests won’t have to feel guilty indulging in these delicious snacks. Source: Amy’s Healthy Baking.

2. Caprese Skewers


These adorable little skewers can be assembled in a quick couple of minutes. The red of the tomato, white of the mozzarella, and green of the basil make this the perfect Christmas themed appetizers.

Add a little drizzle of olive oil and balsamic, and not only will these fast kebabs match the season; they’ll also impress your guests. Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

3. Sweet And Savory Baked Brie

Baked Brie is a really impressive appetizer to serve your guests, but it is probably the easiest thing in the world to make. Simply take a wheel of Brie, cover it in cranberry sauce, wrap it with puff pastry, and bake.

In 20 short minutes you’ll be able to present a holiday treat that will impress even your most gourmet guests. Source: Complete Recipes.

4. Crock Pot Maple Brown Sugar Ham


We love a great crockpot recipe at Ultimate Mom, set it and forget it is our favorite way to cook. This super simple crockpot dump recipe makes a succulent glazed ham in a few easy hours.

Make it over night or through it in the morning of the holiday and you’re guests will amazed at how you were able to make such a delicious entree without breaking a sweat. Source: Life In The Lighthouse.

5. Turkey Roulade


Instead of spending an entire day babysitting a massive turkey, use turkey breast and a variety of stuffing to make turkey roulade.

Not only will this recipe save you tons of time and energy, turkey roulade is gorgeous and will make a stunning holiday presentation that will have all of your guests swooning over your culinary skills. The best part about this recipe is you can tailor it to your family’s specific tastes. Source: Country Living

6. Christmas Lasagna


Skip the hassle of a multi-course meal and make a time-tested Italian favorite. This Christmas lasagna uses bell peppers to shape out an adorable Christmas tree.

Serve with a tossed salad and some garlic bread and you can consider your holiday meal complete. Source: Life With The Crust Cut Off.

7. Crockpot Vegetarian Stuffing


Another great crockpot dump recipe is this vegetarian stuffing. Simply mix the ingredients together, place into your crockpot for four hours and voila! Delicious homemade stuffing.

This recipe can even be modified for vegans or if you are a carnivore, trying wrapping this stuffing in a little bacon for this no-fuss appetizer from Who Needs A Cape?. Source: Show Me The Yummy.

8. Easy Pumpkin Bread


This no fuss, 2-ingredient bread uses spiced cake box mix and a jar of pumpkin. When you serve this moist bread to your guests, they’ll never know that it wasn’t painstakingly made from scratch.

Throw it in your favorite bundt cake pan to make a seasonal loaf or section into mini loaf pans to give as gifts to your friends. This holiday recipe could not be any easier! Source: Carolina Charm.

9. Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash


Roasting vegetables is one of the easiest ways to make a quick and healthy side dish. This recipe adds holiday flavors of cinnamon and maple syrup to a favorite fall vegetable.

Simply coat chunks of butternut squash in maple, cinnamon, and olive oil, put in the oven, and then turn once. Could not be easier! Source: Life Made Sweeter.

10. Bacon Wrapped Green Beans


These perfectly portioned parcels are absolutely delicious. The bright red of the bacon against the bold green of the green beans fit perfectly on any Christmas themed platter.

This clever side dish is all presentation and little preparation. Simply wrap a bundle of green beans with bacon, cook for five minutes on the stovetop, and top with slivered almonds. Plus, you may finally get even your pickiest eaters to eat green beans with this holiday dish. Source: Green Healthy Cooking.

11. No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake


Is there anything easier than a no-bake dessert recipe? This decadent pumpkin cheesecake can even be made weeks ahead of time and frozen until you are ready to serve.

Simply mix the ingredients together, top a graham cracker crust and stick it in the fridge for dessert. You can serve this with any of your holiday meals or bring it to a holiday party for an impressive, no-stress treat. Source: Kraft Recipes.

12. All-In-One Cookie Dough Recipe


Want to impress you guests with a massive tray of different holiday cookies without spending a whole day in the kitchen baking.

This Martha Stewart recipe is perfect for you. You make one easy batch of butter cookie dough and then turn it into dozens of different cookie creations depending on what you add or how you decorate. You can make everything from drop cookies to jam stripes to even pretzel cookies. Nothing could be easier! Source: Martha Stewart.

Instead of sweating away in the kitchen all day while your guests have all the fun. Join them in the celebrations by making these quick recipes. For more holiday tips, check out our blog on Ultimate Mom. We have tons of great craft ideas, recipes, and tips to reduce your holiday chores!


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