Garlic mashed potatoes with melted butter and black pepper inside a copper pot, resting on a kitchen towel.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Silken, garlicky mashed potatoes manifest in mere minutes thanks to a super simple technique that’s perfect for when you’re entertaining or just plain hungry.

Roasted pear with honey and rosemary on sourdough, on a marble slab tray, beside a jar of honey, a spoon, and sprigs of rosemary.

Roasted Pear with Honey and Rosemary

A lovely combination of sweet honeyed pears, salty feta, and earthy rosemary makes an unforgettable starter. Or just a brilliant little snack to perk you up.

Close-up of a beef Wellington on a plate with a sprig of rosemary

Beef Wellington

A favorite holiday dish, beef Wellington is beef fillet slathered with pate, covered in a dice of mushrooms, wrapped in puff pastry, and baked.

Dried fruit and nut cake cut into three slices on a cutting board on marble

Dried Fruit and Nut Cake

Chock-full of crunchy nuts and moist dried fruit, this cake is a taste sensation. May we suggest a choice of apricots, plums, pears, or peaches?

Morning buns on small white plates, on a table with a coffee pot, a cream pitcher, and a coffee cup.

Morning Buns

Buttery, cinnamon and orange flavored, and rolled in sugar, these fluffy buns are a serious reason to get out of bed. Get ready to fall in love!

Two eggnogs in glasses with a gingerbread star on the lip and a rim of cinnamon.

Easy Eggnog

Ever since trying this eggnog, we can’t make it through the holiday season without it. All the richness. None of the cloying sweetness or regret-it-the-next-day heaviness.

Walnut crescents stacked on a white stand with Christmas decorations and greenery around them.

Walnut Crescent Cookies

Want some Christmas magic? Make these delicate, nutty, traditional Christmas cookies and watch them disappear…

Three stacks of chewy molasses cookies on a white marble cake stand.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

The holidays incarnate. That’s what these cookies are to us. They’re magnificently and traditionally spiced and are crinkly and chewy. All in the best possible sort of way.

A Christmas tree made of decorated cookies.

Christmas Tree of Cookies

Holiday diet tactic #142: This stunning cookie tree. Because it sorta makes it harder to demolish a half batch of cookies when doing so would demolish the Christmas tree.

Almond roca in a green bowl, broken layers of chocolate, caramel, and sliced almonds, on striped fabric

Almond Roca

Studded with almonds and coated in silky chocolate, this roca—essentially toffee—is utterly impossible to resist. Give it as a holiday gift.

A pile of crescent-shaped cookies on a platter with greenery and Christmas ornaments on the side.

Viennese Crescent Cookies

A holiday cookie if we ever saw one! So buttery, so nutty, so delicate, so mind-bendingly charming, these traditional Viennese cookies rival the city’s fancier pastries as our fave.

Brown butter snickerdoodle cake cut into six pieces on a piece of parchment paper, with a serving knife nearby.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cake

A terrifically tasty cake, one that’s reminiscent of cinnamon rolls and snickerdoodle cookies. What are you waiting for? Your new favorite awaits!

Three pieces of spicy pepita brittle on a white plate.

Spicy Pepita Brittle

When we think of brittle, we tend to think of a wallflower-like candy. This snappy little number proves that we couldn’t be more wrong.

A chocolate salted caramel truffle with a bite taken out of it, on a white saucer, beside a bowl of truffles.

Chocolate Salted Caramel Truffles

An uber chocolatey truffle made with salted caramel might sound like something for expert chocolatiers but fear not. This recipe is nearly foolproof.

Banana split nachos on a large baking sheet, garnished with almonds, cherries, and chocolate sauce.

Banana Split Nachos

Trisha Yearwood’s phenomenal take on sweet nachos will delight you and your guests. It’s basically all the best things, piled up on a big platter. Yum!

Apple spiced bourbon toddies on a tray in front of an outdoor fire, one being poured from a thermos in a gloved hand.

Apple Spiced Bourbon Toddies

Infinitely more complex than the toddy of yore, this little number owes its lure to apple-y cider spiked with a hint of star anise and quite an indecent glug of bourbon.