New Year's Eve Recipes

Raise a glass to your easiest New Year's party yet! Dazzle your dinner guests with a holiday spread of elegant appetizers, crowd-pleasing dips, "glitter" ball cookies, fizzy Champagne cocktails, and more.

Staff Picks

Warm Cider and Rum Punch

Rating: 3.8 stars
For a fun and festive holiday gathering, make this crowd-pleasing spiked punch.

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam

Rating: 3.47 stars
Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.

Sausage-Cheddar Balls

Rating: 3.34 stars
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.

Persimmon and Brie Crostini

These little toasts make a delectable Thanksgiving appetizer. Be sure to use Fuyu persimmons -- they should be ripe but sliceable.

Maple-Bourbon Cider

Rating: 3.73 stars
Stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks to get the party started.

Cranberry Martini

Rating: 3.45 stars
Give your cocktail list a holiday twist with our Cranberry Martini.

Gooey Gouda Puff-Pastry Bites

These cheesy and easy four-ingredient appetizers will remind you of brie baked 'en croûte'—which is the French term for anything baked in pastry. Here, the delicious handheld parcels are made from storebought puff pastry and filled with nutty Gouda cheese. Topped off with a dollop of lingonberry jam for sweetness, they'll be the first to go on the buffet table!

Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail

Rating: 3.08 stars
This cocktail is made with icy Moscato d'Asti, which is sweeter than champagne but much lighter than the rich dessert wine also made from Italian moscato grapes. Just the right medium for this fizzy drink, it adds flavor to the silky pear and tart cranberries.

Shucked Oysters with Three Sauces

This crowd-pleasing approach to serving oysters has a little something for everyone: a classic mignonette, a spicy variation with jalapeno, and a zippy fresh horseradish sauce. Shucking your own oysters at home for the first time? Take a look at our comprehensive guide before you buy.

Bacon-Wrapped Ginger Shrimp

These festive, easy appetizers will get the party started.

Clementines in Cinnamon Syrup

Rating: 2.95 stars
End a savory winter meal on a refreshing note by combining citrus with a hint of spice. Tangerines or mandarin oranges can be used instead of clementines.

"Twice Baked" Baby Potatoes with Caviar

These special occasion-worthy bite-sized spuds are crowned with sour cream and caviar. Tip: these melt-in-your-mouth morsels pair especially well with a glass of bubbly—cheers!  

Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Crostini

Rating: 4.2 stars

This recipe adapted from "Martha Stewart Holiday Party Foods."