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

Sausage-Cheddar Balls

Rating: 3.5 stars 1270
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.

Warm Cider and Rum Punch

Rating: 4 stars 389
For a fun and festive holiday gathering, make this crowd-pleasing spiked punch.

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam

Rating: 3.5 stars 2145
Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.

Persimmon and Brie Crostini

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

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Rating: 3.5 stars 475
Chickpeas, once roasted, take on the flavor and texture of nuts, making them a fun snack with drinks. Prepare the simple appetizer in under 15 minutes for any holiday cocktail party.

Maple-Bourbon Cider

Rating: 3.5 stars 194
Stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks to get the party started.

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!

Cranberry Martini

Rating: 3.5 stars 102
Give your cocktail list a holiday twist with our Cranberry Martini.

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.

"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!  

Japanese Shrimp Toasts

Pleasantly salty and just a little bit sweet, there's no better way to kick off a party and get guests hungry for more than with these shrimp toasts. Traditionally a Chinese dim sum delicacy, our recipe took inspiration from bold Japanese flavors like miso paste and lime juice, resulting in a canapé that carries big umami flavor in a small and tidy package. 

Ginger Red-Wine Spritzer

Rating: 3 stars 40
To get the party started, stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks.

Inspiration and Ideas

Short on Time? Turn to These Easy, Festive Holiday Baking Recipes All Season Long
Looking for quick homemade baked goods to gift or to serve this Christmas? Our collection of easy baking recipes includes options with a short ingredient list, ones to make ahead, and sweets that don't require any special equipment at all. Plus, we rounded up desserts that are suitable for every occasion, whether it's a dinner party or a family meal. There are cakes to pair with tea, cookies to share with friends, and confections that make perfect edible gifts. Not only are these sweets simple to make, they are sure to be enjoyed throughout the festive season.
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Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail
Rating: 3 stars 214

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.