Christmas celebrations will finally be normal again for most after two years of pandemic-related holidays that weren't quite the same. With a more celebratory mood over the festivities, many will be sinking their teeth into classic holiday favorites—like a Christmas ham at dinnertime.

A delicious ham doesn't have to be too difficult to make either, with several different recipes out there that make it much easier than it looks. Check out this recipe that is perfect for either a beginner or someone who just wants a classic meal (via Dinner At The Zoo).

If you prefer to make Turkey instead, you can find a recipe for that here.

What You Will Need:


  • 8-lb. Bone-In Spiral Cut Ham
  • Cooking spray
  • Cranberries and herbs for garnish (optional)

For Glaze:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup apple cider (juice, not vinegar)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Step-By-Step Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and coat a pan with cooking spray.

2. In a pot, combine butter, brown sugar, honey, apple cider, cinnamon and nutmeg and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes or until glaze is syrupy.

3. Place ham in the pan and pour half the glaze over it. Cover ham with foil and reserve remaining glaze for use later. Bake for 2 ½ hours.

4. Uncover the ham and pour remaining glaze over it. (If Glaze has started to harden, microwave for a few seconds to loosen it back up.

5. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees and place ham, uncovered, back in oven for additional 15-20 minutes or until glaze is caramelized and browned.

6. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with fresh herbs and cranberries. Spoon pan drippings over the ham, slice and serve.

Easter Ham
Pictured is a 1990s Easter Ham with Pineapples, Glazed Carrots and Apple Walnut Salad.  J. Graham/ClassicStock/Getty Images