Christmas Bread Recipes

Here are our best-loved recipes for panettone, stollen, pumpkin bread, and other seasonal favorites. Choose from more than 180 gift-worthy recipes.

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Nana's Christmas Stollen

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A German Christmas treat. This recipe was handed down by my great grandmother to my grandmother to my mother.

Danish Cinnamon Snails

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Americans would call these cinnamon rolls--but this version is the original Danish version and it's absolutely wonderful. They are traditionally served with coffee or tea at Christmas time, and they are to die for!

Finnish Nissua

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Nissua is a tender Finnish sweet bread made with cardamom. This bread is formed into braided loaves or wreaths, and topped with a simple frosting.

Norwegian Potato Flatbread (Lefse)

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This is my take on Norwegian flatbread. Without really knowing what I was doing, these came out delightfully tender, supple, almost fabric-like in texture, and tasting deliciously like something between a crepe and a potato pancake. They're traditionally served with butter and a sprinkle of sugar, but I also enjoy them with some smoked salmon, sour cream, and fresh dill. My other favorite topping combo is butter and some kind of berry jam and sour cream.

Swedish Saffron Buns

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These traditional Swedish-style saffron buns are frequently baked around Christmas time. They are a very tasty and lovely tradition!

Panettone Loaves

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This is the Italian answer to fruitcake. A lovely textured, citrus infused fruitcake or bread that will satiate an appetite for something sweet and delicate to accompany tea or coffee. For this recipe you will need 3 (3 1/4x7 inch baking-safe paper bags. Be sure to use paper bags that are intended for baking. The lunch bags sold in most grocery stores are unsafe to use!

Jule Kaka

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This is a Swedish Christmas Bread with candied fruits and a yummy cardamom flavor.

Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring

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This lovely and delicious tea ring combines the classic flavors of cranberry and orange to create a tender and beautiful loaf that everyone will love!

Sticky Buns

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Yum! What can be better than a hot sticky bun for breakfast or a late night snack? Pop one into the microwave for a few seconds to make them taste fresh from the oven.

Danish Kringle

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This recipe is from my father-in-law's mother who was born and raised in Denmark. It is a wonderful holiday pastry treat that is both beautiful and delicious. Plan to make your dough at least 1 to 2 days in advance--but it's very simple. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and refrigerate. Creating the kringle takes more time, but it is worth it!

Pumpkin Gingerbread

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Wonderfully flavorful and fragrant bread for the holidays.

Chocolate Babka

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Of all of the breads I've baked, my friends love this one the most. It's soft and moist, and the chocolate just melts in your mouth when you bite into a slice. I hope you'll like it as much as we do!

Inspiration and Ideas

Old-World Poppy Seed Roll

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"My grandparents were Czech. When I made this roll, both my mom and dad said, 'Your grandmas would be proud.' Delicious!" – Kimberly

Tips For Christmas Yeast Breads

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Nutella® Pastry Christmas Tree

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This spectacular pastry Christmas tree is easier to make than you might think. Just follow this step-by-step recipe! Indulgent Nutella® chocolate hazelnut spread is sandwiched between two layers of puff pasty, scored in all the right places then twisted to form tree branches. Ideal for Christmas parties and delicious washed down with some festive mulled wine.