7 Traditional Holiday Foods To Try This Year

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We love the holidays, not just for the gifts and the cheer, but for the way that foods of all kinds bring people together under traditions old and new! The holidays are the perfect time to dive into traditional recipes with family and friends, creating cozy memories that last far beyond the winter season.

These are some holiday classics you must try this year, including a few you may never even have heard of and some you undoubtedly have. Don't skip out on any of these delicious treats this year!

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chestnuts

roasted chestnutsWhat's more classic than chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Well, you don't need an open fire to enjoy these, and that's not the only twist about them. You can enjoy these plain with melted butter, but we highly recommend trying out this recipe as written, with bright lemon zest and herbaceous fresh rosemary. It's a perfect snack packed with wintertime flavors.

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Date Balls

date ballsThese chewy treats from Diabetic Foodie are a holiday classic—one that's safe for those with diabetes, so all your family and friends can enjoy! These date balls are covered with coconut flakes and mixed with a touch of cocoa powder, resulting in a complex mix of flavors that'll keep you coming back for more.


panettonePanettone is a classic Italian fruit bread served around Christmastime, and this recipe from Curious Cuisiniere captures everything that's great about this traditional loaf: notes of bright citrus, chewy dried fruits, and a rich, smooth texture. For the full recipe and the story of this delicious bread's origins, just click on the image and follow the link over to Sarah & Tim's blog post!

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls

chocolate covered pb ballsYou'll love this crispy crunchy version of classic Christmastime chocolate-covered peanut butter balls. Simple to make with no baking required, the whole family can help whip these morsels up, and then dig in afterwards!

Gingerbread Roll Cake

gingerbread roll cakeGingerbread meets buche de noel in this delicious roll cake with cinnamon whipped cream frosting. This cake is perfect for the holidays, with strong flavors of ginger and cinnamon complemented by the sweet creamy filling.

Olive Oil Cookies with Rosemary & Red Wine

olive oil cookiesThese diabetic-friendly cookies from Diabetic Foodie aren't the super-sweet Christmas cookies you might expect for this time of year, but for the adults among your family and friends, these slightly savory, crisp little cookies with hints of evergreen rosemary and dry red wine are the perfect snack—and one you never have to feel guilty about!


eggnogThis eggnog recipe serves a crowd, and taste creamy and rich enough that your guests are going to demand seconds, and even thirds. Make this recipe up to 2 days a head of your party and keep chilled in your refrigerator until ready to serve.

Featured Bloggers

sarah and timSarah and her husband, Tim, run the cultural food blog, Curious Cuisiniere, where they share easy to follow recipes and food history from around the world, inspiring food lovers and home cooks to learn about and experience global cultures from the comfort of their own kitchen.

shelbyShelby runs Diabetic Foodie with a mission to prove that living with diabetes doesn't have to mean sacrificing delicious food. Her blog has lots of recipes for those with special diets, including gluten free, paleo, and vegan, along with helpful advice for eating well within your diet restrictions.

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