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Our Best Holiday Recipes

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The holiday season is a time to gather with family and friends, partake in seasonal activities and, of course, eat your favorite comfort foods. But this time of year is also hectic, which can make planning any holiday meal overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to help. These are our favorite recipes for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Year’s.

Hominy Fritters With Bacon Thyme Dipping Sauce

Hominy Fritters With Bacon Thyme Dipping Sauce
Courtesy of McCormick

Southerners are known for having delicious food on their tables, and the holidays are no exception. This appetizer for hominy fritters with homemade bacon thyme dipping sauce is inspired by hush puppies, which are a Southern staple.

For the Hominy Fritters With Bacon Thyme Dipping Sauce recipe, click here.

Crispy Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball

Crispy Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball
Courtesy of French’s

Cheese balls are one of those vintage appetizers that no one makes anymore — but should. To make the crowd-pleasing snack, just shape cream cheese, crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese into a ball and serve it with crackers or celery.

For the Crispy Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball recipe, click here.

Easy Deviled Eggs

Easy Deviled Eggs
Courtesy of McCormick

They might not be a great food to serve at a cookout, but at holiday feasts, deviled eggs are always a hit. This recipe takes just 10 minutes and serves up to 12 people.

For the Easy Deviled Eggs recipe, click here.

Potato Skins

Potato Skins
Courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission

One of those dishes Midwesterners always have on their table, potato skins can be served as an appetizer or side dish during the holidays. After scooping out some of the potato’s center, load the skins with melted cheese, bacon bits and sour cream.

For the Idaho Potato Skins recipe, click here.

Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls
Courtesy of Betty Crocker

Bring some of grandma’s favorite Southern recipes to your holiday table this year. These simple Southern sausage balls require only four ingredients and are ready in 30 minutes. 

For the Sausage Balls recipe, click here.

Christmas Tree Pull Apart Pizza Bites

Christmas Tree Pull Apart Pizza Bites
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

This pull apart Christmas tree-shaped bread consists of pizza bites that are made with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. It’s the perfect snack to make before watching your favorite Christmas movies.

For the Christmas Tree Pull Apart Pizza Bites recipe, click here

Santa Fe Shrimp Cocktails

Santa Fe Shrimp Cocktails
Courtesy of French’s

This recipe will give your favorite seafood joint some competition. The unexpected combination of shrimp, hot sauce, cilantro and fried onions is one that will delight and surprise your taste buds.

For the Santa Fe Shrimp Cocktails recipe, click here.

Dijon Horseradish Roast Beef Crostini

Dijon Horseradish Roast Beef Crostini
Courtesy of French’s

If you’re looking to finish off a loaf of bread, try making this dijon horseradish roast beef crostini appetizer. Mustard is delicately spread across rye bread and topped with a slice of roast beef, red peppers and parsley.

For the Dijon Horseradish Roast Beef Crostini recipe, click here.

Creamy Carrot Soup

Creamy Carrot Soup
Courtesy of Kosher.com

The best part about this creamy carrot soup is that it’s one of those comfort foods you can make ahead of time and freeze. The bright colors and seasonal flavors are sure to delight all of your guests.

For the Creamy Carrot Soup recipe, click here.

Apple Bourekas with Silan Sesame Drizzle

Apple Bourekas with Silan Sesame Drizzle
Photography and Styling by Jennifer Chetrit, provided by Kosher.com

There are plenty of dishes that can be made using apples, but these bourekas are one of the best around. Puff pastry is stuffed with apple filling and baked until golden brown, then the flaky appetizer is topped with a homemade silan sesame drizzle.

For the Apple Bourekas with Silan Sesame Drizzle recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs in a Tangy Sauce

Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs in a Tangy Sauce
Courtesy of The Magical Slow Cooker

Served with a tangy marinade made of ketchup, brown sugar and barbecue sauce, these slow cooker porcupine meatballs are a great recipe for New Year’s Eve or game day potlucks. And don’t worry — this dish is made with ground beef, not porcupine.

For the Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs in a Tangy Sauce recipe, click here.

Crab Fondue

Crab Fondue
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One of the easiest ways to make dinner at home feel like a restaurant experience is to make a decadent appetizer. This crab fondue needs just five ingredients but one bite will quickly transport you to your favorite restaurant.

For the Crab Fondue recipe, click here.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Courtesy of Tasty Ever After

Buffalo chicken dip is a necessity when it comes to any large get-together, including on holidays. The delicious dip is loaded with melted cheese, shredded chicken, hot sauce and cream cheese … are you hungry yet?

For the Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, click here.

Honey Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Honey Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots
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Cooking bacon in the oven is one of the best methods for cooking the protein. It crisps up perfectly while retaining all of the flavor. For this recipe, start by wrapping the bacon around your Tater Tots, then bake the snack for 20 minutes.

For the Honey Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots recipe, click here.

Easy Bacon-Tomato Appetizers

Easy Bacon-Tomato Appetizers
Courtesy of Pillsbury

To make this quick appetizer, just spread sour cream and bacon bits over cooked pie crust. It’s one of the easiest refrigerated pie crust recipes that aren't pie.

For the Easy Bacon-Tomato Appetizers recipe, click here.

Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheddar Dip

Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheddar Dip
Courtesy of Blue Apron

These pretzel bites with spicy cheddar dip are one of the best foods to bring to any holiday party. The dish will keep your guests satisfied while they wait for the entrees to hit the table.

For the Pretzel Bites with Spicy Cheddar Dip recipe, click here.

Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket

Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket
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One way to have your kids help out in the kitchen this holiday season is by letting them assist with the finger foods. For these everything bagel pigs in a blanket, let your little one roll the hot dog into the puff pastry.

For the Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket recipe, click here.

Hot Crab Dip

Hot Crab Dip
Courtesy of McCormick

Layered with lump crab meat, melted cheese, Old Bay and cream cheese, this hot crab dip is a must-have dish at any holiday gathering. And while it may be tempting to open the oven and see if that cheese has bubbled up, not being patient is one of those bad cooking habits you need to stop.

For the Hot Crab Dip recipe, click here.

Lobster and Spinach Dip

Lobster and Spinach Dip
Courtesy of McCormick

No holiday appetizer spread would be complete without this lobster and spinach dip. The magnificent starter dish serves up to 16 people and requires just a few ingredients.

For the Lobster and Spinach Dip recipe, click here.

Orange Glazed Ham

Orange Glazed Ham
Courtesy of McCormick

Ham is one of the most popular meats served during the holiday season, and this orange glazed ham will make you understand why. But be sure to check out this step-by-step guide to cooking the perfect ham before you try this recipe.

For the Orange Glazed Ham recipe, click here.

Easy Spinach Lasagna

Easy Spinach Lasagna
Photo credit: Lindsay Landis from Love & Olive Oil

This spinach lasagna takes inspiration from grandma’s cooking techniques with its hearty ingredients, cheesy topping and generous seasonings. It’s a great alternative to meat-based dishes if you have vegetarians at your holiday dinner.

For the Easy Spinach Lasagna recipe, click here.

Easy Roast Turkey

Easy Roast Turkey
Courtesy of McCormick

Turkey is no stranger to the holiday season. If you’re looking for an easy turkey recipe, this one keeps things classic with simple seasonings and techniques. Just make sure you know how to cook and carve a turkey correctly.

For the Easy Roast Turkey recipe, click here.

Pecan-Crusted Pork Chops with Apple Chutney

Pecan-Crusted Pork Chops with Apple Chutney
Courtesy of American Pecans

This restaurant-worthy dish will really show off your cooking skills this holiday season. Pork chops are crusted with pecans and topped with a colorful and festive apple chutney.

For the Pecan-Crusted Pork Chops with Apple Chutney recipe, click here.

Alaskan Pacific Cod with Spicy Fennel and Tomato Sauce

Alaskan Pacific Cod with Spicy Fennel and Tomato Sauce
Recipe courtesy of McCormick

This recipe will give your favorite Italian restaurant a run for its money and is perfect for the Feast of Seven Fishes. Alaskan Pacific cod is dressed up with spicy fennel and tomato sauce, adding some nice heat to an otherwise mild fish.

For the Alaskan Pacific Cod with Spicy Fennel and Tomato Sauce recipe, click here.

Fontina & Caper-Stuffed Pork Roast

Fontina & Caper-Stuffed Pork Roast
Courtesy of Blue Apron

If you’re hosting an intimate holiday dinner, then pork roast is the ideal protein. It’s sophisticated without being too complicated. Take the dish to the next level by stuffing it with capers and sliced fontina cheese and serving it with one of these incredible salad recipes.

For the Fontina & Caper-Stuffed Pork Roast recipe, click here.

Holiday Herbed Prime Rib

Holiday Herbed Prime Rib
Courtesy of McCormick

This herbed prime rib, which can serve up to 24 people, is a great dish for large family gatherings.

For the Holiday Herbed Prime Rib recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Brisket

Slow Cooker Brisket
Courtesy of Jason Goldstein

There are plenty of meals you can make in a slow cooker or Instant Pot, but a slow cooker is best when used to make a tough meat like brisket nice and tender. The meat marinates inside the slow cooker for six hours with onion soup mix, Spanish onions, carrots and button mushrooms.

For the Slow Cooker Brisket recipe, click here.

Citrus Teriyaki Salmon

Citrus Teriyaki Salmon
Photography and Styling by Chavi Feldman, provided by Kosher.com

While holidays are all about tradition, it can be fun to mix things up after a while. Add flare to your family holiday gathering with this teriyaki salmon recipe, which uses Japanese-inspired flavors such as soy sauce and ginger.

For the Citrus Teriyaki Salmon recipe, click here.

Creamy Pesto Pasta

Creamy Pesto Pasta
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It’s not hard to cook the perfect pasta, but making a great sauce is a different story. This recipe combines goat cheese with garlic and sour cream to make a silky and creamy sauce that your holiday guests will love.

For the Creamy Pesto Pasta recipe, click here.

Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells

Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells
Styling and Photography by Faigy Feldman, provided by Kosher.com

If you’re planning to meal prep this holiday season, this recipe for stuffed jumbo pasta shells can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer. This timeless recipe can serve up to 12 people on the big day.

For the Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells recipe, click here.

Restaurant-Style Eggplant Parmesan

Restaurant-Style Eggplant Parmesan
Photography and styling by Peri Photography, provided by Kosher.com

From the stuffed shells to this restaurant-style eggplant parmesan, your holiday table will be full of vegetarian dinner recipes that are easy to make.

For the Restaurant-Style Eggplant Parmesan recipe, click here.

Chicken and Boudin Gumbo

Chicken and Boudin Gumbo
Courtesy of Chef Mike Brewer from Copper Vine in New Orleans.

If you’re looking for a great way to use chicken this holiday season, then gumbo is the way to go. This recipe uses boudin rice to complement the flavor profile of this comforting dish.

For the Chicken and Boudin Gumbo recipe, click here.

Vegan File Okra Gumbo

Vegan File Okra Gumbo

You don’t have to visit your favorite vegan restaurant to have a vegan-friendly Kwanzaa meal. This gumbo recipe uses okra, tomato paste and a variety of seasonings to bring that homestyle flavor without any of the dairy or meat.

For the Vegan File Okra Gumbo recipe, click here.

One Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Rice

One Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Rice
Courtesy of McCormick

Another way to get creative this holiday season without taking up too much room in the kitchen is by making this jerk chicken and rice. The best part about this flavorful dish is that it’s made using only one pot, so there’s no need to dirty up a bunch of dishes.

For the One Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Rice recipe, click here.

Shrimp Creole

Shrimp Creole
Courtesy of Sam Hanna

Add some Southern flare to your holiday dinner table with this recipe for shrimp creole. It’s made with cooked shrimp, onion, celery, bell pepper and a cayenne-based seasoning. This recipe is one of many Creole and Cajun foods that you can make at home.

For the Shrimp Creole recipe, click here.

Fried Catfish with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Fried Catfish with Homemade Tartar Sauce
Courtesy of McCormick

Easily made in less than an hour, this fried catfish recipe is a great holiday meal for all seafood lovers. Serve with a side of creamy homemade tartar sauce.

For the Fried Catfish with Homemade Tartar Sauce recipe, click here.

Pork and Sauerkraut

Pork and Sauerkraut
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A food that’s said to be good luck on Jan. 1, pork and sauerkraut is a great way to kick off a new year. Just toss the ingredients into your slow cooker and sit back with some Champagne.

For the Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup
Courtesy of West of the Loop

Begin the new year with a boost to your immune system by cooking this slow cooker lentil soup. The aroma in your house is sure to make your stomach growl.

For the Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup recipe, click here.

Cod with Soba Noodles in Spicy Tomato Broth

Cod with Soba Noodles in Spicy Tomato Broth
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

A great way to bring a variety of cuisines to your holiday dinner table is by serving this soba noodles recipe. Cod rests on a bed of soba noodles after being cooked in a spicy tomato broth.

For the Cod with Soba Noodles in Spicy Tomato Broth recipe, click here.

Apple and Potato Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Apple and Potato Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission and recipe author Jim Burke

If you’re hosting a small holiday party and you really want to impress your guests, this pork tenderloin recipe is the perfect option. Wrapped with sliced apple and served with a flavorful shallot and garlic sauce, this recipe feels like something you’d order at an expensive restaurant.

For the Apple and Potato Wrapped Pork Tenderloin recipe, click here.

Kale and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Kale and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
Courtesy of Karen Kelly/Seasonal Cravings

The holiday season is loaded with all sorts of yummy recipes, but one way to make sure you’re getting in your key immune-boosting foods is by adding kale to the dinner table. This kale and apple salad is mixed with a homemade maple mustard dressing, making it perfect for winter.

For the Kale and Apple Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing recipe, click here.

Caprese Salad Wreath

Caprese Salad Wreath
Courtesy of Lidl

If you’re hosting a holiday dinner party on a budget, using your food as decor is the way to go. This take on caprese is remarkably festive thanks to basil, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes arranged in a wreath shape. 

For the Caprese Salad Wreath recipe, click here.

Rosemary and Thyme Green Beans

Rosemary and Thyme Green Beans
Courtesy of McCormick

The best part about our favorite holiday foods is that most of the recipes work well with the use of common pantry staples and spices. Just look at these green beans, which are seasoned to perfection with dried rosemary and thyme.

For the Rosemary and Thyme Green Beans recipe, click here.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Courtesy of McCormick

Holidays can be stressful at times, but one way to make the season better is by chowing down on some of your favorite foods and sticking to the basics, like garlic mashed potatoes.

For the Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe, click here.

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
Courtesy of McCormick

Loaded with bacon, cheese and mashed potatoes, this homemade casserole is perfect for holiday potlucks and dinners with the family.

For the Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole recipe, click here.

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Courtesy of McCormick

Amplify the flavor of Brussels sprouts by oven roasting them with perfectly crispy bacon.

For the Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe, click here.

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Courtesy of McCormick

One of the best holiday side dishes around, these roasted sweet potatoes are drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

For the Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe, click here.

Classic Herb Stuffing

Classic Herb Stuffing
Courtesy of McCormick

One mistake holiday dinner hosts often make is underestimating the amount of food that’s needed. Luckily, that won’t happen with this classic herb stuffing recipe, which feeds up to 18 people.

For the Classic Herb Stuffing recipe, click here.

Chipotle Corn Pudding

Chipotle Corn Pudding
Courtesy of McCormick

Southern-inspired chipotle corn pudding has the consistency of a casserole and the sweet flavor of creamed corn. It’s a tasty and quick dish you can make out of cans.

For the Chipotle Corn Pudding recipe, click here.

Gelegtes Kraut

Gelegtes Kraut
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A recipe you're likely to find in your grandma’s cookbook, gelegtes kraut is an old-school German recipe made with sauerkraut and ground pork.

For the Gelegtes Kraut recipe, click here.

Cheese and Macaroni Pie

Cheese and Macaroni Pie
Carolyn Menyes/The Daily Meal

There are plenty of ways to work macaroni and cheese into your holiday feast, but this recipe uses cream cheese to give the classic noodle dish a silky texture and casserole-like integrity.

For the Cheese and Macaroni Pie recipe, click here.

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
Courtesy of French's

Casseroles are more than just a turkey day staple, they’re a comfort food perfect for any time of year. This green bean casserole is loaded with fried onions and button mushrooms.

For the Green Bean Casserole recipe, click here.

Apple Honey Challah Stuffing

Apple Honey Challah Stuffing
Courtesy of West of the Loop

There are plenty of apple varieties to choose from when it comes to holiday cooking and baking, but for this challah stuffing recipe, you’ll want to use apples with a tart bite.

For the Apple Honey Challah Stuffing recipe, click here.

Tzimmes

Tzimmes
Courtesy of Ronnie Fein, provided by Kosher.com

Loaded with important vitamins, carrots are a must-have veggie for any holiday feast. Carrots are the main component of this tzimmes recipe, which also features raisins and chopped dates.

For the Tzimmes recipe, click here.

Best Challah Ever

Best Challah Ever
Photography and Styling by Esty Wolbe, provided by Kosher.com

The holidays are the perfect time to practice your bread making skills and no recipe shows them off more than this incredible challah. The braided bread, which is a staple in Jewish cuisine, can serve up to 60 people.

For the Best Challah Ever recipe, click here.

Cauliflower Patties

Cauliflower Patties
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If you’re looking for a way to make your favorite holiday foods slightly healthier, this take on latkes uses cauliflower in place of potatoes. Mixed with bread crumbs, honey and turmeric, this recipe is just one of many trendy ways to elevate cauliflower.

For the Cauliflower Patties recipe, click here.

Silver Dollar Smoked Salmon Stuffed Potato Pancakes

Silver Dollar Smoked Salmon Stuffed Potato Pancakes
Photography and Styling by Tamar Teitelbaum, provided by Kosher.com

Frying food at home has never been easier than it is with this recipe for salmon stuffed potato pancakes. If you want the dish to be a bit heartier, use up to a fourth-cup of batter and increase the frying time by a few minutes.

For the Silver Dollar Smoked Salmon Stuffed Potato Pancakes recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce
Courtesy of Corrie Cooks

Of course there are plenty of soups and stews that you can make in an Instant Pot, but did you know that the kitchen appliance can also make applesauce? This recipe calls for just five ingredients and is ready in 35 minutes.

For the Instant Pot Applesauce recipe, click here.

Classic Potato Latkes

Classic Potato Latkes
Courtesy of Emily Paster, West of the Loop

A variety of potato recipes is a must during holiday dinners. But sometimes the best recipes keep things simple, like this traditional recipe for latkes.

For the Classic Potato Latkes recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Latkes with Harissa Yogurt

Sweet Potato Latkes with Harissa Yogurt
Courtesy of Emily Paster, West of the Loop

But, if you’re tired of the same old same old, this latke recipe uses sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes. Serve the side dish with harissa yogurt.

For the Sweet Potato Latkes with Harissa Yogurt recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas

Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas
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A grocery store item with a long shelf life, black-eyed peas are a common holiday side dish in the South. Cook the beans in your Instant Pot — like this recipe does — to save room on your stovetop and speed up the process.

For the Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas recipe, click here.

Oven Roasted Corn

Oven Roasted Corn
Courtesy of Seasonal Cravings

How to cook corn is a popular search query among Americans, but instead of boiling or grilling corn, you should consider roasting the veggie. This recipe keeps things simple by coating the corn with salted butter and thyme.

For the Oven Roasted Corn recipe, click here.

Collard Greens with Bacon

Collard Greens with Bacon
Courtesy of McCormick

When you’re doing your annual holiday grocery shopping, don’t forget to pick up collard greens. This recipe keeps the soul food staple simple with bacon, onion and chicken stock.

For the Collard Greens With Bacon recipe, click here.

Ginger Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ginger Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Courtesy of McCormick

If you’re a guest during Thanksgiving, make sure you don’t come empty-handed. This recipe for ginger-spiced mashed sweet potatoes is the ideal flavor-packed dish to bring to a holiday feast.

For the Ginger Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe, click here.

Traditional Cornbread

Traditional Cornbread
Courtesy of Chef Lance Knowling

Cornbread is one of those side dishes that every Southerner eats during Christmas. This recipe sticks to traditional techniques and uses pantry staple ingredients like eggs, butter, corn kernels and yellow cornmeal.

For the Traditional Cornbread recipe, click here.

Lukshen Cheese Kugel

Lukshen Cheese Kugel
Photography and Styling by Chavi Feldman, provided by Kosher.com

This rich and delicate kugel uses the light versions of cottage cheese and sour cream to render a delicious and slightly healthier version of the timeless dish.

For the Lukshen Cheese Kugel recipe, click here.

Lemon Olive Oil Ice Cream

Lemon Olive Oil Ice Cream
Courtesy of Emily Paster

This lemon olive oil ice cream is the perfect treat to end your Hanukkah feast and turn lemons into something other than lemonade. The dessert honors olive oil, a celebrated part of Hanukkah.

For the Lemon Olive Oil Ice Cream recipe, click here.

Sufganiyot

Sufganiyot
Courtesy of Emily Paster

Sufganiyot, a traditional Jewish dessert, can be filled with custard, lemon curd and more, but in this recipe, the fried doughnuts are filled with jam.

For the Sufganiyot recipe, click here.

Eggnog Cream Cheese Pie

Eggnog Cream Cheese Pie
Courtesy of McCormick/Katie Goodman from Good Life Eats

This eggnog cream cheese pie is a no-bake dessert, which is a great option around the holidays if you’re running out of room in your oven.

For the Eggnog Cream Cheese Pie recipe, click here.

Molasses Spice Cookies

Molasses Spice Cookies
Courtesy of McCormick.

While molasses isn’t the most creative ingredient to bake into your cookies, it’s a recipe you can’t skip during the holidays. Make sure to nab one of these chewy cookies when they’re fresh out of the oven — they’re sure to be gone in no time.

For the Molasses Spice Cookies recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie
Courtesy of McCormick

You have to make room on your holiday dinner table for some iconic pies, like this sweet potato pie, which is a must-have across the South.

For the Sweet Potato Pie recipe, click here.

Pear and Cranberry Crumble Pie

Pear and Cranberry Crumble Pie
Courtesy of McCormick/Katie Goodman from Good Life Eats

This pear and cranberry crumble pie is both sweet and tart on your palette. The blend of fruity flavors is cut with the sweetness of brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice, giving it that classic holiday flare.

For the Pear and Cranberry Crumble Pie recipe, click here.

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie
Courtesy of Chef Glenn Rolnick of Virgil's Real Barbecue

If you crave sweets at the end of a big meal, then this chocolate chess pie is a must-have at your holiday feast. This recipe is also a great way to use up any eggs in your fridge.

For the Chocolate Chess Pie recipe, click here.

Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie

Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie
Courtesy of McCormick

Pecan pie is elevated by the addition of a rich chocolatey base. This Southern dessert is one of many incredible pies to serve during the holiday season.

For the Decadent Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe, click here.

Hungarian Nut Roll

Hungarian Nut Roll
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Chopped walnuts and sugar are mixed together and spread across dough in this family cookbook recipe for a Hungarian nut roll. The recipe uses a lot of pantry staples, so if you’re running low, keep this handy guide for baking substitutions at the ready.

For the Hungarian Nut Roll recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies
Courtesy of McCormick

Gingerbread cookies are so adorable that sometimes you even feel a little guilty for eating them. When using your cookie cutter, be sure to coat everything in flour. This makes working with the dough easier and is a genius hack that every baker should know.

For the Gingerbread Men Cookies recipe, click here.

Peppermint Biscotti

Peppermint Biscotti
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

In this holiday dessert recipe, biscotti — a traditional Italian cookie — is dipped in a milk chocolate hot cocoa glaze and coated with crushed peppermint.

For the Peppermint Biscotti recipe, click here.

Buttery Cinnamon Rolls

Buttery Cinnamon Rolls
Courtesy of McCormick

Cinnamon rolls might be one of the most iconic breakfast foods in America, but they’re also a great breakfast or dessert to serve around the holidays.

For the Buttery Cinnamon Rolls recipe, click here.

Santa Sugar Cookies

Santa Sugar Cookies
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

Laying cookies out for Santa Claus is a tradition for many who celebrate Christmas. Give the big guy in red a delightful surprise this year with these Santa-shaped sugar cookies. Don’t forget to add his whipped cream beard at the end to finish off one of our best cookie recipes ever.

For the Santa Sugar Cookies recipe, click here.

Eggnog Popcorn Balls

Eggnog Popcorn Balls
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

Served as dessert or for a delicious snack, these eggnog popcorn balls are a creative treat to add to your holiday spread this year. To make the snack, popcorn is tossed with eggnog extract and marshmallows.

For the Eggnog Popcorn Balls recipe, click here.

No-Bake Montmorency Tart Cherry Cheesecake

No-Bake Montmorency Tart Cherry Cheesecake
Photo courtesy of Emily Caruso, jellytoastblog.com, provided by Choose Cherries

There are plenty of cherry desserts to choose from during the holidays, but this tart cherry cheesecake is one of the best around.

For the No-Bake Montmorency Tart Cherry Cheesecake recipe, click here.

Peppermint Fudge Cake

Peppermint Fudge Cake
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

For this peppermint fudge cake, chocolate cake is flavored with crushed peppermint candy and buttercream frosting before being topped with peppermint ganache. It’ll give the best chocolate shop in your state a run for its money.

For the Peppermint Fudge Cake recipe, click here.

Rainbow Trees Cake

Rainbow Trees Cake
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

This recipe will be a fun activity for you and your kids. The buttercream frosted cake is topped with sparkly, colorful sugar cones. The arrangement is meant to mimic a winter wonderland.

For the Rainbow Trees Cake recipe, click here.

Hot Cocoa Muddy Buddies

Hot Cocoa Muddy Buddies
Courtesy of ReadySetEat

Hot cocoa muddy buddies is a simple dessert — cereal is coated in milk chocolate and tossed with sugar and hot cocoa mix for fantastical flavors of the winter season.

For the Hot Cocoa Muddy Buddies recipe, click here.

Perfect Bloody Mary

Perfect Bloody Mary
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If you’re kicking your holiday celebrations off with brunch, then no spread is complete without the perfect classic bloody mary.

For the Perfect Bloody Mary recipe, click here.

Apple Cider Mimosa

Apple Cider Mimosa
Courtesy of Jason Goldstein

The flavor of this apple cider mimosa will remind you of a great day at the apple orchard. An ode to chilly weather, this drink features apple cider, pumpkin spice and prosecco.

For the Apple Cider Mimosa recipe, click here.

Apple Smash

Apple Smash
Courtesy of Diageo

Made with just three ingredients, this apple twist on a cranberry vodka is the easiest thing you’ll make all holiday season. You just need apple-flavored vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice.

For the Apple Smash recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Pie Spice White Russian

Pumpkin Pie Spice White Russian
Courtesy of McCormick

There are plenty of pumpkin cocktail recipes that are great for the holidays, but this take on a white Russian is one of the best. Infused with pumpkin pie spice extract, this is the perfect nightcap after a big dinner.

For the Pumpkin Pie Spice White Russian recipe, click here.

Sparkling Sangria Mocktail

Sparkling Sangria Mocktail
Courtesy of McCormick

If you want to sip on a delicious drink during the holiday season but you’re skipping the alcohol this year, mocktail recipes are a great alternative. This recipe for a virgin sparkling sangria is made with a variety of juices, cinnamon sticks, sliced apples and oranges.

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Caramel Apple Cider Mule

Caramel Apple Cider Mule
Recipe courtesy of Lidl

Moscow mules are one of the cocktails that never go out of style. This recipe adds a twist to the timeless drink by mixing ginger beer with caramel-flavored vodka and apple cider.

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Pecan Pie Martini

Pecan Pie Martini
Recipe courtesy of Lidl

Turn some of your favorite holiday desserts into a cocktail like this pecan pie martini does. The combination of Irish cream liqueur and pecan pie-flavored vodka creates a rich and sweet beverage that’s reminiscent of a delicious pie.

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Apple of my Chai

Apple of my Chai
Courtesy of Diageo

Sure, tea is great for settling the stomach, but it’s also an ideal ingredient for cocktails. This spiked chai tea recipe calls for Bailey’s apple pie, nutmeg and cardamom bitters.

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee
Courtesy of Diageo

There are plenty of Irish foods you should include on your holiday table this year, but as far as drinks are concerned, Irish coffee is a must. The after-dinner beverage is made with hot coffee, Irish cream and Irish whiskey.

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Buchanan’s Raspberry Buck

Buchanan’s Raspberry Buck
Courtesy of Diageo

Muddled raspberries give this classy cocktail a beautiful reddish tint, making it perfect to serve around the holidays. Top the fruit with ice, lemon juice, ginger syrup, club soda, bitters and whiskey.

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Johnnie Walker Ginger Highball

Johnnie Walker Ginger Highball
Courtesy of Diageo

If you don’t want to wait until after dinner to enjoy a cocktail, this ginger highball goes perfectly with dinner. The simple combination of whisky and ginger ale creates an elegant and light holiday drink.

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Bosc Pear Fizz

Bosc Pear Fizz
Courtesy of Diageo

Although there probably won’t be any large New Year celebrations this year, you can still spend the holiday in style with some glamorous cocktails. This Bosc pear fizz cocktail is a light refreshing drink that’s made with gin, pear syrup, lemon juice and club soda.

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Autumnal Glendullan

Autumnal Glendullan
Courtesy of Diageo

If you’re not ready to let go of fall when the winter holidays roll around, this cocktail is a great way to hold on to those autumnal flavors. Made with Glendullan, apple cider, lemon juice and cinnamon syrup, this cocktail is rife with the sweet and tart flavors of fall.

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Sagamore Cider

 Sagamore Cider
Courtesy of Sagamore Spirit

The best cocktail to serve alongside some yummy desserts is this spiked hot cider, which is made with rye whiskey, apple cider, lime juice and simple syrup.

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Hot Rye Toddy

Hot Rye Toddy
Courtesy of Sagamore Spirit

Comforting homemade soups aren’t the only way to warm up this winter. This hot rye toddy cocktail will keep you toasty for the entirety of the holiday season.

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Manhattan

Manhattan
Courtesy of Sagamore Spirit

How to make a Manhattan is a popular search query. Luckily, we’re here to help. Made with rye whiskey, bitters and sweet vermouth, this Manhattan recipe keeps the timeless cocktail classic.

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World’s Best Hot Chocolate

World’s Best Hot Chocolate
Courtesy of USDairy.com

While cocktails are a great thing to have at your holiday get-together, nothing gets you all cozy and filled with the holiday spirit quite like a mug of hot cocoa. This recipe uses milk chocolate as well as cocoa powder and milk to get a rich and creamy drink. And if you need something sweet to dunk in the hot chocolate, here are 50 of our best Christmas cookie recipes.

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