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Best Christmas baking recipes

Impress your family over the festive season with one of our super exciting Christmas baking ideas, from classic mince pies to cherry stollen bars and chocolate tiffin, as well as our fruity Christmas cake and fun Christmas cookies

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


Try our Christmas baking recipes and treat your family and friends over the festive season, or follow our ideas for homemade edible Christmas gifts. We’ve also got plenty more indulgent Christmas pudding and dessert recipes for you to try.

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.

Christmas baking ideas

Classic mince pies

It’s just not Christmas without a mince pie. Making your own shortcrust pastry is easy, and investing in decent shop-bought mincemeat makes all the difference

Classic Christmas cake

Get ahead for Christmas by baking this classic festive fruit cake, covered in marzipan and fondant icing. With gentle spices, citrus flavours and ginger wine, this easy bake is full of flavour and sure to impress a crowd.

Classic stollen

This gently spiced, festive bake is bursting with dried fruit and marzipan. A great homemade gift or afternoon pick-me-up.

Christmas biscuits

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!

Easy Christmas Cookies Recipe

Chocolate yule log

Need a show-stopping dessert recipe to impress guests over the Christmas period? Check out our indulgent festive yule log with a boozy Baileys cream and crunchy hazelnut brittle, the perfect festive bake.

Festive Yule Log Recipe

Christmas tiffin recipe with Baileys

Looking for an easy edible gift to give friends over the festive season? 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

Christmas cupcakes

Looking for Christmas treats to bake? Soak up the cuteness of our melted chocolate 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

Snowball cake

Need a show-stopping cake to serve family and friends over the festive season? Check out our indulgent white chocolate 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)

Stollen bars with sour cherry

Looking for Christmas treats to bake? Jazz up your stollen this Christmas with our easy sour cherry flavoured bars. The 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. Check out our best cherry recipes here.

Christmas Stollen Recipe

Snowball madeleines

Give the English madeleine a festive spin by infusing with the flavours of a classic snowball cocktail.

Coconut Snowball Madelines Recipe

After Eight chocolate cake

This showstopping cake is a glorious combination of chocolate and mint that makes an excellent dessert for a festive party.

Chocolate After Eight Cake Recipe

White chocolate cranberry cheesecake blondies

Make your blondies extra special with a festive sprinkling of cranberry flavour and a swirl of decadent cheesecake filling.

White Christmas cake recipe

Want a show-stopping easy Christmas bake? 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 show-stopping cake recipes? Click here.

White Christmas Cake Recipe

Shortbread mince pies

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. Check out more of our afternoon tea recipes here.

Mince Pie Recipe with Shortbread Pastry


Honey-sweetened German treats spiced with cinnamon and ginger, lebkuchen are famously festive biscuits. Bake a batch this winter to really get into the Christmas market spirit.

Black forest truffle chocolate cake

Turn the clock back with our nostalgic black forest cake with a modern twist.

Black Forest Truffle Cake Recipe

Florentines recipe

A great little Christmas treat to bake at home. Hang them from ribbons as an edible Christmas tree decoration or stack them on a plate and enjoy with a comforting cup of tea over the festive season.

Dark Chocolate Florentines Recipe

Pandoro semifreddo

This easy yet standout pandoro recipe is sure to bring the wow factor to any Christmas table. The chocolate and amaretto semifreddo is all encased in an Italian pandoro bread and topped with a crown of crunchy pistachios.

Chocolate Pistachio Semifreddo Recipe

Whisky crumble mince pies

We’ve added a splash of booze and morello cherries to this classic Christmas treat and topped with buttery crumble for extra indulgence.

Crumble Topped Mince Pies Recipe with Whisky

Orange and Aperol drizzle cake

Your favourite cocktail as a loaf cake – perfect for a grown-up afternoon tea over the festive season.

Orange Drizzle Cake Recipe with Aperol

Dirty chai chocolate layer cake

Inspired by the dirty chai (a masala chai latte with a shot of espresso), this showstopping cake boasts layers of chai ganache and chocolate ombre sponge, the perfect festive bake to impressive guests over the cheerful season.

Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe with Chai Ganache

Christmas cake recipe with almond and rum

Want an easy fruit cake with no fuss? Impress your guests this Christmas and jazz up your cake with rum and a simple almond buttercream. Make it now or save the recipe to whip up an easy Christmas baking idea.

Christmas Cake Recipe with Almond Buttercream

Christmas chocolate truffles

Treat someone special this Christmas with these melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles with a boozy kick from Baileys cream.

Homemade Baileys Truffles with Chocolate

Clementine loaf cake recipe

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

Christmas cookies recipe

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

Gluten-free mince pies recipe

Christmas baking, gluten-free style. These boozy mince pies with meringue tops 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

Slump cake recipe with marmalade 

Want an easy Christmas baking recipe? Use up left over marmalade with this easy slump cake. Somewhere between a cake and a pud, this cake is a dense, rich almond and polenta cake. Serve warm with a generous dollop of crème fraîche. Discover more fruity bakes here.

Orange Marmalade Cake Recipe

Mincemeat pie recipe

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 shop-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 recipe 

Looking for easy edible gifts for Christmas treats to bake at home? 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 here…

Chocolate Covered Honeycomb Recipe

Russian honey cake

Check out our impressive Russian cake recipe with moreish burnt-honey icing. This layer cake takes a bit of effort to make but it’s the perfect cake to show off to friends and family for any special occasion over the festive season. This Russian honey cake recipe is created by original GBBO winner and expert baker Edd Kimber.

Baileys and white chocolate fudge

Homemade fudge is a great little sweet treat for Christmas. Perfect with coffee to finish off a meal or as an energy booster, it keeps for up to a month in an airtight container. Plus we’ve got an easy how-to video and it only requires 4 ingredients, the perfect festive bake.

Baileys and White Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Bamkuchen cake with rum

Present this show-stopping dessert on Christmas Day for an impressive festive bake, packed with golden marzipan and dark rum. 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! Try more of our boozy cake and bakes here.

Spiced Rum Bamkuchen Cake Recipe - layered german christmas cake covered in chocolate glaze and white chocolate lines

Chocolate layer cake with butterscotch icing

Want 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 over the festive season. Looking for other exciting chocolate cake recipes? Click here.

Chocolate Cake Recipe with Burnt Butterscotch Frosting

Orange clementine cake with yoghurt

Move over Christmas fruit cake, our gluten free festive clementine cake is in town and it’s zesty and super moist. Slice it up and watch everyone come running for a piece of this fruity and sweet, yogurty deliciousness.

Gluten Free Christmas Cake Recipe With Yoghurt and Clementine

Chocolate 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 traditional Christmas treats.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza Recipe

Toffee apple cinnamon buns

Start your Christmas morning with these flavoursome 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.

toffee and cinamon buns

Bakewell tarts with clementine

Our easy bakewells recipe makes for a great afternoon festive bake over the Christmas season. Plus, they’re gluten free too. More gluten free baking here.

Mini Clementine Gluten Free Bakewell Tart Recipe

Victoria sponge with spiced Christmas curd

Jazz up your traditional Victoria sponge with spiced Christmas curd. This simple sponge is an easy, festive twist on a classic cake – perfect for easy Christmas baking. Check out other easy cake recipes here.

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, zesty organs and boozy amaretto of course! Discover the best shop bought mince pies here.

Mini Viennese Mince Pies Recipe - served on a wooden board

Cranberry and ginger tiffin

Make this simple, indulgent tiffin to treat someone you love this Christmas. 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 with Cranberry

Gingerbread Christmas bundt cake

Try our gingerbread bundt cake for 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. More ginger cakes and bakes here.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake Recipe

Gingerbread Advent calendar

Looking for fun Christmas baking ideas? Make your own edible Advent calendar with our quick and easy gingerbread cookie recipe. The kids can eat them one day at a time or all at once! We have more biscuit recipes here.

Christmas Advent Biscuits

White chocolate roulade 

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

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.

Lemon and redcurrant bundt cake

Italian Christmas cake

This decadent recipe for chocolate hazelnut cake (torta all nocciola) celebrates a classic combination and is deliciously indulgent, a great Christmas day cake idea for an Italian-inspired Christmas sweet treat.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Recipe

Christmas bundt cake (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, a great alternative to the traditional British Christmas cake recipe. Plus, it’s easy to make, too.

Kugelhupf Cake Recipe with Chocolate, Hazelnut and Cinnamon

Chocolate torte cake

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 from your holiday guests.

Rum-Raisin Chocolate Torte Recipe with Brown Sugar Crème Fraîche

Christmas 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 festive breakfast treat.

(Orange Muffins Recipe) Tangerine and Marzipan Muffins


Feeling inspired to do some Christmas baking? Listen to our podcast with Edd Kimber (aka The Boy Who Bakes) here