After a friend brought this to Friendsgiving, this became one of my favorite appetizers. It’s easy to make and a crowd-pleaser! – Katie
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Growing up, every year at the holidays a family friend would drop off a bag of the most delicious gooey, salty, chocolatey homemade toffee, which we’d all promptly fight over. So you can imagine the joy I felt upon discovering a recipe on Smitten Kitchen that lets me make my own batch of this amazing dessert all year round! Easy to make – and even easier to eat – it makes a great holiday gift, but I’d suggest making a double batch if you plan on sharing. — Meghan
Growing up, my family would always go to this fondue restaurant for special occasions. Since then, it’s closed, and I have spent the last few years trying to recreate their classic cheese fondue appetizer. After many attempts with trial and error, I’ve finally perfected the recipe. For my fellow lactose-intolerant folks, you may need to take a Lactaid or two to enjoy, but it’s so worth it! — Erica
Holiday cookies are one of my favorite things to make and eat. I’ve always loved Italian cookies and lemon so this recipe is the perfect blend of both. — Patty
My favorite bar in town serves these on a secret menu just as soon as the weather gets a chill in the air. They actually pre-make the mix and keep it in the fridge and scoop out individual servings as needed. This one definitely warms you up!
The first time I had one of these was on a rainy, cold day at a golf course in Ireland watching the Solheim Cup. I was immediately hooked. I’ve always loved a hot toddy on cool nights or when I don’t feel well but the ones we had in Ireland upped the game with an assortment of spices. Give this a try while sitting around a fire this fall.
These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, with the recipe card now littered with notes from slight changes made over the years. While it may seem odd to put gummy candy in a cookie, they are a great seasonal twist on the classic oatmeal cookie – just make sure you use spice drops, not fruity gum drops, to get the right flavor. – Meghan
Schnecken are a type of sweet bun that was a traditional Saturday morning treat in German homes at the beginning of the 20th century. Schnecken means “snails” in German. My grandmother made these for every holiday gathering as a dinner roll. My family now looks forward to making these for every gathering. – Kristin
Your holiday party (or cooking….or cleaning) is cleared for takeoff with this elegant cocktail. It’s sweet-tart and refreshing, but dressed for winter. It’s a cosmo in a cashmere coat. Before my first flight on the Paper Plane, I was no fan of bourbon. But when the orangey, herbaceous duo of Amara and Aperol collide with bourbon’s complex flavor, some serious magic happens. – Annie
This is a go-to recipe during the fall, when I will generally have the ingredients stocked in the pantry at all times. It’s great as a dessert (particularly if you throw in some chocolate chips right before baking) or as a sweet treat with coffee in the morning. – Meghan