The food you share with those you love can decide how you leave that gathering feeling. So whether you’re trying to make a new tradition or you’re switching things up because you want to add some spice to the gathering: these are the best unique foods that can boost any holiday party.

Don’t be afraid to give them a twist of your own! 

1- The Pie Cake

This unique dish is quickly gaining popularity all over the country.  Although companies offer to make this for you, the best ones are made at home.  To do this, create a pie of whatever flavor you like, and then remove this from its tin and bake it in a cake that has a flavor that works with it.

For example, a banana cream pie baked inside a chocolate cake or a cherry pie inside a classic yellow cake, and iced with matching flavors and colors, can boost these two parts into something amazing.

2- Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are a delicious classic that everyone has every winter: so why not mix things up?  You can keep things sweet and incredibly filling by making them with sweet potato and toasted nuts!

To do this, add mashed sweet potato into the dough to replace the moisture and toast nuts in brown sugar, so they caramelize and gain a crunchy coating.  This is a delicious treat that can be served hot or at room temperature and are best when topped with a thick amount of icing!

3- Gnocchi Macaroni and Cheese

Gnocchi has been gaining popularity in recent years, so why hold it back?

Creating macaroni and cheese with gnocchi allows the cheesy, creamy deliciousness to mix with the first and delicious gnocchi, which comes together beautifully.  This is a dish people will fight over in or order to get the final bites!

4- Savory Sweet Bacon Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are a classic delight that everyone enjoys in the winter months.  What many don’t realize is that there are countless ways to boost these!

If you want to go for a truly unique attempt, consider using bacon jam and including brown sugar in the recipe for your favorite sugar cookie.  These are unique and will have you craving more!

5- Eggnog Jello Shots

Pudding jello shots are as classic as jello shots as a whole: but taking it further with alcoholic eggnog makes it so much fun.  Make a pack of pudding, and use alcoholic eggnog instead of the liquid.

This will thicken perfectly, and when served in shot glasses, gives you a delicious and delightful way to enjoy any party a little more.  Make sure to taste test a combination of alcohol and pudding before bringing it to the party to make sure it works for your flavors.

Holiday Foods Should Make Everyone Merry

Whether you’re gathering with family or trying to pick a fun dish to bring to a Christmas party, there are dozens of ways to create unique and delightful dishes.

Don’t be afraid to make familiar favorites more intense and invent new dishes!  After all, the most important part of this time of year is gathering and spending time together.

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