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    Hanukkah Cookies

    Cream cheese adds richness to these Hanukkah cookies. Decorate them with royal icing or your favorite buttercream frosting and toppings. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

    Kid-Made Cocoa Cupcakes

    I’m only a kid, and this is the first recipe I’ve created. I spent a year perfecting these cupcakes, asking...


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    Winter Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

    4 reviews

    We seem to eat for comfort during the holidays...but comfort foods aren't necessarily healthy. To make a classic comfort...


    New Year’s Raisin Fritters

    2 reviews

    Folks who like raisins will love these fritters, which have been a traditional New Year's treat in our family for...


    Zesty Citrus Cake

    We grow our own citrus trees, so I'm always trying to come up with new recipes for the fruit. My...

    Layered Citrus Cake

    I slightly simplified my mother-in-law's orange cake recipe to come up with this tall, beautiful version. Orange juice and lemon...


    Eggplant Dip

    Garlic and a host of herbs pleasantly season this savory spread. It's a "must" on my holiday menu because I...

    Hot Spiced Wine

    3 reviews

    My friends, family and I enjoy this spiced wine during cold-winter gatherings. This warm drink will be a special treat...


    Hot Christmas Punch

    I originally got this recipe from a coworker who brought it to work for our office Christmas party. The punch...


    Brisket with Cranberry-Horseradish Gravy

    2 reviews

    Need a fix-it-and-forget-it entree for Christmas? Give this slow-cooker specialty a try. I like to serve it with boiled red...


    Apricot-Apple Cider

    2 reviews

    Dried apricots give this comforting cider a marvelous twist. Add cranberries, cinnamon, allspice and cloves for the perfect hot drink...

    Creamy Crab Dip

    3 reviews

    This irresistible dip, served warm, never fails to gather guests around the bowl with veggies and crackers in hand. It's...


    Edamame Peanut Falafel with Peanut Yogurt Sauce

    Originally given to me by a friend associated with the Southern Peanut Growers, this meatless entree makes a tasty change...


    Raspberry Hot Cocoa

    1 review

    Garnished with whipped cream, chocolate curls and raspberry-flavored marshmallows, this cool-weather favorite goes from everyday to extra-special. —Andrew McDowell, Lake...


    Crisp Moroccan Appetizer Rolls

    I love the distinctive flavors of Moroccan food. I’ve also experimented many times with spring roll wrappers, so I decided...


    Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

    2 reviews

    This recipe is the most recent cheesecake I gave to my mother for her birthday, and we all just loved...

    Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding Parfaits

    When my daughter’s friends come over for lunch, she treats them to her tropical parfaits made with brown rice and...


    Roasted Herbed Squash with Goat Cheese

    1 review

    Cooking is a hobby I'm so happy to share with my toddler. She (and all our Christmas Eve party guests)...


    Parsnip Latkes with Lox and Horseradish Creme

    A horseradish-flavored creme fraiche brings zip to these crispy homemade latkes, which get a touch of sweetness from the parsnips....


    Seafood Dip

    3 reviews

    I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, who's an excellent cook. She makes this dip every Christmas Eve for our...


    Honey-Nut Swirls

    3 reviews

    Puff pastry creates a quick and easy "dough" for pretty pinwheel-type cookies featuring two types of nuts. The flaky treats...


    Fig & Wine-Sauced Chicken Kabobs

    1 review

    The well-balanced blend of flavors in these kabobs make them extra special. Figs give the dish a beautiful fruity quality.—Barbara...


    Lemon Creme Brulee

    1 review

    Here’s a refreshing, tangy twist on a classic. Don’t have the kitchen torch traditionally used for creme brulee? Simply pop...


    Celebration Braid

    5 reviews

    During the holidays, I sometimes make a couple of these golden loaves a day to give as gifts. Everyone in...

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    Lemon-Garlic Hummus

    20 reviews

    You'll need just five ingredients to blend together this smooth and creamy bean dip. It's delicious and quick to make....


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    Flourless Chocolate Torte

    11 reviews

    Chocoholics—like me!—know that nothing says chocolate like a flourless torte. —Kayla Albrecht, Freeport, Illinois