The holidays are a perfect time to pick out some fun new recipes and try them with the family. Whether you like to cook by yourself or get the whole family involved, these recipes are sure to be a repeat all throughout the year whenever you're craving a bit of Christmas. Cooking is a great way to spend time together, while listening to Christmas carols or watching your favorite holiday movies. These recipes cover a range of time commitments, flavors, and textures, so you can have a one-of-a-kind experience with whichever one you choose to try yourself.
Butter Pecan Cookies
This first recipe is a delightful butter pecan cookie recipe from the blog "Baker by Nature." Coated in chopped and whole pecans, these cookies are perfect for any nut-lovers who are looking for a warm and toasty bite. Using your standard cookie recipe that is enhanced with brown butter, cinnamon, and pecans, these cookies will likely replace the pecan cookies that your aunt always makes. Be sure to add a pinch of salt to the top of each cookie right as it comes out of the oven, for an extra level of flavor.
Holiday Pecan Hand Pies
If you're cooking for a group, these holiday pecan hand pies are perfect for everyone, so no one is fighting over the biggest piece of pie. The recipe comes from the blog "One Little Project," run by a stay-at-home mom who prides herself on making easy recipes that kids can get involved with. The hand pies are made my cutting pie crust into Christmas tree shapes and then filling them with pecan filling, before topping with the other piece of pie crust and baking. These are perfect for getting the little ones in the kitchen and away from the TV.
Christmas Tree Spinach-Dip Breadsticks
To keep you from eating too many sweets, this savory recipe is sure to be another festive hit. This easy recipe for Christmas tree spinach-dip breadsticks comes from the blog "It's Always Autumn," where she gives step-by-step photo instructions to get the perfect twist on your breadsticks. They are made with pizza crust or puff pastry, spinach dip, and lots of cheese, and the Christmas tree shape is accentuated by twisting the breadsticks, making them easy to pull apart. This is a great dish that everyone in the family can enjoy, while also giving you a great photo for your social media.
Oreo Christmas Coal
This is another simple but sweet treat that is a play on the classic Rice Krispies treat. From the blog "Passion for Saving," a simple recipe for Oreo Christmas Coal is the perfect gift for the entire family. Although kids might not find it as funny, the "coal" tastes good enough for immediate forgiveness. Made by crushing Oreo cookies and mixing them with melted butter and marshmallows, these great treats are an easy way to spruce up your table of snacks on Christmas while everyone opens presents.
Triple White Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms
These delicious cookies are a great way to use extra candy canes after Christmas. The recipe for the Triple White Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms comes from "Crazy for Crust." With lots of white chocolate and peppermint, these are a perfect dessert to go with hot chocolate. This recipe follows your traditional blossom cookie recipe, with the addition of white chocolate instant pudding to give it a soft and chewy texture and Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses for the peppermint flavor. Adding crushed candy canes to the cookie could give this an added level of deliciousness.