Mom-Tested Easy Holiday Recipes


easy holiday recipesThere is nothing worse than pulling a holiday recipe off the internet only to have it fail right before you’re ready to walk out the door and take it with you to a holiday dinner.

For the holidays and party hosting, I stick to tried and true recipes made by people I actually know. A few years ago, my mom gave my sister-in-law and I each a book filled with handwritten recipe cards. She pulled recipes from aunts, grandmas, great grandmas, friends and neighbors, wrote them all down for us and put them in a book. It’s one of my favorite things because I know everything in it is good and easy.

3 Easy Holiday Recipes

Below, you’ll find an appetizer, side dish, and a pumpkin dessert that is so much better than pumpkin pie. The recipes are all easy and delicious!

Appetizer: Beer Bread and Party Dip

This three-ingredient beer bread recipe always gets rave reviews. It’s my go-to for all sorts of events. The party dip spread is super easy, too. This is a hearty appetizer that’s easy to transport.

Beer Bread

Preheat your oven to 350 and get out a bread loaf pan. This one is my favorite.


  • 2.5 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of beer (No, this does not take a whole can and yes, you can finish the beer while you bake. Usually, I use some kind of light beer but anything would work.)
  • Dill weed (don’t skip this – weirdly, it’s key to the recipe)


  1. Mix it all together
  2. Put it in the pan
  3. Sprinkle with dill weed
  4. Bake it for 45 minutes

Party Dip


  • 1 envelope of dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 pint (16 oz) of sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I like to use sharp cheddar, thick cut)
  • 1/4 cup of bacon bits (the real kind or make them with real bacon)


Mix it all together. Put it in the fridge. When it’s time to serve, put it in a bowl with a little spreader. Cut up the beer bread – down the middle and then across to make bread pieces that are slightly smaller than a deck of cards.

Side Dish: Sweet Potato Casserole

This goes well as a side for any meal. It’s completely acceptable to convince yourself and others this is a side dish, not a dessert. 

Preheat your oven to 350 and get out a 9×13 pan.


  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar

Mix all of that and put it in the pan.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup butter

Mix with a fork and crumble it on top of the mixture already in your pan. Put it in the oven and bake it for 25 minutes.

Dessert: Pumpkin Pie (but so much better!)

Preheat your oven to 350 and get out a 9×13 pan.


  • 6 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 large can of pumpkin (usually around 29 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 2 cups evaporated milk (that’s a large can)

Mix it all together and put it in your 9×13 pan.

Topping – this is where the magic happens

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick melted butter

Sprinkle that on top of your mixture in the pan and bake it all for 55 minutes.

What are your go-to holiday recipes?


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