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Spice Things Up! 18 Ways to Cook with Mulling Spices

If the holidays have a signature scent, I’d say it’s the familiar, heartwarming fragrance of traditional mulling spices. During the holiday season, nothing beats the distinct smell of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. And while mulling spices are terrific in traditional holiday drinks like mulled cider or wine, they can also play a starring role in a host of other festive recipes.

So this holiday season, spice things up and try one of these 18 warming, delicious recipes made with mulling spices!

  • Spice Things Up! 18 Ways to Cook with Mulling Spices 1 of 19
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    Traditional mulling spices are great in holiday drinks, but they also shine in a host of tasty recipes. Click through for 18 creative ways to get cooking with mulling spices.

  • Fruity Holiday Sangria 2 of 19
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    Whether you're after a festive spiced drink or a great holiday gift, this holiday-inspired sangria is just the thing!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Aggie Goodman 

  • Spiced Milk 3 of 19
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    This simple recipe for warm spiced milk is the perfect way to coax kids to sleep on Christmas Eve. It's also a festive, kid-friendly drink for all kinds of holiday parties.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan 

  • Kid-Friendly Wassail 4 of 19
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    This kid-friendly wassail is brimming with bright fruit juice, citrus slices, and fragrant cinnamon and cloves, and makes for a wonderfully warming winter sip.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Jaime Richardson 

  • Classic Mulled Apple Cider 5 of 19
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    This classic holiday recipe is a longtime holiday party staple at our house. We make up a big pot the day of the party, and let the scents of cinnamon, cloves, orange, and other spices waft through the house.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Homemade Chai Tea 6 of 19
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    Mulling spices, along with ginger, cardamom, and vanilla bean, make for a creamy and comforting cup of chai.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Warm Spiced Ginger Lemonade 7 of 19
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    Cozy up to a piping hot mug of spiced, gingery lemonade with this simple recipe. Winter colds don't stand a chance!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Spice-Infused Sugar 8 of 19
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    Make a little homemade holiday magic by infusing sugar with classic mulling spices.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Stacie Billis 

  • Chocolate and Spice Cookies 9 of 19
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    Chocolate and spice might seem like unlikely combination for a holiday cookie, but it happens to be pretty awesome. The heat offsets the rich chocolate beautifully, and makes for an unforgettable sweet treat.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: from The Perfect Finish: Special Desserts for Every Occasion by Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark 

  • Caramel Apple Spice Tea 10 of 19
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    If you're in need of a mug of comfort on a cold day, this simple caramel apple spice tea is certain to be the pick-me-up you need. Warming and rich, this soothing drink is just right for quiet afternoons.
    Babble has the recipe
    Image: Lauren Hartman 

  • Spiced Cider Doughnuts 11 of 19
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    These spectacular spiced doughnuts feature all the classic mulling spices and make for a holiday-perfect breakfast, dessert, or treat!
    Kailley's Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: Kailley's Kitchen 

  • Hot Spiced Black Tea with Rum 12 of 19
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    For your next holiday celebration, try something unique! Serve up this Tyrolean jagatee, or Austrian hunter's tea, that features sweet rum, schnapps, and a host of holiday spices.
    Masala Herb has the recipe
    Image: Masala Herb 

  • Mulled Cider Sachets 13 of 19
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    Create a homemade gift to remember by making up individual spice sachets. Recipients can then make their own mulled cider anytime!
    Noble Pig has the recipe
    Image: Noble Pig 

  • Classic Mulled Wine 14 of 19
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    Adding a hint of citrus and spice to everyday wine makes for a winter sip that's not to be missed. Whether it's for a big holiday shindig or a cozy night by the fire, mulled wine is a wintertime classic.
    The Law Student's Wife has the recipe
    Image: The Law Student's Wife 

  • Traditional Gluhwein 15 of 19
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    Glühwein is a traditional Christmas drink in Germany and Austria that's very similar to mulled wine — it's just the thing for a festive holiday fete!
    Masala Herb has the recipe
    Image: Masala Herb 

  • Chocolate Chai Rolls 16 of 19
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    These airy homemade cinnamon rolls are brimming with the fragrance of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, and are studded with irresistible bits of dark chocolate.
    The Law Student's Wife has the recipe
    Image: The Law Student's Wife 

  • Fragrant Mulled Wine 17 of 19

    This simple recipe layers a delicious array of spice and fragrance. With classic flavors like cardamom, cloves, allspice, peppercorns, star anise, bay, ginger, and vanilla, it will fill your home and belly with spiced goodness.
    Busy In Brooklyn has the recipe
    Image: Busy In Brooklyn 

  • Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce 18 of 19
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    The complex flavors of classic mulled wine are a great addition to cranberry sauce, and make for an attention-getting holiday side.
    Busy In Brooklyn has the recipe
    Image: Busy In Brooklyn 

  • Slow Cooker Mulled Wine 19 of 19
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    Simplify your holiday beverage routine and make your mulled wine in the slow cooker! This low-sugar recipe is perfect for grown-up holiday festivities.
    Diethood has the recipe
    Image: Diethood 

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