21 Recipes From the December 2021 Issue of Real Simple

From holiday cookies and treats to satisfy your sweet tooth to cocktails and mains for a festive soiree, these recipes are sure to be your new go-tos.

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Sweet Stuff

Butterscotch Pudding With Maple Whipped Cream

Butterscotch Pudding with Maple Whipped Cream
Victor Protasio

This silky smooth pudding comes together with just a few pantry staples. Get the recipe.

A Cookie for Every Craving

Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Chocolate Linzer Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

These gorgeous and sophisticated holiday cookies will be the highlight of any dessert spread. Get the recipe.

The Best Sugar Cookie

Best Sugar Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

Way more than just a blank canvas for icing and sprinkles, this sugar cookie is delicious all on its own. Get the recipe.

Marbled Cookies

Marble Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

These gorgeous cookies are perfect for Hanukkah, or if you're just going for a snow-globe vibe. Get the recipe.

Salty-Sweet Chunkers

Salty-Sweet Chunkers
Caitlin Bensel

These chewy cookies are loaded with mix-ins and perfect for mailing to far-away friends and family. Get the recipe.

Gingerbread Latte Whoopie Pie

GIngerbread Latte Whoopie Pies
Caitlin Bensel

Your favorite holiday latte now comes in cookie form. Get the recipe.

Cardamom Bun Cookies

Cardamom Bun Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

These holiday cookies are your ticket to winning the holiday cookie swap. (Not that it's a competition, right?) Get the recipe.

A Soiree to Savor

Tarragon French 75 Cocktail

Tarragon French 75
Victor Protasio

This twist on a classy cocktail is the perfect start to a dinner party. Get the recipe.

Hanger Steak With Worcestershire Butter

Cook up a steakhouse-quality dinner at home with this easy and delicious hanger steak with Worcestershire butter recipe.
Victor Protasio

When it's steakhouse night at your place, this is the recipe to reach for. Get the recipe.

Garlic and Parsley Shoestring Fries

Parsley Shoestring Fries
Victor Protasio

Frozen French fries get all dressed up for a delicious night in. Get the recipe.

Green Salad With Cornichon Vinaigrette

Green Salad with Cornichon Vinaigrette
Victor Protasio

This simple salad gets extra dimension thanks to briny pickles. Get the recipe.

Many-Cheese Cheese Ball

Many Cheese Cheese Ball
Victor Protasio

This classic crowd-pleaser gets a French twist. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Ganache Tart

A sliced chocolate ganache tart served on a black dish sits next to a cup of coffee and french press.
Victor Protasio

This decadent chocolate tart is the perfect dinner party capper. Get the recipe.

7 Easy Dinners

Cheesy Chive Waffles With Fried Eggs

Cheesy Chive Waffles with Eggs
Greg DuPree

Breakfast for dinner, but make it savory. Get the recipe.

Pasta With Bacon and Caramelized Cauliflower

Pasta with Bacon and Caramelized Cauliflower
Greg DuPree

A simple technique maximizes flavor in this quick pasta. Get the recipe.

Skillet Pork Chops and Beans

Skillet Pork Chops and Beans
Greg DuPree

Get ready to find comfort in this one. Get the recipe.

Warm Chicken Shawarma Salad

Warm Chicken Shawarma Salad
Greg DuPree

A satisfying salad at your fingertips. Get the recipe.

Creamy Potato-Cabbage Soup

A Bowl of Creamy Cabbage Potato Soup Next to a Spoon and a Piece of Toasted Bread
Greg DuPree

A quick and cozy soup is what's for dinner. Get the recipe.

Tandoori-Spiced Chicken With Coconut Rice

Tandoori-Spiced Chicken with Coconut Rice
Greg DuPree

A winner chicken dinner indeed. Get the recipe.

Bulgogi-Inspired Beef Tacos

Bulgogi-Inspired Beef Tacos
Greg DuPree

Tacos with a twist and on the table in just 15 minutes. Get the recipe.

Better for You

Caramelized Veggies With Poppy Seed Dressing

Caramelized Veggies with Poppy Seed Dressing
Caitlin Bensel

Give new life to roasted vegetables with a drizzle of a creamy, punchy dressing. Get the recipe.

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