The holidays are full of good cheer, gift-giving, and food. It’s hard to narrow it down, but these are five of my favorite holiday foods.
Happy Friday! I can’t believe the holidays are upon us. Tuesday night kicked off the first night of Chanukah and Christmas is right around the corner! Oh 2017, how you’ve flown by…
In the spirit of all things holiday, today’s topic for the Friday Five 2.0 is “holiday food.” I don’t know which one of us from Running on Happy or Fairytales and Fitness picked that topic, but for some reason it’s such a hard topic for me to tackle. First I was going to give you a list of great gifts for foodies (Run Fast. Eat Slow. and Instant Pot, I’m looking at you). Then I considered presenting you with a holiday cookie roundup. But then I decided to choose five of my favorite foods I find myself gravitating toward time and again. But honestly — this topic is so hard! Because WHO CAN CHOOSE JUST FIVE FAVORITE HOLIDAY FOODS?!
Five Favorite Holiday Foods
These are a few of my favorite things…
Homemade latkes have been a family tradition since I was a little girl. And now they’ve become a tradition in my family as an adult. There’s something truly amazing and delicious about fresh and crisp latkes. You can ruin them with applesauce and sour cream if you want, but I much prefer them plain, perfect, and untouched.
2. Krispy Kreme donuts
In the spirit of Chanukah and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), my husband’s recent trip to our nearest Krispy Kreme makes today’s list. We had a taste of Krispy Kreme in Arizona and came back wanting more. As Chanukah is celebrated with fried foods and jelly doughnuts, a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts seemed like a great substitute. And while our doughnuts weren’t technically jelly-filled, they sure were delicious!
3. Sweet potato crunch
One of my first holidays with my husband’s family yielded one of my all-time favorite holiday dishes. My mother-in-law introduced me to a fabulous recipe called Sweet Potato Crunch. It goes by many names but the recipe is generally the same — sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, and a sweet topping of brown sugar and pecans. We share this dish with family and friends for both Thanksgiving and Christmas because it’s that good.
4. Mint chocolate truffles
It’s almost cookie-making time and one of my favorite “cookies” to make are mint chocolate truffles. For some reason the flavor, the texture, and even the smell reminds me so much of the holidays. They’re easy to make, too. Interested? Check out the recipe here. But please excuse the crudeness of the photos. This was long before I knew what I was doing re: blogs and photography and I haven’t had time to update it yet. But the recipe is still fab!
5. Any and all butter cookies
I’m a sucker for a good butter cookie. Which, by the way, is not to be confused with a sugar cookie. They’re not the same — not even close. I don’t make butter cookies as often as I’d like but I’m hoping to make some this year.
I love cooking and baking, and the holidays give me a great excuse to do both! Now it’s time to fess up — what’s YOUR favorite holiday food?
Did I get you in the mood for holiday cookies yet? Check out this roundup of some amazing holiday cookie recipes!
Are you traveling for the holidays this year?
Are you a chef or a baker?
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