23 Holiday Cookie Recipes That Use Preserves

It’s cookie baking time! My sister is coming over tomorrow for a day of baking, tree decorating and board games. i.e.: My perfect December day. And you know me – I’m definitely going to be incorporating preserves into some of our cookies. Here are 23 holiday cookie recipes from around the web that put jams, fruit butters and other preserves to good use for a little inspiration:

23 Holiday Cookie Recipes That Use Preserves // Savvy Eats

Almond brittle cookies via The Domestic Front

Apricot kolaches via American Heritage Cooking

Blueberry pecan rugelach via Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Gingerbread linzer cookies via Chocolate Moosey

Grain-free jam thumbprint cookies via With Food + Love

Hazelnut lemon curd cookies via Self Proclaimed Foodie

Jam and sunflower thimbles via Green Kitchen Stories

Jam-filled pecan snowball cookies via Barbara Bakes

Lemon curd sugar cookies

Lemon meringue sandwich cookies via Mind Over Batter

Linzer torte thumbprint cookies via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Peanut butter and jelly cookies via Ari’s Menu

Pimiento cheese cookies via Willow Bird Baking

Pistachio thumbprint cookies with black currant jam via Blogging Over Thyme

Pumpkin butter thumbprint cookies via The Kitchen Prep

Raspberry almond spritz cookies

Raspberry ribbons via Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

Salted marmalade Russian tea cakes

Shortbread sugar cookie bars with strawberry toffee glaze via The Housewife in Training Files

Sparkly apricot rosemary jewels via Spa Bettie

Strawberry lemonade linzer cookies via Neighborfood

Strawberry thumbprint cookies via Cooking on the Front Burners

Tart cherry fudge thumbprints via Running to the Kitchen

Photos from Spa Bettie and Running to the Kitchen.

 

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Menu (+Infographic)

Planning a Thanksgiving menu doesn’t have to be overwhelming and stressful! Use this Thanksgiving flowchart to create a plan for a delicious, low-stress Turkey Day.

This post was updated on November 4, 2014. 

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, so it is time to get planning!  I know things can seem overwhelming – the turkey alone can be intimidating for many people, and then you add in the potatoes, the sides, the pie, the gravy, the stuffing? It is enough to scare even experienced cooks away from hosting Thanksgiving.  But it doesn’t have to be!  Just be smart in your menu planning, and follow a few key tips to keep yourself calm, collected and in control for Thanksgiving.  If you play your cards right, I’ll bet you even enjoy it!

Let’s start with designing that Thanksgiving menu.  Follow this flowchart, complete with recommended recipes, to make your menu:

Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Menu

Cranberry-infused rum Amaretto cider kiss Fall fruit sangria Cherry whiskey smash Chocolate roasted pecans Savory pumpkin dip Pear and goat cheese crostini 50 vegetarian mains Roast heritage turkey Sausage sage stuffing Spicy chorizo cornbread dressing Parmesan leek sourdough stuffing Spicy wild rice mushroom dressing Ginger-glazed carrots Mashed root vegetables Pan roasted Brussels sprouts Braised kale Kale and delicata salad Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes Caramelized onion mashed potatoes Grilled Hasselback Pumpkin yeast bread Skillet cornbread Pumpkin cornbread Turkey gravy Wild mushroom gravy Pan gravy Wineberry salad Slow-cooker cranberry sauce Orange cranberry sauce Apple pie Cranberry apple pie Bourbon pecan pie Pumpkin pie Pumpkin butterscotch pudding Savvy Eats Image Map

All the recipes should be linked in the infographic above.  But just in case, here’s all the links in one place, just for you: Cranberry-infused rum | Amaretto cider kiss | Fall fruit sangria | Cherry whiskey smash | Chocolate roasted pecans | Savory pumpkin dip | Pear and goat cheese crostini | 50 vegetarian mains | Roast heritage turkey | Sausage sage stuffing | Spicy chorizo cornbread dressing | Parmesan leek sourdough stuffing | Spicy wild rice mushroom dressing | Ginger-glazed carrots | Mashed root vegetables | Pan roasted Brussels sprouts | Braised kale | Kale and delicata salad | Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes | Caramelized onion mashed potatoes | Grilled Hasselback | Pumpkin yeast bread | Skillet cornbread | Pumpkin cornbread | Turkey gravy | Wild mushroom gravy | Pan gravy | Wineberry salad | Slow-cooker cranberry sauce | Orange cranberry sauce | Apple pie | Cranberry apple pie | Bourbon pecan pie | Pumpkin pie | Pumpkin butterscotch pudding |

 

 

Bonus! I’ve found a few new delicious-looking recipes for your Thanksgiving menu since I first posted this infographic. Check these out:

Now that you’ve got your Thanksgiving menu, let’s talk about staying calm during the whole cooking-a-big-feast deal.

CHOOSING RECIPES FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING MENU:

1. Don’t overdo it – use the infographic to plan your Thanksgiving menu. If you only have four people, you can get away with just potatoes OR sweet potatoes, rather than both. And if you really can’t decide between yeast bread or cornbread, try what I’m doing – use one as your bread, and incorporate the other into your stuffing!

2. Pick at least a few recipes that can be made a day or more in advance. I’ll be making my ginger-glazed carrots on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and gently reheating them just before dinner on Thursday. Some recipes, like my mom’s wineberry salad and Bon Appetit’s mashed root vegetables with bacon vinaigrette, are even better when they are made ahead of time!

Note: Things NOT to do in advance: Chop potatoes, apples or other produce that will oxidize and brown when exposed to air. It won’t be pretty.

3. Minimize the recipes for day-of cooking that call for the oven, unless they can be cooked and allowed to sit before the turkey, or take less than 20 minutes in the oven (and can therefore be roasted while the turkey rests and is carved).

4. Use some different cooking methods to clear up oven and stove space. Find a slow cooker recipe, like coconut pecan sweet potatoes or cranberry sauce, that can simmer while you do the rest of the cooking. Or pick something that you can cook in a rice cooker, or that doesn’t need to be cooked at all!

5. If your guests want to lend a hand and bring a dish, have them bring one of the following: pie, cranberry sauce, drinks, no-cook appetizers or already-baked bread. This way, you can avoid scrambling to fit their dish on the stovetop or finding oven time for it, and everyone can be more relaxed to enjoy the day.

GROCERY SHOPPING:

6. Pull all of your recipes together. Make a complete grocery list. I like to sort my list by where they are in the grocery store – all the produce gets grouped together, all the bulk ingredients get one part of the list, etc. Don’t forget to consider drinks for adults and kids alike!

7. Before you head to the store, do a quick organizing job on both the refrigerator and the pantry. There are three reasons for this:

a) You will want to clear up space for your incoming grocery haul.

b) It will make your Thanksgiving ingredients easier to find when you need them.

c) You may discover ingredients that you don’t need to purchase after all. When I was organizing my pantry this weekend, I stumbled upon an extra bag of brown sugar that had fallen to the back…that’s one less thing to get at the store!

THE COOKING GAME PLAN:

8. Go through all your recipes and highlight steps or portions that can be prepped in the days leading up to the holiday. This could be as simple as cutting up bread for stuffing, or as complex as making one of your make-ahead recipes. Don’t forget about vital steps like brining your turkey! Make a list of all of these steps and recipe pieces on a notecard and stick it on your refrigerator so that you don’t forget anything.

9. Start early. Beginning on the Sunday or Monday of Thanksgiving week, do a little prep work each day. Caramelize some onions while you eat dinner one night, make bread crumbs while supper is in the oven, chop veggies while packing up lunch for the next day…you get the idea. Even getting tiny little steps, like chopping an onion, out of the way will make things run so much more smoothly on Turkey Day.

10. Make a schedule for Thursday. Start with your hoped-for dinner time, and work backwards. Don’t forget to leave time for allowing the turkey to rest, and give yourself some flexibility in case something goes wrong. Here’s a sample, using just the turkey:

4:00 — Desired dinnertime

3:20 — Turkey should be out of the oven

11:30 — Get the turkey in the oven

Then, I’d work around this to figure out when to fit in my side dishes, potatoes and stuffing.

Using a schedule, you’ll know when you need to start prepping ingredients and when to start cooking!

What are your best tips for staying calm while making Thanksgiving dinner?