Our Best-Ever Better Homes & Gardens Winter Recipes

Black and Blue Cobbler with Brown Sugar-Pecan Biscuits
Each year our editors and Test Kitchen experts taste a few hundred recipes, including decadent cakes and roasts, as well as simple five-ingredient dinners. Here's a roundup of our top-rated recipes. We focused on seasonal ingredients, comfort food favorites, and some warm-you-up dishes for those brisk winter nights, and we know you'll love each recipe as much as we do.

Apple-Toffee Tartlets

Alternating between appetizer, snack, and dessert, these tartlets are way easier to make than guests might guess. (But shhh! No need to spoil the secret!) "Each bite is like your own mess-free caramel apple," says one editor.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Tomato Pesto

Frozen salmon, pasta, and a quick pesto sauce bring this winter dinner together in a snap. "I love the mix of fresh and dried tomatoes in the sauce -- it packs double the flavor!" says one editor.

Oatmeal Cookies

Winter is the perfect time for cozy baking. "This basic oatmeal cookie recipe lets you play up your batch with fun candies or fruit," says one editor. You can even make cookie sandwiches.

Roasted Root Vegetable and Wilted Romaine Salad

"This salad is a wonderful break from all the heavy eating around the holidays, and the roasted root veggies are so delicious!" says one food editor. We drizzle ours in a homemade honey-garlic dressing.

Accordion Cheese Bread

Our testers enjoyed shaping this sharp cheddar cheese bread almost as much as they enjoyed eating it! The secret to its sass? Dijon mustard and a dash (or two) of hot pepper sauce.

Brussels Sprouts and Noodle Stir-Fry with Cilantro and Almonds

Forget boring roasted Brussels sprouts: Try tossing them into your next winter stir-fry. "The scrumptious mix of bright ginger and cilantro really showcases Brussels sprouts in a delicious and unique way," says one editor.

Slow Cooker Coq au Vin

Coq au vin may sound fancy-schmancy, but thanks to your trusty slow cooker, it's super easy to make! Our editors love that it's loaded with good-for-you ingredients and offers heartiness without the heft!

Three-Cheese Beer Soup

This beer soup is everything a winter recipe should be: filling, cheesy, and delicious. "It's always a hit," says one editor, "and is so easy to keep warm in the slow cooker!" Pair it with sandwiches or crusty bread.

Creamy Tortellini Soup

We can't get enough of our slow cooker. One food editor says "Not only is this hearty soup a staple at my house, but it's one of the easiest dinner recipes I've ever used! Just toss the ingredients into your slow cooker and go."

Potato Cinnamon Rolls

There's nothing like an ooey-gooey cinnamon roll to warm you up in the wintertime. The top secret ingredient in this Test Kitchen favorite? Mashed potatoes! "You'd never guess, but they actually add moisture and keep your rolls perfectly shaped," says one editor.

Savory Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble

Let's be honest -- we love a good scramble, even at dinnertime. "I love cumin, so this sweet potato number hits the spot!" says one editor. 

Individual Baked Oatmeal

This oatmeal is light and tender but with good texture from the steel-cut oats. One of our Test Kitchen staff says "The fruit is really nice, especially considering it was in the mixture overnight. This is one to remember. I'd definitely want to serve this for guests."

Chicken Pot Pie for Two

"These are really cute in the individual dishes," says one editor. The center oozes out just a bit during cooking, but we like the sweet down-home look. The herbs and thick, creamy center earned the pot pie high marks.

French Onion Beef Short Ribs

It can be hard for savory recipes to score high -- divergent tastes and preferences often divide our panel. But that was not the case with these short ribs, which have a tender finish spiced with thyme and onion and sprinkled with Gruyere cheese.

Crustless Cheesecake with Cranberry Sauce

This simple, delicious recipe has surprisingly few ingredients -- exactly why we love it. Comments on its cloudlike texture and clean and basic flavor made it a favorite in our kitchens. Even the finish gained notice: We love that the sauce nicely drips down each slice when it's cut.

Potato Salad with Sausage and Grainy Mustard Dressing

The tasty dressing is the highlight of these tender potatoes. It's bold, and our recipe makes a generous amount -- we love that the warm potatoes soak up more of the dressing during standing time.

Donatella's Italian Mac and Cheese

Imagine pairing creamy mac and cheese with lightly crisp bread crumbs flavored with garlic, and you can guess why this recipe is a winner. A drizzle of truffle oil put the macaroni-testers over the edge.

Buttermilk-Sage Dinner Rolls

The chef who developed these rolls said they were similar to brioche (minus the egg). Our Test Kitchen staff thought they were soft, melt-in-your-mouth tasty, and benefited from basic ingredients that don't require an extra trip to the grocery store.

4-Layer Nougat Bars

Testers note that you need to read the recipe carefully because there are a lot of steps. The payoff, though, is worth it. "These are delicious, like candy bars," says one staff member. Even after freezing and storing for three days, the bars were fresh with good consistency.

Herb-and-Garlic-Crusted Pork Roast

We worked hard to make this juicy and flavorful recipe just right. The bacon-crumb topping received the most attention; we tested until the coating was a complement to the pork rather than the star of the dish. The results were a rare top-star rating from our Test Kitchen.

Celery Root, Potato, and Pear Mash

It was unanimous: Everyone thought the flavor of this side dish was amazing. One tester suggested serving the apple option with pork. Other suggestions included adding parsnips for earthy flavor or, for a tangier finish, replacing the whipping cream with buttermilk.

Joyful Almond Cheesecake

We loved the ganache on this cheesecake -- it not only finishes the dessert in style, but it also hides any cracks that may form while the cheesecake cooks. The flavor is rich and decadent, and the almond flavor is baked-in and delicious.

Crispy Chipotle Bean Burritos

In this recipe, the phyllo dough wrap offers a fresh take on classic burritos. We loved the new texture and more sophisticated taste. The whole kernel corn inside also earned raves.

Double-Chocolate Cake

While developing birthday cake recipes, this favorite stuck out. A layer of chocolate-cream cheese frosting proved the winning combination with testers, though we also enjoyed the vanilla-sour cream frosting for a less-rich option.

Black-and-Blue Cobbler with Brown Sugar-Pecan Biscuits

We're all about flavor. This cobbler earned its spot on the list thanks to the delectable finish. The juice is nicely absorbed by the pecan-studded biscuits, and the sugar on top adds a delightful bit of crunch.

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