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America's Test Kitchen's Holiday Guide 2022

Your holiday headquarters for our best recipes, reviews, and more.
By Published Nov. 25, 2022

The holidays certainly don't end with Thanksgiving. Find our favorite holiday recipes, reviews, tips, and gift ideas, plus America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country TV episodes for extra inspiration.

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Holiday Recipes

We've got the recipes you need, no matter what holiday you're celebrating and who you're celebrating with. Here are some of our favorites.

30 Recipes

Elegant Mains for Your Holiday Celebration

From beef wellington to a whole side of salmon, these elevated dishes are sure to be a hit.
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32 Recipes

Holiday Cookies That Aren't Chocolate Chip

This special time of year calls for out-of-the-ordinary sweets. Find your new go-to holiday cookie here.
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32 Recipes

Holiday Desserts That Aren’t Cookies

These desserts are anything but cookie cutter.
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20 Recipes

Hands-On Holiday Recipes That Will Get the Kids Involved

Holidays are all about spending time together. Why not spend it in the kitchen stirring, shaping, smashing, and slicing?
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28 Recipes

Perfect Recipes for Your Holiday Brunch

Brunch is big around the holidays. These recipes will make it memorable, too.
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18 Recipes

Our Favorite Holiday Drinks

Our favorite festive cocktails or nonalcoholic beverages to the menu this year.
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33 Recipes

Holiday Recipes for Special Diets

Your vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo guests deserve the best, too. These recipes will impress them—and everyone else at the table.
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24 Recipes

Homemade Foods That Make Great Holiday Gifts

The best holiday gifts are the ones you make yourself.
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Equipment Reviews

Every year, we put thousands of products to the test to determine which ones are worth your money. These are the holiday essentials that you'll use year round.

Equipment Review

Carving Boards

Clever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But does clever always mean useful?
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Roasting Pans with Racks

We went looking for a model that we’d want to use all the time, not just twice a year.
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The Best Rimmed Baking Sheets

A rimmed baking sheet is essential for sheet cakes and handy for cookies. But if yours is flimsy or you use it only for baking, you’re not getting your money’s worth.
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The Best Instant-Read Thermometers

We've recommended a Thermapen for more than a decade, but there's new competition. Is it still the best digital food thermometer?
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Slicing/Carving Knives

Want perfect slices at your holiday table? Lose the chef’s knife.
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The Best Chef’s Knives for $75 or Less

Our longtime favorite chef's knife is sharp, capable, and comfortable to hold. But is it still the best?
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The Best Pie Plates

Ingredients are important, but the real secret to a perfect pie may be the dish you bake it in.
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Pie Servers

Don't destroy your pretty pie with a subpar serving tool.
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Pie Weights

For a perfectly baked pie crust, use the best pie weights.
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Pie Carriers

Traveling with a delicate pie can feel like tempting fate, but a good pie carrier can make the task easier and more secure.
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The Best Silicone Baking Mats

For cookies and tuiles, silicone baking mats are as good as parchment—and sometimes better.
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The Best Tart Pans

For making crisp-looking tarts, pans with a sharper, fluted design have the edge.
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The Best Digital Kitchen Scales

No matter what you’re cooking or baking, weighing the ingredients helps guarantee perfect results. But only if your scale is accurate and easy to use.
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The Best Cocktail Shakers

We tested three Boston shakers and eight cobbler shakers with capacities ranging from 16 to 28 ounces, using them to make stirred, muddled, and shaken drinks.
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Tips and Techniques

How do you fix seized chocolate? Or put together the ultimate charcuterie board? Find the answers to important holiday cooking and baking FAQs here.

Desserts 101

How to Fix Seized Chocolate

What causes chocolate to seize? Is there any way to undo it? A simple guide to fixing your chocolate.
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Edible Gifts

How to Pack Cookies for Shipping

Pack your care package with care.
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Better Leftovers

The Best Way to Reheat a Roast

Have a leftover portion of a beef roast or pork roast? Here’s the best way to reheat your leftovers without drying them out.
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Test Kitchen Experiment

The Importance of Letting Cookie Sheets Cool

We baked sugar cookies on three cookie sheets of different temperatures to determine if it makes a difference.
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Better Baking

How to Substitute Chocolates

Chocolate is a finicky ingredient, so it's always best to use the type called for in a recipe. But in a pinch, here's how to substitute these common kinds.
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Expert Guide

How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board for Any Occasion

Our expert tips will help you put together a balanced board that looks as good as it tastes.
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Safer Celebrating

How to Open a Bottle of Champagne Without Taking Someone's Eye Out

I had to open dozens of bottles of bubbly at a wedding. I've learned a few tricks.
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Smart Shopping Tips

Vanilla 101

Vanilla comes in several forms: liquid, paste, powder, and whole beans. Here’s how and when to use each version of the world’s most popular spice.
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Watch and Cook

America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country TV shows are chock-full of holiday recipe inspiration. Watch the casts prepare holiday showstoppers, special brunches, and delicious desserts and then add them to your menu.

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Home for the Holidays

Happy holidays! Join the America's Test Kitchen cast as they share their favorite holiday recipes and memories.
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Holiday Feast

In this episode: Crumb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Brussels Sprout Gratin, and a review of electric knives.
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Elegant Dinner Party

In this episode: Braised Brisket with Pomegranate, Cumin, and Cilantro; Duchess Potato Casserole; and a review of twist corkscrews.
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Chuck Roast and Potatoes

In this episode: Roasted Beef Chuck Roast with Horseradish-Parsley Sauce, Torn and Fried Potatoes, Creamed Spinach, and a review of kitchen timers.
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Holiday Dessert and Salad

In this episode: Cranberry Curd Tart with Almond Crust; Wheat Berry Salad with Radicchio, Dried Cherries, and Pecans; a tasting of blue cheese, and a roundup of the best green gear.
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Holiday Roast and Potatoes

In this episode: Boneless Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding and Jus, Lighthouse Inn Potatoes, and a tasting of black tea.
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Prime Rib and Popovers

In this episode: Sous Vide Prime Rib with Mint Persillade, Popovers, and a review of vacuum sealers.
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Italian Seafood Suppers

In this episode: Linguine allo Scoglio, White Bean Stew with Shrimp, a review of manual pasta machines, and a roundup of restaurant tools every home cook should use.
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Roast Beef and Potatoes

In this episode: Classic Roast Beef Tenderloin, Lyonnaise Potatoes, and a review of tongs.
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How to Roast Everything

In this episode: Beef Tenderloin with Smoky Potatoes and Persillade Relish, Turkey Breast en Cocotte with Pan Gravy, and a tasting of turkey.
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Sous Vide for Company

In this episode: Sous Vide Rosemary–Mustard Seed Crusted Roast Beef, Sous Vide Crème Brûlée, and reviews of handheld vacuum sealers and funnels.
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The Perfect Cookie

In this episode: Easy Holiday Sugar Cookies, Best Lemon Bars, and reviews of parchment paper and silicone baking mats.
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Eggs for the Holidays

In this episode: Orange, Cranberry, and Mint Pavlova; Holiday Eggnog; a tasting of vanilla; and a review of cocktail tools.
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Elegant Desserts

In this episode: Millionaire's Shortbread, Gâteau Breton with Apricot Filling, and a review of serrated knives.
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The Very Best Paris-Brest

In this episode: Paris-Brest and a review of burr grinders.
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Chocolate Delights

In this episode: Foolproof All-Butter Pie Dough, Chocolate Cream Pie, Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce, and a tasting of cocoa powder.
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Never Enough Chocolate

In this episode: Triple-Chocolate Sticky Buns, Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a tasting of milk chocolate.
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Brunch Favorites

In this episode: Coffee Cake with Pecan-Cinnamon Streusel, Broccoli and Feta Frittata, and a roundup of smart kitchen gadgets.
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Brunch at Home

In this episode: Eggs Benedict, German Pancake, and a review of espresso machines.
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The Ultimate Sticky Buns

In this episode: Sticky Buns, a review of waffle irons, and a tasting of almond butter.
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Shareable Spanish Fare

In this episode: Albondigas en Salsa Almendras (Spanish-Style Meatballs in Almond Sauce), Espinacas Con Garbanzos (Andalusian Spinach and Chickpeas), and a review of meat pounders.
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Tristate Treats

In this episode: New Jersey Crumb Buns, Cheese Blintzes with Raspberry Sauce, and a review of nonstick skillets.
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