Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

These Christmas cookies don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by taking advantage of Christmas cookies' affinity for freezing. Each Santa-special treat can freeze for up to three months.

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Steal This Home's Cottage-Style Decorations!

Warm and welcoming, cottage style is effortless and translates perfectly into the holiday season. Mix old and new for a flexible Christmas decorating style that you can make your own -- here¿s how Kelly, the blogger at Talk of the House, shows off her cottage style.

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Christmas Ornament Crafts

Keep these handmade Christmas ornaments for yourself, or use them as one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Each of these 20+ Christmas ornament crafts is easy to make and perfect for this year's Christmas decorating.

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Our Best Cookie-in-a-Jar Recipes

In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.

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Decorated Christmas Trees

The star of your Christmas decorations -- the tree! -- deserves extra attention. Here are four diverse looks you should consider for your tree decorating scheme.

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Pretty Christmas Wreaths

Deck the halls with these gorgeous winter wreaths that will bring holiday cheer to your Christmas decor. Christmas wreaths are often made with fir, but we share alternative wreath supplies that could inspire this year's front door.

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Genius Christmas Hacks

Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.

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25-Minute (or Less) Holiday Appetizers

If your holiday appetizers are often an afterthought, start here for quick and easy bite-size delights that take less than a half-hour to prepare. Whether you prefer rich and gooey baked Brie or sweet and crunchy kettle corn, these holiday party recipes aim to please a crowd.


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    • Warm Brie with Fig and Pistachio Tapenade

      Baked Brie is a holiday favorite known for its melty, gooey goodness. Plus, all it takes to prep is a quick pop in the oven before topping with a dried fig and pistachio tapenade. Balance the warm appetizer's sweet honey flavor with a sprinkle of sea salt.

    • Edamame and Ricotta Toasts

      Frozen peas and sweet soybeans become a tasty toast topper when blended with bright lemon and garlic. Spread the mixture onto baguette slices along with creamy ricotta cheese for tempting quick bites.

    • Walnut-Apricot Baklava Bites

      These crunchy walnut mini tarts are bound to become a finger food favorite for holiday guests. A trio of crystallized ginger, honey, and nutmeg flavors the petite phyllo treats that are filled with nuts and dried fruit.

      Bonus! If you don't have 10 minutes to spare, prepare the appetizers up to 48 hours in advance.

    • Two-Tomato Bruschetta

      Dried and roma tomatoes add holiday color to this easy homemade bruschetta recipe. Top the appetizer with feta cheese for a Mediterranean twist on the classic.

    • The Simple Appetizer You Must Know!

      Display gorgeous tomatoes and fresh basil with flavorful, simple-to-make bruschetta. Watch as we show you how to make the fancy party-friendly plate.

    • Garlicky White Bean Dip

      Provide holiday guests with a healthy snacking option by blending low-calorie white beans with garlic cloves and olive oil. The skinny dip recipe is ready in a flash and pairs well with a variety of crudites.

    • Olive-Pepperoni Kabobs

      Why serve your appetizers on wooden skewers when fresh rosemary sprigs do the job with added holiday flavor? Simply peel off the sprigs along the branch, leaving a few at the top, then stack with pepperoni, Kalamata olives, and provolone for an antipasto that's easy to prepare and even easier to devour.

    • Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toasts

      To make this mouthwatering main dish into an appetizer, swap the bread slices for thin cuts of baguette. Pile high with seasonal veggies, and add silky texture to the toothsome toasts with creamy goat cheese.

    • Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

      Five ingredients are all you need for an impressive (and delicious!) holiday starter. Simply wrap skillet-roasted asparagus spears with provolone and prosciutto, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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      Goat Cheese Toasts

      As if a velvety goat cheese-honey mixture weren't enough, we've stacked these toasts with juicy slices of grapefruit and salami for the ultimate blend of sweet and savory. And best of all, they're ready in 15 minutes.

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      Toasted Almond Doughnut Pops

      Make store-bought doughnut holes special with a sweet homemade glaze. Just add lollipop sticks, finish with oven-toasted almonds, and voila! Editor-approved cake pops.

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      Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole

      Transition a traditional Mexican dip into the holidays with seasonal veggies. Chunky cubes of roasted pumpkin and a kick of red chile pepper dress up this colorful, 20-minute guacamole.

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      Savory Baked Pita Chips

      For your next crunchy craving, try baked pita chips. Not only are they a low-calorie snack, they also take just 12 minutes to bake. Brush with a garlic powder mixture or sweet cinnamon-sugar.

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      Smoked Salmon Zucchini Bites

      Flaky smoked salmon is the star of this holiday appetizer. Combine with cream cheese and wrap in zucchini strips for quick, protein-packed bites.

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      Ginger Broil

      Two minutes under the broiler and these sugar-coated grapefruit slices are ready to enjoy. Top with plain yogurt and a sprinkle of candied ginger.

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      Herbed Goat Cheese Spread

      Whipped cream and fresh herbs keep this goat cheese spread light and fluffy. Lemon, shallots, and garlic season the blend. Serve with toasted baguette slices or crudites.

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      Cucumber Burrata Sandwiches

      Ten minutes is all it takes to prepare these delectable tea sandwiches. Stuffed with rich burrata, a type of creamy mozzarella, the bite-size appetizers get a crunchy bite and splash of holiday color from cucumber and radish slices.

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      Ricotta, Gorgonzola, and Honey Spread

      A drizzle of honey offsets the tartness of Gorgonzola in this easy-to-make spread. Top with walnuts and fresh apple slices for a pretty holiday appetizer.

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      Rosemary Roasted Nuts

      These nuts are a triple threat -- salty, spicy, and sweet -- thanks to a blend of fresh rosemary, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. Our recipe calls for pepitas, walnuts, and almonds, but prepare it with any nut you prefer.

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      Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives

      No time? No problem. These party-ready snacks can be made up to a week in advance. Just fill whole pitted green olives with a thyme-Gorgonzola spread and serve on toothpicks.

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      Herbed Crab Salad

      Amp up purchased crab salad with toasted almonds and fresh parsley. Place on pumpernickel bread for an easy, four-ingredient party pleaser.

    • How to Make Crab Dip
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      Crab Dip in Minutes

      Experiencing buyer's remorse after your last crab purchase? Watch as we reveal the secret to buying the right crab for less and the technique that guarantees tender chunks of meat in every bite.

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      Creamy Stuffed Peppers

      Your guests will love these low-calorie stuffed peppers. A spicy cream cheese spread packed with chipotle peppers, green onion, and tomato fills the top-rated recipe.

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      Chipotle Kettle Corn

      Chipotle chile and sugar make this stovetop popcorn both spicy and sweet. For even faster preparation, microwave two bags of kettle corn and toss with the spice mixture.

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      Baked Mozzarella and Tomato-Basil Antipasti

      Bring your holiday crowd together with a brimming bowl of gooey mozzarella cheese and your choice of favorite pasta sauce. With only 15 minutes of prep time, this rich spread for toasted baguette slices is easy to make and hard to resist.

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      Edamame-Lemongrass Hummus

      Sweet edamame soybeans take the place of chickpeas in our easy hummus recipe. Green onions, lemongrass, and fresh ginger add bright flavors to this smart party dip that pairs perfectly with your favorite crunchy vegetable dippers.

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      Our Best Christmas Candy

      These gorgeous Christmas candies are perfect to give as party favors or special holiday food gifts. Whether you prefer light-as-air truffles, hard candy, over-the-top fudge, chewy caramels, or sweet gumdrops, this is your one-stop shop for delicious candy recipes.
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