21 Perfect Christmas Dinner Recipe Ideas from Appetizers to Desserts

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Hosting Christmas dinner this year? You can panic, scour the internet for holiday kitchen tips, and embark on a house-cleaning frenzy — or you can take comfort in the simple fact that good food creates full bellies and happy people, and that's the only goal you need to meet. Kick back with a plate of Christmas cookies and a mug of hot chocolate; here are 21 comforting recipes from appetizers to desserts that will take the headache out of building your dream holiday dinner menu.

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Additional reporting by Justina Huddleston and Paige Johnson

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