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We all have our favorite holiday go-to savory dishes and sweet treats, but through the years I’ve found a particular handful of foods that are universally popular with any guest. If you’re looking to keep things simple this year with a winning holiday snack table these are the five must-haves.
#1 Crab Cakes
Delectable fresh seafood, tangy peppers, and spicy cilantro all pack a flavor-filled punch that makes crab cakes a holiday favorite. The crunchiness of the patty combined with a soft dollop of homemade creamy tartar sauce brings bold flavor that satisfies with each bite.
#2 French Onion Dip
If you serve one dip, French Onion is a classic that never fails. The interplay of sautéed sweet onions, tart sour cream, smooth cream cheese, and earthy chives are an addictive combo that dances on the taste buds.
#3 Gingerbread Cake
Gingerbread cake is a timeless and nostalgic addition to any holiday snack table. King Arthur Baking Company makes a phenomenal gluten free gingerbread cake mix that delivers a fragrant, spicy, and moist cake.
#4 Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red velvet cake is the essence of an elegant holiday. A delight for the eyes and one of the moistest cakes you’ll ever eat, this smooth and fluffy dessert is a standard show stopper at any holiday celebration. Serving red velvet in cupcake form brings a playful touch.
#5 Bite-Sized Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread is another traditional holiday flavor that never disappoints. The buttery, crumbly texture and sweet vanilla notes of these bite-sized cookies make for a melt in your mouth sweet treat. You can find my gluten free shortbread cookie recipe, in four flavors, here.