Flavourful fun this festive season with Whittard of Chelsea

Purveyors of the finest tea, coffee and hot chocolate, Whittard of Chelsea know a thing or two about indulgence. Here, they share their tips for celebrating the festive season in style

The build-up to Christmas is irresistible. When it’s cold outside, and the festive aroma of winter treats lingers in the air, it’s almost impossible to fight the urge to snuggle up and get baking – especially when you know you'll have a cup of Whittard in hand. Consumption is, of course, half the fun of Christmas, and when it comes to rustling up some tasty treats, you'll want to do it in style. Luckily, Whittard is making this a whole load easier, curating their favourite festive recipes for you to enjoy.

While enjoying your freshly baked festive treats, we heartily recommend a warming cup of Whittard. Cosy up with your favourite tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, and add a sprinkle of luxury to your Christmas. Better yet, while you enjoy your favourite brew on Christmas morning, watch your loved ones open tasty treats of every kind, all from Whittard.

Enjoy a one-stop Christmas shop, as there’s something for everyone at Whittard.

  • Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with The Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two or The Tea Advent Calendar.
  • Cosy up with Whittard Christmas Tea. An aromatic black tea spiced with vanilla, cloves and citrus, it's a warming fireside favourite in a festive clip-top tin.
  • Experience the Festive Coffee Tin, a dark roast with notes of orange and cocoa, perfect for Christmas breakfast.
  • Enjoy a trio of decadence in Whittard's Luxury Hot Chocolate selection. Ideal for those who love festive luxury.
  • Explore the full range of extraordinary hampers, heart-warming gift boxes and festive treats here .

Christmas Hot Chocolate Cheesecake

Serves 14

Preparation time 20 minutes

Don’t fill up on turkey and stuffing; there’s always more. With hints of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, this is as Christmassy as cheesecakes come – who said Christmas had to be all about mince pies? It’s one of our favourite Christmas recipes, and you’re sure to love it. Pure indulgence.


Biscuit base

  • 300g digestive biscuits
  • 150g unsalted butter

Cheesecake filling

  • 750g full-fat cream cheese
  • 75–100g Christmas Hot Chocolate
  • 300ml double cream


  • 150ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 Flake, crushed
  • Mini Marshmallows


For the biscuit base

  1. Blitz the biscuits to a fine crumb in a food processor, or in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin.
  2. Melt the butter, mix in with the biscuits and press into the bottom of an 8” cake tin.

For the cheesecake filling

  1. Pop the cream cheese and Christmas Hot Chocolate powder in a large bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add the double cream and whisk again until thick.
  3. Spread the mixture over the biscuit base, and set in the fridge for a minimum of 5–6 hours – but preferably overnight.

For the decoration

  1. Whip together the double cream and icing sugar (the sugar helps to stabilise the cream) and pipe over the cheesecake.
  2. Top with a sprinkle of crushed Flake and a handful of Mini Marshmallows.

Winter wonderland decorations

Makes 10

Preparation time 1 hour

Cooking time 15 minutes

The countdown to Christmas is all about decorating your home and making it feel Christmassy. Our super simple gingerbread decoration recipe is one of our favourite activities - which kids love too. Perfect for hanging on trees or just as festive biscuits to have with your favourite cup of Whittard.


  • 360g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp Whittard Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 250g icing sugar (+ 40ml water)


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, hot chocolate powder, ginger, and cinnamon. Add the softened butter and mix until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and mix until it’s all combined.
  2. Beat the egg and golden syrup together and then add them to the mixture and stir until it starts to clump into a dough. Tip the dough out onto a surface and knead it into a smooth ball before wrapping it in cling film and leaving it to chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
  3. When the dough is finished chilling, roll it out on a floured surface until it’s about half a cm thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out your shapes and place them on a lined baking tray, leaving a gap between each biscuit. Place the trays in the fridge to chill for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan. Then put your chilled biscuits in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden.
  5. Leave the biscuits to cool completely before icing/decorating. For the icing, whisk together the icing sugar and water until soft, then get creative!

Festive mulled brandy

Serves 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

A warming festive tipple is a Christmas staple. This year, get experimental with your Christmas cocktail and create something truly magical. This warming Mulled Brandy will help you warm up on those chilly evenings. Discover more of these winter warmers here , including our Baileys hot chocolate.


  • 2 tsp Mulled Wine Fruit Infusion
  • 200ml freshly boiled water
  • 25ml brandy
  • Orange slices to garnish


  1. Add the Mulled Wine Fruit Infusion to a mug with freshly boiled water, brew for 3–5 minutes, then strain.
  2. Stir in the brandy.
  3. Garnish with a couple of orange slices.