31 Cozy December Recipes To Make On Repeat (Because 'Tis The Season For Comfort Food)


Can you believe it's officially December? While it's easy to look ahead to the new year, let's all take advantage of all the delicious things to cook before we turn the calendar to 2023. Here are 31 comforting, seasonal, and, most of all, delectable things to cook this month.

1. Cinnamon Maple Oatmeal Baked Pears

This recipe calls for pears, but you could follow the same steps and try it with apples or even persimmons while they're in season.

Recipe: Cinnamon Maple Oatmeal Baked Pears

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2. Crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

Whether you're meal-prepping for the week or serving Sunday brunch to a crowd, this veggie quiche is always a good idea.

Recipe: Crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

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3. Twice Baked Breakfast Potatoes

Make it a bacon, egg, and cheese, but lose the roll and bake everything in a fully loaded potato.

Recipe: Twice Baked Breakfast Potatoes

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4. Chai Banana Pancakes

The best part of this recipe is that no mixing bowls are required. All your pancake ingredients can go right into the blender. Just whip up the batter and pour it into a non-stick skillet.

Recipe: Chai Banana Pancakes

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5. Ginger Persimmon Scone Muffins

This breakfast recipe features the very best part of scones and muffins in one: a firm, buttery bottom layer and a moist, flaky top.

Recipe: Ginger Persimmon Scone Muffins

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6. Pear Pomegranate Salad

Even if you don't normally get excited about salads, you've got to admit that this one is basically a work of art. And it tastes just as good as it looks.

Recipe: Pear Pomegranate Salad

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7. Smashed and Crispy Buffalo Potatoes

Somewhere between nachos and loaded potatoes, these smashed buffalo taters can (and should) be topped with your favorite garnishes, from scallions and avocado to jalapeño and blue cheese.

Recipe: Smashed and Crispy Buffalo Potatoes

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8. Garlic Mushroom Pasta

You don't need many ingredients to whip up this supremely savory pasta, but there's something about the garlic butter sauce and cremini mushrooms that make it taste fancy.

Recipe: Garlic Mushroom Pasta

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9. One-Skillet Cabbage Potatoes and Sausage Dinner

It's hearty, it's cozy, and, best of all, it's wildly easy and comes together in a single skillet.

Recipe: One-Skillet Cabbage Potatoes and Sausage Dinner

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10. Baked Cauliflower Parmesan

This vegetarian-friendly main is guaranteed to please whoever is at your dinner table. If you want to take things to the next level, bread the cauliflower steaks in some panko and get it nice and brown before adding the mozzarella and tomato sauce.

Recipe: Baked Cauliflower Parmesan

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11. Prosciutto-Wrapped Baked Chicken

Prosciutto makes everything better, and this dish is no exception. It takes baked chicken from an average Tuesday night meal to something that feels worthy of a special occasion.

Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Baked Chicken

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12. Miso-Sesame Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Take notes: You're going to want to put this miso glaze on everything. And luckily, it's so easy to make. Toss miso paste, Dijon mustard, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and chile flakes into a blender and pulse until smooth.

Recipe: Miso-Sesame Glazed Brussels Sprouts

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13. Creamy White Lasagna Soup

Soup season is upon us, so take full advantage. This creamy lasagna soup is the definition of heartwarming.

Recipe: Creamy White Lasagna Soup

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14. Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt

Baking fish in parchment paper is the easiest way to ensure a mess-free, perfectly cooked dish every single time.

Recipe: Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt

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15. Honey Balsamic Pan-Seared Cabbage Steaks

Seared until caramelized and crispy, these cauliflower steaks are a little sweet and a little tangy.

Recipe: Honey Balsamic Pan-Seared Cabbage Steaks

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16. Thai Chicken Tacos

Some of the best flavors come from blending together different cuisines, and these Thai-inspired chicken tacos are no exception. Top them with mango slaw to really bring all the flavors together.

Recipe: Thai Chicken Tacos

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17. Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

It's not mac 'n' cheese, but this baked cauliflower casserole is just as comforting.

Recipe: Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

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18. French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Winter is all about comfort foods, so why not blend together two of the very best? Here, French onion soup and grilled cheese become the ultimate mash-up meal.

Recipe: French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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19. Cranberry Rosemary One Pan Chicken

Easy enough for a weeknight meal but sophisticated enough for a place on your holiday table, these cranberry chicken thighs are a definite crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Cranberry Rosemary One Pan Chicken

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20. Date Night Rigatoni with Sausage and Kale

Fact: You can never have too many pasta recipes in your arsenal. This one calls for sausage and kale tossed in a homemade creamy tomato sauce.

Recipe: Date Night Rigatoni with Sausage and Kale

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21. Sweet Potato Latkes with Gochujang Mayonnaise

Whether or not you celebrate Hanukkah, we can all appreciate the delicacy that is fried potato pancakes. This version, made with sweet potatoes, gets a little kick from spicy gochujang-infused mayo.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Latkes with Gochujang Mayonnaise

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22. Chocolate Pistachio Cream Thumbprints

Take dessert to the next level with these adorable cookies made of chocolate shortbread and rich creamy pistachio filling.

Recipe: Chocolate Pistachio Cream Thumbprints

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23. Cranberry and White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

Baked in mini canning jars and perfect for holiday entertaining, these individual desserts feature a cookie crumb crust, a layer of cranberry jam, and decadent white chocolate cheesecake filling.

Recipe: Cranberry and White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

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24. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

These oat and apple cookies drizzled with maple frosting are a festive and easy dessert. Or, if you'd prefer, call it baked oatmeal and eat it for breakfast.

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

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25. Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Serve this sweet dessert dip with Nilla wafers, Graham crackers, apple or pear wedges, or, if you like mixing sweet and savory, pretzel sticks.

Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

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26. Gingerbread Loaf

This spiced gingerbread cake is topped with none other than cream cheese frosting.

Recipe: Gingerbread Loaf

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27. Cream Cheese Lemon Bars

These dessert bars are so simple that chances are you already have most of the ingredients sitting in your fridge and pantry.

Recipe: Cream Cheese Lemon Bars

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28. Blood Orange and Pomegranate Sparkling Sangria

Here's proof that sangria season knows no bounds. Give this crowd-favorite drink a seasonal twist with blood orange juice, pomegranate seeds, and sparkling rosé.

Recipe: Blood Orange and Pomegranate Sparkling Sangria

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29. Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

You only need five ingredients to whip up this simple cocktail: Bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange juice, unsweetened cranberry juice, and simple syrup or agave.

Recipe: Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail

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30. St. Germain Cocktail

Whether you're toasting around the holiday table or watching the ball drop, you can always use a Champagne cocktail. This refreshing beverage is made with gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, and sparkling wine.

Recipe: St. Germain Cocktail

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31. Easy Spiked Hot Chocolate

Move over hot cocoa mix. This homemade winter treat is best served boozy.

Recipe: Easy Spiked Hot Chocolate

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