Homemade for the Holidays with Bob’s

The holidays may be a little quieter this year, but if you're like us, you're looking forward to avoiding the hustle and bustle and savoring time at home. It's a wonderful opportunity to pull out those favorite family recipes and make something special with those you cherish. Not just cookies and cakes, rolls and bread. Memories. Love.

Read on for holiday dessert recipes, make ahead holiday side dishes, and the perfect sugar cookie recipe to help make your homemade holidays a success!

Fun Holiday Desserts

At Bob’s Red Mill, we love our holiday baked goods. Baking is a wonderful family activity, and holiday desserts make wonderful gifts as well. While Christmas cookies are a long-held family tradition, we think desserts like this Hazelnut Mousse Yule Log deserve a little time in the spotlight! Also known as a Bûche de Noël, our version of this traditional French dessert features a gluten free chocolate sponge cake spread with a delectable hazelnut filling, then rolled, topped with chocolate buttercream and shaped into a log!

Peppermint is a classic holiday flavor, and we love it in this dramatic Peppermint Marble Bundt Cake. Here, red and white gluten free batters are flavored with amaretto and peppermint and swirled into a decorative Bundt pan, then baked, glazed and topped with crushed peppermint candies.

Another favorite of the mill is this glorious Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie. It’s like two pies in one: a buttery, flaky pie crust filled with a spicy pumpkin filling and topped with crunchy pecans. Finally, whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, we cannot recommend this Cinnamon Babka enough. This buttery sweet bread dough is rolled out, filled with a sweet combination of coconut sugar and cinnamon, then rolled and twisted into a beautiful loaf you’ll be eager to bake.

Holiday Cookies

Holiday cookies are the ultimate traditional holiday dessert, whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa! Our Slice and Bake Shortbread Cookies master recipe offers a classic shortbread dough and four delicious variations–just add extras like sprinkles, dried fruit, peppermint or cinnamon, and you'll have rolls of dough in the freezer to bake whenever you like.

A good sugar cookie dough is worth its weight in gold, and this classic recipe for Jenny Keller's Sugar Cookie Dough is the perfect base for your next Christmas creation. A twist on the traditional Peanut Butter Blossom, these Gluten Free Almond Blossoms are absolutely delicious and perfect for kids who love to "help" bake. Download our free 31 Days of Holiday Cookies ebook!

We love gingerbread cookies here at the mill–so much so, we made a gingerbread version of the Whole Grain Store, Restaurant & Bakery last year! While you may not be up for creating your own waterwheel, we do offer tips and tricks to make your own gingerbread house.

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Make Ahead Holiday Side Dishes

While holiday dinner parties and celebrations are likely to be smaller this year, you can still save time (and stress) by making your side dishes ahead of time! Nothing says “make ahead” like a casserole, which this Sweet Corn Spoon Bread Pudding essentially is. Sweet corn kernels are stirred into a savory cornmeal batter, baked and topped with cheddar cheese and green onion.

The holidays just aren’t complete without a green bean casserole, and this Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole is also vegan, so nearly anyone can enjoy it! Vibrant green beans are smothered in creamy mushroom sauce and topped with crispy onions.

This Gluten Free Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup is a no-brainer as a starter. Gluten free matzo is crushed and turned into matzo balls for a savory vegetable soup. Make-ahead tip: add the matzo balls to the soup just before serving.

Finally, this Cheesy Polenta Casserole with Gorgonzola is always a hit at the holiday table. Here, grits are simmered in water and milk and then mixed with eggs and parmesan and gorgonzola cheeses for a sophisticated take on cheese grits.