Grits and Gouda Top 12 Christmas Recipe Roundup Southern shortcut recipes to make your Christmas holiday merrier!

My Top 12 Christmas Recipe Roundup

Why Top 12? Because I couldn’t narrow it down to 10!

Grits and Gouda food blogger Kathleen Phillips Christmas Top 12 Recipe Roundup. Pictured are Maple Pecan Tassies, Sugardoodles, Roasted Candied Sweet Potatoes, Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

My Southern shortcut recipes will have you in and out of the kitchen this Christmas sooner than later! Do you love the traditional Southern recipes you grew up with but don’t have the time to make them because it seems like your Mom or Grandma made everything from scratch starting with growing their own green beans and decorating cut-out sugar cookies? I’ve got you covered with this Christmas shortcut recipe round up.  I’ll give you step by step photos and tips along the way.

I’m as Southern as they come and love homemade, from-scratch recipes and avoid processed, packaged food, if I can. But! I also have a busy schedule just like you, so I’m constantly finding shortcuts to my homemade recipes and I share them with you here on

From sides dishes to desserts to food gifts-just click on the images below to go straight to each blog post and recipe. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

1. Candied Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spoonful of candied sweet potatoes lifted from white casserole dish

2. Instant Pot Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swirl CheesecakeInstant Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cheesecake sliced and served on a white plate with a lentin rose in the background

3. Sugardoodles

A plate full of Sugardoodles-A cross between a sugar cookie and a Snickerdoodle.

4. Cranberry Apple Jalapeno SalsaCranberry Apple Jalapeno Salsa in a black salsa dish with sweet potato chips in it and around the dish

5. Maple Pecan Tassies These bite-size pecan pies are made with a hint of maple syrup. The pie crust is a Southern shortcut to your holiday table! Perfect for gift giving.

6. Cookies ‘n Cream White Chocolate Fudge Cookies n Cream White Chocolate Fudge. No Candy thermometer needed! A black platter of fudge with one on a white candy wrapper

7. Glazed Nutella Zucchini Bread

This sliced and Glazed Nutella Zucchini Bread. Is it a bread? Is it a cake? The method is a quick bread but it is so incredibly rich, moist and decadent it looks and tastes just like a cake. You decide.

8. Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Tater Tots

 Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Tator Tots in red bowl with cheer pom poms in background for the big game

9. Coffee and Dark Chocolate Chip CookiesCookies for breakfast? Yes please! Best way to get my coffee fix ever! Coffee and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies-cooling on a black wire rack.

10. Sausage Squash Casserole (Keto version included)

Sausage squash casserole keto on WBRC Fox 6 Good Day Alabama

11. Microwave Cranberry Pistachio Brittle

Cranberry Pistachio Brittle made in the microwave in just minutes!

12. Sweet Heat Shortcut Pickles and Vidalia Onions

Sweet Heat Shortcut Pickles start with a jar of pickles with added garlic and spices.

For more holiday recipes, check out my Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup.

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Author: gritsandgouda

Hi! I’m Kathleen. I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, cookbook author, and event planner loving life in a charming town called Gardendale, Alabama, with my husband and two teenage children. I love to cook and laugh…not necessarily in that order.

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