Christmas can involve months of preparation, from the endless weeks of shopping for gifts, to the pre-ordering of the turkey and stocking up the fridge.

The dinner itself can be a mammoth task and although every extra helping hand is useful, there can be too many cooks. Then again, if the extra helping hand is in the form of an app, that's surely a winning solution - help without anyone getting under your feet. 

This feature is all about giving you that helping hand. These are five of the best cooking apps we have come across to help make the biggest meal of the year, and all the ones around it, brilliant.

Tesco and Great British Chefs teamed up to create the Great British Chefs Kids Christmas app, which is designed to encourage children to help with the cooking. It features 105 recipes created by some of the country's finest chefs including Marcus Wareing, Paul Ainsworth and Lisa Allen, with all the ingredients from the recipes linking straight through to Tesco's grocery site.

Each recipe has been created to be easy to understand, explained with clear steps and highlights where kids can get involved, plus it has child-friendly videos to help. The recipes include healthy meals, savoury and sweet, as well as vegetarian and you can add notes, or turn on voice control so you don't need to touch your smartphone or tablet with mucky hands.

Download Great British Chefs Kids Christmas HD for free on iOS.

BBC's Good Food app offers recipes, tips and cooking tools. You will get 20 recipes including beef and beer pie, 50 glossary terms of ingredients and techniques in case you aren't quite sure what something means, tips and a multiple timer tool.

Additional curated cookbooks are available as in-app purchases and there are a few available including healthy, quick, seasonal, festive and others. The Festive cookbook features over 180 recipes including mince pies, roast turkey with a red wine baste and brussels with hazelnut and orange butter.

Download Good Food for free on iOS and Windows Phone.

If you're a secret fan of the Great British Bakeoff, the Mary Berry Bakes app is definitely one to add to your download list.  There are 70 recipes from her Baking Bible cookbook where the "queen of cakes" shares her secrets on making the perfect cakes.

Recipes include Berry's all-in-one Victoria sponge, chocolate fudge cake and classic apple pie with step-by-step instructions and am easy to follow interface to help you get it right. There are also interactive features including shopping lists.

Download Mary Berry Bakes for £3.99 on iOS

The Christmas Menu Maker app from Fine Cooking is a brilliant app for getting organised. It allows you to build the menu you want to serve on Christmas Day, or whenever else you fancy, and it will create a shopping list and schedule for you.

The app features classic Christmas recipes that we have all come to know and love including baked ham, roast turkey and baked pastas, allowing you to customise it based on your family's preferences. Recipes are divided into four courses and you'll find everything from easy peasy dishes to Masterchef-style dinners.

Download Christmas Menu Maker for £0.79 on iOS

If you have family or friends coming to stay over the holidays, it's unlikely that Christmas dinner will be the only meal you cook for them. You will probably need a few ideas up your sleeve and the Christmas recipes app is perfect for when you are stuck.

It features recipe ideas for first courses, main courses and desserts, each of which has an image, ingredients and steps to ensure you complete the dish without any disasters. New updates are delivered regularly to increase the number of recipes, but if you fancy roast pig, glazed ham with apricots or even chicken with lobster, it's a good one to have handy.

Download Christmas Recipes for free on Android