5 Festive Recipes to Try This Holiday Season

A roundup of festive holiday recipes including sheet pan gnocchi, everything bagel latkes, holiday crumb coffee cake, cranberry crumble bars, and snow globe cookies.


Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Browned Butter and Sage

Use this holiday hack to make dinner just for you and your immediates or double it and quickly whip up a meal for whoever drops by. This simple nosh is my go-to for winding down and savoring the season's highlights.

Turn to gnocchi for late-night noshing

Everything Bagel Latkes

As holiday fare, latkes are a food meant to be shared with loved ones, best eaten with a big dollop of sour cream and preferably within minutes of lifting them out of the bubbling oil.

This recipe builds upon a classic latke, which combines shredded potatoes and onions with a binding agent (in this case, an egg and flour). A generous amount of everything bagel spice gets added to the mix, lending an extra-savory note to the dish. Buying store-bought everything bagel spice mix further cuts down on the time, but you can also make your own blend of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried onion, dried garlic and flaky salt.

Holiday Crumb Coffee Cake

This moist cake has a thick, rich layer of crispy chocolate and pecan crumb topping and reminds me of a happy taste memory while growing up. Try this for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon snack with a cup of hot tea (a great pick-me-up after a long day of gift shopping). Serve this on a pretty platter on Christmas morning, and gift opening will never be the same.

Seriously Simple: Start a new tradition with this holiday crumb coffee cake


Cranberry Crumble Bars

These cranberry-orange bars freeze well. Make a batch on a free afternoon and pop them in the freezer so you’ll always have a healthy dessert on hand when company calls.

EatingWell: Cranberry crumble bars will have your guests feeling festive in no time

Snow Globe Cookies

These cookies are buttery and tender with a sweet crunch from a generous coating of snowy sprinkles. While the cookies might look complicated, the assembly process is actually quite simple. They just require patience, freezer space, and a lot of sprinkles! In order for the holiday tree in the center to keep its iconic shape, the sturdy shortbread dough must be cold, so clear some room in your freezer for the dough to properly chill. You can prepare the dough in advance, then slice and bake when you’re ready, making them a convenient addition to your holiday preparations.

The Kitchn: ‘Snow Globe’ cookies win the award for most festive dessert