The 20 best easy Christmas baking recipes

Easy. Christmas. Baking. Three of my favourite words. Three of my favourite things. Twenty perfect recipes. Nigel and Nigella! Maple walnut biscuits from Jeremy Lee. A breakfast loaf from Honey & Co, marmalade popovers from Margaret Costa. Advent treats: flammkuchen from Anja Dunk and Yotam’s Swiss chocolate cookies. There are savouries: cheese and quince shortbread from Olia Hercules, sage and onion twists from Benjamina Ebuehi, stilton scones from Claire Thomson. There’s sweet: chocolate plum pudding and candy cane cookies. Truly, simply delicious. Merry Christmas from OFM.

Chocolate plum pudding recipe by Helen Goh (pictured above)

Chocolate gives this Christmas pudding its intense flavour

Saffron custard and panettone pudding recipe by Letitia Clark

An Italian twist on bread and butter pudding

Marmalade popovers recipe by Margaret Costa

A festive treat for breakfast, best eaten piping hot

Flammkuchen recipe by Anja Dunk

This is a sublimely simple German version of a pizza

Mincemeat rolls recipe by Nigel Slater

Mincemeat rolls.
Mincemeat rolls. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

A filo pastry take on the classic mince pie

Sage and onion twists recipe by Benjamina Ebuehi

A tasty variation on the traditional breadstick, perfect for a party

Honey bombs recipe by Trine Hahnemann

A Scandinavian classic treat to eat with hot tea

Cranberry and orange buttermilk loaf recipe by Georgina Hayden

The cranberries make this simple cake into a festive treat

Apple and calvados cake recipe by Fergus Henderson

The brandy lifts this bake to a thing of appley wonder

Christmas cheese and quince shortbread recipe by Olia Hercules

A great little canape to go with a lovely glass of festive fizz

Gingerbread pears recipe by Rukmini Iyer

Three kinds of ginger go into this festive pudding

Hazelnut chocolate brownies recipe by Florence Knight

These brownies get their nuttiness from hazelnuts instead of walnuts

Sticky toffee pudding recipe by Nigella Lawson

Intense and treacly, Christmas comfort food at its best

Maple walnut biscuits recipe by Jeremy Lee

Simple to make and just as good with ice-cream for dessert as with a cup of tea

Brunsli chocolate cookies recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi

Brunsli chocolate cookies.
Brunsli chocolate cookies. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

These spicy Swiss treats can be baked a little ahead of the holiday itself

Candy cane chocolate chip cookies recipe by Claire Ptak

This biscuit is inspired by American peppermint stick ice-cream

Medjool date, honey and macadamia breakfast loaf recipe by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich

Start the day with this really Christmassy treat

Masala chai pecan bundt recipe by Tarunima Sinha

A welcome spicy addition to a festive tea table

Chocolate, dulce de leche, cantucci recipe by Nigel Slater

Chocolate, dulce de leche, cantucci.
Chocolate, dulce de leche, cantucci. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin

Little pots of chocolate-caramel deliciousness, perfect for Christmas

Stilton and fig wholemeal scones recipe by Claire Thomson

The cheese and fruit give this humble scone a place at any Christmas table