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The Best Holiday Recipes of All Time

We’ve got all the recipes you’ll need to get through the holiday season—from appetizers to cookies and everything in between. 


Baked Brie with Cranberries and Pomegranate

Ooey, gooey, sweet and savory. This appetizer looks super fancy but couldn’t be easier to make. Get the recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Heath Goldman

Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Holiday Baked Brie

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachios and Orange

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Heath Goldman

Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

'Everything Bagel' Cauliflower Rolls

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

The Crispiest Potato Latkes Ever

Whether you’re making them for Hanukkah or you just have a craving for those delicious fried potato pancakes, this holiday staple is perfect all year. Get the recipe

Erin McDowell

Mozzarella Bites

Erin McDowell

Prosciutto Bites

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Jake Cohen

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Ranch

Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Jake Cohen

Green Bean Casserole Galette

Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Jake Cohen

Charred Sweet Potatoes with Pistachio-Chili Pesto

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Homemade Cheese Crackers

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Loaded Baked Potato 'Chips'

PHOTO: ERIC MORAN/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Grilled Cheese Crostini

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Baked Gorgonzola Bites

Greatest party appetizer ever. And there are only five ingredients. Get the recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Carrot Pigs in a Blanket

Erin McDowell

Deviled Eggs

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

The Creamiest Brussels Sprouts in the Universe

Just when you thought Brussels sprouts couldn’t get any better. Get the recipe

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

French Onion Cups

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Dairy-Free Butternut Squash 'Fondue'

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Coconut Shrimp

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Bites

7 Feast of the Seven Fishes Recipes You'll Want to Make All Year Long

Why limit the Italian tradition to December 24? These recipes are great all year round. Get the recipe

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Pomegranate-Maple Glazed Lamb Chops

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Spicy Orange-Honey Glazed Ham

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

The Ultimate Pasta Pie

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale

9 Punch-Bowl Cocktails to Make Over the Holidays

The hostess with the mostest shouldn’t stand in a corner preparing individual drinks for each and every one of her guests. Here, nine big-batch blends that make it easy for everyone to get their party on.

ERIN MCDOWELL
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Heath Goldman

Ruby Vermouth Spritzers

Photo: Jon Cospito/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Spiked Cinnamon Lattes

A Taste of Koko

Cranberry Margarita

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Cranberry Hot Toddy

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Chai Hot Toddy

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Mulled Wine Sangria

CELEBRATING SWEETS

Hard Apple Cider Floats

RACHEL VANNI/TASTING TABLE

Boozy Cider Slushies

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Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

Move over, Swiss Miss. Slow-cooker hot chocolate is what holiday dreams are made of.

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Cinnamon-Roll Cake

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Caramel-Stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Matcha-Cranberry Linzer Cookies

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles

Chocolate Banana Bread Babka

Like banana bread and babka had a baby. Get the recipe

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Puff-Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette

Photo: Jon Cospito/Styling: Erin McDowell

Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

Apple Tart with Soft-Pretzel Crust

Your classic apple pie just got an upgrade. Get the recipe

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Sticky Toffee Honeycomb Cake

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Cider Frosting

Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

Ginger Cherry Pie

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Mini Chocolate Snowball Cakes

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Rosé Poached Pears with Ginger and Vanilla

Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

Pecan Pie Scones

Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

’Tis the season for baking cookies. Get the recipe 

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

Easy Cranberry-Pecan Sandwich Cookies

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Vanilla-Chocolate Swirl Icebox Cookies

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Chocolate-Peppermint Icebox Cookies

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Vanilla Bean Icebox Cookies

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Pistachio Icebox Cookies

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Lemon Icebox Cookies

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Peppermint Candy Platter

Some DIY projects we roll our eyes at (yeah right, gingerbread castle). But some DIY projects are absolutely worth it. Like this edible serving platter made of peppermint candies. 

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies

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Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

Homemade Milano Cookies

Light, buttery and filled with chocolate. What’s not to love?

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Coconut Cookies

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

4-Ingredient Lemon Cookies

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Oreo-Stuffed Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some people crave soft and chewy, and others thin and crispy. So we created recipes for cookie lovers in both camps.

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Mini Gingersnap Icebox Cakes

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Granola Cookies

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Dip

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Cake Batter Dip

TWENTY20

The Fastest Way to Decorate a Cookie or Cake

No need for a slew of fancy tools or next-level skills to add a special touch to your holiday confections

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Flourless Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies

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Brownie Pops

Betty Crocker

The 12 Best Holiday Slow-Cooker Desserts

Set it and forget it (and then devour it).

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

The easiest upgrade ever for apple pie? Mini mason jar apple pies. The individual portions are just the right amount, and the whole mason jar thing is way more impressive than a boring pie dish. 

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Blueberry Crumble Pie

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Chocolate-Caramel Pretzel Tart

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Raise your hand if you like ice-cream cake. Raise your other hand if you like ice-cream sandwiches. Great. (We love them, too.) And when you make our ice-cream sandwich cake recipe, you get to enjoy both frozen treats.

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Frozen Chocolate Soufflé

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Mini Tiramisu

Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake

Everyone needs a little pick-me-up. Sometimes it’s a latte. Sometimes it’s chocolate. Our espresso cheesecake is a little bit of both. It’s New York–style—extra tall and rich—and coated in a chocolate glaze.

ERIN MCDOWELL
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Mini Yogurt Cheesecakes

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Thin Mint Tarts

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The Genius and Mess-Free Way to Ice a Cake

Presenting the easiest (and most Insta-worthy) way to ice a cake. We’ll give you one hint: No silverware necessary.

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Dairy-Free Cheesecake

You can use the words indulgent and dairy-free in the same sentence. Like when describing this indulgent dairy-free cheesecake recipe with blueberry topping. It’s rich yet virtuous, which is achieved without using cream cheese or butter or even flour.