December Recipe Round-up {Holiday Foods}

December Recipe Round Up | Holiday Food & Recipes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas is such a jolly time for us – getting together with friends and family, reflecting on the blessings of the year, and – of course – stuffing ourselves silly with food.

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Caramel Cranberry Pear Tart

Pies are a Thanksgiving staple, but sometimes can be tedious to make. When I want the flavors of a pie without all the work, I opt for a free-form tart, like this beauty.

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This is a really simple dessert, but taking the time to cut the pears into fancy fans makes it a showstopper.

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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side? For me, it’s green bean casserole. I only make it for Thanksgiving each year and it’s something I always look forward to. And for that reason, it’s also the side dish I’ve been most hesitant to switch up.

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This cheesy version may be a contender for new favorite.

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Honey-Whisky Glazed Sweet Potatoes

We got a lot of sweet potatoes during our last weeks of this year’s CSA. And a lot of apples. They’re such a perfect pairing and one that I’ve been playing with a lot this fall – this dish is one of my favorites.

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Sweet potato and apple chunks doused in a syrupy honey-whisky-pecan glaze will be your new favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

What’s the biggest challenge of holiday meals? Timing. Always, timing. Getting everything to the table at relatively the same time seems like a heroic feat.

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The best way to do this? Make use of all cooking apparatuses in your kitchen! This turkey breast is made in the Instant Pot – which frees up your oven for all your other holiday dishes.

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Black Forest Cheesecake #ChristmasSweetsWeek

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I always feel a little more nostalgic about my German heritage at Christmas. I think it’s a remnant of Opa’s Christmas cookie packages, which were synonymous with Christmas for all of my childhood. Without even thinking about it, I end up planning some German-inspired dessert for our holiday table – like this Black Forest Cheesecake.

Black Forest Cheesecake

This is obviously not traditional, but the flavors are there – and, I’ll be honest, this is going to be easier than your traditional Black Forest Cake.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Doughnuts #ChristmasSweetsWeek

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I am all about a festive breakfast for holiday celebrations – and these delicious doughnuts are a perfect treat for Christmas morning!

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These pack a big punch of flavor thanks to LorAnn Oils Chocolate Hazelnut Flavor. Just a little gives these a great, complex flavor – and it’s balanced nicely by the vanilla icing. Sweets & Treats sprinkles make them extra festive and perfect for the holiday!

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Fruit Cake Cookie Bars #ChristmasCookies

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I grew up with my Grandfather’s stollen as a Christmas tradition, so it took me years to realize that most of the world doesn’t love fruit cake.

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Honestly, I think the rest of the world is wrong, it’s delicious. I think too many people’s first encounter was a questionably-made, mass produced dessert no one would like. If you’d tried Opa’s, I’m sure you would solidly be in my corner.

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Iced Cutout Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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Until relatively recently, cutout cookies really intimidated me. Now, they’ve become one of my favorite kitchen projects.

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I think my breakthrough was being able to let go of the expectation of perfect. I adore those perfectly-frosted cookies, but that’s just not in my wheelhouse right now. Luckily, these cookies taste just as good and are just as fun without a perfect icing job.

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Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Shortbread #ChristmasCookies

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Welcome to Christmas Cookies Week! I’m so excited to be joining with a fabulous group of bloggers to bring you a week chock-full of Christmas cookie goodness.

Gingerbread Shortbread 1

I’m kicking off this week with these fabulous Chocolate Dipped Gingerbread Shortbread cookies.  In true shortbread fashion, these are a little crisp, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. The spice of the ginger is balanced nicely by a dip in melted chocolate.

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