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Do-It-All Sugar Cookies

If you’re looking for one dough that can do it all, this is it. It’s perfect for pressing into your favorite shapes with cookie cutters or rolling into sugar-dusted domes. Our favorite variation might be the pretty thumbprints, filled with fruit preserves or melted chocolate. The combination of all purpose flour and cornstarch in the dough mimic the effect of cake flour, making for extra tender biscuits. You should probably go ahead and make a batch now, form it into a log and stick in the freezer. That way you’ll have homemade slice and bake cookies ready whenever the carolers come a-calling.

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No-Bake Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies

We’ll be honest: these are really more of a confection then a cookie, but that’s all the more reason to give them a spin this season. The peppermint candies that get pressed into the dough give these slice and bake sweets a festive look but they’re not your only option. You could just as easily roll this no-bake dough in crushed toasted pistachios or even roasted cocoa nibs for a double chocolate experience. These are on the delicate side so you’ll want to slice these just before serving. Put them out after a big holiday meal or leave a plate for Santa and his elves.

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Spicy Mulled Wine

This mulled wine recipe is the perfect thing to serve at an ugly Christmas sweater party. It’s so retro and delicious! A classic mulled wine is a staple of holiday parties in cold climates, but the result can often be sticky sweet. Thanks to a hearty dose of black peppercorns and spicy fresh ginger, this mulled wine recipe delivers a balanced and unique cocktail. Shopping tip: if you can’t find red Zinfandel, Merlot or Cabernet will work well, too. The key is to find a full-bodied wine so that the flavor can compete with the sugar, spices, and orange. Pair with a crackling fire, snowy landscapes, and those scratchy wintery sweaters.

These Healthy Appetizers Are So Easy They Make Entertaining a Breeze

Just because these healthy appetizers have a better-for-you side, doesn’t make them any less tasty when it's time to party.

Turmeric Deviled Eggs

As old-school as deviled eggs may seem, they’re still turning up on menus at the trendiest restaurants. These Turmeric Deviled Eggs take a Mediterranean turn. Skip the mayo and reach for protein-packed Greek yogurt instead and a little bit of tahini. Tahini is a sesame paste usually found in hummus and may have anti-inflammatory perks. It also happens to be a good source of protein and healthy fats. The quick turmeric pickle will dye the eggs a pretty golden color while balancing all the creaminess. Top the eggs with a mixture of white and black sesame seeds, freshly ground black pepper, and a sprinkle of paprika.

Spicy Bourbon-Apple Punch

A punch that packs a punch? Now that’s a party. All jokes aside, this festive bourbon punch (middle up top) is a refreshing riff on the classic bourbon-apple pairing. Maple syrup adds autumnal undertones, apple cider vinegar tarts up the sparkling apple juice, and cayenne pepper meets the sweet with heat. If you like your drinks on the dryer side, look for an artisanal cider that has lower sugar than the standard supermarket variety. Or, to make an even boozier way to mix up this recipe, opt for an alcoholic cider instead.

Miso Gougères

Gougères are cheesy bites traditionally made with a dough called choux pastry. It’s the easiest dough you could possibly make, but it needs to be stirred vigorously to work, and this recipe is no exception. In these homemade gougères, we traded in cheese for gut-healthy miso, a fermented soybean paste, to bring a salty umami depth. Tasters couldn’t stop eating them. Get ahead of holiday entertaining and bake a batch now then freeze them. Once firm, transfer the puffs to a resealable plastic bag. Then you can reheat as many as you like in the oven when guests descend. Find miso paste in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, near the blocks of tofu.

Labneh With Pink Peppercorns, Coriander, and Fennel Seeds

Labneh is a thick, luscious Middle Eastern cheese made from strained yogurt, and this is the perfect labeh recipe for entertaining. You can find it in some specialty food market and well-stocked grocery stores, but it's easy to make at home by straining regular whole-milk yogurt overnight. The result is a creamy spread with the texture of cream cheese, but with extra tang. You might have seen labneh cheese as an appetizer on menus alongside hummus. Serve this labeh recipe with pita chips or crudités, or spread it on toast. It’s the perfect make-ahead and hands-off appetizer to make for holiday parties. Top it off before serving with toasted and crushed pink peppercorns, coriander, and fennel seeds, plus a drizzle of olive oil for a divine treat. (And we won't tell if you give some store bought labneh the same treatment.)