Holiday Hoedown Part 1: Food and Drink

It's the most wonderful time of year! Which means it's time for wonderful parties. Check out these super cool recipes for the best party appetizers, dishes, meals, desserts, drinks and more!

Appetizers and Snacks:

Snowflake Mix
(midwestliving)

Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
(chef-in-training)

Pita Trees
(topinspired)

Baked Bacon Cheese Onion Dip
(shewearsmanyhats)

Cheese Tree
(cabot)

Whipped Feta and Spinach Dip
(thebuddingtable)

Christmas Caprese Wreath Salad
(huffingtonpost) 

Cheddar Ranch Cheese Dip
(sohowsittaste)

Christmas Penguins
(emilybirt)

Holiday Appetizer Wreath
(keyingredient)

Buffalo Chicken Dip with Zucchini
(lifemadesweeter)

Fruit Tree
(ginger-and-garlic)

Spinach Artichoke Dip
(thekitchenpaper)

Cheese Reindeer
(cutefoodforkids)

Pigs in a Blanket Wreath
(freefunchristmas)

Snowman Hard Boiled Eggs
(roxyskitchen)

Snowman Cheeseball
(cutefoodforkids)

Santa Claus Crackers
(marthastewart)

Mini Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups
(tablespoon)

Grinch Kabobs
(nourishingminimalism)

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans
(fireflytales)

Pizza Stockings
(pillsbury)

Soft Pretzel Bites
(twopeasandtheirpod)

Pepperoni Caprese Bites
(authenticburbangourmet)

Cheddar Bay Biscuits
(damndelicious)

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites
(damndelicious)

 

Side Dishes:

Baked Potato Snowman
(annabelkarmel)

Creamed Spinach Gratin
(ezrapoundcake)

Mashed Potatoes
(southernliving)

Green Bean Casserole
(campbells)

Stove Top Spinach Balls
(kraft)

Garlic and Rosemary Skillet Bread
(yellowblissroad)

Corn and Bacon Casserole
(lilluna)

Broccoli Casserole
(kristineskitchenblog)

Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary and Garlic
(yellowblissroad)

Peeta's Stuffed Cheese Buns
(yammiesnoshery)

Cream Cheese and Parmesan Asparagus Bundles
(lilluna)

Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans
(rachelschultz)

Herb Stuffing
(thehungryhousewife)

Savory Butternut Squash Soup
(town-n-country-living)

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms
(lovefoodies)

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta
(peasandcrayons) 

Buttermilk Cornbread
(chefnextdoorblog)

Two-Potato Gratin
(simplysated)

Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon
(hunwhatsfordinner)

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Caluiflower
(reneskitchenadventures)

Italian Savory Pie
(plattertalk)

 

Dinner:

Baked Rigatoni with Beef
(williams-sonoma)

Meatballs
(bettycrocker)

Home-style Roast Beef Sandwiches with Gravy
(foodnetwork)

Prime Rib
(hubpages)

Old Fashioned Holiday Ham
(foodnetwork)

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken
(tablespoon)

Stuffed Pork Chops with Roasted Grapes
(foodiecrush)

Torsi's Turkey
(food52)

Shrimp Scampi
(damndelicious)

Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream
(bhg)

Tuscan Roast Pork
(food52)

Old Fashion Roast Turkey
(bettycrocker)

Salisbury Steak
(sixsistersstuff)

Pecan Glazed Brown Sugar Pork Loin
(rockerecipes)

Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing
(bhg)

 

Dessert:

Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip
(foodfolksandfun)

Pie Pops
(celebrationsathomeblog)

FunFetti Christmas Cookies
(the36thavenue)

Candycane Marshmallow Dip
(laurenslatest)

Salted Caramel Nut Brittle
(completelydelicious)

Chocolate Chip Cheeseball(martysmusings)

Gingerbread Cheesecakes
(cookiemonstercooking)

Pretzel Wreaths
(pillsbury)

"Healthy" Buckeyes
(halfbakedharvest)

Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters
(lexieskitchen)

Cinnamon Baked Apple
(buzzfeed)

Eggnog Pudding
(anediblemosaic)

Rum Balls
(tasteofhome)

Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
(lovegrowswild)

Gingerbread Cookies
(foodnetwork)

Candy Cane Kiss Brownies
(lovegrowswild)

Peppermint Bark
(sallysbakingaddiction)

White Chocolate Ginger Snaps
(cookingclassy)

Soft and Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
(thedomesticrebel)

Three Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies
(chewoutloud)

Drinks:

Ginger Eggnog Fizz
(babble)

30+ Fun Holiday Cocktails
(afamilyfeast)

17 Boozy Ice Cream Treats You Can Make This Holiday
(buzzfeed)

Eggnog Latte
(babble)

23 Holiday Punches You Need to Make This Christmas
(buzzfeed)

DIY: Backyard Luau Good Eats

Sand Dollar Cookies

These cookies might be a bit of a challenge to make, but it's totally worth it. They aren't too sweet and are brushed with a bit of cinnamon for the perfect day at the beach look and feel. Five shaved almond pieces pressed into the top and boom, perfect Sand Dollar cookie. Get the recipe here.

Sea Shell Chocolates
(michaels.com)
Get this mold from Michael's. You can also get the melting chocolate from there too, but Walmart has it cheaper. I used the cream and white chocolate colors. If you want to make them look marble, here's an awesome tutorial as to how!

Flip Flop Cookies


You can use Milano cookies or Nutter Butters. Ice them on top with any colors or designs you like, then use icing or licorice for the straps. I put them on a tray of graham cracker crumbs to look like sand and bought a few miniatures from Michael's (like buckets and the sand castle.)

Boozy Pina Colada Cupcakes

These were super fun and easy to make. The cupcakes were white cake mix with Pina Colada margarita mix, pineapple slices, coconut extract, splash of pineapple juice from the can of pineapple chunks, and about 1/4 cup vodka. I had to add a bit of flour and baking powder to it because of all of the liquid, but they turned out nice.

The frosting is 2 sticks of butter, a bag (yes BAG) of powdered sugar,  1/2 cup vodka, coconut extract, Pina Colada margarita mix and some yellow food coloring.

Snacks and Icebox Cake

I put all of the snacks into buckets. The little buckets have candy in them "Life Savers" starring as LifeSavers and Peach Rings, "Pool Noodles" as Twizzlers, "Fish" as Swedish Fish. I used the shovels as serving spoons.

Icebox Cake, because of the graham cracker crumbs and vanilla pudding has the tones and feel of the beach. It's also a cool dessert which is nice on a hot day. It's a layer of graham crackers, layer of vanilla pudding, layer of graham crackers, layer of vanilla pudding, graham crackers crumbled on top. CHILL. Serve. 

DIY: Redneck Couture Cookies

These make for excellent housewarming gifts or quick and easy emergency party favorites! These jars are pre made cookies for quick and easy baking. These recipes are originals that have been inspired by Redneck Couture's Boot Bling

Step One: Gather your materials!


-mason jar
-cookie ingredients
-measuring utensils
-paper towels

Couture Cookie #1: The Sue Ellen
Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Ingredients:
(for the jar)
3/4 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup crushed Werther's Original candy

1/4 cup (half stick) butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg

Unwrap your candies. CRUSH 'EM. This can be done a variety of cleaner ways, but I took a meat mallet to these lil guys. It worked, but it was a bit of a mess. I suggest putting the candies in a ZipLoc baggie before crushing them, that way, all of the pieces stay in the bag.

Place your jar on the paper towel, this will come in handy. Measure out your dry ingredients. Pour them one by one into the jar, stacking style. Start with the largest quantities first, or if you want to make it look artsy you can stack them by color. 

Whatever doesn't make it into the jar, pour off of the paper towel into the jar. It's easier to use the paper towel as a funnel than pouring the ingredients in straight.


Print out the recipe card and you're done!

Couture Cookie #2: The Anna
Bourbon-Cranberry-Walnut-White Chocolate Cookie

Ingredients:
(for the jar)

1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup white chocolate chips (optional) 

1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (one stick) butter
1/4 cup bourbon

Place your jar on the paper towel, this will come in handy. Measure out your dry ingredients. Pour them one by one into the jar, stacking style. Start with the largest quantities first, or if you want to make it look artsy you can stack them by color. Whatever doesn't make it into the jar, pour off of the paper towel into the jar. It's easier to use the paper towel as a funnel than pouring the ingredients in straight.

Print out the recipe card and you're done!

Couture Cookie #3: The Scarlett Rose
White Chocolate Craisin Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:
(for the jar)
3/4 cup flour
1 cup oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup craisins
1/3 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter (half stick)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Place your jar on the paper towel, this will come in handy. Measure out your dry ingredients. Pour them one by one into the jar, stacking style. Start with the largest quantities first, or if you want to make it look artsy you can stack them by color. Whatever doesn't make it into the jar, pour off of the paper towel into the jar. It's easier to use the paper towel as a funnel than pouring the ingredients in straight.

 

Print out the recipe card and you're done!