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Tis the season for having big family gatherings, exchanging gifts, laughing, hugging and cooking. And it’s this last verb that I’m centering on here today with what we’re calling “12 Great Holiday Recipes.” A play off of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” here are 12 different reasons to get into the kitchen and create some holiday love.
 

1. Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes Featuring Bob’s Red Mill® Flour

Starting off sweet makes great sense to me. Thus, check out this delectible recipe I found on the Bob’s Red Mill website. Calling for Gluten-free 1-to-1 Baking Flour (pictured below), this tasty holiday dessert was shared with Bob’s by Keri Zacharias from Fashionable Foods.
 

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This great tasting dessert from Bob’s Red Mill and Fashionable Foods is sure to light up your event. Featuring Bob’s Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour, and a healthy dose of sweet, enjoy! Images Courtesy: Bob’s Red Mill (left) and Fashionable Foods (right).

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Bob’s Red Mill website. While visiting there, see the myriad additional recipes, both holiday and non. So much cooking to do!
 

2. Snowball Cookies Featuring C&H Sugar

In keeping with the sweet angle, and yes, we’ll be seeing a lot of that today, this cookie recipe from C&H Sugar is to die for. And can you imagine a better name than “Snowballs?”
 

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When I think of the holidays, cookies are one of the main things that come to mind. This “Snowballs” cookie recipe off of the C&H Sugar website is amazing. Of course, the recipe features “pure cane sugar, granulated white!” Enjoy! Images Courtesy: C&HSugar.com

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the C&H Sugar website. Many additional recipes find their home on the C&H Sugar website, so enjoy!
 

3. Blizzard Cookies Featuring Dominos® Sugar

O.K., while we’re on the topic of sugar, how about another sugar-driven treat, this time from Dominoes Sugar? You bet! Here’s a great cookie recipe called “Blizzard Cookies” that should go toe-to-toe with the Snowballs above!
 

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Sugar goes into so many great things and cookies are no exception. This great, white stuff from Dominoes is sure to sweeten-up any dessert or treat you bake for your friends and family this season. Images Courtesy: DominoSugar.com

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Domino Sugar website. Like the others, there are several more recipes to explore on the Domino Sugar website. Have fun!
 

4. Mexican Cheese Ball Featuring El Monterey® Taquitos

So moving on, for now, to the savory side of things we are featuring this oh-so-yummy Mexican Cheese Ball recipe from El Monterey. Known for their authentic-tasting, frozen mexican foods, El Monterey offers up this great recipe which combines in some of their off-the-shelf taquitos as part of the mix. I’m getting very hungry writing this!
 

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I don’t think it’s really necessary to justify the making of a cheese ball…I mean who doesn’t simply love cheese? This recipe won’t dissapoint! Images Courtesy: ElMonterey.com

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the El Monterey website. Here again, there are several more recipes to explore on the El Monterey website. Enjoy!
 

5. Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Potato Soup Featuring Idahoan® Baby Reds

With the cold outside in full-effect, warm soup just hits the spot. This recipe from Idahoan is beyond tasty and will definitely chase away that winter chill. Featuring Idahoan Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Baby Red Potatoes as a key ingredient, well, get ready for some truly scrumptious soup.
 

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With the cold outside in full-effect, warm soup just hits the spot. This recipe from Idahoan will make you smile. Images Courtesy: Idahoan.com

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Idahoan website. There are several more recipes to explore on the Idahoan website as well. Enjoy!
 

6. Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix in a Jar Featuring Florida Crystals®

O.K. So back to the sweets. Check out this fun gift idea that will make just about anyone excited. Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix in a Jar! Beautiful, fun and tasty. With Florida Crystals Organic Brown Raw Cane Sugar as a key component, well, you can’t go wrong here.
 

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I can’t imagine anyone not excited about this particular treat. Featuring several layers of goodness, this dessert is so picturesque it even makes for a great gift! Images Courtesy: FloridaCrystals.com

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Florida Crystals website. There are several more recipes to explore on this site as well so have at it!
 

7. Cheddar & Bacon Mac n’ Cheese Featuring Tillamook Cheese®

O.K. We don’t the holidays to motivate us to eat mac n’ cheese, especially this incredible concoction that has Tillamooks’ Vintage Extra Sharp White Cheddar as a key ingredient. That said, the holidays are a perfect time for this amazingly warming and decadent dish. In fact, this recipe would be great on Christmas eve as it is pretty easy to make while the elves are otherwise busy. Cook it up and make people quite happy indeed!
 

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Yes indeed, no excuses needed to make mac n’ cheese driven by Vintage Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese from Tillamook. Every day would be ok. Images Courtesy: Tillamook.com and Portco.com

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Tillamook website. Many more great recipes to enjoy there as well!
 

8. Rice Chip Toffee Featuring Lundberg® Sea Salt Rice Chips

Yet another very easy recipe here with a big payoff. Only 30 minutes to prep and then 2 hrs. in the freezer and you have a great snack for 30! Centered around Lundbergs’ (already tasty) Sea Salt Rice Chips, this recipe looks particularly good for a holiday gathering.
 

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Rice chip toffee? Seriously. Say no more. When do we begin? These look so good. Images Courtesy: Lundberg.com

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Lundberg website. See many more great recipes on Lundberg’s site as well!
 

9. Popcorn Pie Pops with Salted Caramel Featuring Plonkers® Buttery Popcorn

O.K. So this recipe looks quite intriguing, especially if you’re hosting a bunch of kids for a holiday or any kind of event. And while the prep on these tasty little “popcorn pie pops” is a bit more than some, the novelty, taste and, well, beauty of the results speaks for itself. Now I couldn’t find a recipe directly on the Plonkers Popcorn website, so I did a search on ways to utilize popcorn in a recipe. The recipe link will take you to a website called SugaryandButtery.com. That said, the Plonkers Popcorn website is very nice and does a great job of showcasing their various, flavored popcorn products. Their story is also great. I encourage a visit. Finally, if you don’t want to spend the time trying this recipe, just having a large bowl of Plonkers Popcorn at your event (or just anytime) will more than suffice. The excellent flavors on offer from Plonkers need no change and may just cause you to get rid of your popcorn maker altogether (and buy Plonkers instead)!
 

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Popcorn is a national treat and just about any occasion is enhanced when a bull of this great stuff is on-hand. That said, Plonkers is the best, so why settle for less? Have fun with your Plonkers trying this great recipe as well (especially good for kids). Images Courtesy: PlonkersPopcorn.com (left) & SugaryandButtery.com (right)

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Sugary and Butter website. As noted, the Plonkers Popcorn website is well worth a visit too. Enjoy!
 

10. Cranberry Orange Holiday Ice Cream Cake Featuring Coconut Bliss® Vanilla Island Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Have you had Coconut Bliss? Well, like the brand suggests, it really is blissful. And how better to brighten up the holidays than to create an ice cream cake replete with sweet, tart, gorgeous color and flavor? This recipe for Cranberry Orange Holiday Ice Cream Cake nails this goal and will not dissapoint. Using Coconut Bliss’s Vanilla Island Ice Cream as a central ingredient, well, things just keep going great from there.
 

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When sweet meets tart, well, say no more. This ice cream cake is to die for. Enjoy! Images Courtesy: CoconutBliss.com

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Coconut Bliss website. While there aren’t many more recipes on the Coconut Bliss website at this time, take a moment to explore their amazing, organic ice cream products (23 of them!) and do read their story…it’s great.
 

11. Candied Oregon Hazelnuts Featuring Oregon Hazelnuts®

So in this time of cookies, cakes and all things tasty and sweet, there is surely a spot in this list for Candied Oregon Hazelnuts. This great recipe calls for genuine Oregon hazelnuts from, you guessed it, Oregon Hazelnuts. Similar to a peanut brittle, yet so much more unique and delectable via the hazelnut element, this concoction really deserves to be on your dessert or snack tray this year.
 

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You’ve probably had peanut brittle a time or two, but what about Candied Oregon Hazelnuts? Different and…BETTER! So worth the try. Images Courtesy: OregonHazelnuts.org

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the full recipe on the Oregon Hazelnuts website. See many more great recipes on their website as well! Further, their page on nutrition may just make you a hazelnut fan if you aren’t already.
 

12. Partners® Multigrain and Flax Crackers with Tillamook® Sharp Cheddar

Remember the days of leaving treats out for Santa and his reindeer? I surely do, and now with two girls aged 2 and 5, we’re doing it again. And what better for Santa and his flying friends than cheese and crackers? In fact, I think this is a must not only for Santa but all his elves who are up late getting the magic of the holidays ready for the kids. So, when looking at the perfect “crackers and cheese combo,” it became quite obvious. Partners Multigrain and Flax Crackers with Tillamook’s Vintage Extra Sharp White Cheddar. Yes, it’s the second time we’ve seen this Tillamook cheese on here (this time aged 3 years aged)…and in this pairing, wow, it’s a home run. This isn’t a recipe per say, but an easy snack that deserves a place at just about any gathering (and for Santa as noted!).
 

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Cheese and crackers need no urging. That said, get some ready for your holiday parties and, of course, for Santa! Partners Crackers with Vintage Tillamook? Nirvana. Images Courtesy: Partners Crackers (left) & Tillamook Cheese (right)

 
RECIPE: Here is the link to the Partners Multigrain and Flax Crackers page. Check out the suggested pairings for this cracker and you’ll see the aged cheddar is on that short list. Check out more great and tasty offering from Partners on their full website. Enjoy and Happy Cooking (and eating!).
 

AUTHOR: Dan Meyers