Delicious, Seasonal Recipes to Cook in December

We’ve made it past Thanksgiving and I’m ready to keep on this delicious, festive recipe train. If you’re tired of stuffing & potatoes like I am — I’ve got you covered with seasonal, cozy soups, super nourishing dinners, and plenty of desserts to carry you through December.

What’s in season in December?

This month we’re cooking with tons of delicious, vitamin-packed winter squash, dark leafy greens, broccoli plenty of sweet potatoes. Stock up on:

Citrus is also coming into season so be sure to stock up on juicy oranges and lemons for baking, dressings and more. You’ll find a healthy dose of gingerbread and sugar cookies because hello, baking season!

Scroll through, pick out your favs, and enjoy these seasonal recipes all December long.

slice of banana french toast casserole on a plate

Breakfast & brunch

Upside-Down Bananas Foster French Toast Bake

Fluffy Gingerbread Pancakes

Orange Gingerbread Swirl Loaf

St. Nick’s Naughty & Nice Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

The Best Cinnamon Rolls You’ll Ever Eat

Upside-Down Orange Caramel Pecan French Toast Bake

Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pancakes

french onion soup in a crock

Seasonal lunches

Classic French Onion Soup

Lightened Up Cheddar Cauliflower Broccoli Soup

Winter Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup with Mini Turkey Meatballs

Vegan White Bean & Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


festive nut mix in two small bowls

Appetizers & snacks

St. Nick’s Drop It Like It’s Hot Party Nuts

Garlic Olive Oil Dip

Bacon Wrapped Dark Chocolate & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Roasted Garlic Tahini Carrot Dip

Apple Cider Hot Toddy

mushroom chicken lasagna roll up on a plate

Comforting dinners

Pesto Mushroom Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Mom’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Roasted Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Couscous

Lightened Up Chicken Pot Pie

One Pot Cheesy Mushroom Spinach Beef Pasta

Cozy Roasted Vegetable Butternut Squash Lasagna

chocolate mint cookies with mint frosting next to candy canes

Festive desserts

Mint Chocolate Cookies with Mint Frosting

The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies You’ll Ever Eat

Grain Free Cinnamon Roll Cookies

World’s Best Banana Cream Pie (with peanut butter cookie crust!)

White Chocolate Macadamia Snickerdoodles

One Bowl Gluten Free Gingerbread Snacking Cake

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cream Pies with Fluffy Peanut Butter Filling

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