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.

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

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

Provence Christmas Bread

Midwest Living

Holiday Christmas Bread

Midwest Living

Hard Candy

Midwest Living
Total: 45 mins

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Midwest Living
Total: 15 mins

Krumkake

Midwest Living
Total: 1 hr

Balsamic Cranberry Drizzle

Better Homes and Gardens

Four ingredients make this sweet-tart dip for bread a lesson in simplicity. It also makes a delicious drizzle for cheese and fruit.

Crystal-Bright Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Buttery cutout cookies take on a stained glass effect with the addition of hard candy that melts as it bakes.

Browned Butter-Cardamom Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

A little cardamom goes a long way. The ancient spice has a citrusy undertone to give this memorable cookie a sweet and savory taste.

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Midwest Living

Peppermint extract infuses these crisp, buttery sugar cookies with holiday flavor. Choose between slice-and-bake swirls or candy cane-shape cookies to add seasonal flair to any celebration or cookie exchange.

Candied Citrus Peel

Midwest Living

Whether to decorate a pound cake, serve over vanilla ice cream, or dip into melted dark chocolate, candied citrus peel is a real treat. Bonus: It makes a pretty food gift when packaged in little gift bags.

Total: 45 mins

Salted Peanut Squares

Midwest Living
Total: 20 mins
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