15 Cozy Recipes to Make on a Snow Day

Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
Photo: Kathy Ryan-Ostrick

Make the most of your next snow day with one of these comforting and delicious recipes. Whether you're looking for fun snow-themed treats (kids will get a kick out of snowman-shaped pancakes with bacon scarves), cozy comfort foods (we've certainly got you covered in that department, from classic beef stew to Mamaw's favorite old-fashioned casserole), or a warming winter beverage (hot chocolate for the kids, mulled wine for the adults), you'll find something you love in this collection of our best snow day recipes.

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Fluffy Pancakes

a snowman-shaped pancake with chocolate chip and mini chip features and buttons and a bacon "scarf". The plate is garnished with mini marshmallow snow and snowflake-shaped sprinkles
"snowman pancakes with bacon scarf". footballgrl16

Use our basic recipe for fluffy pancakes, along with chocolate chip buttons and a bacon scarf, to assemble a snowman-shaped breakfast. We simply can't imagine a cuter (or more delicious) way to start a snow day.

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Sheet Pan Turkey Chili with Cornbread Dumplings

Sheet Pan Turkey Chili with Cornbread Dumplings over a blue napkin

"A different way to prepare chili and cornbread," says recipe creator Kim. "This is a bit on the spicier side, so go easy on the chili powder and jalapenos for a milder version. This really fills up the sheet pan to the top, but don't worry, it will fit!"

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Classic, Hearty Beef Stew

bowls of beef stew with carrots, potatoes, and peas
Matthew Francis

Here's a rich and hearty French-style beef stew that everyone at your table will love. "This recipe is a little time intensive in preparation and worth every minute," according to five-star reviewer Bonnie.

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Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
Kathy Ryan-Ostrick

With almost 2,500 five-star reviews, Allrecipes users can't get enough of this winter recipe. "This soup embodies all the wonders of Italian cooking: Italian sausage, garlic, tomatoes, and red wines," says recipe creator Mary P.

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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

Snow days call for your favorite classic comfort foods — and what's more comforting than these large and chewy chocolate chip cookies? Though you can make them at home, they're just as good as anything you'll find in a bakery.

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Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole

plate of chicken and rice casserole
Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole. Melissa Goff

"I grew up on this recipe, my grandmother got it from a lady from church at a potluck a long time ago," explains recipe creator katiefbenham. "She passed it down to my mom and it's always been a family favorite."

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Chef John's Sourdough Bread

Chef John's Sourdough Bread

If you're going to be stuck at home for a few days, you might as well use your extra time to make a rustic loaf of sourdough bread. Don't have a starter? Mix up Chef John's Sourdough Starter with just bread, flour, and water.

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Greek Baklava

Greek Baklava in a metal pan

Though it's not hard to make Greek baklava, delicately layering the ultra-thin phyllo dough sheets with butter is certainly not a quick process. But what else do you have to do on a snow day?

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Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

"I have made this for many whom have given it the title," recipe creator Karena says of this top-rated soup. "This takes a bit of effort but is well worth it."

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Grandma's Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grandma's Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Photo by DIZ.

These decadent grilled cheese sandwiches, flavored with Italian seasoning and garlic powder, make the perfect snow day lunch. Pair with Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup.

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Creamy Hot Cocoa

Creamy Hot Cocoa
Creamy Hot Cocoa | Photo by Angela.

"It's old fashioned, it's comforting, it makes the kitchen smell wonderful, and it's good for the soul," recipe creator JEANIE BEAN says of this quick and easy hot chocolate.

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Cozy Mulled Wine

mulled wine in a glass with an orange garnish, cinnamon stick, and anise

Warm up on a cold winter's night with a cozy cup of mulled wine. This recipe was developed using a slow cooker, but you can easily prepare it on the stovetop over medium heat.

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Chef John's Cassoulet

Chef John's Cassoulet in a red cocotte

"Cassoulet takes a lot of time and ingredients (some hard to find) and uses lots of pots and pans," according to Chef John. "So why make it? That's easy. Cassoulet is one of the most delicious dishes you'll ever have."

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Italian Bread Bowls

Italian Bread Bowls on a white plate

"These cute little bread bowls are a great way to serve soup in the wintertime," according to recipe creator Kerri Skrudland. "I usually serve a hearty potato soup when I have the time to bake them."

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Easy Snowballs

Easy Snowballs

You only need four ingredients to make these snowball-shaped shortbread cookies: unsalted butter, confectioners' sugar, all-purpose flour, and (optional) walnuts.

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More Inspiration

Coconut Hot Cocoa

Looking for more snow day ideas? Find a new favorite with our collections of Hearty Winter Soups to Warm You Up After a Day Outside and Hot Drinks to Warm Up Your Winter.

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