23 Must-Try Christmas Canning Recipes You’ll Love


Looking for some holiday inspiration beyond the usual? These Christmas canning recipes will make your festive season extra special.

Some have winter flavors like citrus or cranberry, some are perfect for a holiday breakfast, and some will perfectly complement a Christmas dinner.

grid of 6 christmas canning recipes

Remember that the holidays are a busy season. Try to do these as far in advance as you can you able.

Pear ButteR

Perfectly spiced fresh pears cooked and milled into a smooth spread, this butter captures the essence of late summer. This recipe makes 3 half-pints.

half pint jar of cowboy candy on marble counter

Candied Jalapeños for Canning {Recipe + Video}

Candied jalapeños are sweet, hot, and delicious.  Pour on top of cream cheese as an appetizer or use as a condiment for almost anything.

Spiced Apple Jelly

Imagine the aroma of warm apple pie captured in a jar. This jelly combines seasonal apples with cinnamon and cloves, perfect for spreading on fresh biscuits or using in holiday desserts.

applesauce and cinnamon sticks.

Holiday Apple Sauce with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Ditch the store-bought stuff and elevate your holiday meals with this homemade apple sauce. Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s Christmas comfort in a jar.

homemade pumpkin butter.

Christmas Morning Pumpkin Butter

Start your holiday morning right with this luxuriously creamy pumpkin butter. It’s rich in holiday spices and perfect for slathering on pancakes or adding to oatmeal.

shredded purple cabbage in mason jars.

German Red Cabbage

Add a worldly touch to your holiday feast with this tangy and slightly sweet red cabbage. It’s a German classic that pairs wonderfully with roast meats.

red pepper relish in mason jars.

Spicy Red Pepper Relish

Turn up the heat this Christmas with a relish that’s both sweet and spicy. Ideal for topping holiday meats or spicing up a cheese platter.

small jar of cranberry sauce wrapped in twine.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Say goodbye to canned cranberry sauce and elevate your Christmas dinner with this homemade version. It’s fresh, zesty, and perfect for complementing turkey or roast chicken.

clear purple jam

Sugarplum Jam

Feel like you’re in a holiday fairytale with this delightful sugarplum jam. It’s a festive and fruity spread that’s great for pastries or as a unique gift.

bowl of squash soup with pumpkin in backkground.

Winter Squash Soup in a Jar

Enjoy a cozy, comforting bowl of winter squash soup that you can prepare in minutes. Simply open the jar, heat, and indulge in holiday comfort food at its finest.

finished christmas jam in pint mason jar.

Christmas Jam

Celebrate the season with a jam that combines cranberries, strawberries, and holiday spices. It’s Christmas in a jar, perfect for breakfast or gifting.

jar of dark red cherry preserves.

Spiced Cherry Preserves

Experience cherries like never before with a dash of holiday spices. Perfect for turning ordinary desserts into extraordinary holiday treats.

canned marinated olives

Roasted Garlic and Herb Marinated Olives

Impress your guests with these gourmet marinated olives, loaded with the robust flavors of roasted garlic and herbs. An elegant appetizer for any holiday gathering

carrots in jar of liquid

Cinnamon Clove Pickled Carrots

Crunch into a carrot like you’ve never before! These pickled carrots are infused with cinnamon and cloves and add an unexpected yet delightful flavor to holiday meals.

jar of brussels sprouts

Pickled Brussels Sprouts with Red Pepper Flakes

Spice up your holiday table with these crunchy, tangy, and slightly spicy Brussels sprouts. They’re a unique side dish that’s sure to get people talking.

Christmas Tree Pine NEEDLE Jelly

Infuse your holiday season with the fresh scent of pine in this unique jelly. It’s a festive and adventurous addition to your holiday table or pantry.

small jar of cranberry sauce wrapped in twine.

Mulled Wine Jam

Capture the essence of a cozy winter evening with this mulled wine jam. It’s perfect for spreading on toast or melting over a warm brie.

creamy orange curd in jar.

Orange Curd

Brighten up your winter days with this tangy and creamy orange curd. A versatile treat that’s perfect for scones, pastries, or even as a cake filling.

Spiced Plum Sauce

Upgrade your holiday roasts with this rich and flavorful spiced plum sauce. Its aromatic spices and tangy sweetness make it a perfect Christmas condiment.

veggie soup pin large pot

Winter Harvest Vegetable Soup

Nourish your soul with a hearty blend of winter vegetables in a comforting broth. A wholesome addition to any holiday meal.

caramelized onions in jar

Caramelized Onion and Thyme Compote

Elevate your meats and cheeses with this savory compote, featuring caramelized onions and earthy thyme. It’s a holiday spread that pairs well with just about anything.

shredded coconut and jar of jam.

Coconut Jam

Treat yourself to a tropical holiday twist with this creamy coconut jam. Ideal for those who crave a bit of summer warmth during the winter festivities.

cranberry sauce in jars.

Pomegranate Jelly

Experience the tangy and sweet notes of pomegranate in a jelly that’s as vibrant as it is flavorful. A festive jar that adds a pop of color and taste to your holiday table.

What makes a canning recipe feel like the holidays?

A few things can give a recipe the coveted holiday status. Most of these recipes have one of the following characteristics:

  • Winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)
  • Citrus flavors (they are in season at Christmastime!)
  • Suitability for a holiday dinner (soups and sauces)

But really, anything you can throughout the year can be served at Christmas. These just have that extra-special holiday feel.

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