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Best Christmas Baking Recipes

Best Christmas Baking Recipes. A collection of 25 of our most popular recipes for the Holiday baking season. Everything from no-bake cookies to a traditional Christmas pudding!

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Best Christmas Baking Recipes

With Rock Recipe’s 13th Holiday baking season underway, we take a look back on some of our most popular recipes for Holiday baking over the years.

November and December have always been our busiest months on Rock Recipes, ever since we started back in 2007. Since that time, our holiday recipes grow more in popularity every year.

For many of our hundreds of thousands of followers, this is their first stop for great holiday baking ideas. That’s probably because we have great old fashioned recipes like traditional fruitcake recipes.

But, I also like to think they come for new ideas too, like our most recent White Chocolate Nanaimo Bars. It’s always good to add some new ideas to your Christmas baking plan, just to keep it interesting.

Without further ado, here are 25 of the most popular Christmas related recipes from the past 12+ years on this website. Happy baking!

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Best Christmas Baking Recipes


Strawberry Chiffon Squares is just one recipe in our collection of freezer friendly No-Bake Cookies for Christmas.

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Strawberry Chiffon Squares

Cherry Pecan Cake is an old family favourite with a rich cream cheese batter.

Cherry Pecan Cake

Cherry Pecan Cake

Moose Farts was a recipe that I posted as a lark to make with kids. I had no this no bake treat would explode in popularity.

Moose Farts

Moose Farts

Marshmallow Cookie Bars was another surprise hit because it reminded many people of childhood. Easy to make in Christmas colours too.

Marshmallow Cookie Bars on a white ceramic pedestal

Marshmallow Cookie Bars. In any flavour you like.

Apricot Fruitcake was an instant hit when I first developed it from another great cake recipe.

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Apricot Fruitcake.

Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars became popular not only for their deliciousness, but because they look quite festive too.

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Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

Nanaimo Bars. We now have 8 varieties and counting of this classic Canadian treat that’s always popular at the Holidays.

Nanaimo Bars shown on a serving plate.

Nanaimo Bars. New and Improved!

Christmas Pudding. I’ve simplified a steamed pudding to make it suitable for the oven. It’s popularity showed how much folks enjoy old fashioned recipes.

Christmas Pudding a simplified recipe

Christmas Pudding a simplified recipe

Fruitcake Cookies. I’ve converted many non-fruitcake loving folks to this amazing chewy cookie recipe.

Dark Fruitcake Cookies

Dark Fruitcake Cookies

Marshmallow Roll Cookies. Another no-bake selection that really took off, especially on Pinterest.

Marshmallow Roll Cookies

Marshmallow Roll Cookies

Orange Brandy Fruitcake. This one became very popular with folks who don’t like molasses or spices in fruitcake.

Orange Brandy Fruitcake

Orange Brandy Fruitcake

Molasses Raisin Bread. Often associated with Good Friday and Christmas Eve in here in Newfoundland.

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Bread image with full loaf

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Bread

Cherry Cake Squares echo the flavour of our very popular Cherry Pound Cake recipe.

Cherry Cake Squares shown on a silver and white platter

Cherry Cake Squares. Inspired by a local Holiday favourite.

Pecan Pie Bars turned out to be one of our most popular cookie bars ever, especially at Thanksgiving and the Holidays.

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The Best Pecan Pie Bars

Gumdrop Cake. A Newfoundland favourite with kids and adults alike, for the Holidays and often as a birthday cake!

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Old Fashioned Gumdrop Cake.

Snowballs. My Nan Morgan’s recipe that’s never diminished in popularity since first posted in 2007.

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The Perfect Newfoundland Snowballs Recipe

Classic Shortbread Cookies. To be honest this recipe is popular all year long but that increases considerably in hits around the Holidays.

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Old Fashioned Shortbread Cookies

Queen Anne Squares. A bakery favourite in Newfoundland that’s so easy to make and incredibly popular at Christmas time.

Queen Ann Squares On a white serving plate.

Queen Ann Squares

Apricot Raisin Cake. Another Newfoundland favourite recipe that’s so moist and delicious. Freezes well too.

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Apricot Raisin Cake

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies. These inviting cookie bars are often the first to disappear from our Christmas cookie trays.

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies


Cherry Pound Cake. Practically a requirement for any Newfoundland household during the Christmas season.

Newfoundland Cherry Cake sliced on an antique clear glass platter

A Christmas favourite.

Newfoundland Lassy Mogs. A soft, chewy molasses spice cookie that’s completely addictive. Find it in our Best Newfoundland Christmas Cookies Collection.

Newfoundland Lassy Mogs

Newfoundland Lassy Mogs

Classic Canadian Butter Tarts. Always in our top ten recipes during the Christmas season. Many folks bake these on Christmas Eve.

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The Best Canadian Butter Tarts, always popular at Christmas too!

Perfect English Sticky Toffee Pudding. This is another recipe that is incredibly popular year round but many folks have now adopted it as their traditional Christmas Day dessert. There simply is no better warm, comfort food dessert.

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Perfect Sticky Toffee Pudding with easy toffee sauce.

Old English Fruitcake. If you think fruitcake is dead, think again. This recipe is consistently at the top of our most popular recipes every single year.

Old English Fruitcake

Old English Fruitcake

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cyrus patel

Friday 29th of October 2021

Love your recipes


Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

When baking Christmas cakes is it better to use metal or glass for a loaf shape?

heather bird

Saturday 14th of November 2020

hello. I am looking for your christmas cookie collection(not xmas baking, just cookies). Thank you so much and I really enjoy your daily email with recipes. I am not from Newfoundland, from Ontario, and my family are Mennonites on my Mom’s side. I [thought they were the best bakers, but you give them a run for their money... Thanks, Heather Bird

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