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Party Plan: Holiday Cookie Exchange

The holiday season is a time to gather and a time to share—so this party combines both! These sweet recipes make plenty of cookies perfect for cookie exchanges, hostess gifts, or thoughtful gestures throughout the month.

Santa Hat Cookies

These little cookies are scrumptious and festive! Red frosting piles high to make each little “hat,” while a mini marshmallow tops it all off.

North Star Cookies

These stunning cookies look difficult to pull off, but they’re as simple as any other sandwich cookie. In this recipe, we use the cut-out centers for tinier North Star Cookies.

Gingerbread Cookie Chex Mix

Warning: this snack mix is dangerously easy to eat! Munch by the handful, or partition into fancy favor bags and hand out at the end of your party.

Chocolate-Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate cookies are great as-is, but the addition of coconut elevates these thumbprint cookies to a whole new level of yum. Once baked, the coconut makes a toasted and tasty addition.

Holiday Blossom Cookies

If you’re hankering for a splash of color on your cookie table, these Holiday Blossom cookies are a delicious solution. Use whatever color of sugar you’d like.

Chocolate Coal Lumps

Cocoa Puffs™ cereal forms the base of these amazing bar cookies. Finished with a chocolate coat, you’ll be happy to get this coal in your stocking!

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

Mint chocolate is one of our favorite flavors of the holiday season, so consider these soft green cookies a tasty tribute.

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Pumpkin Pie Cookies

This recipe makes 24 petite pumpkin pies so delicious that we guarantee you’ll want to keep a few for yourself.

Alpine Mint Hot Chocolate

One sip of this decadent hot chocolate will transport you to a cozy ski lodge in the Alps. Patterned sweater optional.

Party Plan: Candlelit Cocktail Evening

Indulge friends at a cozy fall cocktail party by candlelight. They may come for the drinks, but they’ll stay for the mouthwatering finger foods and warm autumn ambiance.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Oatmeal, tapioca and cranberries give this traditionally fall classic a distinctly holiday twist.

Wheat Sheaf Centerpiece

Wheat has long been a symbol of a successful harvest, associated with all that is truly nourishing and life-affirming. Decorate your Fall or Thanksgiving table with this simple, nature-inspired centerpiece.

Gathered Gourd Centerpiece

With a little creativity, it’s easy to transform simple gourds and surplus squash into sophisticated centerpieces for fall entertaining.

Flowering Pumpkin Centerpiece

Set your autumn décor into full bloom with a pumpkin bouquet that’s sure to brighten any table with bold, fall color.

Shiny Apple Tea Lights

Line up a row of these glowing apples to create a simple and stunning centerpiece, or use them to mark the place settings at a candlelit dinner party.

Pumpkin Mousse Napoleons

This fanciful take on pumpkin pie combines chilled spiced pumpkin and warm puff pastry. It’s creamy and incredible.

Autumn Apple Strudel

What’s better than a warm pastry stuffed with tangy bites of apples and cranberry? Topping it with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Farmhouse Yukon Mashed Potatoes

Chicken broth adds extra richness to this rustic potato dish, without piling on the butter and cream. That means more room for grated cheese, bacon or chives!

Fall Décor Tabletop Tips

Create a welcoming fall tablescape with simple ideas that set a harvest time tone for holiday dinner parties.

Party Plan: Touchdown Tailgate Party

Whether you’re in front of the stadium or in front of the TV, it’s easy to rally your team together with a menu that scores big points for fun and flavor.

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