Pear Crostini

Start your party off right with these elegant, easy-to-assemble little snacks. A little bit of fruit, a little bit of cheese, a little bit of bread and a little bit of green add up to a lot of flavor!

Cranberry Meatball Skewers

Up the ante on the appetizer course by serving these slow-cooked cranberry sauce meatballs on cocktail picks along with nutty Parmesan and fragrant fresh basil. Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make your own by simmering sugar, water and cranberries. Add a small amount of hoisin sauce and voila – deliciousness!

Mini Caprese Phyllo Cups

Miniature phyllo cups make it easy to create a delicious appetizer without a ton of work! Fill them with traditional Italian salad ingredients to make savory bite size snacks you can serve before dinner or as part of an appetizer-only spread.

Garlicky Cheese Breadstick Twists

Put refrigerated dough to work for you as you easily roll, fill and twist your way to savory yumminess. Garlic-parsley butter adds loads of flavor to each bite.

Sweet Potato Stacks

Layering thin slices of sweet potatoes with melted butter and fragrant fresh herbs makes for an appetizer that tastes and smells amazing. Maple syrup finishes these little stacks off with just a hint of sweetness.

Blackberry French Toast Bake

Breakfast is sweet when you layer up this fragrant and flavorful dish that’s both rustic and elegant. Using cinnamon bread is a bit of a cheat, as you get the flavor of cinnamon without having to add another ingredient to the mix. The warm maple-sage syrup brings it all to a whole new level.

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Whether you buy premade or whip up a batch of your own, using cinnamon rolls as the base of a bread pudding provides it with great structure and flavor. Bacon, cranberries and pecans add their own great tastes and result in an easy-to-make crowd favorite.

Sweet Potato Biscuit Egg & Ham Sandwiches

The perfect breakfast entrée for houseguests: Set out a basket of split sweet potato biscuits along with a selection of breakfast sandwich ingredients and invite guests to have at it. Everyone can assemble his or her own favorite combo of ham, cheese, eggs and jam!


Winter Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff has long been a favorite entrée when the weather starts to turn chilly. This version takes things up a notch by adding ultra-rich cream and a garnish of fresh parsley. Cooking the beef and sauce in a slow cooker makes it ultra-easy to prepare. Pairs well with syrah and hefeweizen.

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potatoes

Cheesy potatoes have long been a favorite on holiday tables, and this slow-cooker recipe makes them especially easy to make. Layering baby reds with salty bacon, spicy jalapeño, green onions and parsley, then topping it off with rich sour cream makes for an amazing side dish!

Slow-Cooked BBQ Turkey Sliders

Turkey breast becomes an incredible sandwich filling when it’s slow cooked with barbecue sauce, raspberry jam, onion, chipotle and Dijon mustard. Served up on slider buns and topped with cheese and veggies, these mini sandwiches will satisfy!

Brussels Sprouts Slaw

Look for shaved Brussels sprouts packaged in plastic bags in the Produce section. Not having to trim and slice the Brussels sprouts yourself will save tons of time. Use this time to toss together the rest of the ingredients and enjoy the flavors and colors of this bright and beautiful veggie salad!

Red Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Good nutrition and great flavors combine in this grain salad. A quick simmer brings together a super-easy DIY cranberry sauce, which becomes the foundation of the sweet and tangy dressing, used to coat velvety spinach leaves and crunchy cauliflower florets.

Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry-Apple Cider

If you’re serving a crowd, this warm and toasty spin on apple cider is the way to do it. If you want to make your guests feel really special, take the extra few seconds to rim the glass with cinnamon-sugar and garnish with an apple wheel.

Jack Frost Peppermint Vanilla Latte

The next time you’re considering a trip to the coffee shop, try making your latte at home with this simple and spectacular peppermint latte recipe! Using just a few ingredients, you can satisfy your coffee cravings in minutes.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken

This simple main dish showcases the appeal of roasted chicken: with very little effort, you can turn out an amazing meal. Stuff the chicken with a few fragrant basics and roast it in a hot cast iron skillet for phenomenal results. Pairs well with chardonnay and lager.

Pesto Turkey Breast

Rubbing this turkey breast with pesto is a great cheat: so many flavors in one ingredient! The bell peppers add color, while cooking in wine or broth keeps the meat moist. You’ll have a hit on your hands with this recipe! Pairs well with sauvignon blanc and Belgian ales.

Pancetta-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin (or Sirloin Tip)

If you’re looking for an indulgent main dish, you’ve found it! By layering beef tenderloin with garlic, herbs and pancetta, then rubbing it with olive oil, it bastes itself as it roasts. The result is a tender and flavorful cut of meat. The crispy pancetta on top is a delicious bonus! Pairs well with cabernet and porter.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Created by: Heidi, Foodie Crush

The key to getting these sprouts crispy is to let them cook undisturbed in the heavy-bottomed cast iron skillet cut side down so the caramelization process can begin. All vegetables become sweeter with that continued exposure to higher heat, releasing the sugars within.

Beef Rib Roast

Be sure to follow this recipe for success every time with this elegant dinner.

Grasshopper Pan Pie

A favorite frozen cocktail, reinvented as a no-bake pie! Refreshingly minty, chocolate-y, smooth and creamy — what more could you could ask for from dessert?

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Nutmeg Icing

Eggnog boosts the time-honored Bundt cake to new heights by lending it the subtle, sweet-and-spicy flavors of a traditional creamy holiday beverage. The nutmeg icing sweetens the deal!

Individual Citrus Cheesecakes

Winter nights may be long, but you can cap your holiday meal with a sweet hint of sunshine! Your family and guests will love these no-slice, individual citrus cheesecakes, featuring tangy hints of lemon, lime and orange.

Gingerbread Jingle Bell Pops

These cake pops boast the fantastically fragrant flavor of gingerbread and tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting, and they look like jingle bells!

Fruitcake Cookies

An easy way to bring traditional holiday flavor to your Christmas cookie platter.

Pom-Pom Gift Toppers

Instead of using classic ribbon and bows, make yarn pom-poms for a modern and cheerful gift-topper. You likely have everything you need already at home and it’s a great way to use up leftover yarn!

DIY Gifts for Grownups: Spiked Hot Cocoa Kit

What’s more comforting than a mug of hot cocoa in cold weather? Often, choosing gifts for grownups is a challenge. What do they really want? More stuff is likely not the answer. Gift them something personalized, unique and consumable. Make a hot cocoa kit—with a twist.

Ultimate Make-Your-Own Hot Cocoa Bar

Hot cocoa brings us joy and comfort, and antioxidant-rich dark cocoa may yield health benefits, too. When guests come to your home, treat them to a grand make-your-own hot cocoa bar! Don’t worry: it’ll look fancy, but it’s simple to set up.

Creative Name Cards: Welcome Wreaths

When guests sit down at your table, let them know how glad you are that you’re sharing the holiday with them, with personalized mini wreaths at their place settings. Make the wreaths out of things you probably already have at home.

3 New Ways to Style Your Holiday Table

Hot cocoa brings us joy and comfort, and antioxidant-rich dark cocoa may yield health benefits, too. When guests come to your home, treat them to a grand make-your-own hot cocoa bar! Don’t worry: it’ll look fancy, but it’s simple to set up.

From Wreath to Chandelier

Many people enjoy lush, green holiday wreaths. The fragrance and familiarity are classic comforts of the season. This year, update the tradition. Instead of hanging a wreath on a door or wall, use it to make a botanical chandelier! Use different-sized wreaths to make tiers. Hang them over a dining table or over your front stoop.

DIY Gifts for Kids: Snowman Candle

Helping kids to make gifts for their friends, teachers, or siblings is a lot of fun! Here’s an easy craft idea that uses around-the-house materials and creates minimal mess: turn a plain white pillar candle into a cute snowman!

Holiday Garland Ideas

Decorating always puts us in the holiday spirit, and adding a festive flair with something homemade makes the season feel even more personal.

Peppermint Topiary Tree

The topiary shape gives this whimsical tree a modern twist! One tree makes for a festive standalone decoration, but you can make a more striking display by grouping trees of various sizes in twos or threes, flanking them around a front entrance or lining them up along a walkway.

Reindeer Bowling

In the name of keeping the kids entertained during the holidays, Reindeer Bowling is the gift that keeps on giving: it keeps them busy while constructing the game itself, and once the glue has dried they’ll enjoy bowling for hours!

Oversized Paper Ornaments

These minimalist paper ornaments are playful enough to hang in your children’s bedrooms and pretty enough to hang in your front window.

Hanukkah Greeting Cards to Make with the Kids

Everyone loves receiving personalized, homemade greeting cards. You and your children can make festive, broadsheet-style Hanukkah cards with just a few simple items that you probably already have around the house!

Edible Hanukkah Crafts

Store-bought Hanukkah gelt is fine, but wouldn’t it be fun to make your own this year? It's really quite simple!

Beet Latkes

Deep-red beets provide an eye-catching, tasty twist on traditional latkes.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This is a relatively easy version of gumbo, but it certainly won’t disappoint. Serve it with warm, crusty French bread and plenty of butter.

Corn Bread

Corn bread can be made with a variety of additions, such as pecans, corn kernels, diced red bell pepper, sliced green onions, bacon, or shredded Cheddar cheese.

Crispy Fried Okra

Okra, fried with a crispy cornmeal coating, is a Southern favorite. If you’ve never tried okra, this is the recipe to try.

Grilled Cajun-Style Catfish

For grilling catfish, you need a nice thick piece of fish. It is important to put a piece of aluminum foil under the fish to keep it together.

Jerk Chicken

This is a milder take on this typically ultra-spicy Caribbean favorite.

Savory Collard Greens

Greens have long been a favorite in Southern kitchens, and collard greens are wonderful. Serve this dish with plenty of Tabasco sauce at the table.

Spicy Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice is a New Orleans specialty. This combination makes an inexpensive and satisfying dinner.

Sweet Potato Pie

This is a delicious sweet potato pie, made with just the right combination of spices and sugar.

Ethiopian Injera

Injera is not only used as a utensil. Savory, spicy Ethiopian stews are served on top of the bread too. It catches the juices and gravies, producing a fantastic end-of-the-meal treat.

Party Plan: Holiday

Celebrate a winter wonderland of delicious dishes and decorative designs this holiday season!

Sherried Chicken with Mushrooms

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

This Sherried Chicken recipe has it all: sautéed mushrooms, a flavorful sauce and tender chicken, cooked to perfection. It’s extra fancy and perfect for entertaining guests or family during the week. For all its fancy taste and appearance, it’s easy and comes together simply.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic favorite, with toasted marshmallow topping, sweetened pecans and flavorful sweet potato mash. Using a slow cooker eases the cooking process while a turn in the oven guarantees the caramelized pecan topping and toasted marshmallows.

Kabocha Squash Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

My favorite winter squash is the kabocha squash. It’s naturally very sweet, with a smooth texture and buttery flavor. Making a naturally sweetened kabocha squash casserole with a gluten-free topping ensures your gluten-free friends and family will be able to enjoy the dish, while those who do eat gluten won’t be able to tell the difference.

Holly Ball Cheese Ball

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Your holiday guests will enjoy this festive and tasty cheese ball inspired by a classic holly ball! With it’s sweet pomegranate seeds, salty feta cheese and peppery arugula, this easy to make yet impressive Holly Ball Cheese Ball is sure to please every guest’s palate.

Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Keep yourself fueled and energized during the busy holiday season with these easy to make Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites. These tasty no-bake bites are full of tart cranberries, spicy ginger and hearty oats to keep going through that holiday shopping, gift wrapping and cookie baking!

Cranberry-Orange Punch

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

This easy punch recipe combines the traditional holiday flavors of cranberry and orange in one delicious drink. It’s inexpensive and easy to make, perfect for adding a bit of bubbly fun to any holiday party!

Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. I’ve got something even more fun than cookies, and that’s a delicious Christmas Cookie Dough Dip that you can enjoy with cookies, fruits and other goodies.

Pecan and Brown Sugar Rugelach

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Rugelach are traditional Jewish cookies made with either cream cheese or sour cream, and then filled with jams, nuts, or raisins. They are eaten year-round but are particularly enjoyed during the Hanukkah season. This fun twist on these traditional crescent-shaped cookies will be a new family favorite.

Pesto Garlic Rolls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This recipe was recreated for a dear friend who had them in an Italian restaurant. Great for an appetizer with pasta or a starter to a Holiday feast!

Brussels Sprout Casserole

An updated version of the classic green bean casserole with seasonal Brussels sprouts, a splash of sherry and a crunchy parmesan topping.

Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Making your own Christmas decorations is often inexpensive and a fun way to express your style. This Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree is so easy and really only takes a few dollars to make. It looks darling displayed on an end table or mantle.

DIY Christmas Mantel Box

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

I just love decorating my mantel for each and every holiday. If you have an especially large mantel then it could be overwhelming to figure out what to decorate it with. I’ve come up with an easy DIY Christmas Mantel Box that you can change up year after year by filling it with different holiday items.

DIY Snowman Family

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Looking for a fun and easy DIY craft project for outdoor holiday décor? This cute snowman family is quick and easy to make and will be the perfect cheery way to greet houseguests this winter.

How to Create a Non-Traditional Holiday Table Setting

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

When I want my home to feel festive for the holidays, but also fit with our unique style, I come up with an alternative, non-traditional color palette. There are ways to incorporate things to keep your house ready for the holidays without buying ALL of that red and green!

Find a traditional, wintery pattern in your favorite color! I always love black and white, so that’s what I went for with the plaid table runner.

Party Plan: Gift Giving

Get into the spirit of the holidays with thoughtful gift-giving ideas, while picking up a few decorating tips for yourself!

Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Give the gift of food this holiday season, with easy-to-make cookies. Do most of the work yourself, but let your loved ones bake the cookies when they are in the mood for them. Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar are the perfect gift because everyone knows food is the way to one’s heart!

M&M Brownie Mix

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Homemade brownies are my favorite dessert, so I want to share that love with others. Unfortunately homemade brownies can dry out and go bad before people get to enjoy them. So I found a better way! Brownie mix in a jar!

Christmas Ornament Party Favors

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Holiday parties are my favorite kind of parties. I cherish inviting people into my home to see decorations and share favorite holiday recipes. We turn up the Christmas music, have lots of laughs, and then I send my loved ones on their way.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

DIY sugar scrubs are not only great for exfoliation, they make a wonderful homemade gift idea. This peppermint sugar scrub combines four simple ingredients for a stocking stuffer that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Once you’ve made the scrub, add a bit of red and white colored ribbon and jingle bells for a perfect homemade gift.

Panko Latkes with Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Latkes are one of my favorite parts of the Hanukkah meal. I grew up eating latkes, but not being Jewish, we called them potato pancakes. My Polish grandmother grated the potatoes on the finest section of her box grater. Before she could finish all the potatoes, they were turning brown because they're quick to oxidize. Ultimately, they didn't look very appetizing.

Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I have spent the last 15 years perfecting this Hanukkah apple cake for my husband. He absolutely adores cinnamon and apples together in baked goods. This particular sweet combination triggers happy childhood memories for him, especially during the holidays. His mother baked lots from scratch, with this flavor profile playing a dominant role.

Bacon, Apple and Pretzel Bread Stuffing

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I love a good stuffing, especially a nontraditional one. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to classic recipes during the holidays, but I always make a few new dishes too. Stuffing is one of the easiest ways to add something unexpected and creative to the mix.

Almond Donuts with a Blueberry Glaze

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

The almond-blueberry combo in these homemade donuts is as fun as it is delicious. These are guaranteed to be just as exciting as the presents on Christmas morning. The frosting can be made ahead of time, and if you really want to be on top of things, you can make the dough the night before, too.

DIY Holiday Mugs

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

When the cold weather hits, everyone loves a good cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Invite the kids into the kitchen to get creative with this simple craft that makes the perfect gift for friends or family.

Turkey Breakfast Casserole

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Certain recipes have been in families for years – recipes you remember enjoying from the time you first started forming memories. My family has a sausage egg casserole that my grandma has made for as long as I can remember.

Festive Gift Toppers

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

Wrapping paper is fun and festive, but what’s even more fun is to hint at who your gift is for by adding a clue to the outside of your gift! Whether it’s for the cook in your life, or your little artist, these wrapping additions will add a little excitement to Christmas morning!/p>

Cran-Apple Fizzy Mocktail

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

The party beverage often gets overlooked, or gets turned into a bottle of soda, juice or water. Just a little planning and creativity can really make that punch stand out. Every holiday party or gathering needs a fun beverage that can be consumed by kids and adults.

Cranberry Bruschetta

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Cranberries make for a great holiday recipe ingredient, but sometimes the recipes can be really time consuming. Try this quick and easy cranberry bruschetta, and your holiday party guests will be calling you the next Martha Stewart.

Pomegranate and Mustard Glazed Ham

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Holiday traditions. Every family has them at this time of year, and families have completely different ideas of what’s “traditional” for the holidays. For my family, Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. But there are no food traditions to be heard of for my family during the holidays after Thanksgiving. We play around each year with different meal plans and proteins.

Cranberry and Pistachio Cheese Ball

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

There are a million reasons why I love the holidays. The lights are dazzling; there’s festive music everywhere you go and people just seem genuinely happy. Although, as a person who seriously loves to eat, perhaps the single thing I love most about this time of year is all the fun finger food I inevitably get to snack on at every party.

Dried Cranberry, Sage and White Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

I always thought when it came to the kitchen, you were either a cook or a baker – never in between – and for most of my life that mentality was pretty accurate. Although, in the last couple of years, I’ve actually found baking to be quite simple, and I even feel a heavy sense of accomplishment when a recipe I’ve developed from start to finish is received with rave reviews.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Holidays are all about some serious side dishing. We all know how it goes. Life as we know it gets put on hold and we focus our attention on this one thing that seems fairly unimportant at any other time of the year – the side dish. But during the holidays, side dishes can be just as important and require just as much forethought and energy as the main dish.

Hot Toddy Apple Cider

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of apple cider during the holidays. Here's your classic apple cider taken up a notch. Hot toddy apple cider is an easy, comforting and delicious drink, perfect for snuggling by a holiday fire.

Healthy Tips for Making it Through the Holidays

Created by: By: Molly McBride, RD, LD
Kroger Corporate Dietitian

It’s that time of year when we all prepare some “wiggle room” for weight gain and delicious holiday goodies. What if we looked at the holiday season a little differently? We can indulge yet not overeat! Let’s enjoy the flavors of the season without sacrifice.

Holiday Confetti Popcorn

'Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth with our quick and easy Holiday Confetti Popcorn. Whether you're looking for a simple gift or just something sweet to snack on, this easier-than-it-looks treat is delicious and sure to delight friends and family this holiday season.

Party Plan: Holiday Cookie Exchange

The holiday season is a time to gather and a time to share—so this party combines both! These sweet recipes make plenty of cookies perfect for cookie exchanges, hostess gifts, or thoughtful gestures throughout the month.

Santa Hat Cookies

These little cookies are scrumptious and festive! Red frosting piles high to make each little “hat,” while a mini marshmallow tops it all off.

North Star Cookies

These stunning cookies look difficult to pull off, but they’re as simple as any other sandwich cookie. In this recipe, we use the cut-out centers for tinier North Star Cookies.

Gingerbread Cookie Chex Mix

Warning: this snack mix is dangerously easy to eat! Munch by the handful, or partition into fancy favor bags and hand out at the end of your party.

Chocolate-Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate cookies are great as-is, but the addition of coconut elevates these thumbprint cookies to a whole new level of yum. Once baked, the coconut makes a toasted and tasty addition.

Holiday Blossom Cookies

If you’re hankering for a splash of color on your cookie table, these Holiday Blossom cookies are a delicious solution. Use whatever color of sugar you’d like.

Chocolate Coal Lumps

Cocoa Puffs™ cereal forms the base of these amazing bar cookies. Finished with a chocolate coat, you’ll be happy to get this coal in your stocking!

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

Mint chocolate is one of our favorite flavors of the holiday season, so consider these soft green cookies a tasty tribute.

Pumpkin Pie Cookies

This recipe makes 24 petite pumpkin pies so delicious that we guarantee you’ll want to keep a few for yourself.

Alpine Mint Hot Chocolate

One sip of this decadent hot chocolate will transport you to a cozy ski lodge in the Alps. Patterned sweater optional.

Party Plan: Come On In Holiday Open House

Who says you need to set a table to celebrate and welcome guests? Gather together your friends, family, and neighbors for a relaxed open house. Check out our array of simple appetizers that create a welcoming atmosphere for guests – whether they stop by for a few minutes or linger for a few hours.

Cilantro Shrimp

This beautiful appetizer or side dish is a fresh departure from the standard shrimp cocktail.

Stuffed Potato Bites

This crowd-pleasing twice-baked appetizer looks fancy, but it’s easy to make. Plus being bite-size makes it fun to eat!

Roasted Spiced Nuts

Give dry roasted nuts a salty-sweet glaze for a cocktail snack your guests will want to nibble by the handful.

Oatmeal Sour Cream Bars

These crumbly bar cookies have a sweet surprise of plump raisins and a hint of cinnamon in the center.

Cranberry Spritzer

Break out your fancy glassware for this refreshing drink that’s great for the holidays!

Party Plan: Friends Around the World Holiday

Dig into flavors from all over the globe with this cross-cultural spin on a holiday meal. This meal was made for sharing, so bring your favorite people together and enjoy the diversity that makes our world so delicious!

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Lime and curry give this creamy, hearty soup an exotic spice. Try adding shrimp or chicken to make it a complete meal.

Mini Turkey Reubens

This deli favorite can be made with pre-sliced turkey or a fresh roasted turkey breast. Add a pickle on the side for extra authenticity.


A bountiful medley of fresh vegetables simmered in cream.

Party Plan: ‘Tis the Season Cookie Swap

Tasting and sharing holiday cookies are some of the most delicious traditions of the season. Spread the joy -- and the baking -- by hosting an old-fashioned cookie swap for friends and neighbors. It’s a chance to share your favorite recipes and discover a few new ones. The best part? Cookies for everyone!


Shortening and sugar are the secrets to mastering the soft, pillowy texture of this classic cinnamon-sprinkled cookie.

Trail Mix Clusters

No need to set out on a winter hike to enjoy this chocolaty take on everyone’s favorite trail snack.

Apple Molasses Cookies

Enjoy the spiced flavor of a homemade apple pie with a touch of molasses. All without touching a rolling pin.

Key Lime Coconut Snowballs

These little bites of coconut-covered sweetness taste like a holiday vacation. You don’t even need to bake them!

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

No need to limit your holiday baking to cookies. Try your hand at candy-making with this simple recipe for Buckeyes. They make a great gift for neighbors, co-workers, or friends, just be sure to save a few for you!

Cheerful Party Pom-Poms

All it takes is a little tissue paper and a few simple steps to make cheerful decorations for your next shower, birthday party, or cookie swap.

Classic Crab Cakes

Top these broiled crab cakes with a squeeze of lemon and a side of tartar sauce sprinkled with chives.

Party Plan: Traditional Italian Seven Fishes Feast

Celebrate the bounty of the sea and the holiday season with a traditional Italian Feast of Seven Fishes. In this take on a classic Italian meatless meal, all you need to feed a crowd is a combination of succulent seafood recipes and, of course, plenty of amore!

Sesame Salmon

The crunchy crust of these Salmon fillets complements the nutty flavor of the sesame seeds.

Sautéed Oysters Parmesan

Oysters rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese set the tone for a spectacular seafood meal.

King Crab Legs

Jumbo King Crab Legs come precooked when you buy them at the store, so getting them ready to serve is simple.

Holiday Roses Centerpiece

Try dressing your table with a centerpiece of Private Selection® Roses in a simple glass bowl. Then decorate your arrangement with seasonal greens, ribbons, tiny ornaments and bells.

Seafood Red & White Wine Pairing

The delicate flavors of seafood pair nicely with many white wines, like a crisp Chardonnay. Rich, buttery dishes can also stand up to red wines like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

These nut-covered bon-bons are as versatile as they are addictive. Try coating a few in coca powder or pistachios for a delicious variety.

Party Plan: Afternoon Holiday Tea Party

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays with a sweetly civilized afternoon Tea Party. All you need is your favorite vintage teapot and a few bite-sized treats for an afternoon full of warm memories to share.

Very Cherry Muffins

Thawed frozen cherries make it easy to snack on these fruit-filled muffins any time of the year.

Sweet Greek Custard

This decadent layered custard is light and fluffy on the inside and topped with a layer of cinnamon-infused syrup.

Chocolate Coconut Bars

Make a pretty tea-party presentation by cutting these bars ahead of time and arranging them in neat rows between cookies or fruit

Swiss Biscuit Blossoms

These biscuit cookies are a fun project for kids, and still look simply elegant on a tea party platter.

DIY Tartlet Tips

Use Private Selection™ Tartlet Shells and Fillings for an easy and elegant dessert that lets you skip right to the fun part: decorating

Fresh Fruit Skewers with Honey-Lime Dip

Make these fresh fruit skewers your own by picking up a few of your favorite fruits. Choose a variety of colors or try strawberries alternating with green grapes for a holiday theme.

Party Plan: Happy Holidays Cocktail Hour

You’ve decked the halls and invited all your friends and family, now it’s time to spread the holiday cheer with a buffet of little treats that are easy to make and made for mingling!

Peanut Butter Truffles

Keep your guests smiling all evening with a stack of salty-sweet peanut butter truffles. Peanut butter never tasted so elegant!

Marinated Olives

A cocktail party just wouldn’t be complete without a dish of olives. We mix garlic, lemon zest, and fresh herbs in this tangy refrigerator marinade that’s sure to please.

Festive Holiday Meatballs

The "festive" in these meatballs is in the sauce. Bring a little holiday cheer to any party with meatballs slow-cooked in cranberry sauce and red wine.

Gorgonzola Grapes

Pistachios, grapes, and Gorgonzola cheese come together for a party snack that is definitely NOT your average cheeseball.

Couscous Stuffed Artichokes

Your guests will love the savory surprise of curry-spiced couscous nestled in cooked California artichokes. This recipe is lower in fat, too!

Blarney and Blueberry Corn Muffins

Blarney Cheddar and blueberries are a surprising combination perfect for brunch, snack time or along with a meal. You'll love the sweet and savory flavor.

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Hazelnuts and mushrooms make this stuffing a Northwest classic. It’s perfect for a vegetarian meal or alongside a roast or turkey.

Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie

Who saved room for dessert? If you like classic, creamy pumpkin pie, this streusel topped pie will be your new favorite.

Antipasti Wreath

Try RITZ snowflake crackers or a sliced baguette with this fun alternative to cheese and crackers.

Party Plan: Happy Holidays Dinner

As memorable as the holiday dinners of your childhood, this traditional menu mixes timeless seasonal dishes with a few new recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

Hot Crab Dip

Serve this warm crab dip in a casserole or crock-pot alongside crackers, bread, or wedges of English muffins for dipping.

Butterscotch Pie

A pre-made piecrust and a few humble ingredients are all it takes to assemble a fluffy, flavorful butterscotch meringue pie.

Stir Easy

Prepare cream cheese for holiday recipes by removing from the foil wrapping and softening in the microwave for a few seconds.

Italian Tiramisu

Keep guests spirits high with this classic, coffee-infused Italian dessert.

Bread Pudding

Your kitchen will smell amazing while cubes of bread soak up all the flavors of cranberries, cinnamon and sugar in this baked wintertime treat.

Chocolate Satin Pie

Top this silky pie with fresh seasonal berries or chopped nuts for an elegant and easy dessert.

Streusel Coffee Cake

Here's how to make your own beautiful and delicious coffee cake. Slicing it reveals the sweet center.

Coffee Vienna

This perfect blend of coffee, chocolate and cinnamon is great for dessert or a decadent morning coffee!

Banish Berry Stains

The only downside of fresh fruit is the stain on the front of your shirt. But we’ve got an easy way to clean it up!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Gamer

We know what gamers like: games and snacks. Unlock the key to their heart with a Game Stop gift card and the ultimate gaming fuel: Doritos® Cool Ranch® Flavored Tortilla Chips, Mountain Dew®, The Ultimate Guide to Next-Gen Video Games Magazine and Mike and Ike® Original Fruits

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Gift Card Pairing: For the New Homeowner

Give them a gift card to Sears to fill their home, along with a Consumer Reports Magazine, Ritz Terry Picket Mitt, Trudeau® Salt Shaker and Trudeau® Pepper Shaker.

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Gift Card Pairing: For the Young Adult

Give them what they want - cash for shopping - in the form of a gift card to JCPenney! Along with the food, drink and reading materials sure to energize this gal who is on the go 24/7: Redbook Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Blue Diamondreg; Roasted Salted Almonds, and Starbucks Doubleshot® Energy Mocha Drink

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Gift Card Pairing: For the Woman In Need of “Me Time”

Here are the essentials for a day of shopping: a gift card to Gap and these on-the-go musts: Softlips® Classic Lip Balm, Women's Health Magazine, MiO Fit Liquid Water Enhancer, and Life Savers® Mints Wint O Green®

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Gift Card Pairing Idea: For the Food Lover

Everyone loves food whether it’s homemade or store bought. This year, gift that difficult recipient on your list with a gift card to Kroger, and these items sure to add some holiday cheer.

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Gift Card Pairing: For the Health-Focused Recipient

A Subway gift card is great for when packing lunch isn’t an option. Pair this with healthy snacking items, food containers and Eating Well Magazine, and they’ll appreciate the finishing touches.

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Gift Card Pairing: For the Guy on Your List

Gift him with the perfect dinner with the gift card to Outback, along with items to inspire him in the kitchen or on the grill: Everyday Living Spatula, Everyday Living Deluxe Tongs, Ritz Mitz Pocket Mitts, and Private Selection Peppercorn House Blend

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Gift Card Pairing: For the Kid Who Has Everything

For the kid that has everything, don’t fret. Let them pick! Give them a gift card to Toys R Us® paired with classic, on-the-go entertainment items: Kappa® Superb Word Find, Jelly Belly® Jelly Beans, Spongebob Squarepants Grab & Go Play Pack Crayola® Crayons, and Bicycle® 6 Pack Kids Card Games.

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Gift Card Pairing: For the Teen Fashion Queen

Spruce up your teen’s wardrobe with a gift card to Kohl’s and these grooming favorites: Burt’s Bees® Beeswax Lip Balm, Sally Hansen® Diamond Strength Nail Color, Goody® Ouchless Elastics.

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Gift Card Pairing: For a Macy’s Retail Therapy Day

This holiday season, delight the lady on your list with a gift card to Macy’s paired with her favorite, easy reads: Glamour and Vanity Fair. Throw in Neutrogena® Hand Cream and Trident White Gum, two perfect purse companions.

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Gift Card Pairing: For the Music Lover

An iTunes gift card is music to the ears. Pair it with an issue of Rolling Stones, Copco The Original To Go Cup™ and an Energizer® Single Universal USB Car Charger and they will be singing your praises.

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