Christmas in July Recipes and Inspiration!

christmas in july cookies

Dreaming of Christmas in July? Me too. Holiday 2020 won’t be business as usual, for sure, but we can’t afford to waste one precious year. So I hope you’ll indulge me in a little Christmas-in-July checklist fantasy ~ let’s dream together and plan to make 2020 a holiday season to remember.

Decorated gingerbread tree cookies on a baking rack.

Admit it, you’ve thought about the holidays once or twice this month. I know I have, it’s only natural. We’re at the half way point and while they seem far away, they’re so near in spirit. Here’s my bucket list, I aim to tick every box this year ~ how does my list compare to yours?



Let’s make a new tradition ~

I love to go all out once every holiday season and try something new, maybe even venture out of my comfort zone. These Swedish Pepparkakor cookies from last year were a favorite around here and now I need to figure out how to top them this season.

What you’ll need:

Decorated pepparkakor cookies on a baking sheet.



A Cozy Drink ~

Cozy nights at home will likely be the norm this December, so I’m definitely going to be amping up the hygge factor at our house. Candles, comfy throws, crackling fires…you get the idea.

What you’ll need:

a mug of cocoa with bourbon marshmallows



A Homemade Gift ~

You could just drop ship your gift list online this year, but making it personal will be more important than ever. I love making homemade jams and jellies for holiday gifts, and my mulled cranberry jelly is one of my all time faves. (Did you know that when you subscribe to my emails you get a free ebook full of homemade holiday gift ideas?)

What you’ll need:

  • Get your cute packaging sorted early. I always gift my jams and jellies in German Weck jars, because they’re pretty and can be reused in so many ways. My Nutcracker Bark recipe comes with pretty printable gift tags complete with the recipe ready to share.

mulled cranberry jelly with cheese and crackers



A Festive Cake ~

A box of doughnuts on the counter won’t cut it this year. I want my kitchen to feel like a wonderland, even if I’m the only one who sees it. This cranberry and orange loaf cake sprinkled with sparkling sugared cranberries is just about as pretty and festive as holiday baking gets. Make an extra for your neighbor!

What you’ll need:

Cranberry orange loaf cake topped with sugared cranberries.



Something for the kids (sprinkles!)

We get a limited number of childhood holiday seasons, and no child should have to lose out on a single one. The sprinkle drawer (yes, I have a sprinkle drawer) in my pantry makes me smile every time I open it, and it provides a little holiday magic every year. A simple sugar cookie coated in every color sprinkle imaginable is a fun and easy baking project, or try my Sugar Plum Fairy bark for some more sparkly, sprinkly fun. If you’re short on time, make a huge batch of bedazzled spritz cookies!

What you’ll need:

  • You’ll actually be able to amass a great sprinkle collection online, you’ll find so many eye popping varieties and way more than any supermarket stocks. Most sprinkles last years, so they won’t go to waste.

Hands holding a stack of sprinkle sugar cookies.



Something Mulled ~

Mulling performs two important holiday functions…if provides a hot delicious drink and makes the house smell amazing. We might not need a crock pot full of spiced wine for our holiday open houses this year, but I know I’ll make small batches in a saucepan on repeat this winter. My pomegranate mulled cider if perfect for all ages and non drinkers.

What you’ll need:

  • Mulling spices are fabulous to have around, and I also like to have small muslin bags to make the process quick and easy. Just fill the bags, and mull away!

Mulled Cranberry Cider


A Holiday Morning Treat ~

Many of us won’t have houseguests or visitors for Christmas or Hanukkah this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the mornings extra-special. My easy no-yeast cinnamon rolls require little effort for a luxurious payoff. I won’t blame you if you want to get in a few practice rounds before the season begins 😉

What you’ll need:

A cinnamon roll on a pie server.



Something Gingerbread ~

The flavor and aroma of gingerbread is one of the must-have joys of the holidays, and it doesn’t just mean cookies. My glazed gingerbread bundt cake is a glorious holiday bake. (I’ve been known to infuse warm, gingerbread spices into everything from ice cream and brownies to french toast.)

What you’ll need:

  • For my gingerbread cake you’ll want a fancy bundt pan, every kitchen should have at least one. I love the way this one catches the glaze, so pretty!

Gingerbread bundt cake on a piece of parchment paper, sliced.

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  • Reply
    Monique Domian
    July 27, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Can a current subscriber (me!) get access to your holiday ebook? Would love to have it.

    • Reply
      July 27, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Yes, I’ll send you a link Monique!

  • Reply
    Sue Quintanilla
    July 26, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Sue, I Iove your blog! Your recipes, the photographs (amazing by the way), your stories and suggestions, it’s all such a treat to read! There are so many recipes I plan on making!
    Thank you 🙂

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    Andrea Metlika
    July 26, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    These all look so good. They also go perfectly with my Hallmark movie watching.

    • Reply
      July 26, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      I have a feeling we’re all going to be watching quite a few Hallmark specials this year…

  • Reply
    July 26, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    I can’t wait for the weather to cool down a bit to turn on the oven and bake these cute cookies. The 100F+ weather for consecutive days are not fun.

    • Reply
      July 26, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      It’s blazing here today 🙂

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    Phyllis Bergst
    July 26, 2020 at 11:47 am

    It makes me feel so good just to read the recipes. Much too hot for the oven, but I’m going to keep them for when the weather cools down. Thanks for the memories. BUT, I do have some frozen cranberries and will be making your Cranberry Butter very soon,

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      July 26, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      I didn’t keep any cranberries from last year, so I’m going to have to wait!

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    July 26, 2020 at 11:11 am

    As much as I love Christmas, and I do. Christmas in July is not something I let my mind wander to. I am loving all the lovely fresh flavours of the summer at this time and all this does is put me in mind of cold , winter weather. All the snowing and blowing. Besides I would rather think of the cool and refreshing fall months if we’re going to imagine something other than the green and fresh bounty of summer. I live in Canada, I like to savour the blue skies, sunny weather and my veggie garden.

    • Reply
      July 26, 2020 at 11:23 am

      I hear you Anne, just wait a day or two and this blog will be back to fresh summer berries and produce 🙂

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    July 26, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Hi Sue I made these cookies for the first time last year and they were delicious swedish-pepparkakor-recipe/ And the orange cranberry loaf I did not see the loaf cake until today could they be made with gluten free flour or Kamut flour Thank you.

    • Reply
      July 26, 2020 at 9:03 am

      Not sure the cookies would fare well with gluten free flour, but the loaf cake would probably work, I think with a gf baking flour blend. I haven’t baked with kamut flour, so don’t know about that.

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    Kathryn Donangelo
    July 26, 2020 at 8:29 am

    This is such a fun recipe collection!! I love the idea of Christmas in July too 🙂 yummy cookie recipe!

  • Reply
    July 26, 2020 at 8:08 am

    All of these recipes look so delicious and festive! Even though it’s July, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the flavors of the holidays!

  • Reply
    July 26, 2020 at 7:57 am

    This post gave me the warm and fuzzies. Thank you Sue. I can’t wait to try these recipes out, and I’m 100% sure that my 5 year old will love helping out.

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