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Holiday Recipes Our Community Cooks Can’t Wait to Make This Year

Our Community Cooks share their must-make holiday recipes. From classic favorites to new additions, these recipes need to be on your menu.

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Marinated Olive & Cheese Ring

I make this whenever I go to a holiday party or dinner. It looks so fancy but is so quick and easy to put together and so delicious! Plus, if you have leftovers, put them over baked chicken for the last few minutes of cooking time. —Rebecca Wilson, Longmont, Colorado
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Potato Latkes

During Hanukkah, latkes are my favorite treat. They’re crispy, salty and easy to eat plenty of. When I was a kid, my family used to have huge Hanukkah parties for the whole neighborhood—and the house would smell like latkes for weeks! It was well worth it, and to this day friends regard our parties with fond memories. This recipe is similar to what my family always made. —Molly Winsten, Medford, Massachusetts
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Baked Blueberry Pancake

I always make pancakes or waffles on holiday mornings. I recently made these one-pan pancakes and they are absolutely delicious. They’re such a time saver when I’m in the middle of preparing a feast. No more standing at the stove flipping pancakes. —Sue Falk, Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Sticky Cinnamon-Sugar Monkey Bread

This monkey bread is a Christmas morning must-have at my house. The smell of this baking while we open gifts is so cozy and inviting! —Anna Miller, Churdan, Iowa
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French Toast Spirals

Last year we couldn’t get together with all of our friends for the holidays. My roommate and I decided to bake up some cookies and hand deliver them to our friends’ porches. This cookie recipe is now a permanent part of our holiday baking tradition after earning praise from the entire crowd. —Rebecca Jennex, Warren, Michigan
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Buttery Mashed Potatoes

I can make the most amazing ribs but I always struggle with something simple, like mashed potatoes. This is hands down my favorite way to make them. Creamy and delicious, it always turns out great! —Sue Evans, Marquette, Michigan
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Oat Pan Rolls

If I didn’t make these rolls at a holiday dinner, both my immediate and extended family would revolt! They have been a traditional part of my holiday menu for as long as I can remember. —Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri
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Cheddar and Chive Mashed Potatoes

These are an absolute must-have holiday favorite! I sometimes serve them from the stovetop without the topping, sometimes baked like the recipe states and sometimes as fun and festive muffin cups. Any way you serve them, they are delightfully creamy, cheesy and delicious, and loved by all!
—Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida
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Green Bean Bundles

We don’t really care for green bean casserole. Instead, I make these little bundles and they’re so good. Our meal wouldn’t be complete without them! —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington
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Apple-Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

My mom made these every year. Having lost her this past year, I will carry on the tradition in her memory. —Deborah Pennington, Falkville, Alabama
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Turkey and Cornbread Stuffed Poblanos

I have made this delicious side dish as a main dish. It’s different and my sons love it. I love the fact that is easy to put together and unique. I plan on making it again this year. My daughter-in-law introduced this recipe to her family, and now its also part of their holiday feast! —Marina Castle-Kelley, Canyon Country, California
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Cranberry Sauce with Maple Syrup

Love any excuse to use local maple and cranberries! This recipe is so easy and absolutely delicious. —Jolene Martinelli, Freemont, New Hampshire
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Corn Pudding

This is corn dish is on our table for most holiday meals. I can count on both kids and adults enjoying it. It definitely brings back memories of great family times. —Rena McCalment, Sharpsville, Indiana
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Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

We have lots of appy nights over the holidays, and I’ve never met a person that doesn’t love this dip. It’s super easy and is a go-to for me every year! —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

This is one of my holiday favorites because it reminds me of my Mama and memories of growing up. It’s also my daughter’s favorite. —Allison Ochoa, Hays, Kansas
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Cranberry Chocolate Walnut Pie

This is such a delicious pie and definitely will be appearing on the Thanksgiving dessert table this year! —Nancy Mock, Colchester, Vermont
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Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

No holiday at our house goes without this dish Strawberry Pretzel Salad (it’s a salad in the Midwest, not a dessert!). My sister-in-law brought it for a holiday probably 35 years ago and everyone begged for her to bring it for every holiday. —Renee Page, Rochelle, Illinois
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Make-Ahead Butterhorns

These rolls are so easy. I make them ahead and freeze them—a super-convenient addition to any meal. Just take out what you need, thaw and let them rise. I usually put them in the oven while the turkey is resting so they are piping hot for dinner. —Shawn Barto, West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sweet Potato Casserole

Not all of my family likes sweet potatoes, but everyone loves this dish. They’re easy to make and just a little different with the addition of the coconut in the topping. Delicious! —Ann Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire
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Potluck Antipasto Pasta Salad

My in-laws never do a traditional Thanksgiving meal. It’s usually seafood or something else, but never turkey. This salad recipe is my favorite Taste of Home recipe and I bring it every year just so I have another excuse to eat it! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

I found this TOH recipe in 2017 and have been making it every year since. It’s a nice change from the usual cranberry sauce…and everybody loves it! —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Sue Stetzel
Sue has been working with Taste of Home since 2011. When she isn’t writing, she’s answering your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Community Cooks. She spends her free time cooking, crafting, and volunteering for various organizations in her home town.