/28 Impressive Holiday Recipes That Are Actually Easier To Make Than You Think

28 Impressive Holiday Recipes That Are Actually Easier To Make Than You Think

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Here’s everything you need to cook, eat, and drink from now until the end of the year.

A holiday is only as good as the food you get to eat, but delicious doesn’t have to mean expensive or time consuming. From five-ingredient apps to slow cooker mains and everything in between, here are some of the best holiday recipes to feed you through the season. 🎄


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This five-ingredient party app features breaded chicken (grab a bag in the frozen aisle), topped with cheese and tomato sauce then wrapped in lasagna noodles. Bake them in the oven until golden brown and melty.

Recipe: Mini Chicken Parmesan Lasagna Roll-Ups


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It’s cute as heck, it’s festive, and there’s zero cooking required. Just slice mozzarella and ripe tomatoes, assemble it on a serving platter, drizzle it all with olive oil or balsamic, and serve with sliced bread on the side.

Recipe: Candy Cane Caprese Board


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Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumbers, and dill are the only ingredients you’ll need for these sophisticated roll-ups. Serve them plain or on crackers or sliced bread.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rolls


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As if baked brie weren’t decadent enough, try baking it inside a warm and crusty bread bowl. All you need is a round loaf of bread, a wheel of Brie or camembert, cranberry sauce or fruit preserves, olive oil, and thyme.

Recipe: Baked Cranberry Brie Bread Bowl


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Grab a box of Bisquick baking mix, some ground sausage, and cheddar cheese and you’re half way to this simple yet tasty finger food.

Recipe: Bisquick Sausage Balls


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How do you make a log of goat cheese unique and worthy of your holiday table? Mix it with cream cheese, cinnamon, ginger, and honey, then coat it in a thin layer of crushed cranberries and pistachios.

Recipe: Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log


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A true drop-and-go recipe, just toss all the ingredients — frozen spinach, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, scallions, shredded cheese — into your Instant Pot and wait for this creamy party dip to cook itself.

Recipe: Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip


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Instead of grating potatoes by hand, take the lazy (yet delicious) route and start with frozen tater tots to make this crispy potato pancakes.

Recipe: Shortcut Tater Tot Latkes


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Pick up a fully cooked spiral cut ham from your local market. This recipe is all about the glaze, which is made with brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, and ginger. Brush the glaze onto the ham and into the slow cooker it goes.

Recipe: Crock Pot Ham


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You may associate grilled cheese with a childhood comfort food, but this gooey sandwich can be totally sophisticated. Fore example: these mini grilled cheese sliders on baguettes topped with arugula, sun dried tomato, and sautéed mushrooms.

Recipe: Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


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This creamy and tangy chicken recipe comes together in a single baking dish. Chicken thighs are baked in a cranberry marinade made with fresh cranberries, olive oil, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, white wine, and rosemary.

Recipe: Cranberry Rosemary One Pan Chicken


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There’s only a tiny bit of hands-on cooking involved with this one. You’ll have to sear each side of the prime rib so it gets browned, then transfer it to a slow cooker and wait.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Prime Rib


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Pork tenderloin is marinated in a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, and spices, then it’s roasted on a sheet pan with veggies until cooked through. The recipe calls for potatoes and carrots, but you can use just about any vegetable you like best.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Roast Pork Tenderloin With Vegetables


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This baked pasta dish is made with any tubular pasta, onion, garlic, and a mixture of Italian sausage and ground beef. Top it all with marinara sauce and duo of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Recipe: Classic Baked Mostaccioli


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These homemade peppermint patties taste worlds better than the store-bought kind, and you only need five ingredients to make them. Form little patties out of condensed milk, confectioner’s sugar, salt, and peppermint extract, dip them in melted chocolate, and let them sit until the chocolate sets.

Recipe: Five-Ingredient Peppermint Patties


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The secret to these melt-in-your-mouth cookies is boxed cake mix. Beaten together with cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and eggs, they taste entirely baked from scratch.

Recipe: Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies


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This festive winter dessert begins with store bought gingerbread cake mix. It’s topped with a sweet and tangy frosting made with cream cheese, crushed gingerbread cookies, vanilla, butter, and powdered sugar.

Recipe: Gingerbread Poke Cake


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Intimidated by the idea of baking? These no-bake chocolate coconut macaroons are going to be your new favorite dessert recipe. Just mix the ingredients in a bowl, scoop the batter into little balls, and let them rest on parchment paper.

Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons


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The name of this cocktail doesn’t lie: all you need is store-bought eggnog and your favorite kind of Bourbon or whiskey. One sip and it’ll put you in the holiday spirit.

Recipe: Easy Bourbon Eggnog


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You don’t even need a cocktail shaker to whip up this seasonal drink. Just mix together equal parts Bourbon, cranberry juice, and ginger ale. Serve over ice with cranberries or a sprig of rosemary if you’re feeling ambitious.

Recipe: Three-Ingredient Cranberry Bourbon Cocktails

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