Holiday Recipes

Food brings people together. It’s also arguable the best part of any holiday celebration! At HolidaySmart, our editors are out to weed through the web and find an exciting mix of creative and traditional (but always delicious) dishes for your next holiday gathering. Whether you’re looking for healthy snacks, indulgent treats, new and creative ideas, we’ve got you covered.

Cocktails may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of Easter, but it offers so many options for delicious drinks, so why not? Spring means floral and fruity flavors that make for great cocktails. Here are 10 that you should definitely try.


1. Pomegranate and Blood Orange

If you're looking for a great Valentine's Day treat that will please people of all ages, red velvet is the way to go. It has a to-die-for chocolatey flavor with a romantic red color perfect to give to your sweetheart. Here are 20 treats you should make!


1. Red Velvet Pancakes

Conversation hearts are a classic Valentine's Day candy, but they aren't as widely loved as some other treats. Want to enjoy conversation hearts in a new way? Here are 10 treats you can make this Valentine's Day!


1. Conversation Heart Cakes

Many couples like to go out to eat on Valentine's Day, but the huge crowds and long wait times can be enough of a motivator to stay home. Making a romantic dinner for your significant other can be a great way to treat them while simultaneously avoiding the insanity of going out.


1. Wild Mushroom Risotto with Peas

Eggnog is a delicious flavor that you can really only enjoy one time a year. Take advantage of this opportunity to have eggnog in more than just drinks. Here are 22 dessert recipes to help you enjoy the flavor you love all throughout the season.


1. Egg Nog Cream Pie

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it's time for Christmas parties and family gatherings. Make your holiday get-togethers special with some delicious Christmasy cocktails. Here are 30 you should definitely try.


1. Campfire Cocktail

Tis the season to keep warm by drinking lots of yummy hot chocolate. Here are 25 amazing recipes you can make all December long until Christmas!


1. Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate

If you're hosting a lot of people for Thanksgiving this year than you know how stressful it can be to get the food ready in time. People are there, and they are hungry and ready to eat, usually well before averything is done. Making appetizers is an easy way to keep your guests satisfied and perfectly set up the coming meal. Here are 17 appetizers that are easy to make and fun to eat!


When you think about Thanksgiving you probably think about food before anything else. It's easy to forget that making the right drink can help accent all of your food to make it shine.


1. Mulled Cranberry Orange Sangria

Cranberry Sauce is one of the most important dishes at Thanksgiving, but it is often one that gets little attention from the chef. Many of us choose to serve cranberry sauce from a can because it's easy and it tastes good enough. But what if your cranberry sauce could be the star? With these 12 easy recipes you can make a sauce that everyone will rave about.


Thanksgiving is usually about pie. If you love pie, than you probably look forward to dessert more than anything, but if you don't like pie, it's not as much fun. If you're hosting a large number of people this Thanksgiving than you should include some non-pie desserts to please everyone. Here are 30 options that are just as delicious and perfect for Thanksgiving as pie.


Turkey, mashed potatoes, and pies are usually the stars of Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean your side dishes can't be special. These 16 sides are so unique and delicious that all your guests will be sure to remember them for years to come.


1. Stuffed Mushrooms with Hazelnuts, Kale, and Gruyere

Thanksgiving is all about pie! Usually you can find a dessert table full of pumpkin, pecan, and apple pies, but with so many diverse pies out there, why limit yourself to just three? Here are 24 delicious and unique options that will be perfect for Thanksgiving.


1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Mashed potatoes are one of the most important dishes at any Thanksgiving table. Without them, what would you use to soak up all of that delicious turkey gravy? Here are 14 recipes to keep that classic dish fun and exciting!


1. Sour Cream and Dill Mashed Potatoes

Is there anything as comforting and homey as apple pie? For many people, it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a warm and delicious apple pie for dessert, but that doesn't mean you can't change things up a bit! Here are 12 apple pie recipes you should try this year.


1. Apple Crumble Pie

Pecan pie is one of the most popular recipes for Thanksgiving, but most people don't venture far beyond the classic pie. Here are 10 unique recipes if you feel like trying something new.


1. Chocolate Pecan Pie

Sweet potatoes are a traditional Thanksgiving side dish often served mashed with marshmallow topping. That dish is fun, but if you want to change things up there are so many different ways to serve sweet potatoes. Here are a few of our favorites.


1. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Gruyere

Stuffing, or dressing as it is sometimes called, is a delicious Thanksgiving staple whether it's cooked inside the turkey or seperately. Stuffing is a fun dish to expirament with and try new things. Here are 30 great recipes to try.


1. Pear, Sage, and Sausage Stuffing

Fall is the season for all things pumpkin, which means it's time to start enjoying pumpkin pie. One of the biggest struggles with Thanksgiving dinner can be deciding whether to go traditional with all your dishes, or to change it up. Making one of these unique pumpkin pies gives you the best of both worlds. Give your guests the pie they expect served in a new and unique way.


So Halloween is over, and there's a good chance you're still stuck with some leftover candy trick-or-treaters didn't take. Sure, you can just eat the candy, but why not take the opportunity to turn that candy into something even more delicious. Here are 27 great recipes to help you do that.


1. Double Chocolate Butterfinger Cookie Bars

Halloween is all about candy. It's one night of the year when it's impossible to keep your kids (and yourself) eating healthy. All those sweets make it even more important to have a dinner that will balance it out. You want something at least a little bit healthy that won't take away from the spirit of Halloween. Here are 17 recipes that are easy to make and full of that spooky Halloween vibe.


Are you throwing a Halloween party this year? One of the most important parts of any party is the food. Halloween generally means eating lots of candy and sweets, but you can also have savory appetizers that still fit in with the spooky theme. Here are 24 of our favorites!


1. Halloween 7 Layer Dip

It's almost Halloween, which means it's almost time to start carving pumpkins again. Soon you'll have tons of pumpkin seeds lying around. Sure, you can roast them, but how many roasted pumpkin seeds can one person eat? Here are some awesome new ideas to turn those leftover pumpkin seeds into something amazing. Fun fact: pumpkin seeds last for up to three months when stored in an air-tight container, so you can save some to use in a Thanksgiving side dish.


Cookies are a universally beloved treat perfect for grabbing on the go. You can't go wrong with cookies for a Halloween party or a gift for your neighbors and friends. These 45 cookies are sure to be eaten to the very last crumb this Halloween!

It's fall now, time for everything pumpkin! All of this sugary pumpkin pie and sugary pumpkin coffee makes it easy to forget that pumpkin is a kind of squash, and it can be cooked in savory dishes just like other kinds of squash. As the calendar moves towards Halloween and Thanksgiving here are 32 savory pumpkin recipes you can make to celebrate fall.


It's finally Autumn, and that means it's time for pumpkin spice everything. Pumpkin spice is the perfect flavor to carry through the holiday season from Halloween to Thanksgiving. If you're a fan, why stop at coffee? There are so many amazing foods out there just waiting for a dash of pumpkin spice. 


1. Milkshakes

Halloween is a holiday that mostly revolves around kids and candy, but that doesn't mean adults can't have fun too! Throw together an awesome costume, invite your friends over, and whip up some delicious Halloween-themed cocktails and you're sure to have a scary good time. Here's some of the best cocktail recipes guaranteed to make your Halloween a great one.


Halloween is all about fear and discomfort. Haunted houses and horror movies are designed to scare people throughout the season. So why not make food that serves the same purpose? Serve every guest to your party foods that will make them say "Do I really want to eat that?" And of course the answer is "yes", because these treats are just as delicious as they are unsettling.