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8 Cozy Holiday Recipes to Try

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8 Cozy Holiday Recipes to Try

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The holiday season is about much more than fancy presents and ugly sweaters.

It’s about great food, too! Here are 8 cozy recipes to try, just in time for the holidays! 

Christmas dinner may be something to look forward to, but it’s not the only time you can enjoy all of the wonderful flavors that winter has to offer! 

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite winter and holiday recipes in 2022. 

Take a look! 

Cozy Holiday Recipes

Want to get in the holiday spirit with some of this year’s best holiday recipes? 

Keep reading!


 

 

 

1. Hot Chocolate

Sip on the coziest drink of them all, a smooth and creamy homemade hot chocolate! 

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons sugar 
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

  1. In a small pot, combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and 2 Tablespoons of milk over medium heat. 
  2. Whisk continuously to dissolve the ingredients while slowly adding the rest of the milk. 
  3. Bring everything to a simmer and remove from heat. Then, stir in the vanilla. 
  4. Transfer to a mug, top with marshmallows, and enjoy! 

 

 

2. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The ultimate homemade cookie recipe for the holiday season. 

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips, coarsely chopped 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F with two baking sheets on the lower racks. Remove the baking sheets once the oven is preheated. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the salt, flour, and baking soda.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt ½ cup of butter over medium heat until browned. 
  4. Transfer the melted butter to a large bowl and set aside to cool for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  5. Add small bits of the remaining butter to the bowl to melt. 
  6. Stir in the brown and white sugar and whisk until smooth. Then, add the egg and egg yolks, continuing to whisk. 
  7. Stir in the vanilla, and use a spatula to fold in the salt, flour, and baking soda mixture. 
  8. Fold in the chocolate chips and combine until the dough becomes semi-firm and shapeable. 
  9. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper and use a spoon to portion the dough, it should make about 16 cookies. Leave plenty of space for the cookies to expand. 
  10. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges begin to golden. 
  11. Let cool before serving and enjoy!

 

 

frozen yogurt bark with blueberries and raspberries

3. Frozen Yogurt Bark

Next time you’re craving something sweet, try this simple frozen yogurt bark recipe!  

Ingredients

  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Mixed berries

Directions

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with wax paper. 
  2. Place a spoonful of yogurt onto the wax paper and spread it into a thin layer. Add more yogurt as necessary. Ideally, the layer will be about ¼ to ⅛ inch thick. 
  3. Sprinkle the berries onto the yogurt, gently pressing the fruit to set. 
  4. Place the sheet pan into the freezer and freeze for at least one hour. 
  5. After it has had time to solidify, cut the bark into pieces and enjoy! 


 

 

4. Veggie Pot Pie with Parmesan Drop Biscuits

A hearty pot pie to warm those chilly winter evenings, this vegetarian-friendly recipe is perfect for the whole family! 

Ingredients

  • 10 oz corn
  • 2 cups and 3 Tablespoons flour, separated
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ pound green beans, chopped
  • 3-4 cups carrots, sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ¼ cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Prepare the produce: slice carrots, cut green beans into 1-inch pieces, dice onion, remove corn from the cob, and dice potatoes. 
  3. Add the green beans, carrots, and onions, to a large (oven-safe) skillet with olive oil. Soften vegetables over medium heat. 
  4. Stir in the potatoes and vegetable broth and bring everything to a boil. Then, add in the corn. 
  5. In a measuring cup, whisk together 3 Tablespoons of flour with 1 cup of milk. Pour the mixture into the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  6. As the sauce simmers, combine the melted butter, remaining milk, and white wine vinegar in a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle in the parmesan and chopped rosemary. Finally, stir in the flour. 
  7. Continue to mix to form a dough. Use a spoon to place dollops of the dough into the skillet, creating around 8 or 10 biscuits.
  8. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake on the top rack for 18 minutes. Check that the biscuits are thoroughly cooked and allow everything to cool before serving. 

 


sweet potato pie with pecans

5. Sweet Potato Pie

Nothing sweeter than sweet potato pie after a heartwarming holiday dinner.  

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-made pie crust pastry
  • 5 medium sweet potatoes 
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sugar 
  • ¼ cup maple syrup 
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk

For the Topping: 

  • 3 Tablespoons butter 
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, lightly packed 
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons milk 
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Prepare the pie crust pastry: place in a 9-inch pie pan with edges trimmed and crimped. Transfer to the refrigerator for at least an hour before filling. 
  3. Blind bake the crust: Line the chilled pie crust with two layers of foil and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven, remove the weights and foil, and place the crust back into the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Once golden, remove and set aside. Reduce heat to 350°F. 
  4. Line a plate with paper towels and place the sweet potatoes on the plate. Prick each potato several times with a fork and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Remove the potatoes, turn, and replace them to cook for another 2 to 5 minutes. Once potatoes are softened, let them sit for at least 10 minutes to cool. 
  5. Cut each potato in half and use a spoon to scoop the potato from the skin. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. 
  6. Add the 2 Tablespoons of softened butter to the mixing bowl and mash potatoes with a fork. 
  7. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, egg yolks, sugar, maple syrup, salt, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and buttermilk. Fold the mixture into the mashed sweet potatoes. 
  8. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the pie crust on it. Pour the sweet potato filling into the pie crust. Place the pie into the oven to bake for 40 minutes. 
  9. Meanwhile, prepare the topping: combine butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly while bringing the ingredients to a boil. Then, remove from heat. 
  10. Once the topping is ready, briefly remove the pie from the oven. Sprinkle the pecans over the pie and pour the brown sugar mixture over the pecans. Then, place the pie back in the oven to continue baking. 
  11. Allow the pie to cool before serving and enjoy! 



chocolate and pecan cracker bark

6. Chocolate and Pecan Cracker Toffee 

A perfect treat for holiday potlucks or even a late-night snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed 
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers 
  • 2 cups chocolate chips 
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with foil. 
  2. Place crackers on foil in a single layer and set aside. 
  3. In a small saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium-high heat. Then, reduce heat and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. 
  4. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the crackers, covering them completely, and place the crackers in the oven to bake for 5 minutes. 
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the crackers. Let the pan sit on the stovetop or counter for a few minutes while the chocolate begins to melt. 
  6. When the chocolate chips have softened, spread the chocolate across the crackers in an even layer. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. 
  7. Once hardened, break apart and enjoy! 


 

 

7. Rosemary and Grape Focaccia 

Fluffy, crunchy, and golden, this rosemary and grape focaccia is a charming snack for the holiday season. 

Ingredients

  • Pre-made pizza dough
  • Red grapes
  • Rosemary, fresh
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Grease a sheet pan with olive oil and place the pizza dough in the pan. Stretch and flip the dough, covering it in oil. Stretch to fill the pan and poke the dough with your fingertips to set. 
  3. Sprinkle grapes across the pan, pressing into the dough. Then, do the same with the rosemary leaves and a pinch of salt. 
  4. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the bread begins to golden. 
  5. Allow time to cool before serving and enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

8. Acorn Squash Galette

Savor the harvest of winter with this one-of-a-kind acorn squash galette! 

Ingredients

  • Pre-made pie dough
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • ½ sweet onion
  • 1 acorn squash
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne 
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450º F. 
  2. Prepare the acorn squash: cut it in half and remove the seeds. Then, cut the squash into ¼-inch slices. 
  3. Place the sliced squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the salt, cayenne, garlic powder, and thyme over the squash and toss to coat. 
  4. Place the pan into the oven to bake for 25 minutes. 
  5. Meanwhile, slice the onion and sauté over medium heat until browned. 
  6. Combine the goat cheese and pesto in a small bowl
  7. While the squash is baking, cut your onion into thin slices. Add olive oil to a pan over medium heat, then add your onions and saute until browned. 
  8. In a small bowl, add your goat cheese and pesto and set aside. 
  9. On a separate baking sheet, roll out the pie dough and spoon the goat cheese mixture on top. Spread the mixture in an even layer across the dough, leaving a small border along the edges. 
  10. Layer the onions over the goat cheese, as well as the squash. Fold the edges in and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. 
  11. Once the crust begins to brown, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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