Our 15 Most Popular Recipes for December
Allrecipes home cooks are all over the place with their recipe picks this month. Christmas cookies and holiday appetizers, weeknight comfort food dinners and easy-to-make breakfasts are among the most popular recipes being clicked on, cooked up, and tucked away during these hectic weeks. And as the season triggers nostalgic longings, home cooks are giving big, warm hugs to recipes handed down from Grandma's kitchen. Let's take a look.
Best Ever Pie Crust
Home cook Tina praises this no-nonsense recipe for flaky pie crust, saying, "This is a great recipe because the measurements are very accurate. I used ½ cup of butter and ½ cup of shortening instead of all shortening and mixed them together and put it in the fridge. I also put my food processor bowl in the fridge. After they were good and chilled, I put the flour in the food processor and added the shortening/butter mix and pulsed it till it looked coarse and then I added ice cold water to it a little at a time as I pulsed it until it formed a ball. It came out EXCELLENT in taste and texture! My hubby is a pastry chef and gave it thumbs up!"
Cabbage Fat-Burning Soup
December is the month for unbridled indulgence, but that doesn't mean home cooks are ignoring the consequences. This popular low-fat, low carb soup is always popular in the post-holiday months, but judging from the numbers, it's getting cooked up (or saved in recipe boxes) right now.
Sugar Cookie Icing
December is also peak cookie-baking and decorating season. This simple recipe — made with confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, milk, and almond extract — is a favorite choice for turning homemade cookies into edible works of art. It dries to a hard and shiny finish so your hard work won't get all smudged up.
Quick and Easy Brownies
Popular holiday treats run the gamut from elaborately decorated cookies to simple pleasures like these homemade brownies. Several users cut the amount of flour down to one cup and loved the chewy, fudgy results.
Klupskies (Polish Burgers)
December's chilly days make us eager to warm up with simple comfort food, and maybe that's why these simple, savory burgers made it onto the list of most popular recipes this month. You can serve them on buns, or topped with your favorite gravy, as shown.
You don't have to be a kid to love watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" or to chow down on these perfectly themed snacks. Juicy green grapes are skewered with banana and strawberry hats topped with mini marshmallow bobbles. Eat them as is, or with a pot of chocolate fondue as shown.
Buttery Cinnamon Cake
A hearty side dish for any December meal, from breakfast eggs to dinner roasts. OhioWolverine says, "Leftover baked or boiled potatoes that are cold when you begin to fry them will usually yield that golden crust...and save you some time. Have been making them this way for years. Some of us old-school Dutch folks like them with a tine amount of yellow mustard."
Nutella Pastry Christmas Tree
Allrecipes home cooks love this fancy looking but easy-to-make pastry. Rich, chocolaty Nutella is sandwiched between layers of frozen puff pastry dough shaped into a Christmas tree with cleverly twisted branches. If you're looking for a way to make this holiday feel a little more special, give this a try.
Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche
This solid 5-star recipe is a good choice for everything from casual serve-yourself breakfasts to Christmas brunch. You'll love the quick 10-minute prep (thanks to a frozen pie shell) that makes this so perfect for simplifying a busy holiday season.
Pork Chops in Garlic Mushroom Sauce
In a mere 30 minutes, you can dig into this rich, savory dinner. And isn't that the kind of recipe you want for a hectic December? Home cook Lisa Robinson says, "I made this recipe as written. My pork chops were a little thick so I had to increase the cooking time on them but otherwise turned out great. Impressive dish for such a short amount of prep time. Thanks for sharing."
These easy, snackable balls are just the thing for when you're binging Christmas movies, decking the halls, or cheering on your sports teams.
Old Fashioned Butter Cookies with Butter Frosting
Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken Thighs and Rice
Your kitchen is going to smell amazing when you bake up this lemony one-pot chicken. Nancy Antochow says, "I used skinless, boneless chicken thighs and I also added fresh mushrooms when I was sautéing the onions. This recipe has great flavor & I definitely make it again."