16 Last Minute Christmas Recipes For Unorganized People

December 24, 2015

Forgot you were meant to bring a Christmas dish? 

If you don’t have the time to spend the next 24 hours in the kitchen creating traditional mince tarts and the thought of dragging yourself to the shops is making you squirm, take a chill pill and relax. We’ve got some quick fix recipes that’ll make you look like you spent all night slaving over a hot stove (while you were actually enjoying our boozy Christmas cocktail recipes!). 

All of these recipes take a small amount of time to prep, almost all under an hour to make, and include ingredients you should have lying around in your kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

1. Christmas Cookies


If you’re a baker, you should have all the ingredients for these festive cookies sitting in your pantry already. Just a quick trip to the shops for some Christmas M&Ms. (Recipe here)

2. Oven Roasted Parmesan Potatoes


These only take an hour to cook in the oven and require just a few simple ingredients – parmesan, lemon, garlic, salt, pepper and of course potatoes. (Recipe here)

3. Slow Cooker Brown Butter Carrots


This one you’ll need to prepare right away. It takes three hours in the slow cooker, but only has a few elements, is super easy to make and tastes delicious served with Christmas ham. (Recipe here)

4. Blueberry Croissant Bake


Berries, croissants, milk and sugar, what more could you want? You can prepare and cook this scrumptious dessert in under an hour; perfect if you’re pulling something together last minute. (Recipe here)

5. Cream Cheese Mints


These mints are a tasty snack you can pop in your mouth after you’ve stuffed yourself silly with Christmas ham. Best of all, they only contain three ingredients and take no time at all to create. (Recipe here)

6. Italian Green Beans


In under 20 minutes you’ll have these green beans cooked, sautéed in butter, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and ready to devour. (Recipe here)

7. Malt Ball Bark


You’ll need a little time to execute this one, but if you’ve got a spare hour up your sleeve, you’ll be fine. Not only are these absolutely delicious, they’ll be a hit with the whole family – who doesn’t love chocolate? (Recipe here)

8. Devil’s Eggs


These are delectable, creamy and simple to put together. In just a few minutes you’ll have mouth-watering devil’s eggs sitting pretty on your Christmas table. (Recipe here)

9. Triple Chocolate S’mores Bark


Who can say no to s’more slice? We suggest baking this when everyone else is sleeping off their Christmas lunch so you have something sweet ready for when they wake. (Recipe here)

10. Tortellini Skewers


Tortellini, feta and tomato – is there a better combo? These skewers make a great appetizer, can be made in around 15 minutes and the fact they are red, green and white make it look as though this was a Christmas dish you’d planned months ago. (Recipe here)

11. Christmas Tree Cookies


These festive sugar cookies will use up those leftover baking ingredients you’ve had lying around since you attempted to make your bestie that OTT birthday cake earlier in the year. Sweet, delectable and a great crowd pleaser. (Recipe here)

12. Parmesan, Zucchini and Corn Salad


A delish addition to any Christmas spread, this salad not only gets veggies into the kids, but it tastes amazing. (Recipe here)

13. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower


Mouth-wateringly moorish and superbly easy to make, you can prep and have these ready to serve within the hour. (Recipe here)

14. White Chocolate Peppermint Bark


What’s Christmas without candy canes? This dish is effortless to create and uses only two ingredients. Gloriously crunchy, the bark is a simple solution to help get your annual peppermint fix. (Recipe here)

15. Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad


This light salad will be a welcome addition to any Christmas lunch. The classic combo of tomato, basil, salt, pepper and mozzarella will provide a much needed burst of freshness to your baked ham. (Recipe here)

16. Garlic Butter Spinach Pasta


There’s garlic, there’s butter and there’s pasta – need we say any more? Simple to whip together, all you’ll need is ten minutes up your sleeve and wa-lah; you’ve got yourself an impressive dish. (Recipe here)

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