Holiday Treats

Easy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge with Salted Bourbon Sugar
Easy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge with Salted Bourbon Sugar

 

Naughty or nice…

Everyone deserves some sugar.

 

Holiday Sweets:

Trying to cut back on sugar? Do yourself a favor and wait until the holidays pass.

Pumpkin Chai Snickerdoodles

These fluffy, moist snickerdoodles have some holiday flair. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk and then have another cookie. (It’s a vicious–but yummy–cycle.)

Peppermint Brownies

These fudgy brownies are packed with peppermint extract, mint chips, and candy canes! Oh so festive.

 

Irresistible Alcohol Infused Desserts:

Drink your booze and eat it too.

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Chocolate and red wine are meant to be together, so clearly this cake is a winner. Wash it all down with a glass of wine. Because why wouldn’t you?

Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels

Enjoy these apple pie stuffed treats while warm… with a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream of course.

 

Yummy Homemade Holiday Gifts:

Feeling generous? Gift the special people in your life delicious treats. Plan on making extra because you’ll definitely want some for yourself.

Soft Caramels

You only need a handful of ingredients to whip up mouth-watering homemade caramels. Finish each caramel with a sprinkle of fancy schmancy salt to take these babies to the next level.

White Chocolate Bark

This easy, pretty dessert is a thoughtful hostess gift. Or keep it all to yourself! Feel free to swap in your favorite dried fruit and nuts. Almonds + dried cherries would be a tasty combo.

 

Looking for more sweet ideas? Hop on over to our seasonal recipe collections page.

 

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Brunch Time

Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake
Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake

 

Rise and dine.

Mimosas are mandatory.

 

Savory:

Start your morning off with a big ole breakfast fit for a king or queen. You can always visit the sweet dishes come brunch round two.

Monte Cristo Waffle Strata

Serving up a big crowd? This recipe is both impressive and hearty. You get a lot of savory going on with just a hit of sweet. Life’s all about balance, right?

Broccoli, Cheddar & Spinach Frittata

Some of us just don’t get jazzed about sugary breakfasts. Cheesy eggs is where it’s really at. Throw some veggies in there and call it healthy. Serve this guy with whole grain toast and a refreshing glass of OJ… spiked with Prosecco of course.

 

Pancakes:

These loaded pancakes are anything but ordinary, so grab your pure maple syrup along with your appetite and get cooking.

Big Apple Pancake

This puffy pancake is indeed big, but you won’t want to share. It does make great leftovers if you’re cooking for yourself and can’t manage it all in one sitting–cold pancakes are quite delicious, in case you were wondering.

Rum & Cranberry Pancakes with Butter Rum Syrup

Boozy breakfasts are the best breakfasts. Pour rum in your batter and over the top of your mouth-watering flapjacks. It’s the holidays, after all. (Don’t worry, this recipe won’t relegate you to the naughty list.)

 

Pastries:

Breakfast or dessert? Who really cares.

Caramel Apple Toaster Strudel

Buttery, flaky puff pastry is stuffed with tender caramel apples. You bet there’s vanilla cream cheese icing involved! A tall glass of milk is highly recommended.

Homemade Croissants

Because homemade is always better. Enjoy these tasty croissants fresh out of the oven when they’re nice and warm. There are a several options for fillings (cinnamon sugar, pumpkin, chocolate peanut butter, Nutella!) if you want to earn breakfast bonus points.

 

Want to keep your brunch game going strong? See our full collection of breakfast and brunch recipes.

Turkey Day Leftovers

Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo
Thanksgiving Turkey Gumbo

 

Cook up an extra large feast.

And enjoy those turkey leftovers.

 

Breakfast:

Skipping breakfast is never an option, especially when you have precious Thanksgiving leftovers waiting for you.

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

This spiced quick bread is packed with canned pumpkin and fresh (or frozen) cranberries. Sounds like a tasty breakfast or snack to us! Turn a few slices into french toast for a real treat.

Turkey, Smashed Avocado, Cranberry,  Brie & Mashed Potato Waffle Melts

Now that’s a mouthful! Standard turkey sandwiches step aside. Enjoy this hearty melt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. (Don’t forget the egg.)

 

Bowls:

Tuck into one of these cozy bowls. Congee and chili are both guaranteed to warm your soul. (Which is particularly necessary come Black Friday.)

Turkey Congee

Simple and comforting. You only need a handful of common ingredients so excuses are irrelevant.

Turkey Chili

Freeze any leftover chili and enjoy later when you’re low on time and energy. Simply thaw the frozen chili in your fridge and reheat on your stove. Cheddar cheese is a must!

 

Light:

Burgers and nachos are light?! Well, that depends on how much you load them up (and how many lucky peeps you decide to share with, or not.)

Quinoa Burgers

These vegan, gluten-free burgers are packed with flavor, really. Not a vegan or gluten-free individual? Go ahead and use what ever stuffing you have on hand.

Turkey Nachos

Nachos are very accepting when it comes to leftovers, so feel free to include your favorite toppings in on the fun. Fresh guac is a good place to start.

 

Still have leftovers hanging out in your fridge? We have more tasty ideas for you. Or, type up to 3 ingredients into our nifty Use Up Leftovers tool and BigOven will tell you what you can make!

 

9 Common Thanksgiving Fails + Easy Fixes

 

We’ve all been there… undercooked poultry, gloopy potatoes, less-than-pretty pumpkin pie…

Yes, Hannah Montana, everyone makes mistakes, but there are easy fixes that can save your rear.

Or at least help cover-up some Turkey Day kitchen flops.

1) Oops, turkey’s still frozen

Take the wrapped bird and plop it in your kitchen sink. Fill the sink with cool (not hot!) water. Be sure to change out the water every 30 minutes–it takes 30 minutes per pound to thaw that sucker. Immediately cook your turkey once it’s completely thawed. Phew.

2) Raw turkey

Carefully cut the turkey into pieces, keeping the legs and breasts whole. Place your sliced up turkey on a baking sheet in a 375 degree oven. Check on your bird every 15 minutes until the internal temp of the turkey is 165 degrees or until the juices run clear. Serve it up!

3) Dry bird

Douse that thing with lots of gravy, plus make your mashed potatoes more creamy and buttery. Or slice up the turkey, put the meat in a pan with stock, then slowly simmer to introduce plenty of moisture. Did we mention butter?

4) Gluey mashed potatoes

Fix em up (or simply hide the problem).

Option one: create a well in the center of the potatoes, add a generous pat of butter, then sprinkle a bit of paprika right on top. Presentation is key, especially when your taters aren’t texturally on point.

Option two: spread your potatoes in a baking dish then sprinkle with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. The pleasant crunch of the breadcrumbs paired with melty cheese will distract guests from the camouflaged layer of goo.

5) Lumpy mashers

Lumpy potatoes call for a strainer or sieve. Things are going to get a bit messy, but you’ve probably dirtied about 37 dishes/utensils/gadgets already, so what’s one more added to the pile? After your potatoes get some strainer action, serve them up with dollops (plural) of butter for additional creaminess. Bonus points if you use browned butter.

6) Gravy shortage

You should always whip up a boatload of gravy. Quadruple your recipe… you can freeze leftovers if necessary. Otherwise, get creative and add a few glugs of wine or stock to stretch out your gravy supply.

7) Cracked pumpkin pie

Just add a generous dollop of whipped cream on top. Voila! Everyone knows it’s the taste that matters most. (Besides, who’s going to turn down pie?)

8) Overcooked veggies

Add some crunch and extra flavor with toasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts!), bright lemon zest, olive oil and fresh herbs. And let’s be real, no one is actually excited about the veggies anyway.

9) Cold turkey

To keep your Turkey Day feast nice and warm, have some chicken stock simmering on the stove or lots of hot gravy on hand. Ladle over the turkey, potatoes, and stuffing to add moisture and heat. Problem solved!

 

And remember…

Create a schedule and plan ahead. Prepare dishes in advance to reduce stress Thanksgiving day.

And if you somehow manage to burn your whole kitchen down, there’s always Chinese food.

 

 

Thanksgiving Potato Recipes (and Gravy!)

Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic
Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic

 

Potato, Potahto.

Either way, don’t forget the gravy!

 

Mashed Potatoes:

Traditional mashed potatoes are hard to beat (not literally, duh). Smother them in gravy and you’re good to go.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese & Sour Cream

Cream me up, Scotty. Garnish these decadent potatoes with fresh Italian parsley for a pop of flavor and color. (A couple pats of butter never hurt anybody… )

Classic Mashed Potatoes

All you need is four ingredients! Heat your milk for easy mashing, and brown your butter for bonus points. Your taste buds will thank you too.

 

Sweet Potatoes:

We’re thinking your Thanksgiving table needs both mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Carbs are clearly welcome over here. Invite these homemade yeast rolls while you’re at it.

Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Maple Butter

Drink that bourbon maple butter, we won’t judge. (Because we’re doing the sameeee thing.) If you’re a fan of bacon, you know what to do.

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Gooey mallows are optional… toasted pecans and ground cinnamon are not. Hello crunchy, creamy heaven!

 

Gravy & Sauces:

Too much sauce? Nope. You never want to run out of gravy, so whip up a quadruple batch.

Baked Cranberry Sauce

Bake this zesty cranberry sauce a week in advance, then simply spoon it into a fancy schmancy glass bowl when you’re ready to dig in.

Turkey Gravy

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without rich, flavorful gravy. Douse everything on your plate with the stuff because this special day only happens once a year, and plate presentation ran out the door with your sister’s Tinder boyfriend once he met the fam.

 

Need more more Turkey Day inspo? Hop on over to our Thanksgiving Advice Center.

 

Not sure what size turkey to get, how long you should thaw the thing, or how long to cook it? Utilize our handy dandy turkey calculator.

 

Sooo when should you head to the grocery store, and can you cook dishes ahead of time? We got you covered.

Thanksgiving Recipes & Tips

Famous Pumpkin Pie
Famous Pumpkin Pie

 

Plan your Turkey Day feast now.

Kick back and relax (with a beverage or two) later.

 

Mains:

Get your protein on the table no sweat.

Herb & Butter Roasted Turkey

This turkey is extremely moist and flavorful, thanks to butter, butter and more butter. It is the holidays, so you might as well go big or go home. Or in this case, it’s perfectly acceptable to go big then go home and take a nap.

Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

Turkey not your thing? Fill your plate with sweet and tangy honey glazed ham instead. Just be sure to save room for some sides! Don’t worry about your dessert stomach… he’s always prepared for pie.

 

Sides:

Back that main up with robust sides… we all need somebody to lean on. (Turkey included.)

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roast up your favorite fall veggies. Not a fan of celery root? Throw in some more carrots or diced Granny Smith apples instead. Don’t forget to season your veggies up real good. Salt will help bring them out of their shells. (No one wants a dish shy in the flavor department.)

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

We get all mushy about this wild stuffing. Douse it with mushroom gravy for the ultimate vegetarian side.

 

Desserts:

Give your dessert stomach the attention she deserves.

Salted Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Sugar and booze all in a buttery, flaky crust? Dreams do come true. And that turkey tryptophan hasn’t even kicked in yet.

French Pear Tart

Finish off your gourmet meal with this classy and fabulous French pear tart. Serve with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to seal the food coma deal.

 

Looking for more Thanksgiving inspiration? Head on over to our Thanksgiving Advice Center.

 

Not sure what size turkey to get, how long you should thaw the thing, or how long to cook it? Utilize our handy dandy turkey calculator.

 

Sooo when should you head to the grocery store, and can you cook dishes ahead of time? We got you covered.

 

Put Your Leftover Halloween Candy to Work

 

Halloween is behind us once again, and now you have truckloads of candy on your hands.

Of course you’re going to sneak nearly all of it a few pieces when the kids/fido/bae isn’t looking, but what to do with all of that leftover sugar?

We’ve got you covered with over 40 mouth-watering candy transformation ideas.

 

 

Because wasting is not an option, and no one wants to be bored and gain a few extra pounds + cavities.

 

Looking for something on the savory end of the spectrum? Here are some fall favorites and cozy soups.

Halloween Bites & Sips

5 Ingredient Homemade Twix Bars
5 Ingredient Homemade Twix Bars

 

These Halloween treats are wicked good.

And near bloody magical.

 

Savory Bites:

Give your sweet tooth a brief break and prep your stomach with something semi-healthy(ish).

Frankenstein Avocado Toast

These fun and tasty toasts make a great breakfast or snack! Feel free to use your favorite cheese (and pile on the avocado).

Baked Italian Meatballs

Serve these flavorful baked meatballs over a big vat of spaghetti, or forget about manners and pop them straight into your mouth. Vampires beware… garlic’s involved.

 

Tempting Treats:

Cavities this time of of year are inevitable, so go big or go home to celery sticks and sugar-free gum.

Bloody Chocolate Raspberry Cups

Very much like chocolate peanut butter cups but filled with juicy raspberries instead! Did we mention you only need 3 ingredients? Allow your last minute self to do a little happy dance to the Monster Mash.

Banana Monster Pops

These festive pops will be a hit with both kids and adults. Get creative with the decorations! The more googly eyes the merrier.

 

Spooky Sips:

Trouble’s a brewing over this way…

Harry Potter Felix Felicis Potion

The Felix Felicis potion, also known as “Liquid Luck,” is a magical concoction that makes the drinker extremely lucky… but only for a period of time. So drink up! King size candy jackpots galore.

Apple Butter Old Fashioned

This epic cocktail is a little spicy and a little sweet with a fizzy kick. Whip up a big cauldron of the stuff because one drink isn’t going to cut it.

 

Looking for more enchanting recipes? See our full collection of Halloween Eats and Halloween Treats.

Souper Fall Recipes

Lemongrass & Coconut Noodle Soup
Lemongrass & Coconut Noodle Soup

 

Instead of stewing over how chilly you are…

Warm up with a cozy bowl of homemade soup.

 

Creamy:

Ditch the spoon and slurp these uber creamy soups straight out of your bowl, or the pot itself… why mess around?

Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Throw 3 tablespoons of Thai red curry paste in the pot for a spicier, more intensely flavored soup. Don’t forget the toppings! Unsweetened coconut flakes add a nice crunch and tropical note.

Maple Cream Sweet Potato Soup

The perfect combo of sweet and savory. And let’s be honest, all you really want is to nosh on endless cheesy cinnamon sugar twists.

 

Cheesy:

What goes well with cheesy soup? Cheesy bread! Double cheese forever please.

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken & Dumpling Soup

This cheesy, creamy soup is the definition of comfort food. Seconds are inevitable so whip up a double batch!

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Swap in veggie broth and leave out the bacon to make this cozy soup vegetarian. Bacon lover? Add even more, duh.

 

Hearty:

Soup can definitely count as a main–fill up your bowl and forget the sides. (Who needs salad anyway?)

Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage

This hearty soup is packed with protein and veggies. Serve with crusty bread for dunking.

Perfect Beef Barley Soup

Beef barley soup makes great leftovers, so stir up a big pot and freeze some leftovers for when you have zero time to cook.

 

Looking for more hot soup recipes? See all of our fall favorites.

Tailgating Fun

One-Pot Chili Mac
One-Pot Chili Mac

 

Our tailgating recipes will win you over.

And over again.

 

Mains:

These star players are guaranteed to shine.

Caramelized Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa & Chili Sauce

The perfect combo of sweet and spicy. Make extra salsa and serve with tortilla chips for a complete spread.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Whip up this sandwich if you’re craving some carbs, cheese, and spice! If you can’t find jalapeno bread, sub in your favorite white bread.

 

Snacks:

Don’t fumble and skip out on snackage material.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Pull-Apart Bread

Forget the main course… filling up on this garlicky, cheesy bread is a perfectly acceptable game plan.

Margherita Pizza Dip

Pizza in dip form is always a good idea. Serve with lots of napkins because it’s deliciously messy.

 

Treats:

These irresistible desserts will surely score you some major points.

Healthy 5 Ingredient Buckeyes

Peanut butter and chocolate are meant to be together for a reason. Go team!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you like your cookies thick and doughy, this recipe is definitely for you. Serve the cookies warm or pop one in the microwave before enjoying. It’s all about melty chocolate chip strategy.

 

Looking for more winners? See our full lineup of tailgating recipes.