Better Homes & Gardens December 2007 Recipes

Lamb with Eggplant Relish
From slow-cooker starters to sweet chocolate tarts, these recipes from the December 2007 issue of Better Homes and Gardens are perfect for holiday entertaining.

Honeyed Carrots

Served whole and flavored with mildly hot red pepper and tangy lemon, these carrots are hard to resist.

Mushroom Soup

Indulge guests with this creamy soup; roasted red peppers make a pretty garnish.

Christmas Rib Roast

Fresh-baked pears make a delicious accompaniment to this spice-and-mustard-coated beef roast.

Onion Pudding

Serve this onion pudding, baked up with cheddar and garlic, in individual ramekins. Sage leaves make a beautiful garnish.

Beets and Red Onion Compote

This easy side dish gets its bold flavor from cider vinegar; deep purple beets look festive and are healthy, too.

Steamed Pudding

Made with creamy milk chocolate, this easy cakelike dessert is topped with cranberries and kumquats.

Braised Broccoli

This pretty take on baby broccoli is finished in less than 30 minutes. Toasted almonds add crunch, while orange juice adds a light citrus flavor.

Chocolate Gingerbread Drops

These moist cookies blend crowd-pleasing gingerbread and chocolate chips.

Raspberry Sticks

Everyone will love the fruity filling surprise inside these tender shortbread cookies.

Coconut Macaroons

These super-sized coconut macaroons make delightful gifts.

Sparkle Trees

To dress up these festive cut-out cookies, we used powdered sugar icing (see recipe) and topped it with a cherry slice.

Honey-Ginger Bites

In this modern spin on pfeffernusse, white pepper adds subtle zip, while ginger and honey keep things sweet.

Holiday Sandies

These lemony, cranberry-studded sandies are a snap to make -- and a treat to eat.

Nutty Eggnog Bars

With sugary frosting, these nutmeg-spiced cookies are hard to pass up.

Spritz Blossoms

Decorate these dainty spritz blossoms with a sweet glaze and dusting of sugar.

Sandwich Stars

Get in the holiday spirit with these butter-filled cookie cutouts; red- or green-tinted icing adds a festive touch.

Spice Packages

It's easy to make the red bow on these cardamom-flavored "presents"; store-bought frosting is all it takes.

Cherry Thumbprints

These classic thumbprint cookies stand out with an irresistible candied cherry center.

Rustic Winter Vegetable Tarts

These savory tarts are a classy solution for a last-minute get-together -- they're simple yet special.

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Raisins, apricots, and a delicious blend of spices make this slow-cooker stew hard to resist; serve it at a casual weeknight get-together.

Cinnamon Wreaths

You'll have a happy holiday with these cute cinnamon wreath cookies embellished with creamy homemade icing and mini semisweet chocolates.

Choco-Berry Tartlets

You can make these rich, double-chocolate mini tarts using a standard muffin pan. You'll love their sweet chocolate-raspberry-coconut filling.

Curried Chicken

Another slow-cooker standout, this chicken recipe gets a spicy kick from jalapenos and cayenne peppers; cashews add delightful crunch.

Shrimp with Warm Coleslaw

Chef and cookbook author Rocco DiSpirito's bacon, shrimp, and coleslaw combo makes a delightful first course.

Lamb with Eggplant Relish

Oranges, plum tomatoes, garlic, and fresh thyme flavor this lamb chop recipe, created by Chef Rocco DiSpirito.

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