It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so the menu should be just as merry and bright. Whether you’re playing host or attending the party this year, you’ll want to keep these easy holiday recipes—like bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts and homemade peppermint patties—in your back pocket. When the festivities are over, pack the leftovers in Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bags for guests to take home—if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, that is. The airtight zipper seal protects against freezer burn and locks in freshness while the Grip n’ Seal technology secures even when slippery or wet, so go ahead, give ‘em all the cranberry sauce you’ve got.

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1. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites

Let’s upgrade the usual cheese and crackers this year. This elegant app starts with (shh!) store-bought pie crust and takes all of 15 minutes to make.

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2. Easy Cranberry-Pecan Sandwich Cookies

You know what makes a great last-minute gift? A Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bag (for maximum freshness, of course) full of these buttery cookies, snuck in your guests’ bags on the way out the door.

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3. The Crispiest Potato Latkes of All Time

What’s the secret? Easy: Squeezing the liquid from the potatoes and onions until they’re bone dry ensures an impossibly crispy bite.

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4. Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken

We love when our entrée matches the decor—almost as much as we love a one-skillet holiday main. Less mess, more eating.

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5. Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Instead of standing over a smoky pan to get the caramelization you’re after, envelop your sprouts in bacon and roast them in the oven. They’re the ultimate crowd-pleasing appetizer (or side).

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6. Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

Skip the tedious homemade crust and pick up a can of cinnamon rolls at your next grocery run. Voilà, this dessert is already halfway done.

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7. Hasselback Butternut Squash

Who says the side dishes can’t be as impressive as the main course? Luckily, this technique only looks intricate. (It’s actually foolproof.)

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8. Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast with Orange and Herbs

When you make a turkey in the slow cooker, there’s zero fussing. No basting, rotating or messing around with tinfoil—just 30 minutes of prep time and the push of a button. Plus, you’re saving precious oven space.

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9. Peppermint Patties

In a sea of sugar cookies, be these homemade candies. They’re unexpected but just as festive, and you can make a batch in the time it takes to watch that holiday movie you’ve seen seven times.

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