Thanksgiving and Halloween aren’t the only holidays heralded for their assortment of food, and thanks to this collection of holiday snack recipes from Southern Living, the traditional fare of store-bought sugar cookies are put aside for more savory, southern treats like pralines, candied bacon, and much more.
Often the first holiday snacks to go a any party, candied bacon has every right to be a holiday staple, and this sweet and savory combination is the perfect breakfast side for Christmas Morning or as an appetizer earlier in the evening. Bacon made simple; this recipe has you covering a sheet pan in aluminum foil, laying bacon atop it, and sprinkling the strips with seasoning and brown sugar to give it an added punch with little mess to clean up!
No Southern Christmas is complete without the addition of pralines as a holiday snack. Enjoyable all year long, these pecan pralines just have an extra touch of festive delight when enjoyed in the holiday season. This recipe has you preparing the perfect pralines, which are known for their delicate textura, crunchy add-ins, and timelessly sweet appeal, in a heavy dutch oven while making them perfect with a candy thermometer.
Once you bake these deliciously gooey pecan-topped cinnamon rolls, you’ll want to keep the recipe on hand all year long. Best enjoyed first thing on Christmas morning, this baked treat will fill your house with the sweet smell of cinnamon and brown sugar, which is sure to place a smile on anyone’s face. The pecans added to the creamy topping of the cinnamon-roll like load gives an added texture that perfectly completes this can’t miss Christmas treat.
General rule of thumb when it comes to holiday snack making is that any treat placed on a serving toothpick is the first and fastest to go, and these maple syrup-caramelized “smokies” are no different, especially when they are wrapped savoringly in bacon. An inexpensive dish, this recipe has you only using four ingredients, making it an ideal recipe to double or triple so that you can have plenty of savory skewers on hand.
No-bake means little mess, and with this recipe, it also means more enjoyment as this layered fudge-filled bar is easy to make and quickly devoured. These graham cracker cookies are paired with caramel and chocolate and topped with toffee candy bars and left to chill overnight to yield an unforgettable sweet and savory cookie that’s treasured before it’s eaten.
The tug-o-war between the flavors of hot and sweet is ever present in this recipe that gives you a handful of texture, seasoning, and sugar, all of which pairs especially well. This assortment has cayenne pepper and chilli powder on one side and brown sugar and powdered sugar on the other, making this a snackable spread of fried peanuts that everyone will be reaching for.
A classically southern cookie and perfect holiday treat, the pecan sandie is always welcomed at the Christmas dessert table, and this recipe yields two dozen cookies, though you might need to double it as these cookies typically disappear quickly.
This recipe is perfect for pairing with that warm cup of coffee on Christmas Morning or stamping cup of hot chocolate or cocoa on Christmas Eve. This recipe capitalizes on the seasonal pumpkin bread flavor long after it’s forgotten by the public, surpassed by flavors of peppermint, and it’s paired with chocolate to give it a sweet treat flavor in the two loaves this recipe yields. Plan ahead and slice smartly throughout December to best enjoy this warm, but sweet Christmas treat.
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