Cue up a Christmas movie or a playlist of carols and break out the aprons. Cooking with mom is the sweetest way to celebrate the season—and to ensure your snack stock is well-prepared to avoid any fight-over-the-last-bite moments as the family gathers! Plus, the holidays are the perfect time to keep traditions alive for generations to come. Here are seven vintage holiday recipes to cook with mom.
1. Roll and Cut Sugar Cookies
No Christmas get-together feels complete without a platter of sugar cookie cut-outs, and this classic recipe featured in the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book (AKA Red Plaid) is an editor- and fan-favorite. For a twist, trade the vanilla extract for almond extract. Whichever you choose, the best part about these cookies is how you'll be able to share stories and your artistic skills while decorating each unique cookie creation.
Get the recipe: The Best Sugar Cookies
2. Make Classic Cinnamon Rolls
Christmas morning calls for a warm pan of buttery cinnamon rolls. Four hands make quicker work of this brunch roll recipe. We'll let you in on the secret ingredient to ace the dough's light-as-air texture: mashed potatoes!
Get the recipe: Christmas Rolls
3. Simmer Chicken Noodle Soup
For many of us at BHG.com, Christmas Eve means a soup buffet. Try this classic chicken noodle soup recipe together—since you make the chicken broth from scratch, you'll have plenty of time to catch up over coffee and cookies while it simmers for over an hour.
Get the recipe: Best Chicken Noodle Soup
4. Mix Up Popcorn Balls
Popcorn balls are said to date back in the 1870s. Make like your ancestors and mix up a candy cane-colored batch with mom to hand out to friends and family. Instead of corn syrup, marshmallows and melted butter hold the popcorn in the round shape (just like the kid-favorite crisp rice cereal bars!). That means no candy thermometer is required!
Get the recipe: Marshmallow Popcorn Balls
5. Bake a Classic Lasagna
Lasagna is a smart recipe for parties since it can be easily assembled in advance, can feed a crowd, and be reheated with ease. Pal up with mom to make this traditional lasagna casserole; one person can focus on mastering the homemade tomato sauce while the other cooks the pasta and mixes up the cheese filling.
Get the recipe: Classic Lasagna
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6. Make Homemade Fudge
Oh, fudge. Did you or mom break a few candy canes before you were able to hang them on the tree or in stockings? Make the most of them in this rich Christmas candy recipe. The only cooking required takes place in your microwave so you can save the oven for more trays of Christmas cookies.
Get the recipe: Peppermint Tuxedo Fudge
7. Create DIY Party Mix
When the eggnog is flowing and together time is at its peak for the year, snacks are a must to keep everyone satisfied and smiling. Rather than delegating to food manufacturers (and the ingredients they decide to add), go DIY so you and mom can customize this party mix with your favorite cereals, nuts, and seasonings. This is the ultimate cure for the holiday hangries.
Get the recipe: Make-It-Mine Slow Cooker Party Mix