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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    Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

    2 reviews

    I love using zucchini in the summertime. This recipe reminds me of a zucchini bread my aunt makes, but I wanted to make cookies for a family get-together because they would be easier to grab and eat. These taste better if you make them the day before. —Melissa Obernesser, Oriskany, New York


    1 review

    Growing up in Cyprus, we would see this cookie everywhere during the holidays. Every year my mother, Thelma, would make...

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    Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

    26 reviews

    I am a healthy eater most of the time, but this apple spice cake is worth the splurge! Every year...

    Apricot Dessert Bruschetta

    3 reviews

    Years ago, my mother took a trip to Italy, and this recipe reminds her of the sun-kissed fruits from the...

    Olive Oil Cake

    3 reviews

    A good olive oil cake isn't overly sweet, so it can just as easily be a breakfast treat or an...

    Meringue-Topped Pecan Custard Pie

    I only use this recipe on special occasions. It's an amazing variation on the pecan pie everyone knows—the filling is...

    Crackled Cranberry Pecan Cookies

    1 review

    Cranberries, orange and nuts make one of my favorite flavor combinations, and this special drop cookie fits in particularly well...

    Honey Walnut Delights

    5 reviews

    Even after being frozen, these no-fail cookies stay moist and taste freshly baked. They are among my best holiday giveaway...

    Skillet Chocolate Chunk Walnut Blondies

    2 reviews

    Put these beauties out at a potluck and you’ll find only crumbs on your platter when it’s time to head...

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    Carrot Spice Thumbprint Cookies

    9 reviews

    Carrot cake is a family favorite, and these delicious cookies with shredded carrots, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, cinnamon and cloves...

    Chocolate Chunk Walnut Blondies

    5 reviews

    Put a stack of these beauties out at a potluck and you'll find only crumbs on your platter when it's...

    Mexican Chocolate Biscotti

    Nancy C. Evans of Phoenix, Arizona captured the spicy cinnamon flavor of Mexican chocolate in her original recipe for biscotti....

    Peach Crumble Bars

    4 reviews

    My favorite way to enjoy these bars is to eat one while sitting on the porch with an iced tea...

    Soft Almond Biscotti Bars

    These bars are a variation on the fabulous cinnamon almond biscotti that my mother and grandmother always made for the...

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    Mississippi Mud Pie

    11 reviews

    This southern favorite is one my family can never get enough of and there are never any leftovers. My grandmother,...

    Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread

    I prefer to bake from scratch, but this Christmasy cake mix recipe is a favorite. For a change of pace,...

    Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

    14 reviews

    I dressed up an angel food cake mix with some nuts, spice and applesauce to make an easy and light...

    Salted Caramel Cookie Cups

    5 reviews

    When I brought these salty sweet cookies to a potluck, I overheard people talking about how wonderful they were. I'm...

    Hazelnut Pear Cake

    1 review

    From the hazelnuts to the yummy browned butter glaze, this dessert is a little different from an everyday pound cake....

    Amaretto Ricotta Cheesecake

    1 review

    There's a good reason why a relative handed this cherished recipe down to me. It's a keeper! The amaretto and...

    Coconut-Macadamia Biscotti

    5 reviews

    I came up with this recipe after my husband and I returned from our first trip to Hawaii. Dipping these...

    Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Macaroons

    These pretty cookies are perfect for the special holiday season and pretty easy to make! —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

    Caramel Apple Coffee Cake with Walnuts

    2 reviews

    I created this recipe after a trip to an orchard with my family. This moist cake is full of hearty...

    Raspberry Coconut Cake

    9 reviews

    This seemed like a festive dessert to fix for the holidays, so I decided to try it out on my...

    White Chocolate Christmas Torte

    3 reviews

    Talk about a scene-stealer! This raspberry-filled cake, an exceptional dessert for any meal, is an especially lovely ending for a...

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    Heavenly Praline Cake

    6 reviews

    A moist cake and generous frosting are filled with the fabulous flavor of caramel. The candied pecans are almost a...

    Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

    2 reviews

    I'm a great-grandmother, and my whole family enjoys this dessert. I received this recipe from my niece. It's very chocolaty....

    Coconut Cupcakes

    8 reviews

    I took these coconut cupcakes to a picnic one year, and they went like hotcakes! I should have made a...

    Magnolia Dream Cheesecake

    6 reviews

    This is the best cheesecake you will ever taste! You'll love the light, creamy texture bursting with peach and hazelnut...

    Chocolate Macaroon Bars

    3 reviews

    Here's a nice Christmas treat that takes very little effort. The classic combination of chocolate and coconut is timeless.—Loraine Meyer,...

    Coconut-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

    1 review

    If you are nuts about chocolate and coconut, this is definitely the cupcake for you. The chocolate ganache is so...