24 Traditional Old-Fashioned Christmas Recipes

These traditional Christmas recipes will have you singing carols by the fire and make you nostalgic for the holidays of yesteryear! Right out of grandma’s recipe box, these old-fashioned Christmas favorites are must-makes during the holiday season. Yes, some of them we love to hate (looking at you fruit cake), but most of them make us nostalgic for spending the holidays in mom and grandma’s kitchen.

Soft Christmas Sugar Cookies

Soft Christmas Sugar Cookies

“These cookies are very special to me as my grandmother gave it to me in 1974. She would have been 101 years old this year. Grandma used to give these cookies as Christmas gifts to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would begin baking in November and freeze them in order to have enough ready for Christmas.” - Kathy
Christmas Fruit Cake

Christmas Fruit Cake

“After waiting for over a month I finally unwrapped the fruit cake to try today. I am not really sure why fruit cakes have such a bad wrap as this fruit cake was really good. It was nice and moist and full flavour! The cake had a hint of booze without being overwhelmed by it. I think that I will be making a Christmas fruit cake again next year.” - Kevin
Gingerbread (Old Recipe)

Gingerbread (Old Recipe)

”This is one of those old-fashioned recipes with simple ingredients. It's delicious and tastes of Christmas. The gingerbread is soft, tender, and full of spices. The bread is not overly sweet and heavenly. We made it extra special by serving with sweetened whipped cream. A perfect recipe for the holiday season.” - Kitchen Crew
Martha Washington Candy

Martha Washington Candy

“It’s no surprise either that one of my favorite holiday treats is a candy that my mother made every Christmas, but only at Christmas. For that reason, the making of Martha Washington Candy signifies Christmas is near. It is a tradition. As well, it wouldn’t be Christmas without it. As you know, this candy has been around for years. Most notably, it’s simple yet elegant, quick yet gourmet, and outrageously rich!” - Paula
Italian Fig Cookies

Italian Fig Cookies

“In our family, Christmas cookies are kind of a big deal. The famous ones are my grandparents’ Gigi struffoli (I have no clue where Gigi came from but it’s what we call them) and my mom's seven layers. These are a bit time consuming but they turn out delicious and beautiful. The cookie is bite-size, soft and tender and the filling slightly sweet. Finished off with a little glaze and non-pareil sprinkles!” - Angela
Great Grandad's Eggnog

Great Grandad's Eggnog

“It wouldn't be Christmas without my grandfather's eggnog. This is not for the faint of heart. Its smooth and creamy deliciousness hides a powerful dose of whiskey! You may run into Santa after a few of these!! Cheers! And remember, Don't drink and drive.” - Susan
Chewy Molasses Cookies

Chewy Molasses Cookies

“Soft and chewy, with a good spicy molasses flavor. These cookies are a harbinger of the holidays. Yes, you can make them any time of the year, but to me, they scream Christmas!” - Hope
Steamed Carrot Pudding for Christmas

Steamed Carrot Pudding for Christmas

“My mother's father was born in England (Victorian era) so she grew up with Christmas Pudding on their holiday menu here in the USA. She continued to love it all her life. I'm making no comment about my preferences because this is her recipe and she loved it -- perhaps you'll enjoy reading what a Christmas Pudding is like.” - Marcia
Buche De Noel (Yule Log)

Buche De Noel (Yule Log)

“30 years ago, I took a cooking class from Jacques Pepin,’internationally recognized French chef’ beside other dishes, we learn how to make Buch De Noel. Since then, every Christmas, I make dozen of X-MAS Log for my family and give as a gift to my friends, they all love it!” - Araxy
Perfect English Yorkshire Puddings

Perfect English Yorkshire Puddings

“In England you can't have roast beef and not have Yorkshire Puddings with it.” - Clare
Hungarian Cookie Treasures

Hungarian Cookie Treasures

“This is an old-fashioned cookie, but it's more like a mini-pie in cookie form. The dough's slightly sweet but the sweetness mostly comes from the jam and powdered sugar. The jam's a little surprise inside the soft and chewy cookie. They're a little time consuming to make, but are very tasty and would be tasty to include in a cookie exchange.” - Kitchen Crew
Grandma Lu's Vanilla Anisette Christmas Cookies

Grandma Lu's Vanilla Anisette Christmas Cookies

“Growing up in an Italian family, our kitchen was always filled with family, food, and fun. But during the holidays it was simply magical! The kitchen was filled with incredible aromas and every inch of space was filled with spectacular desserts. My favorite cookies were my grandmothers vanilla anisette which I would help her make every year. To this day I make her cookies, carry on the traditional and, transforms my kitchen into that very special magical place I always loved as a child.” - Nancy
Mommy Sugar's Pepper Nuts-Pfeffernusse-Pebernodder

Mommy Sugar's Pepper Nuts-Pfeffernusse-Pebernodder

“This is a very old recipe from Germany. These cookies are usually served with coffee or tea and enjoyed mainly at Christmastime.” - Beth
Mama's White Fruit Cake (Family Favorite)

Mama's White Fruit Cake (Family Favorite)

“This recipe has been in our family for as long as I can remember, at least 55 years or more. The only time we ever got this cake was at Christmas time. We would pick the pecans from the trees and then shell them and save them for mama to make this cake and Pecan Pies for the Christmas Holiday.” - Rose Mary
Butter Cookies (Swedish)

Butter Cookies (Swedish)

“These were a staple of holiday cookies at my childhood. My great grandmother, grandmother, mom & I would make them together. As the child, I had the job of using a thimble to make the perfect dent to fill with sparkling jellies.” - Wendy
Marion's Spritz Cookies

Marion's Spritz Cookies

“We love making spritz cookies during the holidays. You don't have to bother with cookie cutters. The cookie press does the work and you can make different shapes. They're fun to decorate too. This recipe makes buttery and sweet spritz cookies. The dough is firm and ideal for making the perfect spritz cookies. Have fun with your Christmas cookie tray this year and add these spritz cookies to it.” - Kitchen Crew
Christmas Peanut Butter Coconut Cherry Balls

Christmas Peanut Butter Coconut Cherry Balls

“My mother made these every year for Christmas. She would make them and freeze them thinking they would last until Christmas, FYI - they are GREAT frozen. Just ask all 6 of us kids!!” - Lynelle
Christmas Cherry Balls

Christmas Cherry Balls

“Another traditional Christmas cookie recipe. They're good for any time of year, but they are a must on our cookie platter. This is a combination of many recipes, suited to my oldest daughter's taste. She's the fussy one in the family!” - Val
Little Christmas Puddings

Little Christmas Puddings

“My daughter made these little treats! She found the recipe in a Christmas cookie cookbook. I don't know why they're called 'puddings' because they taste just like cake balls. These are very decadent and very easy to make! I love how festive they look!” - Lillian
Italian "S" Cookies

Italian "S" Cookies

“We really enjoyed these traditional Italian cookies. They're light and airy with a hint of lemon flavor. The delicate cookie just melts in your mouth. Delicious alongside a cup of coffee. They'll look great on your Christmas cookie platter.” - Kitchen Crew
Hertzog Cookies

Hertzog Cookies

“These cookies or jam and coconut tartlets are known as Hertzog koekies in South Africa and are part of our traditional recipes.” - Elsa
German Linzer Christmas Cookies

German Linzer Christmas Cookies

“This is my mother-in-law's German version of Linzer Christmas Cookies. She says they are best filled with currant jelly but it is hard to find. Otherwise, she uses apricot.” - Sheila
Dolly's Chocolate Snowballs

Dolly's Chocolate Snowballs

“This recipe was from my mom and I would watch her as a child make these cookies and it was always around the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. They simply melt in your mouth. I remember watching her add or take out an ingredient till she had it just right. I know you will love this recipe!” - Rosemarie
Christmas Trifle

Christmas Trifle

“What a pretty and tasty addition to your holiday table! Eggnog is a staple for my holiday gatherings and adding it to the pudding mix is so tasty. And the fresh cranberry sauce to the mix gives this recipe that holiday feel. Your family will love the creamy fresh taste of this trifle.” - Kitchen Crew