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‘Tis the season!
I know, I know. It’s July. It’s 100 degrees outside here in Phoenix. However… who doesn’t love a little extra Christmas in their life?!
Today I’m sharing 25 recipes to make for Christmas in July! We’re baking up in celebration of The Ultimate Cookie Handbook *new lower price* of just $29.
This book includes tons of visual examples to learn the science of baking in a fun way as well as 50 of my best cookie recipes (some not even found on the site!). It’s one of my proudest professional accomplishments, and I hope you love it if you decide to order one!
Okay, back to our regular programming…
So, What is Christmas in July?
Apparently, the roots of the Christmas in July concept trace back to the late 1800s. It was popularized by advertisers in the 1950s. I associate it mostly with the Hallmark channel. I just love the idea of adding a little sprinkle of magic into the summer months. Why not?!
So, get your baking sheets ready, and let’s have a rockin’ Christmas in July baking celebration!
Best Christmas Cookie Recipes
Possibly the most flavorful chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted. The combination of the nutty brown butter, the rich sweetness of the dark brown sugar, and the caramel-y toffee is INSANELY good. These cookies even went viral on TikTok! Get the recipe >>
My go-to recipe, these Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies are perfectly tender and soft with just the right amount of chewiness. They take just minutes to make with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen! Roll them in sprinkles before baking for extra festive sugar cookies! Get the recipe >>
My most popular cookie recipe of all time! Ultra-thick Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies feature golden brown edges with ooey-gooey centers. This easy recipe can be made in 30 minutes! Get the recipe >>
Easy Gingerbread Cookies are thick, soft, and perfectly maintain their adorable shape. This dough is a dream to work with and the cookies can be made ahead of time! Get the recipe >>
Chocolate and peanut butter has been my favorite sweet combination since before I can remember! I am obsessed! These peanut butter cookies are thick, chewy, soft, melty, and wonderful. Get the recipe >>
This simple sugar cookie dough is a joy to work with! Plus, these cookies hold their shape perfectly while baking and don’t get too hard or crispy. Get the recipe >>
Classic Crispy Gingersnaps are the perfect Christmas cookie! Thin and crunchy with the perfect amount of molasses and spice, this easy homemade recipe takes just 30 minutes to make! Get the recipe >>
These festive red and green M&M Christmas Cookies are ultra thick, soft, chewy, and flavorful. These cookies are ridiculously easy to make and are perfect for holiday gifting. Get the recipe >>
Festive Pie Recipes
French Silk Pie features an Oreo cookie crust, rich and creamy chocolate filling, and is topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings! No raw eggs. Perfect holiday recipe! Get the recipe >>
This pie recipe is like a massive peanut butter cup from heaven! The crust is crunchy yet buttery, the peanut butter filling is ultra-light, fluffy, and luscious, and the candy on top takes it to a whole other level. We never have leftovers when we make this pie recipe because it gets gobbled up so quickly! Get the recipe >>
This Caramel Apple Streusel Pie features a rich, buttery crust, an easy homemade caramel apple filling, and a crazy-delicious toffee-studded streusel topping. Everyone will go back for seconds (and thirds!) of this perfectly-spiced pie! Get the recipe >>
Butterscotch Pie is made with an easy spiced Biscoff cookie crust, a homemade butterscotch pudding filling, and is topped with creamy whipped cream. Get the recipe >>
Holiday Cakes and Cupcakes
Quick, easy, super moist, and full of fun, this Christmas Funfetti Cake will take you right back to childhood – and it’s ready in under 40 minutes!! A definite crowd-pleaser, this cake will make kids of any age happy. Use adorable holiday sprinkles to get everyone in the Christmas-in-July spirit! Get the recipe >>
Peppermint Chocolate Cake is the absolute PERFECT holiday cake! It’s as easy as it is beautiful, ultra moist, and it’s loaded with chocolate and refreshing peppermint flavors. Get the recipe >>
Mint + chocolate = heaven. The cupcake is super duper moist while the frosting is lusciously smooth. Get the recipe >>
Easy Gingerbread Sheet Cake features a Texas-style spiced molasses buttermilk cake topped with a creamy and rich cream cheese frosting. A super simple recipe, perfect for feeding a crowd! Get the recipe >>
This Butterscotch Cake is SO easy and SO delicious! Super moist and tender brown sugar sour cream cake layers filled with thick homemade butterscotch sauce and finished with butterscotch buttercream. Get the recipe >>
The BEST Red Velvet Cake recipe ever! Ultra moist, buttery, tender, and soft cake with the most perfect red velvet flavor. Topped with easy cream cheese frosting. Get the recipe >>
Peppermint Mocha Bundt Cake is the absolute PERFECT holiday cake! It’s as easy as it is beautiful and loaded with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint flavors. Get the recipe >>
More Christmas in July Desserts You’ll Love
Fun and festive easy Peppermint Oreo Truffles require no baking and just 6 ingredients. Anyone can make these, and they are sure to be an all-time family favorite! Get the recipe >>
Gingerbread White Chocolate Blondies are chewy, soft, melty, and a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. The perfect easy treat for the holidays and ready in just 40 minutes! Get the recipe >>
It isn’t Christmas without cinnamon rolls! Gooey Cinnamon Rolls are ultra soft and tender, loaded with ooey-gooey buttery cinnamon filling, and flooded with vanilla icing. Better than Cinnabon and can be made the night before! Get the recipe >>
Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars are tangy, sweet, fresh, and rich. They look almost as good as they taste! Get the recipe >>
Gingerbread Brownies feature a thick and fudgy spiced brownie, studded with crumbled gingerbread cookies and topped with adorable mini gingerbread men, for a perfectly festive Christmas dessert! Get the recipe >>
Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake features a buttery Oreo cookie crust, an ultra-rich and decadent chocolate peppermint filling, all topped with a fudgy ganache and crushed candy canes. Get the recipe >>
Fudgy Ginger Brownies are ultra thick and chewy crackly topped brownies loaded with gooey chocolate chips and candied ginger. Get the recipe >>
What is your favorite recipe to make for Christmas?! Comment below!