Something about December just makes me want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. Whether it’s baking holiday goodies, or just making a cup of hot chocolate, December is the perfect month for brushing up on your kitchen skills. Anyone else out there feel the same way? If you do, you’re in luck! I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite winter/December recipes so you have one easy place to look when you’re trying to decide what to make. There’s plenty of ideas: goodies to make for neighbors, drinks that will keep you warm, and even the perfect Christmas morning breakfast bake. I hope you find at least one thing you want to make this month!
1. Andes Mint Brownies: These are exactly what they sound like – a gooey, delicious brownie with an Andes mint right in the center.
2. Gingerbread Bars: Gingerbread is like pumpkin’s winter cousin, and these bars are full of that classic, spicy ginger flavor.
3. Gooey Red Velvet Bars: The color of these bars just scream “Christmas!” Top them with some green sprinkles, and you’ll be totally set.
4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites: These egg-free little treats are even better than licking the bowl, and they’re no-bake, which means you can make them in no time.
5. Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars: These are one of my absolute favorite Christmas desserts. They’re easier to make than traditional sugar cookies, but they’re just as delicious (and maybe even a little more so).
6. Easiest Ever Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge: This really is one of the easiest desserts of all time (only 3 ingredients!), but it tastes luxurious, so it would be a perfect treat to give to your family and friends.
7. Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate: This tastes exactly like a Reese’s cup melted into drink form, aka amazing.
8. Hot Vanilla: If you’d like to try a different spin on hot chocolate, leave out the chocolate and add in vanilla instead. It’s so good, it just might make you forget all about the chocolate version.
9. White Chocolate Mocha: This is the perfect solution for when you want coffee with an extra little twist.
10. Cinnamon Kettle Corn: This is the perfect treat for when you want something to snack on while watching classic Christmas movies.
11. Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake: This needs to be your Christmas morning breakfast! Trust me, once you try it, it will become your new favorite holiday tradition.
12. Peppermint Bark Popcorn: How cute would this be packaged up in a festive little container and dropped off at your neighbor’s house?
13. Vanilla Butter Cookies: These are light and delicious, plus the powdered sugar topping looks like snow.
14. Peppermint Buttercream Chocolate Cookies: These are rich and just as indulgent as you’d expect Christmas cookies to be. They’d look extra festive with some red sugar sprinkles on top of the buttercream.
15. White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies: If your kids are leaving cookies out for Santa, give the jolly old guy a break from chocolate chip and sugar cookies, and leaves these little goodies for him instead.
Are you planning to make any holiday recipes this month? What’s your favorite holiday recipe?