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43 Absolute “Must Eat” Winter Holiday Foods Shared By Your Favorite Bloggers

43 Must Eat Holiday Foods

The winter holidays are special for many reasons. Faith, family, friends…

But for some of you, there is another holiday F word that is the most anticipated… FOOD!

So in the spirit of the holidays and all that we food fanatics love, 43 of of the most food-obsessed bloggers we know share their absolute favorite holiday dishes and exactly why they mean so much to them.

Some of the quotes are funny, some are sweet and thoughtful, but they are all about something delicious!

The Girl Who Ate Everything - Oreo Truffles

Favorite holiday food of bloggers

Christy

Christy

“I love eating Oreo truffles. I can never eat just one. Heck, I can never eat less than four. They are the ultimate indulgence and during the holidays is when I make them for my friends and family.” – Christy

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Sumptuous Spoonfuls – All Of The Comfort Foods

Favorite holiday food of bloggers

Ann

Ann

“I couldn’t possibly pick just one holiday dish I have to have every year, but there are certain flavors and comfort foods I HAVE to have at the holidays: peppermint, soups, and homemade braided breads, cranberries, pretzels and nuts. These flavors grace my table and make their way into homemade gifts for family, friends and neighbors every year.” – Ann

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Oh Sweet Basil – Mom’s Bacon Potato Ham Casserole

Best holiday dishes from food bloggers

Carrian

Carrian

“I love my mom’s bacon potato ham casserole. I know, it seems way too simple and boring to be loved, but there’s just something so comforting about it. Mom always uses the leftover ham from our Christmas dinner to make it and the whole house smells amazing. Not to mention it’s piled with cheese and bacon so how could you not love it?!” – Carrian

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Katie At The Kitchen Door - Bailey’s Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

chocolate chip cheesecake

Katie

Katie

“The dish I most look forward to eating each Christmas is my mom’s Bailey’s Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. It’s huge and rich and decadent and I always eat way too much of it. It’s perfect for holiday parties or Christmas dinner… or for eating in front of the fire Christmas morning!” – Katie

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Elana’s Pantry – Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

elana

Elana

“With only 6 ingredients it’s super easy to make and packed with flavor.” – Elana

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Baked Bree - Whiskey Cake

Favorite holiday foods of bloggers

Bree - Baked Bree

Bree

“That’s easy, my famous Whiskey Cake. I remember having it as a child at my grandmother’s and now I make it every holiday season. I make at least 20 every year.” – Bree

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Shockingly Delicious - Italian Orange Salad

Favorite holiday foods from bloggers

Dorothy

Dorothy

“My single favorite holiday dish is something very simple. Many years ago when we lived in Pennsylvania, my mother introduced us to a traditional orange salad for Christmas eve – sliced oranges drizzled with olive oil. I didn’t much care for it then, but it made its appearance each year. Since then, though, I have come to re-appreciate it for its beauty and delicious freshness.

How refreshing and special it must have been in the dead of winter when oranges were not easy to come by! And now that I live in Southern California, with its abundance of oranges and other winter specialty citrus (tangerines, blood oranges, grapefruit), it’s effortless to make this several times during the holiday season. These days, I add a couple more ingredients (Kalamata olives and shaved red onions) to make it even more special. Mom approves of my tweaks to this winter winner!” – Dorothy

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Phemomenon – Homemade Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows

Favorite holiday dishes of bloggers

Holly

Holly

“I don’t know if you could call it a dish so much as a holiday flavor experience. I have to have homemade hot chocolate mix made from scratch and homemade marshmallows. I love playing with the flavors of both and dreaming up different combinations to use – dark chocolate and salted caramel, white chocolate and raspberry, milk chocolate peppermint, etc.

I’m currently playing with a chai hot chocolate version and can’t wait to dream up some marshmallows to top that one (gingerbread perhaps?!). We always give the hot chocolate mix and marshmallows as teacher, friend and neighbor gifts during the holiday season so it’s a good way to keep the gift new and exciting each year.” – Holly

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Twenty-Something Travel – Nonna’s Meat Stuffing

Stephanie

Stephanie

“I grew up in a big Italian family which meant lots of amazing christmas cookies, panettone cake and pizelles. My favorite though is actually a Thanksgiving dish: my Nonna’s meat stuffing. It’s like your typical bread stuffing but features ground beef and italian spices.

Nobody knows how to make it: before she passed, my grandmother gave her recipe to both my uncle and to my mom. Years later they compared recipes and she had given them different ones! The truth is somewhere there in the middle, someday we’ll figure it out!” – Stephanie

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Add A Pinch – Grandma’s Date Nut Roll Candy

Date nut roll

Robyn

Robyn

“My Grandmother’s Date Nut Roll Candy is absolutely one of those little treats that my whole family has to have throughout the holidays. On top of it being amazing, it always brings back such wonderful memories of my Grandmother and family holidays. Yum! Now, I can’t wait to have it for Christmas!” – Robyn

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Nourished Kitchen – Buche de Noel

jenny nourished kitchen

Jenny

“I make a Buche de Noel every Christmas – it’s simple, delicious and deceptively easy. It’s fun to decorate, too!” – Jenny

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Thyme – Cajun Seafood Gumbo

Sarah

Sarah

“The first dish that quickly comes to mind is a “Cajun Seafood Gumbo”.  Having grown up in the deep south, there was always a huge pot of gumbo sitting on the kitchen stove at my grandmother’s house at Christmas time.

My grandmother didn’t cook but her dear maid, Rose, did and she created some fabulous meals.  I would always stand next to Rose as she lowered in the chicken pieces and then would give me a bit of sausage to sample.  We ate seafood gumbo on Christmas Eve every year.  All of the bowls at the table would be turned upside.  Tucked underneath was a bit of money to spend in the New Year.  I have tried to continue this tradition of fixing a bit pot of gumbo that will last throughout the holidays.” – Sarah

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Muy Bueno Cookbook – Pork Tamales & Biscochos

biscochos

Yvette

Yvette & Family

“1) Christmas just isn’t Christmas without spicy red chile and pork tamales. My grandma made them every Christmas. If I don’t have time to make them due to traveling I make sure to buy some at a reputable Mexican restaurant. I have to have them on our Christmas Eve dinner table.

2) Biscochos, also knows as Mexican wedding cookies melt in your mouth like butter! My mom makes them every year and also gives them as Christmas gifts. I can’t have Christmas without these sweet little cookies.” – Yvette

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Not Without Salt – Maple Hot Cocoa

Maple hot cocoa

Ashley

Ashley

“This season is all about hot chocolate – in all various versions and forms. This is one of my favorite mixes which uses maple sugar to give the cocoa a rich, toasty sweetness.” – Ashley

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Spicie Foodie – Red Chile Tamales

Nancy

Nancy

“That would have to be my mother’s tamales, the holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without eating at least…10 of them. She makes the best spicy red chile tamales! They evoke lovely memories of childhood Christmases in Mexico and holidays with our extended family in the States.” – Nancy

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Sophistimom – Orange Zest Panettone French Toast

Jaime

Jaime

“On Christmas morning, I make my new favorite every year. I take an all-natural Panettone, and slice it thick huge slices. Then I turn it into French toast using milk, cream, vanilla, and orange zest. I sprinkle it with powdered sugar, and top with Vermont maple syrup and cinnamon whipped cream. It’s probably the most decadent thing we eat all year, and the holidays wouldn’t be the same without it.” – Jaime

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The Sweets Life – Mom’s Decorated Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies

Natalie

Natalie

“My mom’s decorated sugar cookies–I’d forgo most other holiday desserts so long as I can have a big plate of these, still chilled from the fridge! :)” – Natalie

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Erica’s Sweet Tooth – Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut butter cup cookies

Erica

Erica

“My holiday season is never complete without a batch of Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. They’re a classic that I’ve been making for as long as I can remember, especially around the holidays. My husband is a die-hard peanut butter cup fan, so he is always more than happy to join in on this tradition!” – Erica

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Nomadic Samuel – Mom’s Broccoli Bake

Sam

Sam

“With mountains of melted cheese flowing like lava into a cream of mushroom sauce, I miss my Mother’s Broccoli bake – a signature dish she only makes on festive occasions – more than any other holiday dish.  Thinking about it now it makes me wish I was home for the holidays.  Although I love to travel, I certainly do miss my family when I’m off exploring far off corners of the world.” – Sam

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The Taste Of Travel – Turkey & A Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Cailin

Cailin

“I have a few favorite holiday foods! My mothers turkey is of course a classic however she also makes delicious meatballs that I have memories helping her make since I was a little kid. Another favorite holiday food is my secret chocolate chip cookie recipe that includes corn flakes. It might sound off but they are sooooo good.” - Cailin

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Everything Everywhere – Smoked Oysters

Gary

Gary

“Smoked oysters. For some reason my family always had them as an d’œuvres during Christmas. I loved them and it still reminds me of Christmas.” – Gary

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Eating Made Easy – Homemade Oreo Cookies

Homemade oreo cookies

Amelia

Amelia

“My grandma’s homemade “oreo” cookies. Growing up we would make these with my grandma every Christmas eve, to eat and to set out for Santa. They are rich, gooey and a hit with any crowd I serve them to.” – Amelia

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 Food For My Family – Christmas Cookie’s From Grandma

Shaina

Shaina

“As cliche as it may seem, my grandmother’s Christmas cookies were the thing we all looked forward to each year. A selection of cookie recipes carried with her across the Atlantic Ocean and baked for us in the middle of Minnesota, we anxiously awaited their arrival each December.

Her Eastern European roots meant piles of kifle and perfectly round apricot fursecuri, and if we were lucky, honey-spiced hearts would be found somewhere in her annual tin. These cookies whispered at something that ran under my skin, explaining bits and pieces of who I was that couldn’t be seen on the outside.” - Shaina

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Ordinary Traveler – Artichoke Dip

Christy

Christy

“Instead of making a huge meal, my family puts together a feast of appetizers that we can munch on all day. One of the appetizers that I look forward to the most is my step-mom’s artichoke dip and I’ve never found another recipe like it. It has several different kinds of cheese, mayonnaise, artichoke hearts and pepperoncinis . This is one item that doesn’t last long in our house and it always makes me think of Christmas!” – Christy

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Vanilla Garlic – Mint M&M’s (20 bags worth)

Garrett

Garrett

“It’s hard for me to pin down any one food. I’m all for tradition, but a lack of an attention span makes it difficult for me to bring one dish back year after year. However, admittedly, my guilty pleasure are Mint M&Ms. I will go to the drug store, buy about 20 bags, and horde them in the freezer to eat until around March when my supply finally dries up. It’s also the one food I will not share and my husband has the bite marks to prove it.” – Garrett

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Cafe Johnsonia - English Toffee Filled With Almonds

Toffee

Lindsey

Lindsey

“So my favorite holiday dish I have to eat…I had to ask my kids for help! My daughter said, “Mom, you always make such random things. I don’t know!” ha!

There are a lot of different things we make every year for the holidays. It’s the nature of my job and our preference of trying new things. But honestly, it’s not Christmas without my mom’s English Toffee. She always made pan after pan to take to neighbors as gifts and to our family parties. It’s thicker than most toffees and loaded with sliced almonds. After I left home I started making it and I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been a Christmas of my life that didn’t include that buttery, crunchy toffee.” – Lindsey

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Seven Spoons – All Of The Leftovers

Tara

Tara

“Now this is a tough one, as there are so many things I love about the holidays. Honestly, it might be the leftovers. I say this because we’re lucky to have celebrations with the different branches of our family, and once all that’s over there’s usually a everything-out-of-the-fridge sandwich one afternoon.

I like the quiet of that meal, a chance to enjoy the days that have passed, and my sandwich will have bits and pieces from each festive day all crammed together into a last hurrah of holidays.” – Tara

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Our Oyster – Christmas Turkey

Our Oyster

Daniel & Jade (& Jacob)

“For me it isn’t Christmas without having a big home cooked Turkey dinner. Of course, sometimes we look for time savers and instead of making the stuffing from scratch we use what is called “Stovetop stuffing”. It’s a sort of “just add water” sort of deal. Anyway, I love it just as much as the real deal, and now I have my Australian husband hooked as well. Problem is… we can’t get it in Australia!” – Jade

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Guilty Kitchen - Better Than Sex Cake

Better than sex cake

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

“My mother always made a special dessert for Christmas night that us kids could help prepare. It was very easy and does not fit into my diet AT ALL anymore. The base layer was graham cracker crumbs, butter, salt and Frangelico, baked until crisp. It was then cooled and topped with a cream cheese layer that was sweetened and a touch of Grand Marnier was added to that. The next layer was chocolate pudding with a hint of Kahlua and then the final addition was a very thick layer of whipped cream and some chocolate shavings.

It was a recipe she got from TV Guide in the ’80s and was called “Better Than Sex Cake”. I’ve seen some other cakes that claim to be “Better Than Sex Cake”, but none even come close to touching the amazing flavour combination of this cake. It is glorious. Plain and simple.” – Elizabeth

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Expert Vagabond – Fresh Cheesecake

Matthew

Matthew

“Fresh cheesecake is my favorite holiday meal. I always look forward to filling my belly with plenty of desserts around Christmas and New Years.” – Matthew

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Saratoga Food Fanatic – Clam Dip

Ashley

Ashley

“A family recipe that I can’t live without during the holiday season is my family’s classic clam dip. Made from relatively simple ingredients, it consists of breadcrumbs, clams, onions, Tabasco, and mozzarella cheese, best paired with Clubhouse crackers. Not only is it good for the obvious reasons (cheese + clams + hint of heat from Tabasco sauce), but it’s also a supreme comfort food, perfect for those cold weather holidays.

It’s one of those dishes that you can smell from a mile away, and always brings me back to wonderful holidays with extended family. The one problem? I always end up eating so much of it that I lose my appetite for the real dinner!” – Ashley

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Nibbles And Feasts – Red Chile Pork Tamales

Red chile pork tamales

Ericka

Ericka

“My favorite dish to enjoy during the holidays are red chile pork tamales.  Everyone in my family gathers for one day to assemble dozens and dozens of tamales to enjoy on Christmas Eve.” - Ericka

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Healthy Jasmine – Egg Nog & Mom’s Sweet Potato Au Gratin

Jasmine

Jasmine

“My favorite holiday craving?  For me it is egg nog and love both coconut and almond milk versions that is less in calories, fats and sugars.

My favorite holiday dish?  Hmmm, my mom’s sweet potato au gratin! Creamy and rich, but love the sweetness that is naturally added and how it is mixed with the spices that make it pop!” – Jasmine

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The Actor’s Diet – An Obscene Amount Of Cookies

Holiday cookie

Lynn

Lynn

“For me it doesn’t feel like the holidays unless I’m eating an obscene amount of cookies.” – Lynn

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In Sock Monkey Slippers – Cornbread Dressing

turkey roulade

Meredith

Meredith

“My favorite, MUST-HAVE, holiday dish is my Grandmother’s cornbread dressing. It’s insanely fabulous, full of fresh sage and is just home cooked love in every bite.” – Meredith

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What’s For Lunch Honey? – Christmas Eve Duck (+ The Leftovers)

Meeta

Meeta

“My most favorite dish at Christmas is the duck I prepare for my family on Christmas Eve. We all really look forward to a few variations but it is always duck … then the best part is the leftovers!” – Meeta

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The Domestic Man – Glazed Ham

Honey Citrus Glazed Ham

Russ

Russ @thedomesticman

“I can’t do without a nice glazed ham dish during the holidays.  Something about the combination of sweet and savory flavors always reminds me of spending time with family, which can sometimes be a both sweet and savory experience!” – Russ [Editor’s note: Russ’s recipe was just featured in this year’s People Magazine Holiday Entertaining Issue. Awesome Russ!]

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Eating Thai Food – Whole Boiled Chicken With A Chili Garlicky Sauce

Mark & Dwight

Mark & Dwight

“One thing I’ve adopted into my holiday repertoire of food is a simple Thai dish (originally Hainanese) of a whole boiled chicken paired served with a chili garlicky sauce. The chicken is moist and tender and the sauce is fiery and sour. My Thai mother in law cooks this during Thai holidays!” – Mark & Dwight

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Slim Palate – Tender & Incredibly Flavorful Smoked Meat

Joshua

Joshua

“I absolutely have to have a few pieces or slices of whatever meat my uncle Larry prepares. He always spends a massive amount of time meticulously caring for some sort of smoked meat that comes out exceedingly tender and incredibly flavorful every time.” – Joshua [Editor’s note: Check out The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook by Joshua that just got released for pre-orders in time for the holidays.]

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Mommy Hates Cooking - Grandma’s Goop

Grandma's Goop

Kristy

Kristy

“My favorite food during the holidays is my Grandma’s Goop.  It’s a party mix recipe that we have made since we were kids with my grandma.  I still remember going and delivering it to all our family during the holidays.” – Kristy

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Tall Grass Kitchen – Homemade Cinnamon Buns

Anna

Anna

“Our Christmas morning tradition is not an unusual one: homemade cinnamon rolls.  I make and shape the dough the night before and let them rise in the fridge overnight. I take them out first thing to bring them to room temperature them bake them while we’re opening gifts. It’s both homey and celebratory to smell freshly baking sweet dough, plus we need the sustenance after wrestling with all of that wrapping paper!” – Anna

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Big Red Kitchen – New Jersey Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

Robin

Robin

“I have to have my famous New Jersey Coffee Cake on Christmas morning because the crumb topping to cake ratio is ridiculous! Oh, say two inches of crumb to a scant inch of cake should do it. Pure heaven with a cuppa!” – Robin

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Zestuous – Corn Chowder

Bacon Corn Chowder

Christie

Christie

“Every Christmas Eve, my mom makes a huge pot of corn chowder. It starts with lots of bacon and is finished off with tender potatoes, fresh corn, cream and black pepper. Growing up, she would prepare this every year.

We would eat a bowl gathered around the fire as she read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. It’s a simple dish where the secret ingredients are the memories and love that are added year after year.” – Christie

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Your Turn!

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8 comments… add one

  • Wow, what a great collection of recipes! Thank you for featuring my Orange Salad among them.

    • Mr. SpicePanda (aka Tony)

      It is such a good range of recipes, too Dorothy! We have appetizers too dessert and from healthy to gluttonous :)

      You’re Orange Salad not only looks like it taste delcious, it is also quite a beautiful dish!

      Thanks for sharing!

      -Tony

  • Thank you so much for including me. I’m in great company too!

    • Mr. SpicePanda (aka Tony)

      Thank YOU for sharing, Ericka! There are so many great meals that we are starting our Christmas cooking early just to try to make them all :)

      -Tony

  • This post sure made me realize how much I miss the wonderful treats I associate with being at home for the holidays. I’m now in Thailand and loving being here; however, the festive season just isn’t a part of the culture. Out of all the recommendations, I’d love to try the Homemade Oreo Cookies!

    • Mr. SpicePanda (aka Tony)

      Traveling abroad definitely makes you miss home cooking over the holidays! Although we can’t be too jealous of anyone who is eating Thai food daily… that would probably be our #1 Christmas wish!

      And those homemade oreo cookies look soooo good, right?!?!

      -Tony

  • Thanks for including me on this bangin list. Happy Holidays!

    • So glad you joined in, Lynn! “An obscene amount of cookies” is a brilliant quote and that pic just pops.

      Thanks for contributing and sharing on social media!

      -Tony

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