28 Grandma-Approved Holiday Recipes
The holidays are all about family, and there’s no better way to honor family than by making family recipes that have lived on through generations. Between these sweets, snacks, and Thanksgiving staples, you’ll find tried-and-true recipes that bring you right back to your nana’s kitchen after the very first bite. Even if these aren’t YOUR grandmother’s recipes, we guarantee these comforting dishes will deliver flavors that taste “just like Grandma used to make.”
Granny's Cornbread Dressing
No holiday table is complete without a dish of this classic cornbread dressing.
Nana’s Banana Bread
Nana's Rosemary Biscuits with Cranberries
From the Kitchen of…Maureen Callahan, Longtime Contributor
"My Irish grandmother added fresh rosemary from the garden to her biscuits. We like to include cranberries for the best mini turkey sliders the next day--if there are any biscuits left over."
When punching out dough rounds, avoid twisting the biscuit cutter, which will seal the edges and interfere with rising.
German Chocolate Brownies
This recipe is a combination of my nana’s greatest hits—brownies and German chocolate cake. The fudgy brownies allow the frosting’s coconut flavor to shine and are decadent without overwhelming the palate. We used a 9x13” baking pan, which yielded thinner brownies and a more even distribution of both the brownies and the frosting’s flavor. It’s definitely possible in an 8” or 9” square pan, which will give you thicker brownies and globs of frosting. In that case, you’ll need to use a fork.
Grandma Carroll's Cinnamon Rolls
NOTES: A friend's grandmother introduced Margaret Fox to these rolls. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 1 hour, plus 3 hours to rise.
Safta's Mock Liver (Green Bean and Pea Pâté)
"My grandmother (safta is Hebrew for grandma) always made this mock liver because she felt it to be healthier than one made with liver and schmaltz (chicken fat)," says Evan Bloom of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco. Bloom and Wise Sons co-owner Leo Beckerman put this fresh-tasting pâté on the menu for Passover.
Grandma Thury's Banana Cake
Veronica Pape's great-grandmother handed down the recipe for this simple, moist banana cake.
Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes
Grandma's Molasses Crinkles
Beware: these melt-in-your-mouth molasses cookies are as good as grandma's.
Grandma Weiser's English Toffee
Six simple ingredients are all you need to create this easy snack. Share this favorite family recipe.
Nana Hirl's Pie Crust
Grandma Dean's Chicken and Dressing
Grannie's Cracklin' Cornbread
Nana’s Christmas Caramels
“There was a special time of excitement and anticipation in our house back in the 1950s when our grandmother made Christmas candy. It would be a cold, snowy day and my brothers and I were thrilled with these yummy caramels. We could always count on getting them in our Christmas stockings!”
Grandma Dumeney's Baked Beans
Fill your home with the soothing aroma of Grandma Dumeney's Baked Beans this holiday season. With each bite, family and friends will be craving more of this classic comfort food.
Grandma Erma's Spirited Cranberry Sauce
You'll need about 1 lb. of cranberries. Most are sold in 12-oz. bags, so pick up two and freeze the extra.
Grandma Mary's Cream Cheese Frosting
Nanny's Famous Coconut-Pineapple Cake
Grandma Salazar's Albóndigas Soup
Grandma's Tea Cakes
We've streamlined a classic French dish, poulet grand-mère, so it comes together in little more than an hour--about half the time required for the original recipe. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Notes: We leave the garlic unpeeled, in keeping with the rustic spirit of this dish. Once cooked, the cloves can be squeezed out of their skins and spread on bread.
Grandma Gwen's Beans
2012 Side Dish Smackdown Winner: Best Baked Beans
This baked bean recipe features four types of canned beans baked in a mixture of brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and bacon.
Grandma & Katie's Frozen Dessert
Refreshing during the summer, or any time of year, this tasty treat can be made ahead of itme.
Grandma's Soft Sugar Cookies
These cookies will bring back sweet memories of Grandma's kitchen.
Grandma's Chocolate Cake
A creamy cocoa frosting tops this rich and decadent sheet cake...the ultimate chocolate indulgence!
Grandma's Chocolate Popcorn
Pop up a bunch of this tasty treat and your family will demand more...it's addictive!
Frosted Turtle Cookies
"My great grandma's recipe... these cookies have been at all our holiday family gatherings since the 1940s" -Tami Bowman
Grandmother Carter's Cornbread Dressing
Make Ahead: Freeze the unbaked dressing mixture in 2 (1-gal.) zip-top plastic freezer bags, making sure to press out all the excess air. Thaw in refrigerator five days before Thanksgiving, and continue recipe with Step 4.