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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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Cranberry Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze

I won a baking contest with these chunky, glazed cookies that are so easy, even novice bakers can pull them off. What makes them special? Fresh cranberries. —Laurie Cornett, Charlevoix, Michigan
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Cherry Coconut Treats

Cherry Coconut Treats

Cherry Coconut Treats

My great-grandmother created this recipe more than 100 years ago, so it's made many appearances at family parties. Make the treats even more fun for the holidays by using both red and green maraschino cherries. —Anne Mullen, Windsor, Ontario

Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Cake

Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Cake

Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Cake

My grandmother taught me the tricks to making this cake, and I've added my own special touches. The melted chocolate keeps the icing from being too dry and gives it a texture similar to chocolate ice cream. I have more requests for the icing than I do anything else!—Susan Hayes, Massapequa, New York

Twice-Baked Cheddar Potato Casserole

Twice-Baked Cheddar Potato Casserole

Twice-Baked Cheddar Potato Casserole

Bacon, cheddar and sour cream turn ordinary potatoes into an extraordinary casserole. It's one of our family's beloved standards for the holidays. —Kyle Cox, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

“This recipe is fantastic served over toasted slices of pound cake as well as warm-from-the-oven biscuits!” Try it over ice cream, too! Wanda Wedekind — West Frankfort, Illinois

Makeover Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

Makeover Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

Makeover Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

People really do "eat with their eyes," and no one ever misses the fat and calories in this dish when they see how yummy and attractive the makeover version is. —Tamra Duncan, Lincoln, Arkansas

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Cake

Crunchy pecans and coconut fill each layer of this tempting cake spread with a homemade cream cheese frosting. Big slices are guaranteed to make eyes light up!
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Molded Cranberry Fruit Salad

Molded Cranberry Fruit Salad

Molded Cranberry Fruit Salad

Instead of putting a bowl of plain cranberry sauce on the holiday table, I like to whip up this festive fruity salad. It adds pretty color to the meal.—Virginia Rexroat, Jenks, Oklahoma

Linzertorte

Linzertorte

Linzertorte

My Austrian grandmother made this nutty jam-filled dessert only at Christmastime. So did my mother, and now I'm proud to carry on the tasty tradition. It's a great way to end a holiday meal.

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake

You'll find this cake is good with ice cream, but that it's also delicate enough to serve small pieces for a tea. My husband served in the military, and we spent 22 years moving around before "retiring" here. He's been a high school teacher, and I've been a wedding consultant. Now we're retiring again so we can have more time to spend with our two daughters and four granddaughters in the Midwest. "Grandpa" is looking forward to some good fishing!

Dutch Letters

Dutch Letters

Dutch Letters

These "S"-shaped super flaky butter pastries filled with almond paste and topped with crunchy sugar are popular in both Iowa and Holland during the Christmas season. Here's a recipe that will let you make and enjoy them all year round. —Shirley De Lange, Byron Center, Michigan

Gazpacho Salad

Gazpacho Salad

Gazpacho Salad

Here's a beautiful and tasty way to use garden vegetables. This fresh, colorful salad is great to make ahead and take to a potluck later, after the flavors have had a chance to blend. It's sure to be a success! —Florence Jacoby, Granite Falls, Minnesota

Present Cake Pops

Present Cake Pops

Present Cake Pops

If only all wrapping paper tasted this sweet. We used cut strips of Fruit Roll-Ups for ribbon, but the pop-sibilities are endless! —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Jalapeno Garlic Bread

Jalapeno Garlic Bread

Jalapeno Garlic Bread

“My mother loves spicy foods, so I created this crusty, rustic loaf just to suit her taste,“ writes Natalie Ann Gallagher from Clovis, California. “Now my whole family enjoys its zesty flavor and asks for it often.“

Mini Pumpkin Cakes with Praline Sauce

Mini Pumpkin Cakes with Praline Sauce

Mini Pumpkin Cakes with Praline Sauce

My family’s favorite holiday dessert is a real Southern treat. A warm praline sauce and sprinkling of pecans make each small pound cake even more decadent. —Diane Roark, Conway, Arkansas

Mini Butter Biscuits

Mini Butter Biscuits

Mini Butter Biscuits

When my mom dropped her homemade rolls while on the way to my house one Thanksgiving, I improvised and whipped up a batch of these buttery bite-sized biscuits. Since then they've been part of our traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Bacon & Oyster Stuffing

Bacon & Oyster Stuffing

Bacon & Oyster Stuffing

Smoky bacon leads the way in this East Coast-inspired stuffing. If you really like oysters, add an extra can. Doubling the oysters will add about 17¢ per serving.—Sherry Thompson, Seneca, South Carolina

Creamy Peppermint Punch

Creamy Peppermint Punch

Creamy Peppermint Punch

Almost too pretty to drink, Creamy Peppermint Punch is a real crowd-pleaser. Guests can help themselves, so you're free to mingle. —Linda Foreman, Locust Grove, Oklahoma
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