Sure, your friends and family want to spend time with you and swap last-minute shopping horror stories, but we all know the real reason they’re showing up on your snowy doorstep — free food and drinks. Don’t disappoint with an everyday veggie tray and a cooler full of cola. Step up your game with a few of these festive recipes guaranteed to make spirits bright!
Hot Cocoa Cookies
You can’t go through the holiday season without hot chocolate, but that’s not necessarily the best party drink. These Hot Cocoa Cookies by Pip & Ebby have all the goodness of the holiday favorite baked right in!
Peppermint Schnapps Swirl Cupcakes
Let’s face it — it’s not a party without cupcakes. If you didn’t get enough liquid courage from your cocktail, these lovely Peppermint Schnapps Cupcakes by Hands Occupied will surely give you your fill. Dress them with festive cupcake wrappers and garnish with crushed peppermint for a spirited sweet treat!
Santa Hat Cookies
Finally, a more health-conscious option! Nah, we’re just kidding. These Santa Hat Cookies by Domestic Fits are nearly too cute to eat. A sugar cookie topped with cream cheese frosting and a strawberry surely beat packaged cookies from the store.
Melting Snowmen Chocolate Mint Cookies
Kitchen Meets Girl knows that when it comes to baked goods, it’s all about the presentation. These Melting Snowmen Cookies are the perfect mix of chocolate and mint. And yes, that is a peanut butter cup on top!
Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream
These gorgeous sandwich cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction will be the talk of the party. They’re made of chewy chocolate cookies, pink candy cane buttercream filling, and a crunch of peppermint. Go on, copy down this recipe for Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream, and be on your merry way!
Peppermint Pattie Brownies
Cupcakes, cookies, and pies are typically the go-to holiday baked goods, but never underestimate the ability of a foodie to make a delectable festive brownie! These Peppermint Pattie Brownies from How Sweet Eats is beyond worthy of making their debut at your next holiday gathering.
Peppermint White Russians
It doesn’t get much more festive than these Peppermint White Russians by A Beautiful Mess. Classic white Russians with a splash of Peppermint Schnapps make for the perfect fire and ice combination. Insert a red-and-green straw, garnish with peppermint bits, and loosen up — it’s party time!
Check out this twist on the famed Appletini. You can never go wrong by adding a bit of caramel. The blogger behind Isn’t That Charming added a holiday touch with a spoonful of caramel in this Caramel Appletini.
Fabtastic Eats concocted this delicious-looking Gingerbread Martini that is just perfect for a holiday gathering. Complete with Gingerbread Liqueur, this sweet little drink is going to leave your guests with visions of gingerbread men dancing in their (already fuzzy) heads.
The Frothy Monk Beer Cocktail
Tired of the same old, same old spiked eggnog? The Frothy Monk Beer Cocktail by Tasty Beautiful is sure to be a hit at your holiday party this season. It’s made of cardamom and cinnamon-infused rum — and even includes an egg for those of you who aren’t good with change.
Cider Bourbon Cocktail
So maybe your holiday get-together is a little less about Christmas and a little more about Thanksgiving. That’s still a good reason to celebrate, right? This Cider Bourbon Cocktail by The Thrifty Crafter is a delicious mix of ginger beer, bourbon, and apple cider. Yum!