12 holiday recipes from our food blog winners




If you’re looking for holiday recipes to impress your friends and family, we’ve got just the ones you need to make right now. They’re the best of the best from this year’s Taste Canada Award-winning food bloggers, and we’re so excited to share them with you. There are sweet, savoury, gluten-free and vegan recipes in the mix, so you’ll find something for everyone in the list below. Happy holiday cooking to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wintery produce takes the stage in this Mexican Christmas Salad. Be sure to grab blood oranges when you see them at the grocery store. They’re super festive and have a short season, so bookmark this recipe for when you luck out, or swap in regular oranges if you can’t wait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These Bread-Free Stuffing Balls are gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free, making them a smart addition to your holiday table if you’re cooking for a crowd with many tastes. We also love that they’re make-ahead, so go ahead and prep them now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feed your holiday guests a festive breakfast you can make the night before with this Cranberry Apple Spice Overnight Oatmeal. It’s sweetened with a slow-cooker cranberry apple sauce, which you’ll definitely want to get the recipe for too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The rum frosting is reason enough to make this Frosted Cranberry Chestnut Cake. Double the recipe and gift a loaf to your neighbour, because isn’t that what this season’s all about?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prep these Vegan Cinnamon Rolls up to 18 hours in advance, then bake them off in the morning for a terrific holiday treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make “melty” cheese the star of your appetizer spread with this holiday-ready Apple Baked Brie with Honey, Walnut and Caraway. Serve with your favourite crackers and you’ve got a delicious dish to kick off a holiday evening.                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Add a little fun to your holiday cookie plate with these Cute Little Gingerbread People.  Their seasonal flavours of molasses and cloves will warm your soul and keep that Grinch away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dip shortbread in white chocolate and roll it in crushed pistachios for an over-the-top treat this season. We find this Cranberry Shortbread with White Chocolate and Pistachio recipe somewhat of a revelation, and look forward to gifting plenty of this and enjoying just as much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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End your holiday feast on a sweet note with these Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts with a Sunflower Cookie Crust. They’re vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, AND refined sugar-free, so you can feel good about serving them to your loved ones this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You’ll never guess the star of these Pumpkin Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies‘ creamy filling. White beans! You’ve gotta see it to believe it, plus — they’re gluten-free, making them a win-win for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking for a make-ahead dessert to take the stress out of the holidays? Grab Kitchen Heals Soul recipe for Holiday Eggnog and Cranberry Christmas Trifle and assemble it before your guests arrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make your own hazelnut chocolate spread for these Double Chocolate Nutella-Stuffed Cookies and you can be sure the payoff is large. Oh P.S. these are vegan too, so find everything you’re looking for in one recipe.

By Jessica Brooks

Jessica Brooks is a writer and digital content strategist. Find more of her work at CBC Life and Macleans.ca and follow her on Instagram where she produces baking videos with an unexpected twist.

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