25 Favorite Holiday Recipes — from Appetizers to Desserts

  • 25 Favorite Holiday Recipes 1 of 31
  • Breakfast 2 of 31
  • Cranberry Sauce Pancakes 3 of 31
    Cranberry Sauce Pancakes

    Give your kids a sweet surprise come Christmas morning with these saucy pancakes. Add in whipped cream and warmed maple syrup, and they just might forget about that iPad Santa “forgot” to bring! …

    Make cranberry sauce pancakes

  • Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Cider Icing 4 of 31

    Doused in warm apple cider icing, this gooey breakfast pastry puts a festive spin on the classic cinnamon
    roll. Serve these sweet buns on Christmas morning and your kids will be sure to get their apple a day —
    and then some!

    Make apple butter cinnamon rolls with apple cider icing

  • Eggnog Cinnamon Scones 5 of 31
    Eggnog Cinnamon Scones

    These nutmeg and cinnamon scones are a great grab-and-go breakfast dish for your kids to nosh on while unwrapping their gifts. Bonus: Any leftovers can be served later for a sweet snack with after-dinner drinks.

    Make eggnog cinnamon scones

  • Banana Bread French Toast 6 of 31
    Banana Bread French Toast

    If you received more “thank you” loaves of homemade bread and fruitcake than you could possibly eat, this recipe easily transforms it into a tasty holiday morning breakfast treat.

    Make banana bread French toast 

  • Pain au Chocolat 7 of 31
    Pain au Chocolat

    Give your kids an extra gift for the holidays with these easy, chocolate-filled croissants you can make the night before. Chocolate for breakfast? Merry Christmas, indeed!

    Make pain au chocolat

  • Appetizers 8 of 31
  • Veggie Confetti Crackers 9 of 31

    These little appetizers are the perfect light bite to indulge in before a big meal. Plus they could not be easier to throw together — cucumbers, onion, peppers, cream cheese, and crackers … that's it!

    Make veggie confetti crackers

  • Caprese Bites 10 of 31

    Make these mouthwatering Caprese bites and your next holiday party will be a guaranteed hit! Nothing beats the age-old combination of basil, tomato, and fresh mozzarella — a trio made in heaven.

    Make Caprese bites

  • Artichoke Chevre Dip 11 of 31
    Artichoke Chevre Dip

    Whether you’'re looking for a flavorful dip for your holiday party, an afternoon Christmas snack, or New Year'’s Eve hors d'oeuvre, look no further than this savory crowd-pleaser.

    Make artichoke chevre dip

  • Asparagus and Parmigiano Puffs 12 of 31
    Asparagus and Parmigiano Puffs

    Cheesy puffed pastries are an elegant and inexpensive appetizer to serve at your next holiday get-together. Feel free to replace asparagus with any other green vegetable you’'re craving this season.

    Make asparagus and parmigiano puffs 

  • Cheese-stuffed Figs with Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle 13 of 31
    Cheese-stuffed Figs with Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle

    Save pigs in a blanket for the kiddie table and serve up these savory figs for a delectable holiday hors d'oeuvre your guests will be raving about long into 2014.

    Make cheese-stuffed figs with toasted pecans and balsamic drizzle 

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  • Chicken with Grapes and Rosemary 15 of 31
    Chicken with Grapes and Rosemary

    Leave the turkey to Thanksgiving and spend Christmas dinner noshing on this unique chicken dish. Your holiday guests will be pleasantly surprised by the sweet burst of fruit with every bite!

    Make chicken with grapes and rosemary 

  • Pork and Chicken Sosatie with Apricots and Onions 16 of 31
    Pork and Chicken Sosatie with Apricots and Onions

    We have no idea why it'’s good luck to eat pork on New Year’'s Day, but with this unique South-African sosatie recipe we'’ll gladly oblige.

    Make pork and chicken sosatie with apricots and onions

  • Olive Oil and Herb Mashed Potatoes 17 of 31
    Olive Oil and Herb Mashed Potatoes

    Continue your Hanukkah celebration of the oil that lasted 8 days with these mashed potatoes dressed up in olive oil and herbs—, a delicious complement to any holiday dinner.

    Make olive oil and herb mashed potatoes

  • Panko-crusted Salmon 18 of 31
    Panko-crusted Salmon

    Whether you believe eating fish on New Year'’s Day is lucky or not, you can'’t go wrong with this crispy, crunchy salmon dish. Best case scenario: You kicked 2014 off with a lucky bang. Worst case scenario: You kicked 2014 off with a mouthwatering dish. It’'s a win-win.

    Make panko-crusted salmon

  • Cran-chestnut Pumpkin Sausage Stuffing 19 of 31
    Cran-chestnut Pumpkin Sausage Stuffing

    Feel wrong serving Christmas dinner without a stuffing dish, but bored with the one you just made for Thanksgiving? This pumpkin and sausage variety adds new flavors to your traditional holiday dinner menu.

    Make cran-chestnut pumpkin sausage stuffing
    Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky

  • Dessert 20 of 31
  • Red-Nosed Reindeer Cookies 21 of 31

    Any kid will love munching on these adorable cookies over their holiday break. Bonus: They're as cute as they are delicious.

    Make red-nosed reindeer cookies

  • Peppermint Whipped Cream 22 of 31

    This easy-peasy recipe for peppermint whipped cream will add a special touch to a variety of festive desserts! Try popping a dollop on top of a steamy mug of hot chocolate, or try a bit on your favorite holiday pie or brownie.  

    Make peppermint whipped cream

  • Liquor-Soaked Orange Pound Cake 23 of 31

    If you're looking for a dessert with a bit of a kick, try this liquor-soaked orange pound cake. It's full of citrus and sweetness and is the perfect way to cap off a heavy holiday meal.

    Make liquor-soaked orange pound cake

  • No-Bake Chocolate Rum Balls 24 of 31
    No-Bake Chocolate Rum Balls

    Show up to your next holiday shindig with a tin of these no-bake wonders, and we guarantee you (and these treats!) will be the hit of the party.

    Make no-bake chocolate rum balls

  • Maple Walnut Crunch Icebox Cookies 25 of 31
    Maple Walnut Crunch Icebox Cookies

    You don'’t have to live in Vermont to tap into the wonder of maple syrup. Whip up a batch of these spiral cookies and you’'ll be ready for the holidays (and winter weather) in no time.

    Make maple walnut crunch icebox cookies 

  • Drinks 26 of 31
  • Hot Caramel Apple Cider 27 of 31

    Usher your holiday party guests out of the cold and into your home with a piping hot glass of this caramel apple cider. We suggest serving with apple-cinnamon scones for a deliciously sweet snack to really get the party started!

    Make hot caramel apple cider

  • Candy Cane Milk Shooters 28 of 31
    Candy Cane Milk Shooters

    While the grown-ups down eggnog shooters, the kiddies can join in the festivities with these creamy, minty “shots.” The tykes are sure to wake up without headaches, but we can'’t say the same for the adults …

    Make candy cane milk shooters

  • Frozen Cocoa Shake 29 of 31
    Frozen Cocoa Shake

    You don’'t have to live in New York City to appreciate the scrumptiousness of Serendipity'’s signature frozen cocoa. This recipe makes a delightful after-dinner drink for kiddies and adults alike. Tip: A shot of Kahlua will make this shake even more irresistible for grown-up party guests.

    Make a frozen cocoa shake 
    Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky

  • Eggnog Latte 30 of 31
    Eggnog Latte

    There’'s no better way to greet Christmas morning —and your present-crazed kiddies —than with a cup of this festive eggnog coffee. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon for an extra burst of flavor (and caffeine)!

    Make an eggnog latte 

  • Coconut Cardamom Spiced Breakfast Latte 31 of 31
    Coconut Cardamom Spiced Breakfast Latte

    After a blistery cold morning of building a snow fort with your kiddies, warm your bones and get into the holiday spirit with this cardamom and coconut latte.

    Make coconut cardamom spiced breakfast latte 
    Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky

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