Holidays and Occasions

Recipe collections for every holiday season and special occasion.

Staff Picks

Red Pepper Miso Wings

Rating: 5 stars 1
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

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

Rating: 3 stars 2
This creamy and dreamy queso dip is something that even the greatest non-vegans will appreciate.
By Robin Bashinsky

Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 1
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.

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

Everything Rugelach with Ricotta and Dill

Rating: 3 stars 1
Everybody's favorite Jewish cookie gets a savory makeover in this salty, crunchy treat. Perfect served as an appetizer or as a part of a special breakfast spread, this everything rugelach is the perfect marriage between flaky dough and classic everything bagel toppings. Eat them on their own, or smear on a thin layer of cream cheese and top with fresh lox and capers for a non-traditional snack.
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

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

Chocolate and Peppermint Snowflake Roulade

The irresistable holiday flavor combination, peppermint and chocolate, is perfected in a light, sweet roulade cake. Crunchy cushed peppermint and a creamy filling provide a nice texture. Print an online template of snowflakes and place it under the parchment when you make your designs for easy tracing. To keep from covering your designs in powdered sugar when rolling your cake, leave it on the parchment paper, roll both, and let it cool. Then unroll it, spread the filling and sprinkle 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint, and remove the parchment. 
By Deb Wise

Red Pepper Bourbon Glow

What better way to use gifted peper jelly than to spice up your cocktails? This beverage is sweet and sour with a sublte hotness. Serve a drink that is fun, different, and just plain smart at your next fall or holiday get-together.
By Karen Rankin

'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
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Inspiration and Ideas

20+ Brunch Casseroles That Are Perfect for Easter
Planning a family brunch for Easter Sunday? These savory, satisfying casseroles are sure to please.
30+ Easter Recipes for a Small Group
If this year's Easter gathering is smaller than usual, you'll need to make some adjustments. In additions to mains and sides with fewer servings, you may be looking to invest in dishes with fewer, or more affordable, ingredients. Rather than 8 or 12 people, these Easter-friendly recipes serve 2, 4, or 6 diners. A small-scale Easter celebration is a perfect opportunity to make foods that don't fit the typical Easter menu. However, if you'd rather stick to traditional foods, we've included Easter-friendly recipes that won't crowd your fridge or table.
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Rating: 1 stars 1

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.