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Our Favorite Holiday Recipes


Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

From bourbon balls and the best cinnamon rolls to Mom’s soufflé and eggnog-glazed scones, I’m sharing some of our favorite holiday recipes to enjoy during this festive time of year. 

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One of my favorite things about this time of year… is the food – well, of course! 

While it’s certainly fun to experiment with all of the creative cookie recipes and impressive appetizers to serve to guests, we have a few staple recipes the stick around year after year. It would not be Christmas without my mom’s Sherry Cheese Dip or bourbon balls!

For years and years we had Christmas dinners with my grandparents. We’d open presents on Christmas morning at Grandma Younger’s in New Jersey with coffeecake and OJ (and sometimes leftover pineapple cake!) and then we’d drive south to Maryland where Gram and Pop would host the whole family for a formal Christmas dinner. We loved being at the kids’ table with our cousins, and the food was always perfection. I honestly don’t know how my grandparents did it!

Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Christmas Charcuterie Board

This Christmas Charcuterie Board that I created last year has a red, white, and green theme for a festive spread! Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn exactly how to put together a beautiful board for your holiday events. 

charcuterie board from the back side

charcuterie board from the back side

5 Ingredient Bourbon Balls

When I think of Christmas, I think of bourbon (probably because my grandparents loved Manhattans). This easy 5-ingredient bourbon balls recipe is a family favorite and makes a great addition to any holiday cookie swap or party dessert spread!


Mom’s Spinach Soufflé

A classic brunch dish that everyone loves – it’s light and fluffy with that creamy, comforting taste. Bonus, you get in a serving of greens! The spiced up version is my fav, but mom’s original recipe is here

Easy Baked Eggs

Another recipe perfect for cozy holiday mornings are these easy baked eggs with red peppers, greens, and cheese. Beautiful for brunch!

easy baked eggs in baking dish

easy baked eggs in baking dish

Chocolate Chip Scones with Eggnog Glaze

These whole-grain chocolate chip scones made with bits of chips and drizzled with an eggnog glaze are so easy to make! Perfect with a cup of fresh fruit, coffee or… more eggnog! 

Holiday Recipes: Chocolate Chip Scones with Eggnog Glaze

Holiday Recipes: Chocolate Chip Scones with Eggnog Glaze

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Gingerbread Overnight Oats

These gingerbread overnight oats are made with molasses, cinnamon, chia seeds, and Biscoff cookies for an extra fun crunch. Gingersnaps or almond cookies would be great too! 

gingerbread overnight oats recipe

gingerbread overnight oats recipe

Eggnog Spiced Baked Oatmeal

And while we’re on the topic of eggnog, soak your oats in it too! This baked oatmeal recipe can be prepared in advance and reheated for an easy but special breakfast. I recommend a little whipped cream on top! 

Cranberry Almond Chocolate Clusters

These make a delicious holiday gift for friends and neighbors. The base of this recipe is simply nuts and dried fruit, but the clusters are spiced up a bit with cinnamon, nutmeg, a pinch of cayenne, and a sprinkle of sea salt, which is key!

Salted Almond Chocolate Bark

This DIY salted almond chocolate bark recipe is easy to customize with whatever nuts you have on hand. The flaked salt is key! It also makes a perfect homemade gift. Add candy canes and red and green M&Ms for a holiday theme.

salted almond chocolate bark

salted almond chocolate bark

More Holiday Recipes

Buckwheat Gingerbread Waffles via Making Thyme For Health 

These whole-grain gingerbread waffles make the perfect holiday breakfast. We love making a big batch and storing in the freezer to pull out when guests are in town.

The Best Cinnamon Rolls via Ambitious Kitchen

Big, fluffy, soft and absolutely delicious. This cinnamon roll recipe includes options to make them overnight or ahead of time and even freeze them. We love cinnamon rolls with coffee while we’re unwrapping presents from under the Christmas tree. 

Spiced Cranberry Rose Spritzers via Half Baked Harvest

Homemade spiced cranberry jam, woodsy rosemary, fruity rosé, sweet elderflower liquor, fresh citrus, and spicy ginger beer. Mix everything together to create a festive pitcher-style cocktail that’s easy to create, refreshing, and delicious.

What are your favorite holiday recipes that you enjoy this time of year?

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