Christmas Cookbooks 2020

As we head into the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to share a list of some great cookbooks including new releases, and a few I’ve enjoyed for years.

Who doesn’t love Hallmark Channel Christmas movies?

This year, they’ve published a wonderful book with 45 recipes including recipes from some Hallmark movie celebrities, holiday traditions, decorating ideas and so much more!

Check out the Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas: Have a Very Merry Movie Holiday book.

Southern Living is known for producing beautiful publications. That’s true of their 2020 Christmas with Southern Living: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating.

I think the cover is just fabulous, and inside the book you’ll find decorating and  entertaining ideas, along with a hundred recipes.

My mom used to get Ideals on occasion when I was young and I loved looking through these wonderful publications. Full of festive cheer, recipes, essays, and Bible excerpts, Christmas Ideals 2020 is truly a special book to add to your holiday list.

Captain Cavedweller’s Grandma Nell introduced me to Taste of Home not long after I met her. She and I shared such a love of recipes and cookbooks. Every year, she gave me a subscription to the magazine and often purchased a special holiday edition book for me, too. Taste of Home Christmas Cookies Mini-Binder offers more than 100 cookie recipes, including the awesome snowman cookies featured on the cover.

Another Grandma Nell intro was to Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. This year, they’ve released I’ll Be Home For Christmas Cookbook. It’s filled with easy recipes for festive occasions.

I’ve been a fan of Pioneer Woman back before her Food Network fame when she wrote funny blogs about life on an Oklahoma ranch. I got The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook when it came out in 2009 and have used it often. Her cinnamon roll recipe inspired my own take on cinnamon rolls. I make a huge batch and give them away to neighbors each year.


You can download my Savvy Holiday Entertaining eBook for free! It has recipes and tips for entertaining. I know this year the holidays will look different for all of us, but there are some great ideas for making your home welcoming and cozy!


Many of the holiday recipes I enjoy making every year are included in A Cowboy Christmas, my cookbook that offers not only recipes, but interviews with ranch and rodeo families, entertaining ideas, decorating tips and more! Ever wondered how to build the perfect snowman? Or what to look for in a Christmas tree? Hostess gift ideas? It’s in there!

And just for fun, I’m sharing a recipe from A Cowboy Christmas!

These yummy and adorable Chex Trees are so simple to make and a great project if you have kids at home who need something to do. Set them on a disposable plate, foil-wrapped piece of cardboard, or a large sugar cookie wrapped in cellophane for gift-giving!



3 cups Chex Chocolate cereal

6 pretzel sticks (the thick kind, made for dipping)

½ cup peanut butter

¼ cup Nutella

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar


Mix the peanut but­ter, Nutella, but­ter, and pow­dered sugar in a bowl.

On whatever you plan to use for a base, mold the peanut butter mixture around the pretzel stick until it stands upright and forms a slight cone shape.

Hold it steady by using the tip of the pret­zel as a han­dle and begin insert­ing pieces of cereal into the peanut but­ter mix­ture in a sym­met­ri­cal pat­tern around the stick. You can tip the cereal pieces up or down, depending on your personal preference. Add more cereal pieces, stag­ger­ing them as you move upward, until you get near the top.

For the top of the tree, use broken pieces or cut them in half to get the smaller scale of branches near the top.

Use two pieces of cereal back to back to form the top.

Dust with powdered sugar.

Yield: Makes 6 trees


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