Ree Drummond Shares Her Signature Holiday Dishes and Other Holiday Traditions

Ree Drummond gives the inside scoop about holidays on the ranch and the Pioneer Woman holiday dishes you'll always see on her table.

I think it’s safe to say that a little part of us wishes we lived the life of Ree Drummond. The Pioneer Woman is always making yummy comfort foods to share with friends, and—let’s be honest—who wouldn’t want to cook delicious food and share it with friends on a gorgeous ranch? When December rolls around, there are two signature Pioneer Woman holiday dishes Ree always makes.

Her signature holiday dishes

In an interview with, Drummond shares that her signature holiday dish is a plate of ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls. She even refers to herself as a “cinnamon roll evangelist.”

When it comes to dinner, however, Drummond loves prime rib. “I hardly ever make it outside the month of December anymore,” Drummond said in her interview. “So whenever I make it, it smells like the holidays to me.”

Ree’s holiday dishes are some of our favorites, too. We can’t resist the world’s best cinnamon rolls or this mouth-watering Herb-Crusted Prime Rib.

She bakes her mom’s Christmas cookies

Ree Drummond’s favorite Christmas cookies are simple sugar cookies with a colorful glaze. She describes them on her blog as “low-fuss, low-brow, high-calorie, non-snobby” Christmas cookies, which we love. The recipe comes from her mom, Gee.

Ree loves a good cocktail party

This Food Network star loves a good cocktail party—there’s even an episode of The Pioneer Woman that provides a glimpse into the Christmas cocktail festivities at her ranch. She serves beef tenderloin sandwiches, shrimp-pineapple skewers, tortellini skewers, queso, smoked sausage in barbecue sauce and, to top it all off, peppermint fudge…which sounds like the perfect array for our own cocktail parties this season.

She keeps the holidays simple, too

Christmas Eve at the Drummond ranch typically involves a delicious feast followed by evening church service. You’re likely to find beef with burgundy mushrooms and mashed potatoes on their table. Since Christmas is one of the two days of the year that the Drummonds aren’t working, they keep it pretty low-key. Before the big day, they draw names out of a hat so that everyone gets one special gift on Christmas morning. The family typically nibbles on biscuits and gravy while opening presents.

When it comes to decorating their Oklahoma ranch for the holidays, the Drummonds keeps it simple. They love candles, a few nutcrackers and a Christmas tree for that wintry scent.