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Best Christmas baking recipes

Check out our 39 best ever Christmas baking recipes - from classic mince pies to cherry stollen bars and chocolate tiffin, as well as our indulgent white Christmas cake and fun Christmas cookies. Impress your guests over the festive season with one of our super exciting Christmas baking recipes

Try one of our 39 best Christmas baking recipes. We’ve got everything from Christmas cookies to classic mince pies, a chocolate Baileys tiffin to Christmas muffins, and a super impressive white chocolate Christmas cake.


Try our Christmas baking recipes and treat your family and friends over the festive season, or make homemade Christmas gifts with our recipes here.

Baileys Chocolate Tiffin Recipe for Christmas

Our easy Christmas treats go beyond Christmas cake and Christmas pudding so you can bake some unique recipes such as snowman cupcakes, spiced Christmas biscuits and Christmas fudge.

We love Irish cream at olive (check out our Irish cream taste test to find out which one to buy), so we have created some indulgent Baileys recipes for you to make here.

So, without further ado, here are our best Christmas baking ideas… 

Christmas cookies

Looking for a foodie festive activity to do with children? Our spiced Christmas biscuits make perfect edible decorations to hang from your tree or mantle. You can leave them out for Santa or wrap them up as a gift, the possibilities are endless!

Spiced Christmas biscuits

Mince pies with shortbread pastry

Put an imaginative twist on your classic mince pie recipe this Christmas by adding shortbread pastry. These easy yet impressive mince pies are the perfect afternoon treat to serve guests over the festive period.

Mince Pie Recipe with Shortbread Pastry

White Christmas cake

Want a show stopping Christmas cake? Check out our super light vanilla cake, an easy alternative to serve on Christmas Day in place of a normal fruit cake. In order to keep the colour as white as possible, use a very light-coloured butter such as Lurpak or keep beating the butter until it lightens in colour. Looking for other showstopping cake recipes? Click here.

white Christmas cake

Baileys chocolate tiffin

Check out these indulgent chocolate tiffins with our favourite Christmas drink in solid chocolate form. You don’t have to include the edible glitter but it does give added bling. Check out our other Baileys recipes here…

Baileys Chocolate Tiffin Recipe for Christmas

Easy Christmas cupcakes

Check out our super cute melted snowmen cupcakes. These easy-to-make cupcakes are great fun to bake with the whole family and make for quick and easy Christmas party food.

Melted Snowman Cupcakes Recipe

Mini clementine bakewells

Check out these super simple mini clementine bakewells. This easy recipe makes for a great afternoon tea treat over the festive period, the perfect Christmas party treat. Plus, they’re gluten free too

Mini Clementine Gluten Free Bakewell Tart Recipe

Bourbon meringue mince pies

Christmas baking, gluten-free style. Just because you’re gluten free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the Christmas fun. These boozy mince pies don’t compromise on flavour or texture, plus they look impressive, too.

Bourbon meringue mince pies served on a cake stand next to mini white christmas trees

Orange marmalade slump cake

Paddington’s favourite Christmas cake! Somewhere between a cake and a pud, this slump is a dense, rich almond and polenta cake. Serve warm with a generous dollop of crème fraîche. This recipe is really easy but looks really impressive.

Orange Marmalade Cake Recipe

Boozy mincemeat pie

Want a boozy pie to feed a crowd over the festive season? Our elegant recipe turns the humble mince pie into a fantastic Christmas dessert. Use bought shortcrust pastry and a good-quality mincemeat to save time. Finish with a dusting of silvery icing sugar. Click here for other exciting sweet pie recipes…

Boozy Mincemeat Pie Recipe

Chocolate-dipped honeycomb

Looking for easy edible gifts? Ready in 20 minutes our quick and super fun honeycomb recipe is dipped in dark, milk and white chocolate, the perfect Christmas treat for someone with a sweet tooth. Try one of our other edible gift ideas…

Chocolate-Dipped Honeycomb Recipe

White velvet snowball cake

The best Christmas cake recipe. It might not be snowing outside, but one bite of this cake and you’ll feel like you’re in a winter wonderland. Filled with coconut and covered in white chocolate, it’s sweet and indulgent.

Snowball Cake (Coconut Cake Recipe)

Baileys and white chocolate fudge recipe

Homemade fudge is a great little sweet treat for Christmas. Perfect with coffee to finish off a meal or as a little energy booster, it keeps for up to a month in an airtight container.

Baileys and White Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Spiced rum bamkuchen

This dessert would be a showstopper for Christmas Day. Slice it open to reveal the many layers which will wow your guests. It might take a bit of time to prepare, but it’s worth the effort!

Spiced rum bamkuchen

Clementine drizzle loaf

A Christmas baking recipe using the popular festive flavour of clementine. Check out this clementine drizzle loaf, a festive take on the classic lemon drizzle cake. This light loaf recipe is super simple to bake and it’s an easy crowd pleaser.

Clementine drizzle loaf recipe

Sunken Nutella cake with Baileys cream

Our indulgent sunken Nutella cake with Baileys cream is sure to be a crowd-pleaser this Christmas, plus, it’s easy to make.

Sunken Nutella Cake with Baileys Cream Recipe

Chocolate and burnt butterscotch layer cake

An indulgent Christmas cake recipe. This delicious grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake looks really impressive and is definitely worth the effort to pull out this Christmas.

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burnt butterscotch cake

Advent Christmas cookies

Make your own gingerbread Advent Christmas cookies using this easy recipe. Eat them one-a-day or all at once!

We have more biscuit recipes here…

christmas cookies

Clementine yoghurt cake

Move over Christmas puddings, our gluten free festive clementine cake is in town and it tastes GREAT. Slice it up and watch everyone come running for a piece of this fruity and sweet, yogurty deliciousness.

Click for more exciting baking recipes, all gluten free..

Gluten Free Christmas Cake Recipe With Yoghurt and Clementine

Sour cherry stollen bars

This ingredients list may look lengthy but it’s all about building up the textures and flavours to make this the most moreish bar ever – way better than regular stollen.

Sour cherry stollen bars dusted with icing sugar and lined up in rows

Chocolate chip cookie pizza

This chocolate chip cookie pizza is super easy to make for a family Christmas gift. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, this giant cookie makes for a great alternative to a birthday cake.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza Recipe

Toffee apple cinnamon buns

Cinnamon buns are a really popular Christmas treat and apples, caramel and cinnamon make these gorgeously sticky buns a great brunch bake. Dried active yeast needs to be reactivated in water and gives a better rise than fast-action yeast. Find it in tubs in the baking aisle.

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe with Toffee and Apple

Victoria sponge with spiced Christmas curd

This recipe for Victoria sponge with spiced Christmas curd is an easy, festive twist on a classic cake – perfect for Christmas baking.

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Victoria Sponge Recipe with Spiced Christmas Curd on a white cake stand and christmas background

Mini Viennese mince pies

How do you make mini mince pies taste even better? Add even more buttery goodness with a Viennese swirl biscuit topping, of course!

Vinenese mini mince pies

Cranberry and ginger tiffin

Make this simple, indulgent tiffin to treat someone – but try not to eat it yourself! You can swap the white chocolate for dark or milk – go for the recipient’s favourite. The cranberry and ginger flavours really lift the buttery biscuit. Ready in only 30 minutes.

Cranberry and Ginger Tiffin Recipe

Apricot and white chocolate cookies

Our apricot and white chocolate Christmas cookies are really easy to make but taste delicious. They are ideal for a bit of festive baking and only take 40 minutes.

Apricot and White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Dark chocolate florentines

A great little Christmas treat. Hang them from ribbons as an edible Christmas tree decoration or stack them on a plate and enjoy them with a comforting cup of tea.

Dark chocolate florentines

Cranberry and almond muffins

Packed full of seasonal produce, our wintry muffins are guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas. The perfect mix of sweet and sour, they make a great on-the-go breakfast idea.

Looking for other muffin recipes? 

Cranberry And Almond Muffins

Salted butterscotch apple tart

This sweet and salty indulgent pud looks super impressive but is easy to make. Arrange the apples just right and you’ll get the perfect pinwheel shape.

Salted Butterscotch Apple Tart Recipe

Gingerbread bundt cake

An impressive Christmas cake idea. Guinness and dark chocolate add an extra depth of flavour and slight smokiness to this dark gingerbread. It’s best to make in advance then leave un-iced in an airtight box overnight or for a couple of days and glaze it an hour or so before serving. That way the flavours of the cake all get a chance to develop.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake Recipe

White chocolate roulade with Baileys

Treat your loved ones to a great dessert with this luxurious festive bake made with white chocolate and Baileys. It’s easy to make and requires very little effort, prepare it next time you host a festive dinner party.

White Chocolate Recipe Roulade with Baileys

Salted maple brownies

How do you make brownies even better? Add sea salt and maple of course! This recipe is really easy to make but looks impressive and delivers big flavours.

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salted maple brownies

 Apricot and pistachio sticky buns

These apricot and pistachio sticky buns are hard to resist. They’re perfect for a breakfast treat over the festive period, or with a cup of tea.
Sticky Buns Recipe with Apricot and Pistachio

Redcurrant and lemon bundt cake

Need a stunning recipe for a Christmas party? This beautiful cake is made in a Heritage bundt tin, which is made by Nordic Ware, an American company. It isn’t cheap but will last forever and works like a dream – the cakes release perfectly every time.

Redcurrant and Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

Chocolate and ginger brownie cake

A stupendous cake for tea, our chocolate brownie cake has chopped preserved ginger in the mix to give it an extra spice and a bit of a grown-up twist to really impress.

Chocolate and Ginger Brownie Cake Recipe

 Quince and honey cake

Quince and honey is a great autumnal flavour combination. Try them together in this recipe for an easy quince and honey cake that looks really impressive.

Quince and Honey Cake Recipe

 Rum and raisin bundt

Rum and raisin is a real crowd-pleasing flavour combo. Try this rum and raisin bundt cake warm, for pudding, dolloped with sweetened whipped cream.

Rum and Raisin Cake Bundt Recipe

 Chocolate hazelnut cake (torta alla nocciola)

This recipe for chocolate hazelnut cake celebrates a classic combination and is deliciously indulgent. It makes for a great dinner party dessert. The recipe comes from Sharing Puglia: Simple, Delicious Food From Italy’s Undiscovered Coast (£25, Hardie Grant).

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Recipe

 Chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon kugelhupf

Kugelhupf is a light Christmas cake similar to brioche or baba and is popular in central Europe. This version is made with chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon.

Kugelhupf Cake Recipe with Chocolate, Hazelnut and Cinnamon

Rum-raisin chocolate torte with brown sugar crème fraîche

Surely the photo speaks for itself. A decadent, boozy chocolate torte that’s just perfect for the festive season. If you don’t have it on Christmas Day, knock it up a couple of days later for maximum appreciation by your holiday guests. Dollies are great for decorating.

Rum-Raisin Chocolate Torte Recipe with Brown Sugar Crème Fraîche

Tangerine and marzipan muffins

These tangerine and marzipan muffins are easy to make and ready in under an hour – serve with an afternoon cup of tea or for an indulgent weekend breakfast.

(Orange Muffins Recipe) Tangerine and Marzipan Muffins

Janine and Gregor trade inspiring ideas for edible gifts for friends in this weekly instalment of our podcast

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