Christmas

Thanksgiving may get all the glory, but the Christmas holiday isn't exactly a slouch when it comes to good food. Is there anyone who doesn't love traditional Christmas recipes like tender prime rib, candy-coated gingerbread houses or buttery sugar cookies? And unlike Thanksgiving, the Christmas recipe season lasts throughout the month of December, so you've got countless opportunities to indulge. Work party? Serve up a rum punch. Book club brunch? Turn it into a cookie exchange. Christmas Eve by the tree? Bring on the rich, creamy oyster stew. Of course, everyone looks forward to the main event: Christmas dinner, traditionally a large roast (crown beef or ham are always a hit) surrounded by hearty sides like mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. The only thing better is the Christmas cookies that follow.

Cucumber-Cheese Bites

Better Homes and Gardens

Set out the cucumbers and toppers and let your guests assemble their own appetizers.

Total: 20 mins

Snowman Pops

Parents
Total: 45 mins

Grapefruit-Watercress Supper Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Grapefruit's flavor refreshes beyond breakfast time and is good for you any time of day. It delivers a super surge of vitamin A and C in this healthy salad when combined with watercress and avocado.

Total: 25 mins

Vanilla Cream-Fruitcake Trifle

Better Homes and Gardens

Holiday Christmas Bread

Midwest Living

Hard Candy

Midwest Living
Total: 45 mins

Provence Christmas Bread

Midwest Living

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Midwest Living
Total: 15 mins

Krumkake

Midwest Living
Total: 1 hr

Spice Mingles

Better Homes and Gardens

The combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and orange marmalade gives the cookies in this recipe a sweet-spicy twist.

Hazelnut and Eggnog Cookie Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

With a bit of alchemy, eggnog--the silky smooth, decadently delicious holiday drink--becomes a picture-perfect sandwich cookie with this recipe.

Spicy Gingerbread Twigs

Better Homes and Gardens

Green Cherry Trees

Better Homes and Gardens

Enlist big kids for rolling and cutting and let little ones decorate these three-dimensional tree cookies. Before the trees disappear, stand a forest of them alongside a gingerbread house.

Caramel Heavenlies

Midwest Living
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