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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    German Buttercream

    This German buttercream frosting is super silky and buttery. It's pleasantly sweet, but not overly sweet like some American buttercreams can be. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Sock Monkey Cookies

    Perhaps the most amazing thing about sock monkey cookies is how cute they are. Try these classic cookies on for...

    Martin’s Rhubarb Strudel

    1 review

    Although I have always loved strudel, apple strudel was the only kind I ate for many years. But when my...

    20 German Christmas Cookies

    Save big bucks on travel by experiencing the flavors of Germany in these German Christmas cookies.

    Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls

    1 review

    Here's my twist on the traditional German holiday lebkuchen—with a surprise inside. Maraschino cherries add a sweet and unexpected punch...

    Ugly Sweater Cookies

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

    Gingerbread with Crunchy Topping

    1 review

    I credit my mom with instilling in me a love of baking. Tried-and-true recipes like this make holidays with my...

    Hot Water Gingerbread

    7 reviews

    This is a moist, old-fashioned dessert which your family will love!—Marjorie Green, South Haven, Michigan

    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...

    German Apple Pie

    12 reviews

    I live in a big apple-producing state, so I think this recipe represents our region well. I tasted this pie...

    Chocolate-Cherry Cream Crepes

    1 review

    My 17-year old son calls me a gourmet cook whenever I make his favorite crepes. Sometimes, for a change, I...

    Cherry Almond Mousse Pie

    19 reviews

    Treat your loved ones to a luscious pie with chocolate, cherries and nuts in a creamy vanilla mousse. It's a...

    Gingerbread Yule Log

    3 reviews

    Nicely seasoned gingerbread holds a sweet creamy filling. This dessert is surprisingly light, so it's easy to indulge in a...

    Glazed Pfeffernuesse

    5 reviews

    Our version of the classic German cookie is nice to have on hand throughout the holiday season. They stay fresh—and...

    Chocolate Pizza Candy

    2 reviews

    —Norma Oosting, Holland, Michigan Suggest that red and/or green candied cherries could be used. (Original photo had both; current photo...

    Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

    51 reviews

    I use this sweet coffee cake recipe often. It's quick and easy to make. —Blanche Whytsell, Arnoldsburg, West Virginia

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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...

    Old-Fashioned Molasses Cake

    30 reviews

    This old-time spice cake is lower in fat but big on flavor. Serve it warm for breakfast on a frosty...


    11 reviews

    My grandmother first used this recipe for gingerbread over 100 years ago. I remember that the kitchen smelled like heaven...

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

    1 review

    This luscious cake is really versatile for all-year fun. I've changed the design on top to a heart for Valentine's,...

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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...

    Christmas Eve Mice

    36 reviews

    Assembling these merry mice is so much fun that the kids will definitely want to help. My daughter gave me...

    Holiday Peppernuts

    We have many pecan trees in this part of the country, so I like to make recipes with the nuts....

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    With cream cheese, cherries and a sweet topping, this recipe turns chocolate chip cookies into something special. They taste like...

    Confetti Cream Cake

    Luscious layers of cake and creamy filling form this eye-popping dessert. If you're short on time, ready the filling ingredients...

    Mocha Cherry Cookies

    3 reviews

    Flecked with cherries and glistening with sugar, these dainty cookies always go over big. They're rich and tender, much like...

    Tiny Cherry Cheesecakes

    7 reviews

    I prepare these mini cheesecakes every Christmas and for many weddings. I've received countless compliments and recipe requests. When I...

    Chocolate Chip Fruitcake

    1 review

    "Chocolate chips temp even those who don't care for fruitcake to try this one," says Ruth Peterson, Jenison, Michigan.

    Easy Black Forest Torte

    13 reviews

    This dessert couldn't be simpler—all you need is a boxed cake mix. pie filling, miniature marshmallows and whipped topping. This...