Our 15 Most Popular Recipes for December

Nutella pastry shaped like a Christmas Tree on a table
Photo: Allrecipes

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.

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Best Ever Pie Crust

double crust pie on a cooling rack
Jess Gartner

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!"

02 of 15

Cabbage Fat-Burning Soup

bowl of cabbage soup with parsley garnish
Melissa Goff

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.

03 of 15

Sugar Cookie Icing

sugar cookies decorated for Christmas as colorful mittens and Santa's sleighs
"I add a bit more almond extract, but everyone loves the taste!". PAgirlgoneSouth

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.

04 of 15

Quick and Easy Brownies

stack of sliced 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.

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Klupskies (Polish Burgers)

polish hamburger served with brown gravy

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.

06 of 15

Grinch Kabobs

Grinch Kabobs
Snacking in the Kitchen

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.

07 of 15

Buttery Cinnamon Cake

Buttery Cinnamon Cake on a glass cake stand

"Very easy to follow," says Blue. "I did sub butter for shortening, and added more cinnamon; like others said. I made a Bourbon Cinnamon butter syrup, by adding less water and making up difference with bourbon." Cheers to that!

08 of 15

Home-Fried Potatoes

fried potatoes on a white plate

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."

09 of 15

Nutella Pastry Christmas Tree

Nutella pastry shaped like a Christmas Tree on a table

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.

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Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche
Photo by TM.

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.

11 of 15

Pork Chops in Garlic Mushroom Sauce

pork chop with mushroom and garlic gravy served with herbed mashed potatoes
Kim's Cooking Now

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."

12 of 15

Pizza Balls

bowl of pizza ball snacks

These easy, snackable balls are just the thing for when you're binging Christmas movies, decking the halls, or cheering on your sports teams.

13 of 15

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies with Butter Frosting

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies with Butter Frosting

Becky shares this recipe with us and says, "These are cookies my mother has been making since I was a little girl. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!"

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Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken Thighs and Rice

chicken thighs and rice cooked in a dutch oven

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."

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Grandma's Lace Cookies

Grandma's Lace Cookies
Dustin Poh

Dustin Poh shared this recipe, saying, "This is one of my favorite cookie recipes that has been passed down to me from my Grandmother. Friends and family love them — they are so addictive!"

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