25 Sweet, Savory and Spiked Christmas Treats

Get in the holiday "spirit."

Whether you're at the beginning or end of your Christmas feast, offer guests a little something sweet, savory or (our favorite) boozy. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.

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COCKTAILS: Citrus Whiskey Punch

This citrus punch is spiked with cinnamon-infused simple syrup and is the ideal beverage for sipping around a roaring fire before dinner.

MIKE GARTEN
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COCKTAILS: Cranberry Chai Sangria

Kick off your Christmas party with a cocktail treat that hits two major flavor notes of the season: chai and cranberry.

How Sweet It Is
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COCKTAILS: Apple Pie on the Rocks

This cocktail will make your guests feel like they're having dessert first — which is the true marker of a great evening.

Vegan Yack Attack
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COCKTAILS: Merry Manhattan

This aperitif is especially apropos if you're spending Christmas in the Big Apple — but regardless of where you're celebrating, everyone deserves a little Christmas "spirit."

Foodess
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COCKTAILS: Candy Cane Cocktail

With peppermint infused vodka and a crushed candy cane rim, this cocktail perfectly represents the season.

Boulder Locavore
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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
COCKTAILS: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

A little bubbly, a little sweet and a little tart — this cocktail has it all! Serve it like a dessert wine after eating for something festive and different. 

JOHN KERNICK
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COCKTAILS: Elderflower Ginger Fizz

Flavors of ginger and cherry make for a truly remarkable cocktail — serve in chilled champagne glasses for a classy presentation.

Buff Strickland
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APPETIZERS: Brie and Apple Tart

If you're looking for a snack that'll impress guests, but requires little to no effort, this sweet and savory recipe is calling your name. 

MIKE GARTEN
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APPETIZERS: Boozy Cherry Log

A cheese log is a classic party app, but this one kicks it up a few notches with a rum-infused and pecan-encrusted barrier. Pair it with graham crackers if you want to serve it as dessert.

JASON WYCHE
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APPETIZERS: Gingery Shrimp Toasts

The only problem with these crispy panko and spicy jalapeño bites is that they're so delicious, guests will have a hard time resisting eating several before dinner.

MIKE GARTEN
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APPETIZERS: Sprigs in a Blanket

Everyone loves pigs in a blanket, but this fancied-up version of the puff-pastry favorite is filled with asparagus and thinly-sliced prosciutto.

MIKE GARTEN
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APPETIZERS: French Onion Soup with Gruyere Toast

Melted. Gruyere. Toast. Do we need to say more? These mini crocks of savory French onion soup are textbook decadent.

What's Gaby Cooking
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APPETIZERS: Candied Popcorn Stars

Give guests something salty and sweet before the feast, and feel free to fashion this popcorn treat into any seasonal shape you see fit.

Melina Hammer
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APPETIZERS: Fried Honey Bites

These sweet little fritters are simple to make and even easier to eat — trust us, they'll be gone in no time.

Con Poulos
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APPETIZERS: Baked Brie with Honey and Rosemary

Is there anything better than an appetizer that is gooey, savory, sweet and earthy all at the same time? We dare say there is not.

Get the recipe from Delish »

ETHAN CALABRESE
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APPETIZERS: Grainy Mustard Soft Pretzels

If you ever had any doubt, bread is most certainly, unequivocally, undeniably a treat. We're fielding arguments for why bread is actually more of a treat than traditional dessert. Set out these doughy pretzels and discuss.

Con Poulos
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DESSERTS: Coffee Cocktail

Everyone needs a night cap. The caffeine will bring you back to life after (heavily) feasting with family.

Eclectic Recipes
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DESSERTS: Salted Caramel White Russians

This is — essentially — a boozy milkshake. Garnish with chocolate bark and rosemary sprigs for a seasonal touch.

Kate La Vie
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DESSERTS: Gingerbread Wands

Watch how quickly the kids turn these rolled gingerbread cookies into Harry Potter wands.

Mike Garten
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DESSERTS: Christmas Style Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels are a dessert classic — upgrade them for Christmas time by swapping out traditional milk chocolate for a red-and-white color palette.

The Merrythought
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DESSERTS: Candy Bars

We'll take these bars as displayed in the photograph. In a stack of five.

MARCUS NILSSON
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DESSERTS: Banana Pudding

Creamy banana pudding topped with fluffy whipped cream looks even better in a mason jar. Or in our stomachs.

Con Poulos
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DESSERTS: Mini Cheesecakes with Sugared Pecans

"Mini" and "treats" go together so perfectly. You'll want to pop these tiny cheesecakes well into the night.

Romulo Yanes
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DESSERTS: White Chocolate Reese's Christmas Trees

If you're looking for a chance to show off your icing skills, these tiny Reese's Christmas trees take a healthy dose of precision.

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DESSERTS: Christmas Tree Brownies

Create mini Christmas trees that your children will love. Better yet, give them them triangular brownies, icing, sprinkles and peppermint sticks and ask them to decorate their "Christmas trees" themselves. They'll be occupied all throughout dessert time. Genius.

One Little Project
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