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The holidays are the perfect time to throw your diet plans to the wind and really dig into all the glorious goodness that is holiday food. From tender roasts to ooey-gooey cookies to comforting cocoa, Christmas really brings a smorgasbord of delicious choices. As someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen trying out recipes I find on Pinterest, I wanted to share with you some of the recipes I know I’ll HAVE to try this holiday season. Enjoy!
It’s not Christmas without sugar cookies decorated for the season. I like to make sugar cookies every year to give out to friends and family around the holidays, and this year I’ll be trying out this recipe!
I’ve never tried making peppermint bark before, because I’ve always been in arm’s reach of the delicious peppermint bark from Trader Joe’s. You know the one I’m talking about. This year, unfortunately, I’m thousands of miles from the nearest Trader Joe’s, so I’m going to try to make it myself with this recipe.
Well, with the recommendation that it’s the “best ever,” how could I not want to try this hot cocoa recipe? I love a little bit of spice in my hot cocoa, so I’m excited to see how this recipe is with cinnamon in it. Yum!
Another critically important part of the holidays is spending time with friends and family get a wee bit toasty, if you know what I mean. This delicious-looking Christmas punch will be just the thing this year.
Oh my lord, I can’t even look at this picture without imagining the delicious taste of muddy buddies. Add a few Christmas colored m&ms to your usual muddy buddies recipe, and you’ve got reindeer chow! This would be a great recipe to make with kids...I don’t have any, so I’ll eat it all myself!
It’s not the holidays without at least one juicy roast beef, and this herb-crusted prime rib recipe looks like just the ticket for this holiday season. I can’t wait to try it for a cozy at-home dinner date, with a glass of red wine.
Alright, even though we’ve agreed to throw caution to the wind when it comes to dietary restrictions, we should at least make a nod to health every once in a while. These caramel apple nachos are just the thing, because they’re mostly apple slices with just a few sweet treats added in. If you’re looking for more healthy holiday recipe ideas, this post from TotallyTheBomb.com is a good place to start.
Mmm, I love cookies of all kinds, and cookies for breakfast is one of my favorite things! These pumpkin breakfast cookies look delightfully seasonal and a bit spicy, and also relatively healthy to boot. I’ll be trying them as soon as possible. This recipe is already pretty healthy, but if you’re trying to lighten up your other holiday recipes, check out this chart of healthy substitution options.
I really like quinoa salad when I’m feeling like something light yet filling, and this cranberry pecan quinoa salad is a great seasonal one to try. I think it would be perfect to bring to a holiday potluck or to make as a side dish for a dinner party.
I used to hate, hate acorn squash as a kid. Just the smell of it cooking in the oven made me sick. But now, surprise surprise, I love it. This seasonal twist on baked acorn squash is just the thing for a chilly winter night.
GINGERSNAPS. The only thing that could make gingersnaps, already one of the best, spiciest, most delicious types of cookie around, any better is brown butter. This recipe looks like it makes the gooey-est, chewiest, most satisfying cookies. I can’t wait to try it!
I know, I know, everything is in a Mason jar these days. Before you get too tired of Mason jars, hear me out: this recipe is awesome, because you can actually bake the banana bread right in the jar, and when it’s done it slides right out! Slap a bow on there and you’ve got perfect holiday gifts for friends, family, and coworkers.
Well, they said the best cheeseball ever, so I don’t know about you but I’m all ears. This one involves pineapple, green onion, and pecans or walnuts. Sounds delicious! This is another recipe that would be perfect to make for a holiday party.
Every New Years’ my mother makes a baked ham. This year I won’t be home for New Years, so I’m going to have to make my own ham. This recipe looks just right – although nothing can truly replace Mom’s cooking, of course.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the kitchen to get started with some of these. Happy holidays!