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

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.

Spanish Chorizo Balls

A tasty Spanish twist on the classic Swedish meatballs, these half-pork, half-chorizo meatballs are rich and tasty at room temp, or you can serve them hot in a fondue pot. Either way, you're going to want to serve them alongside plenty of crusty bread to sop up all of the delicious citrus-spiked tomato gravy.

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.

Potato-Chip-and-Pimiento Mini Crab Cakes

In this easy one-bite appetiser, high-brow meets low; tiny balls of jumbo lump crabmeat that are coated in crushed potato chips and baked until golden brown and crispy. Right before serving, these naturally gluten-free morsels are kissed with an Old Bay-spiced mayo and garnished with flecks of pimento.

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.

Pink Grapefruit-White Cranberry Sparkling Punch

Lively but light, this sparkling citrus punch is an excellent choice for a New Year's Eve party that lasts well into the night. Simple syrup infused with bay leaf lends herbaceous flavor, while fresh grapefruit juice and clear cranberry juice create the blush-toned hue for this vodka, Cointreau, and prosecco based drink. Sunny sliced kumquats added at the end make for a seasonal garnish that partygoers will want to toast to.

Ginger Red-Wine Spritzer

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

Black-Currant Cosmopolitan

Made with black-currant puree and fresh lime juice, this bracing cocktail is a fresh twist on a cosmopolitan.

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!

Mini Chocolate-Coconut Cakes

Rating: 4 stars 33
Using sphere-shaped molds creates the look of snowballs, but these cakes can also be made in standard muffin tins.

Fried Mozzarella

Rating: 3.5 stars 280
No guest will be able to resist this bite-size ball of gooey goodness.

Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese Crostini

Rating: 3.5 stars 42
A good-quality jarred tapenade -- a salty olive paste -- makes these hors d'oeuvres a breeze to put together.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Cranberry Martini
Rating: 3.5 stars 102

Give your cocktail list a holiday twist with our Cranberry Martini.