I love November. It’s a month filled with gift buying or making, crafts, decorating and holiday baking. Food is a big part of the holiday festivities, especially decadent treats. Some foods I can make early and freeze, while other recipes need to be prepared the same day. It’s just the sheer excitement of creating holiday-inspired recipes that will be shared with family and friends over the holiday season.
If you’re like me though, you’re always looking to amp up this holiday season with some scrumptious new dishes. Each year there are a bunch of new holiday cookbooks released and I found three that have encouraged me to try different dishes. I’m turning to them for that spark of inspiration with a plethora of remarkable recipes that I can serve during Christmas and New Years. Check them out!
Festive Holiday Recipes
Festive Holiday Baking is filled with 103 must-make recipes for the holiday season. We’re talking about hearty and cozy recipes that are holiday favorites. The recipe book is broken into six categories, Brunch, Appetizers, Main Course, Sides, Desserts and Drinks. And there are mouthwatering images for each recipe that will trigger the holiday cook in you.
Brunch during the holiday season is a magical time. Everyone is over excited and probably getting very little sleep. These recipes will fill you with the holiday spirit and perk you up as you head out holiday shopping. Enjoy Wake Me Up Cinnamon Rolls, Granny’s Monkey Bread, or maybe some Snickerdoodle Muffins.
There are 28 different appetizer recipes from Cheesy Popovers to Sourdough Pretzels to Holiday Pinwheels to Vegetarian Spring Rolls. The Penguin Poppers are adorable. There are nine Main Course recipes that embody the holiday season including recipes for leftovers. There are oodles of side dish recipes and lots tempting desserts. Upside-Down Apple Pie, Pumpkin Spice Roll, Peppermint Crunch Balls, Sparkling Cranberry Cake, Christmas Magic Squares and Peanut Butter Snowballs are just a few.
Lastly, you cannot enjoy the festive season without some jolly drinks. Slow Cooker Mulled Cider, Salted Caramel Eggnog and Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate will get you all nice and cozy. Festive Holiday Recipes is one of the best holiday cooks I’ve perused through and have marked several to make for our family get-togethers.
Easy Christmas Cut-Up Cakes
There is nothing more festive than holiday inspired theme cakes. Easy Christmas Cut-Up Cakes is filled with 24 easy to make holiday shaped cakes that will add some festive flair to all your special winter occasions. With the holiday season being hectic, these cakes are baked from cake mix packages to save time and then transformed into a holiday treat.
Each recipe will share what type of pan to bake the cake in, and a diagram is provided so you can see how to cut it into the right shape. Choose from the Smiley Snowman, Gingerbread Man, Toy Train, Snowflake Stocking, Red-Nosed Reindeer, Polar Bear or maybe the Santa Cake.
The Santa Cake is baked in a 9 x 13-inch pan and cut into three pieces to create this festive cake. The cakes are covered with either vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting and decorated with candy. Marshmallows, licorice, coconut, M&M’s and even chocolate bars. The instructions are clear, the steps easy to follow and the results are joyful.
Vegan Christmas is celebrating with over 70 amazing animal-free recipes inspired by the holiday season. If you have vegans or vegetarians in your family or guests coming over during the holidays, then you can surprise them with some flavorful dishes.
Many assume that vegan dishes are boring and tasteless, but this cookbook will convince you otherwise. The book starts off with some ingredients and equipment you’ll need to prepare the included recipes. These are ingredients you may or may not have at home, but they are easy to find at any grocers or health food store.
Vegan Christmas has seven recipe chapters, Christmas Morning, Party Foods & Light Meals, Centre Pieces, All the Trimmings, Leftovers, Afters, and Edible Gifts. There are lots of colorful mouthwatering images that will prompt you to give a vegan recipe a try. You’ll learn how to make your own bacon and vegan sausage and turn it into several appetizing dishes. All the recipes are healthy, but still festive enough for the holidays.
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