Vintage Holiday Recipes Worth Reviving

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Let's revive those vintage Christmas dishes of the past. We're going way back to the days when holiday recipes such as beef Wellington, fruit stollen, buche de noel, figgy pudding, and crown roasts were the dishes that filled holiday menus. Prepare yourself for strong feelings of nostalgia and a growling stomach.

Fruit Stollen

If candied fruit, raisins, and citrus zest don't entice you, the aroma of this German holiday bread baking most definitely will! The red and green fruits make this one of our most color-coordinated vintage Christmas recipes. 

Individual Beef Wellington

Looks can be deceiving. Beef Wellington, one of our favorite vintage Christmas dishes, appears fancy and impressive but comes together quite easily. Our lips are sealed -- you don’t have to tell holiday guests how easy it is to make.

Honey Macaroonies

We're pretty sure macaroonies is a made-up word, but the recipe and its holiday color combo are real. Thanks to the use of a muffin tin, this holiday sweet blurs the lines of trendy dessert from a muffin tin and retro Christmas recipes.

Peanut Brittle

This candy recipe has been a classic for generations. Crackly peanut brittle sticks to your teeth for enjoyment even after you're done eating.

Frozen Fruitcake Salad

Fruitcake + gelatin mold = the ULTIMATE throwback Christmas recipe. If you started a list of quintessential vintage Christmas dishes, this would have to be at the top.

Apricot-Apple Crown Roast

Yes, this is literally a meat crown (and one of the vintage holiday recipes that's stood the test of time)! Plus, it's stuffed with holiday faves like cherries, bread, and apples for a hearty and impressive holiday recipe.

Creamy Cranberry Salad

Here's one of those vintage dessert recipes you surely once snickered at -- a molded salad. This one's a creamy gelatin salad with a sugared cranberry garnish. *mic drop!*

Golden Chiffon Cake

The original version of chiffon cake came out in the 1940s; this lemony version was huge for Better Homes & Gardens in the 1960s and 70s. The retro cake feels perfect for Christmas with a generous sprinkling of snowy coconut.

Mocha Buche de Noel

The more this holiday cake looks like a log, the better! Apparently in the world of retro holiday recipes, food that didn't look like food was totally trendy.

Jam Thumbprints

It's not the holidays without sheet pan upon sheet pan of cookies. Thumbprint cookies are one of the most vintage cookies we could think of. For the most cliche holiday fillings, choose red and green jam options.

Spiked Eggnog

We call it Spiked Eggnog so you know it contains alcohol, but really, is there any other kind of eggnog? Certainly not in this mix of retro Christmas recipes.

Chutney-Glazed Ham

It only counts as a holiday ham if it has a diamond pattern cut into it and is studded with whole cloves. Bonus: this is one of those rare vintage holiday recipes that works for multiple holidays: Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, a random Sunday...

Steamed Figgy Pudding

The English naming is confusing -- figgy pudding (aka plum pudding) is more cakelike than puddinglike. It's hard to explain; just try it and see why this is in the mix of retro dessert recipes.

Country-Style Pear and Mincemeat Tart

Because mincemeat = holidays. At least it used to. If you've never had mincemeat, don't let the name scare you off -- it's just a mixture of spiced fruits, distilled spirits, and sometimes (not so much these days) beef suet. Plus, you don't have to do a thing; it comes in a can ready to use.

Pecan Tassies

Mmm, pecan pie in mini form. Tassies' small size makes them seem guiltless ... until you suddenly realize you ate the whole pan.

Classic Fruitcake Loaves

Don't knock fruitcake until you try it. It's dried fruit, rum, nuts, and spices. How could that possibly be wrong?! It certainly has a place in our hearts as one of those great vintage Christmas dishes.

Holiday Wassail

In case you wanted an excuse to sing "Here We Come A-Wassailing" this holiday season.

Sweet Potato-Cashew Bake

If you want your sweet potatoes as nutty as you feel during the holidays, here's your side-dish recipe!

Broccoli-Onions Deluxe

What makes it deluxe? A creamy wine-and-cheese sauce and sprinkling of toasted almonds. Simple sophistication.

Festive Fruit-and-Nut Panettone

Here it is: the classic sweet bread with a name only some of us can properly pronounce. Dried fruits and ample pine nuts give this bread recipe its holiday flair.

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