Holidays and Occasions

Recipe collections for every holiday season and special occasion.

Staff Picks

Red Pepper Miso Wings

Skip the cream cheese and pepper jelly appetizer and use the red pepper jelly for something new. These sticky, yet crispy chicken wings take full advantage of the red pepper jelly flavor. The result is a hot, sweet, savory sauce with a vibrant color. Add scallions and fresh basil for an impressive festive-looking dish that is just asking to be taken to a holiday potluck. 
By Karen Rankin

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

What's the key to these six-ingredient soft gingerbread cookies? Spice cake mix.
By Corey Williams

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Caviar

Need a great appetizer for your Halloween bash? Serve up chips and this classic veggie and bean dip for some spook-tacularly good flavor. This recipe features staples that you may already have in your pantry or fridge, making this a perfect last-minute appetizer to take to the party. And while the name suggest that a Halloween party is where it's at with this recipe, you can just as easily much on this great dip any day of the week! 
By Meredith Butcher

Marinated Mozzarella Eyeballs

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Serve a mad scientist-inspired, Jekyll and Hyde-themed appetizer for the ultimate spooky Halloween or horror snack. Your friends will not believe just how real these mozarella balls look and just how delicious they taste. With spices like garlic and red pepper and fresh Italian herbs, this ballin' recipe is packed with flavor that will keep your guests coming back for more.
By Julia Levy

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

This warm and comforting casserole is everything you could want in a Christmas morning breakfast: rich and cheesy grits, rounded out with sausage, bacon, and poblano.
By Robby Melvin

Vegan Queso

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This creamy and dreamy queso dip is something that even the greatest non-vegans will appreciate.
By Robin Bashinsky

Foolproof Fruit Cake

If you're going to make a classic fruitcake, conquer it with this foolproof recipe. Start your fruitcake the day before; candying your own citrus is well worth it. The result is gooey, moist, and dense. The rum taste is bold and delicious, but you can also use apple cider, if desired. This recipe makes four loaves that will keep for a month, so it's perfect for gift giving.
By Deb Wise

Apricot and Walnut Rugelach

It's not a proper celebration of the festival of lights without a batch of rugelach. This classic Jewish cookie which is typically served during Hanukkah is an absolute must when it comes to holiday baking. Made with a super straightforward, 4-ingredient dough in the food processor, this pastry is far from intimidating
By Sara Tane

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

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This powerful cranberry-apple sauce carries enough flavors to make it go far. Keep it traditional and serve with turkey, or think outside the box and use a dollop on this Instant Pot Pumpkin Soup. Although it's quick and easy to make, we'd suggest prepping it a few days in advance—this Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce only gets better with time.
By Paige Grandjean

Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast Casserole

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Unsure what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? While most people will have heard of putting them to work in a casserole, a breakfast casserole might be a new idea.

Chocolate Rugelach

Rugelach, a classic Jewish cookie traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, are possibly the most underrated holiday cookie of all time. With a simple, no-fuss dough that comes together in the food processor, and endless ways to customize each batch, this should be your go-to holiday treat. In this chocolatey iteration, finely chopped bittersweet chocolate provides a sweet depth of flavor that kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy.
By Sara Tane

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

These gingerbread cookies are sweet and not too gingery- perfect for the kids and just how you remember them. This recipe is also great for gingerbread houses. Roll the dough 1/4" thick, cut out house, and bake at 325 until firm (about 20 minutes). Rotate the pan after 10 minutes and use bold molasses for even baking and optimal flavor.
By Deb Wise

Inspiration and Ideas

30+ Easy (But Still Impressive) Valentine's Day Dinners

Sure, romance is important, but we’d be lying if we said Valentine's Day wasn't just as much about the food. You could even say that the holiday essentially equates a delicious meal with love. Don't worry, though: You don't need a fancy restaurant or a complicated recipe to impress your Valentine this year. Just prepare one of these easy, but still wow-worthy, dishes for your date.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Candy, According to Your Zodiac Sign

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself (do it) or grabbing something sweet for someone sweet, tap the stars for a little guidance in your candy purchases this Valentine’s Day.

Halloween Hummus

For a truly spooky treat, this hummus is a great way to create a fun and festive Halloween effect. Simply fill a carved skull prop with this ghoulishly delicious hummus for a great appetizer to serve to guests. This hummus is red pepper based and features cayenne pepper, cumin, and plenty of garlic cloves for some great flavor. This dip is great to serve with crackers, chips, or veggie sticks. Dig right in, if you dare!