While you may not be able to get together for a traditional cookie swap or potluck this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy other people’s cooking! We’ve gathered holiday favorites from KIWI magazine and some of our favorite brands to help bring your culinary celebrations to the next level.
Freshly Minted: A Protein Packed Peppermint Cocktail
Contributed by Dominic Cigliano, associate brand manager of Country Life and Biochem
“I am not usually a fan of tequila, but this cocktail seriously changed my mind. I love this recipe because you get to enjoy a delicious holiday cocktail AND you get a protein boost (two of my favorites)!” Get the recipe.
Vegan Cashew Cream Pear Tart
Contributed by KIWI magazine, recipe by Hannah Kaminsky
“Imagine delicately spiced pears cooked until fork tender, sitting atop a luscious pillow of maple-scented cashew crème, all contained within a soft, nutty crust. Sounds like a dream? Well wake up, because this delight is easily a reality!” Get the recipe.
Fish Risotto with Lemon and Arugula
Contributed by Chad Sarno, chief culinary officer and co-founder of Gathered Food
“As we get into the colder months I tend to crave a bit of comfort, and this rich and creamy risotto is a perfect fit for a warm comforting fish-free meal.” Get the recipe.
Pear and Gouda Cheese Ball with Cranberries and Pecans
Contributed by Kathy Stephenson, director of marketing communications of USA Pears
“The all-American cheese ball is a throwback worth revisiting. I love how this fun dish brings together sweet pears and cheese, presented together in the shape of everyone’s favorite holiday fruit. And it’s deceptively easy to pull off, too, which makes it perfect for serving to the whole family before a holiday dinner.” Get the recipe.
Sambucol Black Elderberry Winter Sangria
Contributed by Melissa Beltz, brand marketing coordinator of Sambucol Black Elderberry
“Sambucol Black Elderberry Winter Sangria is perfect for holiday get-togethers or sipping on while you make your family’s favorite holiday recipes. It’s brimming with seasonal fruit flavors, spirit-warming brandy, and Sambucol Black Elderberry Syrup for an extra burst of immune support this season.” Get the recipe.
Sugar Plum Fairy Cupcakes
Contributed by Five Marigolds for Nellie’s Free Range Eggs
“Decked out in icy pink buttercream frosting with peppermint candies, purple gumdrops, and colorful sprinkles as far as the eye can see, these sugar plum fairy cupcakes are as delightful and dainty as the sugar plum fairy herself! But that’s not all. Just like any good fairytale, each of these Nutcracker-inspired sweets comes with a few surprises; namely, a melted white chocolate truffle hidden in the center.” Get the recipe.
Caramelized Rockit Apples with Maple Cinnamon Cream
Contributed by Lorinda Oscarson, marketing coordinator of Chelan Fresh
“This recipe has quickly become an “Easy” button household favorite. This quick dessert recipe is perfect for cold winter evenings and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. It has all of the rich flavors of vanilla, maple, and cinnamon with a healthy twist of warm apples. Serve casually to family or add a festive garnish for your favorite dinner guests.” Get the recipe.
Peppermint Meringue Snowballs
Contributed by KIWI magazine
“Peppermint candy makes these gluten-free meringues both refreshing and sweet—and with steps for both kids and parents, it’s the perfect seasonal recipe to try together.” Get the recipe.
Orange Cardamom French Toast
Contributed by Brittany Farris, associate brand manager at Canyon Bakehouse
“We think this recipe will wake up your senses and get you feeling festive! Made with holiday favorites like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg; this easy-to-make gluten-free French toast is perfect for getting the whole family cozy in the kitchen on a chilly winter morning.” Get the recipe.
Contributed by Big Easy Boucha and Aimee Herrmann of Kindred
“A tropical, lower-sugar twist on the hot toddy, this recipe is a holiday crowd pleaser with its warming combination of tea, rum, and Big Easy Tepache, a delicious, mango-flavored fruit drink packed with probiotics that contains three times less sugar and calories than soda.” Get the recipe.
Raw Thin Mints
Contributed by Kristen Winn, consumer marketing manager of Barlean’s
“Holidays! Nostalgia! We’ve got the perfect cookie for both. These thin mints are easy, super yummy AND have olive leaf extract for an immune system boost. What’s not to love?” Get the recipe.
Contributed by KIWI magazine
“Latkes are traditionally cooked in oil, but our version is baked instead of fried and full of vegetables and whole grains. The result: a delicious dish you can feel good about making (and eating!) with your family.” Get the recipe.
Koita’s Dairy-Free Eggnog
Contributed by Koita
“This creamy eggnog is dairy-free. Enjoy it as is for the whole family or spike it with bourbon or rum for the grown-ups!” Get the recipe.
Skipjack Wild Tuna and Pasta
Contributed by Sue Jacobs, vice presidents of marketing of Wild Planet Foods
“Perfect for busy nights, Wild Planet has updated the tuna-noodle entrée with this simple, satisfying tangle of pasta and sustainably sourced Skipjack Wild Tuna. Fresh lemon and parsley provides bright flavor notes, sure to keep everyone around your table happy through the holiday season.” Get the recipe.
Vegan Bread Pudding with Cardamom and Pears
Contributed by Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery and Desiree Nielsen
“Bread pudding is such a classic comfort… so I’m giving it a bit of a glow up with fragrant cardamom, delicate pears, and crunchy walnuts.” Get the recipe.