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.

Staff Picks

Nana's Christmas Stollen

Rating: 4.5 stars 49
A German Christmas treat. This recipe was handed down by my great grandmother to my grandmother to my mother.
By Christine L.

Danish Cinnamon Snails

Rating: 4.5 stars 65
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!
By malene_2

Finnish Nissua

Rating: 4.5 stars 57
Nissua is a tender Finnish sweet bread made with cardamom.

Norwegian Potato Flatbread (Lefse)

Rating: 5 stars 10
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
These traditional, raisin-studded, Swedish saffron buns are frequently baked around Christmas time. They are a very tasty and lovely tradition!

Panettone Loaves

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
This is a Swedish Christmas Bread with candied fruits and a yummy cardamom flavor.

Cranberry-Orange Tea Ring

Rating: 5 stars 7
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 74
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 154
Beautiful braided Danish pastries with a rich brown sugar and walnut filling.

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Rating: 5 stars 1529
Wonderfully flavorful and fragrant bread for the holidays.
By frosty

Chocolate Babka

Rating: 4.5 stars 67
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!
By Lilia

Inspiration and Ideas

Old-World Poppy Seed Roll
Rating: Unrated 86
"My grandparents were Czech. When I made this roll, both my mom and dad said, 'Your grandmas would be proud.' Delicious!" – Kimberly
What is Panettone?
Is it a cake? A bread? A loaf? Learn more about the Italian delicacy.