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Winter has a lot of joyful times, but in between all of the holidays, it also has dull, gray days with very little sunlight and lots of long, cold nights. It can be easy to feel a little bummed out when it’s pitch black at 4:45 p.m. Luckily, there are a lot of ways you can pick yourself up, perhaps with a little comfort food. And what is more comforting than tons of cheese? Whether you like your cheese baked with pasta, tucked into sandwiches, melted into soups or mixed into pastries, here are 25 comforting cheesy recipes to get you through the coldest, shortest days of the year.
Somewhere between a grilled cheese and crackers, these cheese toasts are perfect for those who love their cheese on the crispy, browned side. And while you could certainly use the topping on regular bread, this recipe includes instructions for making your own bready base.
Buffalo chicken dip, with its combination of cream cheese, cheddar and blue cheese, is a fan-favorite year-round. But did you know it’s one of the best things you can make in your slow cooker? It’s true.
Want to learn how to take your grilled cheese to the next level? One, use mayonnaise to coat the outside of your bread (trust us). Two, use multiple cheeses. This recipe uses super melty fontina along with Monterey Jack and white cheddar.
A retro appetizer that needs to come back ASAP, cheese balls are the perfect shareable snack for the winter season.
Another throwback that’s perfect for a long, cold winter night at home? The classic cheese fondue. This one kicks things up a notch by infusing crab into the mix.
Though there are countless delicious, ooey, gooey macaroni and cheese recipes, most of them are omitting one ingredient that’s a total game-changer: cream cheese. Oh, and more than a pound of other cheeses are in this recipe too.
Want to get your kids cooking in the kitchen? Have them help you make these easy mozzarella sticks by dipping cheese sticks in an egg wash and panko breadcrumbs.
Soups are an ideal dinner for cold fall and winter nights, and this creamy cheese soup uses baby portabella mushrooms, which add a nice earthy note to this decadent dish.
If a ton of cheese isn’t decadent enough for you, then transform your simple comforting dinner into a luxurious restaurant experience by adding lobster.
Sure, you can always order pizza from a phenomenal local pizzeria, but making it at home is oddly satisfying. Think beyond pepperoni and sausage with this white pizza with mushrooms and garlic-sauteed kale or chard.
Want a quick and easy cheesy fix? This queso calls simply for Velveeta cheese and a can of Rotel tomatoes.
The winter has plenty of special occasions, but you don’t have to wait for a holiday to make a delicious baked brie. Just whip this up whenever the mood strikes.
Whether you’re looking to make something cheesy for game day or just want to have an extra fun dinner because it’s dreadfully gray outside, these pretzel bites will do the trick.
Ham and cheese is a classic combination. Go beyond your basic lunchtime sandwich with this baked stromboli recipe.
Though these cheese pastries are a traditional recipe for Hanukkah, the delicious sweet baked goods use farmer cheese in the dough and the filling, for good measure and good tidings.
Goat cheese is tangy and creamy, which makes it a natural thing to pair with eggs and fresh herbs for this pizza, which is great for dinner or a midday brunch.
OK, cheesecake isn’t a cheesy recipe in the traditional sense, but this dessert is so phenomenal and creamy, we just couldn’t resist. Plus, it’s virtually impossible to be sad while eating cheesecake.
Sharp cheddar cheese pairs remarkably well with some sweetness from apples and saltiness from bacon in this jazzed-up version of your everyday grilled cheese sandwich.
A cheese board is one of the best ways to eat cheese. But if you don’t want to bother with curating meats and cheeses and placing them on a platter just-so, put your salami, goat cheese and cheddar into a loaf of bread.
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