What to Make to Celebrate Every Food Holiday in January

Three glazed doughnuts on a plate
Photo: Carson's Mommy

We believe every day is worth celebrating. That's why we created this comprehensive guide to January food holidays and what to make for each one.

It's no surprise that New Year's Day is National Black-Eyed Peas Day (this recipe is as tasty as it is lucky), but did you know that January 14 is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day (this sub is certainly worthy of its own holiday) or that January 29 is National Corn Chip Day (you simply must try this Fritos Pie)? Let the celebrations begin!

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January 1: National Black-Eyed Pea Day

black eyed peas with ham in a bowl with spoon

It's no surprise that January 1 is National Black-Eyed Peas Day. According to folklore, those who eat them on New Year's Day will have good luck for the rest of the year.

Bonus: Bottoms up! It's also National Bloody Mary Day. Try our Classic Bloody Mary recipe.

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January 2: National Cream Puff Day

Cream Puff "Crack Buns" (Choux au Craquelin)
Chef John

Chef John's take on cream puffs (or profiteroles) was inspired by his favorite Netflix binge: The Great British Baking Show. Celebrate the second day of the year with the creamy, decadent balls.

Bonus: Happy National Buffet Day! Celebrate at home with one of our 14 Most Popular Potluck Recipes.

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January 3: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Sure, you could go to the store and buy a box of chocolate-covered cherries — but where's the fun in that? Make the indulgent bite-sized treat from scratch with just five easy-to-find ingredients.

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January 4: National Spaghetti Day

spaghetti and meatballs on a plate

Make restaurant-worthy spaghetti and meatballs in record time with the help of your trusty Instant Pot. You can use frozen meatballs or try Chef John's top-rated recipe for Italian Meatballs.

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January 5: National Whipped Cream Day

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

You can whip heavy cream and sugar any old day of the year, but National Whipped Cream Day calls for something special. Here's an idea: Pipe this five-ingredient Whipped Cream-Cream Cheese Frosting onto Moist Vanilla Cupcakes.

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January 6: National Shortbread Day

plate of jam-filled thumbprint cookies

More than 2,000 Allrecipes home cooks have given this cookie recipe glowing five-star reviews, so you know it's good enough for your National Shortbread Day celebration.

Bonus: It's also National Bean Day. Make one of these Quick Protein-Packed Dinners with Canned Beans.

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January 7: National Tempura Day

Air-Fryer Tempura Veggies
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

Fact: Tempura batter makes pretty much everything better. This version of vegetable tempura is cooked in an air fryer, so it's a bit healthier for you than the traditional deep-fried stuff.

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January 8: National English Toffee Day

stack of homemade english toffee

"This candy tastes wonderful and takes about 15 minutes to make," says recipe creator nora. "My sister and I did three batches in an hour one year for Christmas. I use a cast iron skillet and some times just a few of the almonds to help gauge the readiness."

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January 9: National Apricot Day

Apricot Lavender Jam

There are plenty of ways to observe National Apricot Day (here are a few hundred of our favorite recipes using the fruit), but it doesn't get much better than this lavendar-infused apricot jam. Spread it on toast or eat it straight out of the jar.

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January 10: National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Costa Rican Coffee Panna Cotta with Bittersweet Chocolate-Rum Sauce
Photo by AllieGeekPi.

Indulge in this Costa Rican-inspired panna cotta, flavored with instant espresso powder and topped with a decadent chocolate rum sauce, on National Bittersweet Chocolate Day.

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January 11: National Milk Day

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

What better way to celebrate National Milk Day than with a Tres Leches cake, which is made with three different types of milk (evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream)?

Bonus: Warm up with this cozy cocktail on National Hot Toddy Day.

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January 12: National Glazed Doughnut Day

Three glazed doughnuts on a plate
Carson's Mommy

Skip the lines at your local bakery and make soft and crispy glazed doughnuts at home on National Doughnut Day. This recipe is a labor of love, but oh-so worth it.

Double bonus: January 12 is also National Curried Chicken Day and National Marzipan Day. Celebrate with a Curried Coconut Chicken dinner followed by Homemade Marzipan Candy.

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January 13: National Gluten-Free Day

Gluten-Free Spicy Breakfast Casserole

No gluten? No problem! January 13 is National Gluten-Free Day, and we've got tons of GF recipes for your menu. Start your day with this spicy and flavorful flourless breakfast casserole.

Bonus: It's also Peach Melba Day, so try Chef John's take on the classy dessert.

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January 14: National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

hot pastrami sandwich
Soup Loving Nicole

Make this delicious deli-style sandwich with sliced pastrami, Swiss cheese, spicy mustard, and sauerkraut on January 14 to celebrate National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day.

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January 15: National Bagel Day

homemade sesame bagels
Chef John's San Francisco-Style Bagels. catherine.drew

"I accidentally stumbled upon a method for making bagels that were structurally and texturally superior, I decided to take advantage of that fact, and the San Francisco-style bagel was born," says Chef John.

Double bonus: Celebrate National Fresh-Squeezed Juice Day with Fresh Homemade Orange Juice and National Strawberry Ice Cream Day with this Easy Eggless Strawberry Ice Cream.

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January 16: National Fig Newton Day

fig cookie bars on a plate

"This is a dark, not very sweet, fig-filled cookie, basically a homemade Fig Newton," according to recipe creator Kim. "The crust gets a toasty flavor from whole wheat flour and walnuts, while the fig filling really lets the dark flavor of the fruit come through."

Bonus: Spice up your International Hot and Spicy Food Day with some Homemade Hot Sauce.

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January 17: National Hot Buttered Rum Day

Chef John's Hot Buttered Rum for the holidays
Chef John's Hot Buttered Rum. Chef John

Frosty January weather got you feeling chilly? You're in luck! January 17 is National Hot Buttered Rum day, so you have the perfect excuse to warm up with a mug of the cozy drink.

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January 18: National Peking Duck Day

Peking Duck
Photo by GingerbreadMommy.

"I absolutely love duck," says reviewer Kara Davidson. "I was so excited to see this on here. Followed exactly and it turned out wonderful. If you really like duck I would get a little bigger duck for more servings."

Bonus: It's National Gourmet Coffee Day! Head to your favorite local coffee shop for a cup of joe.

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January 19: National Popcorn Day

Movie Star Popcorn in blue bowl
Buckwheat Queen

Celebrate National Popcorn Day by making the snack the old-fashioned way. It only takes about 10 minutes to make 10 whole cups! Once you try this method, you'll never go back to the store-bought stuff.

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January 20: National Cheese Lovers Day

Best One Pot Cheese and Macaroni
Buckwheat Queen

Smile and say "cheese" — it's National Cheese Lovers Day! This easy and one-pot comfort food, which has Parmesan and Cheddar, is the perfect way to celebrate.

Bonus: National Buttercrunch Day is the perfect excuse to make this irresistible Almond Buttercrunch Candy.

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January 21: National New England Clam Chowder Day

New England Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder | Photo by Meredith.

Creamy and hearty soup is the perfect way to warm up on a cold January night, so it makes perfect sense that National New England Clam Chowder Day falls in the dead of winter.

Bonus: January 21 is also National Granola Bar Day, so it's the perfect time to try this top-rated Chewy Granola Bar recipe.

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January 22: National Blonde Brownie Day

White Chocolate Blondies

"OMG! These are fantastic," reviewer SUSSYA says of these white chocolate blondies, which are perfect for National Blonde Brownie Day. "I am a huge white chocolate fan and I couldn't stop eating these!"

Bonus: What better way to celebrate National Southern Food Day than with Easy Southern Fried Green Tomatoes?

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January 23: National Pie Day

rhubarb pie slice on a wooden board
Oksana Seaman

January 23 is not only National Pie Day — it's also National Rhubarb Pie Day. Celebrate with this deliciously tart and sweet fruit pie (and a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream).

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January 24: National Peanut Butter Day

Peanut Butter Fudge with Condensed Milk

You only need six easy-to-find ingredients to make this incredibly easy top-rated fudge recipe on National Peanut Butter Day.

Bonus: Did you know there was a National Lobster Thermidor Day? Well, there is — and it's today. Here's a recipe for Chef John's Lobster Thermidor.

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January 25: National Irish Coffee Day

Irish Cream and Coffee
Deb C

Happy National Irish Coffee Day! You don't necessarily need a recipe for two-ingredient Irish cream and coffee, but we have one just in case you do.

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January 26: National Peanut Brittle Day

peanut brittle tied together with ribbon
The Comfort of Cooking

"This is a wonderful peanut brittle that is easy to make and wows everyone," says recipe creator Amanda. "Have all the ingredients for this recipe measured out and ready. This recipe requires that you react quickly."

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January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day

multi-layer Extreme Chocolate Cake with chocolate curls and shards on a white platter

This isn't a regular chocolate cake recipe — it's extreme. Rich and decadent, National Chocolate Cake Day won't know what hit it. Recipe creator RACH56 calls it the "best cake in the world."

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January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day

Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

This pancake recipes is basic, but it's anything but boring. Topped with butter and your favorite maple syrup, the absolutely perfect way to kick off National Blueberry Pancake Day.

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January 29: National Corn Chip Day

Debbie's Frito Pie
Soup Loving Nicole

Fritos topped with chili and cheese? Yes, please! This indulgent dish is comfort food incarnate. Recipe creator arjones2009 says this "simple, fast, and cheap" recipe yields leftovers for days.

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January 30: National Croissant Day

Chef John's Chocolate Croissants
Chef John

"I wouldn't describe making homemade croissants as easy since there are multiple steps, and it does take at least half a day. But it's really not that hard either; and certainly simpler than flying to Paris, which is the only other way to enjoy these amazing pastries," according to Chef John.

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January 31: National Hot Chocolate Day

Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate
House of Aqua

Finish the month strong with a creamy and cozy cup of hot cocoa on National Hot Chocolate Day. This three-ingredient recipe, made with leftover candy, will warm you up from the inside out.

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