Holidays & Events

Whether you are planning a meal for a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, or for an event such as anniversary or baby shower, we've got you covered! Check out our delicious main dishes, appetizers, dessert ideas, cookies, and many more recipes and menus to make your celebration perfect.

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Basic Sugar Cookies

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Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious anytime treat. Enjoy your sugar cookies plain, or decorate them with icing to make them festive. This recipe is a favorite of Martha's, who likes to add one tablespoon cognac alongside the egg and vanilla, after creaming together the butter and sugar.

Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

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Getting a great-tasting turkey on the Thanksgiving table is easier than you might think. Here, the bird is rubbed with a flavorful mixture of butter and fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme before going into the oven. Use the roasted vegetables and turkey neck to make Rich Gravy.

Basic Gingerbread Cookies

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Use this basic gingerbread recipe to make cutout cookies in various shapes. Our favorites are gingerbread boys and girls in different sizes, decorated with white royal icing and currant "buttons."

Cranberry Bread

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Studded with cranberries, this quick bread is adaptable: Try it at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Kransekake

The kransekake, which translates to "wreath cake", is the signature cake of Norway and a showstopping confection that is made for special occasions. And as impressive as a tall tower made out of eighteen delicate cookie rings is, this sweet stunner is surprisingly straightforward to make. The naturally gluten-free dough is made from processing almonds until finely ground, then confectioners' sugar and egg whites are added to bind it together. After an overnight rest, the dough is rolled into ropes and fitted into specialty molds. Once baked, the rings are stacked sky-high and kept in place with royal icing, which pulls double duty as both glue and garnish.

Hanukkah Sufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts)

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These deep-fried Israeli delicacies symbolize the miracle of the burning oil lamps in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem celebrated during Hanukkah. Plump up each doughnut with your favorite fruit jam. For a wintry effect, sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Hot-chocolate mix is a wintertime staple. A homemade version is delicious and natural—containing only cocoa, sugar, and salt—and especially economical compared with store-bought mixes.
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