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Potluck Recipes

Looking for potluck ideas? Impress friends and family with these crowd-pleasing potluck recipes that range from appetizers and beverages to dinners, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, soups and chilis, desserts and more.

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If a pastry could be a friend, the Nanaimo Bar would be my BFF. This version won “Cookie of the Fair” at the 2006 Iowa State Fair. —Kelly McCulley, Des Moines, Iowa
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Bacon Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Bacon Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Bacon Cream Cheese Pinwheels

It's hard to resist a crescent roll, bacon and cream cheese in one bite! Kids, friends, everyone always scarf these down. Now I bake a double batch whenever we have a get-together. —Krista Munson, Sharpsburg, Kentucky

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles

Sweet chocolate, creamy peanut butter and salty pretzels create a to-die-for truffle. It’s a little bite of decadence and a special indulgence for the holiday season.—Ashley Wisniewski, Champaign, Illinois

Mushroom Bread

Mushroom Bread

Mushroom Bread

Mom’s best party food included baked crescent dough, piled with mushrooms and cheese. I borrowed her idea and serve with garlic butter or hot sauce. —Jenny Mikulich, Monticello, Illinois

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Mint Ice Cream Torte

Mint Ice Cream Torte

Mint Ice Cream Torte

Wouldn't it be great to have an impressive dessert on hand for unexpected company over the Christmas season? Try our Test Kitchen's recipe for a from-the-freezer favorite!

Coffee Walnut Cake

Coffee Walnut Cake

Coffee Walnut Cake

I love to enter my recipes at potato contests in our area. This moist, coffee-flavored cake calls for only one potato, but it still won first place! —Carolyn Kelley, Caribou, Maine

Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies

Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies

Gingerbread Fruitcake Cookies

Two of my favorite things, gingerbread and fruitcake, meet in a truly great cookie. You’d never know this recipe starts with a mix. It bursts with fruit, nuts and gingerbread flavor, topped with a delightful orange glaze. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia
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Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cheesecake

This is my twist on Christmas gingerbread...cheesecake-style! I like to garnish it with small gingerbread men all the way around the sides and a dollop of whipping cream on each slice. —Cindy Romberg, Mississauga, Ontario

Citrus Cranberry Tea

Citrus Cranberry Tea

Citrus Cranberry Tea

Field editor Pat Habiger of Spearvile, Kansas stirs up holiday spirit with this hot brew that's full of tangy fruit flavor.

Coconut-Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

Coconut-Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

Coconut-Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

What is it about sweet potatoes that unnerve some people? For those who firmly state they hate a yam because of the color or texture, the rich addition of coconut, bourbon and spices might just win them over. —Rebecca Anderson, Driftwood, Texas

Pretzel Cookies

Pretzel Cookies

Pretzel Cookies

Here's a different look from all the round or cut-out cookies. It's easy to shape this shortbread-like dough into a pretzel. You can also sprinkle them with colored sugar or sprinkles.— Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

Pineapple Star Cookies

Pineapple Star Cookies

Pineapple Star Cookies

I'm grateful my neighbor gave me this special recipe. When you see the cookies' pretty shape and savor the pineapple filling and sweet frosting, you'll know they're worth the effort.

Okie Beans

Okie Beans

Okie Beans

I got the original version of this recipe from a pastor's wife. That makes sense—because it makes up a generous potful that's perfect for church suppers.—Linda Creason, McAlester, Oklahoma

Berry Cute Santas

Berry Cute Santas

Berry Cute Santas

“We make these fruit and cake Santas every Christmas,” writes Crystal Duncan of Fayetteville, Arkansas. “They go together easily and are fun to make,” she adds.

Coconut Fruitcake Cookies

Coconut Fruitcake Cookies

Coconut Fruitcake Cookies

Brimming with candied fruit, coconut and pecans, these sweet morsels resemble fruitcakes. My grandmother would bake and serve the cookies in decorated miniature paper or foil muffin liners, and I have carried on the tradition.

Corn Stuffing Balls

Corn Stuffing Balls

Corn Stuffing Balls

My mom had many "winning" recipes, and this was one of our family's favorites. I can still picture these Corn Stuffing Balls encircling the large meat platter piled high with one of her delicious entrees.

Tropical Carrot Cake

Tropical Carrot Cake

Tropical Carrot Cake

I look forward to August because our family reunion means fun and great food, like this moist classic cake with the special flair it gets from pineapple. My great-aunt gave me this recipe, and I always make it for the reunion. -Victoria Teeter-Casey, Enterprise, Oregon

Zucchini Cheddar Biscuits

Zucchini Cheddar Biscuits

Zucchini Cheddar Biscuits

My husband grows a big garden, and our squash crop always seems to multiply! We give squash to everyone but still have plenty left over for making jelly, relish, pickles, breads, cakes and brownies. — Jean Moore, Pliny, West Virginia
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