PART OF Holiday Central

100 All-Time Best Holiday Recipes

The holidays are busy enough without having to worry about what you're going to feed hungry guests. Lucky for you, we've made your life a bit easier with our top recipes for celebrating the holidays the right way. From perfect Brussels sprouts to crunchy peanut butter balls, the indulgence is endless.

The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies

“What an excellent recipe! I followed it to the letter and no need to reduce the flour at all. I did all kinds of shapes, and even the mini stars came out perfect! The taste was delicious.”


Perfect Medium-Rare Prime Rib Roast

"Tried this recipie, for Easter Dinner, and it was the best prime rib I've ever had. We had a large crowd so I needed a large roast."


Gordon Ramsay's Yorkshire Pudding

“I love this recipe! I use grapeseed oil, as it has a higher smoking point. I also bake mine for five to ten minutes longer as I like mine puffy yet hollow in the middle and a bit crispy on the outside. I’ve made them four or five times now with this recipe, and they’re perfect every time.”

-Rebecca M.

Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

“I read lots of reviews, and they don’t do it justice to how awesome these cookies are! They’re so easy that my 3 and 5-year old did it by themselves!”


Cranberry Orange Muffins

"I made this recipe last weekend, and it was great! I have been looking for a muffin recipe that had enough orange flavor but had the tartness of the cranberries. It has a very nice balance, and is very moist. I test lots of recipe's and this is a keeper!”

-Chef Wahoo


“Wow, a great eggnog without the worry of raw eggs! It tasted amazing. This is going to be a great holiday treat around my house! The spices really make this a nice treat. Wonderfully seasoned and tasty.”

-Mamas Kitchen Hope

Sugar Cookie Icing

“I love it! I added some almond flavor, and the cookies were a hit! Everyone loved them. I'm not a pro, but this is so easy to make. Make sure to let it dry for several hours before compiling the cookies!”

-M. Richardson

The Sweetest Blueberry Muffins

“Wow, these blueberry muffins are to die for! They’re the most incredibly moist and flavorful muffins I’ve ever made. I used frozen blueberries, and they worked great.”

-Jiayue Z.

Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies

“These turned out perfectly for me. I toasted the pecan pieces and subbed margarine for the butter. What perfect little snow balls! They melt in your mouth while also providing a pleasant crunch from the toasted pecans.”

-Val J.


"I remember having these little cookies as a child. I was looking forward to making these, but was afraid that I wouldn't find a recipe that reflected my memories. I tried this one and it was perfect. What a delightful cookie! My husband, who really isn't a lemon fan, even loves them.”


Fire Crackers

“I serve these with a cheese ball and they disappear fast every time I make them! I use the buttery club crackers. I bake them at 250 degrees for 10-20 minutes flipping them over once. This helps to seal in the flavor and keep them fresh a little longer!”


Simple Shortbread Cookies

"Delicious, delightful, delicate cookies. I scooped them with my small cookie scoop, made a dent with my thumb, and filled with raspberry preserves. My family loved them!”


Canadian Date Squares

“If you remember the Date Bar mix from the store made years ago, and wonder why in the world they ever discontinued them, this is your lucky day. These are just as good, if not even better than that!”

-Jim M.

Mexican Tamales

"This was a great recipe for tamales. I used beef and mixed some of the sauce into the meat filling before rolling them up and steaming. They turned out wonderful!"


Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

“My daughter and I made these together, and the directions were very accurate. I used a small meatball scooper to measure, and came up with 72 cookies. They hold their shape while baking without much spreading at all. The raisins stayed moist and plump. I liked the unique method of pre-soaking them!”


Pennsylvania Dutch-Style Butterscotch Pie

“Wow, superb! With an added touch of cinnamon, this pie fills me with determination.”

-Gaspard H.

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

“I made two of these for a large gathering of friends and family. Everyone loved it! It was so easy and it looks elegant for a party. We used pepper jelly and served it with thin round crackers. Amazing!”



“I made this at Christmas for houses and cookies. It was perfect, and very easy to work with!”


Appetizer Grape Jelly & Chili Sauce Meatballs

"I used this sauce to make "worms" for Halloween. I just sliced regular hot dogs length-wise into four pieces and made tiny cuts sideways along each slice. When you boil them, they will curl up and look like worms!"


Kittencal's Buttery Sugar Cookies with Icing

“What an easy recipe, and the icing doesn’t stick. You can stack and mail them without a mess!”

-M. b.

Spiced Christmas Coffee

"This was really good. The cardamom gave the coffee a nice spice without overpowering the coffee, and I loved the brandy whipped cream."

-Queen Dana

The Best-Ever Waffles

“This, in fact, is the best waffle recipe there is. You can even adapt this to make gluten-free waffles or pancakes. Absolutely fabulous!”

-Bo C.

Bacon & Egg Empanadas

"These were very good and easy to make. They turned out beautiful enough to serve to company! These would be great to make ahead.”

-Milkmans Daughter

Quick No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

“I follow the recipe and it came out great! I had ran out of yeast, and hubby wanted cinnamon rolls for snacks at work! This recipe saved me a trip to the store in this freezing weather, and smells delicious.”

-odile s.

Our Favorite Lemon Loaf

“Holy cow! This is one of those perfect recipes that remind me of the lemon loaf my mom used to make, only better!”


Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Ever!

“What an excellent recipe! I was getting impatient waiting for the sugar and milk to boil, but once it did I boiled it for exactly 2 1/2 minutes, stirring the entire time. It set up almost instantly and turned out very smooth. A very, very easy recipe.”


Kittencal's Perfect Prime Rib Roast Beef

“I have to admit I was terrified of making a prime rib, because it is such an expensive piece of meat and I didn’t want to screw it up! Although, I’m so glad I did because it was amazing! So moist, delicious, and full of flavor!”


Christmas Rum Balls

"Fantastic! Not only are these both fast and easy to make, but the taste is terrific. I'll be making these every Christmas!”


Pork Tenderloin

“A small pork tenderloin is an easy but special meal for two. Two larger tenderloins make an impressive company meal. This has become my go-to recipe in either instance! Prep is easy, and the longer the wrapped tenderloin remains in the refrigerator, the more flavor from the herbs and garlic permeate the meat!”


Chewy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

"Wow, these cookies are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and the cookies baked up perfectly. I used walnuts instead of pecans.”


Uncle Bill's Whipped Shortbread Cookies

“These were super easy to make! I had them done and cooling on my counter in no time at all. Instead of cherries, I just used Christmas sprinkles. They melt in your mouth!”


Sausage Balls

“I’ve never used a mixer in the past when mixing it together. I did today, and I will from now on! It was so much easier on the hands. Turned out awesome!”

-Scott O.

Gingerbread House Icing

“I tried this exactly as written, and it turned out perfectly! This time today, I crossed my fingers, dared, and replaced half of the powdered sugar with sugar-free confectioners sugar. It worked great! This will always be my to-go.”


Fried Brussels Sprouts

"I loved this recipe. I've never fried brussels sprouts before, and this sounded so different. It came together so easily. The garlic and lemon gave it just the right flavor.”

-Bonnie G 2

Fudge Crinkles

"I have always had trouble making the usual Chocolate Crinkles - they always turned out crunchy! These are so easy. I have made them three times for Christmas already, and will probably make more today. I do chill the dough which makes them easier to work with.”


Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

“This is a five-star cookie recipe! Warning: they’re highly addictive. The texture was nice, chewy and soft. The oats were detectable enough to give it some substance.”

-jennifer in new jer

Bacardi Rum Cake

"I made this cake ahead of time, just to be sure that I gave the booze enough time to soak into the cake. This was a rare treat — a rich, unashamedly decadent treat!"


Cinnamon Cookies

"I used egg beaters and reduced-fat margarine. They turned out great! Because of the lower-fat, higher-water content, the cookies puffed, creating cinnamon puffs! I rolled them in cinnamon sugar, and the whole downstairs smelled wonderful while these gems were baking.”


Soft Molasses Cookies

“Best molasses cookies ever! I am excited about these. Everyone loved them, even my brother who hates molasses. I will definitely make these again.”


Vegetable Quiche

"This was wonderful. I made it as written and we thought it tasted delicious. This is a very versatile recipe. As it stands, this quiche recipe is well seasoned and made a great brunch option. It’s very easy to prepare.”


Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread

“Wow, this bread turned out wonderful. I am so happy with this easy and simple-to-follow recipe.”


Coconut Chocolate Truffles

"I made these for a hens night. They had the most raving comments! I actually didn't get to try them, but all the girls who came to the party were amazed by this. Everyone had a couple too many!”


Butterscotch Chip Cookies

“Delicious! I liked the beater clean while making the dough. I baked the cookies this morning and had some kids come over who said “give me more!”


Sauerkraut Balls

“My mom used to make these. They’re wonderful and great for any party. These were even served at my wedding!”

-Nicole Brummett

4-Minute Spicy Garlic Shrimp

"This recipe is amazing! It won over my picky family. We've actually had it twice this week by my husband's request! I prepared the shrimp exactly as the recipe directed, and it turned out wonderfully!"


Sausage & Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

“I made this last night and both my husband and I thought that the flavors were absolutely wonderful. The sausage paired well with the apple and herbs, blending together nicely.”

-Mizz Voila

Classic Old Bay Crab Cakes

“I used lump crabmeat because I like more crab than breading in my cakes. We had them as appetizers, along with boiled Maine lobsters with drawn butter. This was a great beginning to an exceptional meal.”


Betty's Easy Meringue Cookies

“What an awesome recipe! I used a spatula to spread the meringues on wax paper, and it came out amazing! Now my entire family wants a batch of meringues, stat!”


Super-Easy Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

“I made this last night and brought them to work today. I’m hoping it lasts until at least 10 am, but overall such a quick, easy, and delicious recipe.”


Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

“Excessive barking means five stars from my fur kids! These were so easy to make, and will become a regular treat for my dogs!”


The Best Braciole

“This is the best recipe for Braciole we have ever eaten. Two of us ate the entire thing!”

-Danny K.

White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

“These are probably the best cookies I have ever made, and certainly the best I've ever eaten. I love the thin, chewy texture. That is always something I look for when I search for a recipe.”

-brenda b.

Italian Anise Cookies With Icing & Sprinkles

“I have been searching years for a recipe that would duplicate the cookies made by my Sicilian grandmother who did not have any written recipes. As far as I am concerned, I have found it!”

Carol F.

Honey Roasted Pork Loin

“We really enjoyed this. I added garlic and tarragon. This is something I would be proud to serve guests.”


Maryland Crab Cakes

“This is a very simple and delicious recipe. I made no changes to the recipe, and they turned out perfectly. I served them up with some remoulade, and everyone was highly pleased.”


Kittencal's Chinese Chicken Balls With Sweet & Sour Sauce

“I had take-out Chinese food a few weeks ago and ordered sweet and sour chicken balls. They were quite good, but I got a craving for more and thought ‘I bet I can make these at home.’ I have tried this recipe twice now and it is delicious. It has moist chicken in the middle of a very tasty golden puffy crust.”


Chicken, Shrimp, & Sausage Gumbo

“This has the most wonderful flavor and is totally worth the time it takes to make it! It's so rich and delicious. It’s probably the best gumbo I’ve ever had!”


New York City Black & White Cookies

“These cookies are the exact duplicate of New York black and whites. I followed the recipe precisely, and was amazed at the results. They came out ridiculously good.”

-Dorothy T.

Fantastic Hot 'n' Spicy Wings

“I made this recipe with whole wings. Halfway through baking, I basically just poured the rest of the sauce all over the wings, and returned them to the oven. They turned out fantastic!”


Easy, Festive Chocolate Holiday Pretzels

“These are so fun and easy to make. It has a very festive look, with very little effort. I love the sweet and salty combination.”


Garlic Roasted Asparagus With Parmesan

“I bought enough asparagus for the entire family meal. After making this recipe, I ate the entire batch myself. So good!”


Southern Snow Cream

“We made this all the time growing up, and I continued the tradition with my kids. We always used evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla. While everybody else was going crazy grabbing milk and bread, I was grabbing evaporated milk!”

-Rose S.

Wilton Royal Icing

"This was really easy to make and use. I made it for my 5 1/2 year-old to decorate her Easter bunny cake for the holiday. She had fun and it worked well for her!”

-Realtor by day

Chocolate Chip Muffins

"Yummy! I just made these and ate one right out of the oven. They are superb! Very chocolatey - in fact, if you had only half a package of chocolate chips, it would still work. The batter is buttery and delicate, yet dense enough to hold the chocolate chips without letting them all fall to the bottom of the muffin.”


Peanut Butter Balls

“These are wonderful! I can't believe how easy they are. I used creamy peanut butter, and dipped them in semi-sweet and milk chocolate. I put them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to set. So easy and so good!”


Eloise's Easy Sugar Cookies

“I tested this recipe to see if I could double the batch. It worked great! It was fabulous and super easy to work with. I loved the cookie without icing, and my husband loved it with. Super great for decorating.”


World's Best Butter Cookies

"Well, ta-da! This is the best butter cookie. I make them with a hand-held beater, and they are always wonderful. It's that one egg yolk which turns them from ordinary to special.”


Caramelized Butternut Squash

“This is truly an amazing recipe. The squash was perfect, and not too sweet. I tossed it with some angel hair pasta, cojita cheese, and fresh parsley to make a quick lunch. It was so so so good!”

-Probably This

Cocktail Sauce

“What a great recipe! I always keep a bag of frozen cooked shrimp in the freezer, and this was perfect with it."


Mini Quiche

“I made these today to serve at our family's Mother's Day brunch tomorrow, and they were disappearing as I was taking them from the oven! My boys and husband just couldn't get enough of them. They are so delicious, and I will definitely be making them again, as my 8 year old has requested them for his school lunchbox!”

-Sara 76

English Toffee

“Oh my goodness, this is heaven! I’ve been wanting to make this but was afraid I would burn it or ruin it. Your instructions are easy to follow. It came out perfect!”

-Robin P.

West African Jollof Rice

“Wow! I understand why people get cravings for this dish. I left out the curry, and when it was done cooking it was really spicy, but after it rested for maybe 20 minutes the flavors started to marry. We were left with a dish that I will make over and over!”

-Ruth P.

Cinnamon Buns From Heaven

"The dough was fabulous and so easy to work with. The results were tasty and delicious. I loved the cinnamon."

-angelina ballerina

Grandma's Soft Sugar Cookies

"This was the easiest sugar cookie recipe I've ever made. My family loved them, and friends raved about how soft they were!”


Russian Tea Cakes

“These were amazing. I baked them for 10 minutes both times with this recipe, and they turned out perfect. I always add just a few drops of almond extract for an extra special hint of flavor, and everyone just raves about how good they are. I bring them to Christmas parties, and they are always the favorite and first to be eaten.”

-Jenni Z.

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

“A great recipe, and super easy to follow. To give it a Spanish twist, I added chorizo and pancetta which worked really well together. It was very tasty!”


Ina's Coconut Macaroons

"We love this macaroon recipe. They are awesome, and so easy to make. Just melt some chocolate chips in the microwave if you don't have dipping chocolate. Give them a try, they are great!"


Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

“I have made this peanut butter fudge for years! I only use two cups of sugar, and the secret to getting it firm is with a candy thermometer. It turned out perfect. For a chocolate version, I add walnuts and for a peanut butter version, I use crunchy peanut butter!”

-Tina J.

Christmas Cornflake Wreath Cookies

"This is a great tasting and eye-pleasing treat. Be sure to clean your pot right after finishing. The hot water will dissolve the sticky mess right away. I'm also going to try the mini M&M's next time!”

-LexiGirl 2

Quick & Easy Sugar Cookies

“These are great, especially with the cinnamon and texture from the crunch on the outside. It’s soft and chewy on the inside, and addictive!”


Mom's Best Stuffing

“What an excellent recipe! This was the first time I had made stuffing from scratch, and needless to say I was very impressed with myself! The flavors were so good. I was worried about using sausage since I'm not really a pork person, but it was perfect. My husband loved it!”


Scalloped Potatoes

“It turned out great! I added a thinly sliced onion.”


Moist & Delicious Banana Nut Bread

"My grandma asked me to pull up a recipe for banana bread for me to make, and I'm never going to use another recipe again. The bread was very moist and very delicious. I poured the batter into two cans, one with pecans and one without, as well as muffin tins and both were so good!”


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

“These are the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever! So soft, moist, and chewy with the perfect texture. These cookies are as good as any bakery sells. This will be my go-to!”


Slow-Cooker Beef Roast

“This was super easy and delicious. We cooked it on low for five hours, but didn’t have time for the entire eight hours. It ended up turning out perfect! The meat was tender, and the vegetables cooked just right.”


Brussels Sprouts in Garlic Butter

“I usually steam my Brussels sprouts and then sauce them in browned garlic butter with a sprinkle of parmesan. I figured this was just another avenue to the same thing, but I was wrong! These are fabulous and far superior to the way I made them before. The cooking time was perfect, and the brown roasted part is an excellent touch”


How to Make Cake Flour

“I will never purchase cake flour again! This worked wonderfully in a dark chocolate cake I made for a friend's birthday. I turned the cake into cupcakes, and they were so light and fluffy. I truly feel it is due to the freshness of the cake flour.”


French Martini

“A very tasty and delicious martini! I made it for a 'partisan dinner' and it was a hit.”

-Katie C.

Juicy Cornish Game Hens

“This recipe is so good that I ate the entire thing! I simply could not pass up on the wonderful glazed skin. I even had trouble leaving the bones! The hen was tender and most. The flavor was heavenly!”


Hershey's Old-Fashioned Rich Cocoa Fudge

“This is the best fudge ever. My dad made this for many, may years and taught me how to make it. I have been making it now for about 50 years! My son wants it every year at Christmas.”


Ikea Swedish Meatballs

“These were really nice. I used all beef, omitted the water, and added a pinch of ginger and nutmeg to the sauce. I served them with egg noodles. The meatballs were flavorful, tender & really melded well with the sauce after simmering for a few hours.”


Cheddar Cheese Fondue

"My husband and I love the Melting Pot, and this cheese fondue tasted exactly like theirs. It was fabulous! We used 8 oz of colby and monterrey jack cheese, and it was perfect!"


Savory Mushroom, Spinach & Cheese Crepes

“Oh my! I made these this morning for a brunch gathering. Everyone just loved them, including me! There was one leftover, and a gal friend asked if she could take it home.”


Foolproof Standing Prime Rib Roast

"We just did a twelve-pound roast, and it came out perfect. I strongly recommend a leave-in meat thermometer so that you don't have to worry about getting it exactly right. For a rare roast, the temperature should read between 135-140 when it is removed from the oven!”


Ranch & Bacon Cheese Ball

"Love this! I included the bacon in the cheese ball, and covered the entire thing in crushed walnuts.”

-Lets Cook

Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf

“This recipes serves as a brilliant base. My kid, husband and visitors all raved at how great it was, especially as a gluten-free version. I just made it again, and it is five-stars!”

-Jennifer G.

No-Bake Chocolate Haystack Cookies

“This recipe has been a family favorite for years. My mom baked it every Christmas for the entire family. Now that she no longer lives close by, I hope to be able to accomplish the same happiness from this recipe as she did.”


Chocolate Fountain

“I used this recipe for my home fountain on Christmas Day, and it was absolutely perfect. I ran the fountain for 5 hours straight, and the chocolate was just as good after all this time as when I first started it. This will remain my go-to recipe when using this fun fountain.”


Candied Ginger & Syrup

“What a fantastic recipe! So simple, and tasted amazing. I dipped the candied ginger and orange peel in chocolate, and made scones. I couldn’t believe how easy this made peeling ginger.”

-Girl in Uruguay

Ruth's Chris Steak House Creamed Spinach

“This is just about as good as it gets if you like spinach. We thoroughly enjoyed this dish. The bay leaf and clove gave perfect hints of seasoning, which were tantalizing. It’s nice and creamy, with a beautiful color if using fresh spinach.”

-Miss Annie

Uncle Bill's Hot Rum Toddy

“I’m drinking this now, and it’s delicious! I think it’s perfect and am a big fan of sweets. I was so sure it would need honey, but it was just fine without it!”