The holidays is often a time where people want to experiment with new recipes to impress their friends and family. But there are some occasions where it’s best to stick to what you know! Especially if its a family favorite that everyone now looks forward to. So while I might occasionally throw something new into the mix, I always make sure to serve up something familiar as well. The recipes below are some of my staple holiday recipes, ones I know my family loves and will ask for every year!
My Staple Holiday Recipes
Whole Wheat Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Tell me this isn’t the perfect Christmas morning breakfast! Imagine whipping up a batch of these for the family after everyone has finished opening gifts. Tip: Use a metal cookie cutter to make fun and festive shapes!
Quiche Lorraine is another great option if you aren’t sure what to serve for Christmas breakfast. Or you could make both the pancakes and the quiche, to give your family options. Either way, both would be delicious with a side of fruit.
White Chocolate Jam Drop Cookies
Jam drop cookies are such a staple this time of year and the white chocolate drizzle on these makes them a little extra special. I like to make a double batch so I can use strawberry and raspberry jam, but I also think these would be so good with cherry or apricot.
Apple Cake with Vanilla Sauce
This apple cake is so moist and yummy, and the vanilla sauce adds the perfect finish to it. You can make this in a regular cake pan. Or, sometimes I like to separate it into three mini bundt cake pans because it makes the perfect gift for friends or neighbors.
Disregard the fact that these are in the shape of hearts. Sugar cookies are a year-round staple, but the best part about making them for the holidays are the fun shapes you can do! Plus, decorating them makes for such a fun activity for the kids.
Secret Family Recipe Cheeseball
I guess since I’ve shared this creamy cheeseball on the blog, it’s not exactly a secret family recipe anymore. But it wouldn’t be a staple holiday recipe roundup without my creamy cheeseball! It is still one of my favorite appetizers to make for any party or occasion, and trust me, it’s a crowd pleaser. Whenever I bring this anywhere, I get asked for the recipe by at least a handful of people.
Have you ever heard of wassail? It’s similar to cider! Be prepared for your home to smell like Christmas. You’ll want to keep it on the stove all the time! I love this spiced drink, and you can serve it hot or cold. I prefer hot!
Instant Pot Spiced Cider with Oranges
Similar to the Wassail Cider above, but a little different and ready in nearly an instant. Starting with fresh oranges and apples will provide the most flavorful Instant Pot spiced Cider you’ve had—in about 30 minutes. Choose the sweetener and spices of your choice to customize this Mulled cider to your taste.
Skinny Baked Pears with Pecans and Honey
If you’re wanting a bit of a healthier dessert, try my skinny baked pears with pecans and honey! Baking the pears brings out their natural sugars and makes them such a tasty treat. Top them with yogurt or ice cream for a bit of a creamy topping. And save the leftovers for breakfast the next day!
Try out one – or a couple of these staple holiday recipes with your family this year! I truly hope you’ll love them as much as we do. And if you’re looking for some healthier recipes to kickstart your new year, be sure to check out some of my other recipes on the blog. Happy holidays!Add to favorites or read later