The 31 Best Things to Cook This December
We’re approaching the end of what’s been a very long year, and like the months that have preceded it, this December is looking pretty different. It’s a festive holiday-filled month that’s usually packed with all sorts of gatherings and get-togethers, but this year will be traded for more time at home with our immediate families. That’s not to say there’s no celebration to be had — it will just be smaller and quieter.
This year my family and I are skipping the fancy Christmas dinner (hello, cooking fatigue!). Instead, we’re focusing our efforts on an extra-special breakfast that includes a make-ahead casserole, easy cinnamon rolls, and, of course, bacon. It feels manageable and fun, and I’m really excited about it. Perhaps it’s the start of a new tradition for us.
It’s also a month for lots of baking. If it’s cookies you’re after, you can’t go wrong with classic spritz cookies, pizzelles, or butter cookies (yes, just like the ones from the blue tin). Maybe this is the month you bake up a batch of buttermilk biscuits or make the spiced crème brûlée pie our entire team has been drooling over.
Several members of our team have plans to try out one new-to-them recipe this month, which sounds like a great idea and a lot of fun. The common theme is comfort food, with dishes like adas polo, matar paneer, and lugaw. Don’t forget to keep plenty of simple, satisfying dinners on hand to get you through the week. Instant Pot chicken noodle soup, mushroom and garlic pasta, and no-boil baked ziti are all great picks for cold December evenings.
Breakfast casseroles, cookies, latkes, short ribs, and so much more — here are 31 of our favorite winter recipes to inspire your cooking all month long.