Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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Sock Monkey Cookies

Perhaps the most amazing thing about sock monkey cookies is how cute they are. Try these classic cookies on for size. —Christy Thelen, Kellogg, Iowa

Ugly Sweater Cookies

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ugly Sweater Cookies is how cute they are. Try these classic gingerbreads on for...



Crisp Gingerbread Cutouts

2 reviews

My grandsons Nathan and Caleb Wray started cooking by helping their grandpa mix up waffle and pancake batter. Now we...


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Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

37 reviews

Our two boys linger around the kitchen when these homemade gingerbread cookies are baking. I make this gingerbread cookie recipe...

Easy Gingerbread Cutouts

9 reviews

"I rely on this tried-and-true recipe during the holidays," relates Sandy McKenzie of Braham, Minnesota. "The cream cheese frosting complements...


Butterscotch Gingerbread Men

2 reviews

The addition of butterscotch pudding makes these a little different than most gingerbread cutout recipes. The recipe comes from my...

Gingerbread Ranch House

This colorful ranch house extends "Merry Christmas" wishes in true Southwest style. Constructed of sweet gingerbread, roofed in chewing gum...


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Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

5 reviews

When it’s time to start the cookie-baking season, this recipe always kicks off the festivities. My mother-in-law first shared it...


Valentine Cookie Bouquet

3 reviews

"I always try to do something special with my fair entries. This cookie bouquet was a blue-ribbon winner," says Marlene...


Gingerbread Tree Recipe

2 reviews

One good idea often leads to another. That's certainly the case with this tasty craft that began with a favorite...

Gingerbread Cookie Wreath

1 review

Round up this wreath to serve at your caroling party or any occasion-it's a holiday decoration that's good enough to...


Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Cottage

2 reviews

Constructing a gingerbread cottage will become a tradition for your family during the holiday season with this easy recipe and...


Berliner Kranz Cookies

These wreath-shaped cookies make a great Christmas gift and a pretty presentation on a buffet table. So get ready for...


Gingerbread Christmas Cutouts

1 review

"Baking gingerbread cookies was a Christmas tradition when our three sons were at home," says field editor Virginia Watson of...


Gingerbread Candle Holders

These clever candle holders from our Test Kitchen would make a lovely Christmas centerpiece when grouped together. Or use them...

Mom’s Old-Fashioned Cutouts

4 reviews

Old family memories rush in as soon as I make these traditional cutout cookies. — Lois Smit, Monee, Illinois


Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

13 reviews

My mother Esther created this recipe, and I've been making the cookies in her honor every Christmas since then. People...


“Home Sweet Home” Gingerbread Cottage

1 review

I love to see the end of a project, like this Christmas cottage—but my favorite part is the process. It's...


Hazelnut-Almond Zimtsterne

These nutty, nicely spiced cutouts dusted with sugar are a German tradition. Serve them with cups of tea or coffee...


Spiced German Cookies

These buttery spice cookies are a cross between sugar cookies and gingerbread, creating the best of both worlds. —April Drasin,...


Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts

4 reviews

Add a little snow hat (complete with a pompom) to a classic gingerbread shape to create adorable gingerbread Santas. —Christy...


Gingerbread Crisp Cutouts

4 reviews

My grandsons started cooking by helping their grandpa mix up waffle and pancake batter. They also liked to make these...


Gingerbread House Cookies

1 review

This is my favorite molasses cookie. I use the recipe not only to create little houses for Christmas but also...

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Gingerbread Chalet

The A-frame design on this pretty country chalet is easy enough for even first-timers to make. So gather the kids...


Gingerbread Boys

These lightly spiced festive gingerbread fellows are great to munch on. And if I punch a hole in the cutout...


Citrus Gingerbread Cookies

1 review

Orange and lemon zest give gingerbread cutouts a refreshing twist. Brushing a honey glaze over the top adds a subtle...


Christmas Gingerbread House

5 reviews

Making a gingerbread house is a favorite tradition for my family during the holidays. We look forward to it every...


Gingerbread Rings

Baking batches of cookies in early December always puts me in the mood for Christmas. This particular recipe yields quite...


Gingerbread Snowflakes

4 reviews

Cutting my favorite gingerbread cookie dough into snowflake shapes and decorating them with white icing was ideal for my theme...