My favorite part of the holidays is all of the traditions that come with the Christmas season. There are a few recipes I just have to make every year to make it truly feel like Christmas. Most of these are recipes my family always had at Christmas growing up and I have continued to crave them every holiday season. Coincidentally these are all super easy and quick recipes too which is perfect for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Find all the recipes + instructions for each of my favorites below!
Sausage balls have always been a holiday tradition at my house and it just doesn't feel like Christmas without them. I agree that these aren't the most attractive of appetizers, but they make up for it with how addicting and delicious they are! They are also super simple to make and have only 4 ingredients! Year after year they are sure to be everyone's favorite appetizer that you just can't stop eating! Find the full recipe here.
There are not many things better than the combination of bacon and cheese. My mom would always make this cheeseball recipe around the holidays and it has always been one of my favorite snacks. The original recipe came from an 80's church cookbook (don't all the best recipes come from old church cookbooks?!), but I have slowly changed it up over the years. It's addictive and so good with bagel chips, pita chips, crackers, or chips! Even better, it only has a handful of ingredients and is super (and quick) to make! You can dress it up for the holidays by serving on a round plate and surrounding it with some fresh herbs (I used rosemary and bay leaves!). Find the full recipe here.
Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations so puppy chow is a must every holiday season. I prefer the classic recipe and this one is super easy with just the right amount of each ingredient. She also includes some pro tips for making it as delicious as possible without making it too complicated! Find the full recipe here.
One of the best parts of Christmas are all the old-fashioned holiday traditions. Homemade ornaments are reminiscent of a simpler time when fancy glass ornaments weren't available to the masses and many people used simple ingredients to create their own Christmas ornaments each year. Stringing popcorn or cranberries, hanging pinecones or nuts, and even these simple cinnamon ornaments are all examples of homemade ornaments. These cinnamon ornaments can be customized with any shape or size of cookie cutter and the recipe is so easy, making it a great activity for children of all ages. I used our Kentucky cookie cutter for my ornaments and I love the way they turned out! Find the full recipe here.
These shortbread cookies are perfect for Christmas because they hold their shape and are great for cookie cutters and decorating! They also have such a simple, yet delicious, taste- a little salty and sweet, which I love. There’s only three ingredients, so even the most novice baker can whip these up quickly and easily! Find the full recipe here.