Star-Loved Holiday Recipes!

Molly Sims, Carla Hall, the Deen brothers and other celebs share their favorite festive dishes

01 of 22

MOLLY SIMS'S MOM'S RED VELVET CAKE

MOLLY SIMS'S MOM'S RED VELVET CAKE

Get the Recipe!: Red Velvet Cake

Christmas has always been serious business for Molly Sims, and one of her diehard holiday traditions is her mom Dorothy's cream-cheese-frosted cake. The model-actress, who has had the cake every year since she was 2, even served the confection at her wedding.

02 of 22

CARLA HALL'S SPINACH & FETA DIP

CARLA HALL'S SPINACH & FETA DIP
Raymond Hom

Get the Recipe!: Spinach amp Feta Dip

Want easy with a twist? You got it. The Chew's Carla Hall is ready to be your hit holiday party's ghostwriter this year – all you've got to do is toss the ingredients in a food processor and blend. The former caterer loves a make-ahead hors d'oeuvres like her spinach and feta dip, and when you're breathing easy before your guests arrive, you will, too.

03 of 22

THE DEEN BROTHERS' CHOCOLATE CARAMEL TURTLES

THE DEEN BROTHERS' CHOCOLATE CARAMEL TURTLES
Raymond Hom

Get the Recipe!: Chocolate Caramel Turtles

With their busy schedules, Jamie and Bobby Deen always have these quick candies in their back pockets when it comes time to make holiday gifts. They suggest wrapping the candies individually in cellophane bags tied with seasonal ribbon or name tags.

04 of 22

MARCUS SAMUELSSON'S SWEDISH GLOGG

MARCUS SAMUELSSON'S SWEDISH GLOGG
Raymond Hom

Get the Recipe!: Swedish Glogg

Star chef Marcus Samuelsson is Ethiopian, raised by Swedish parents, and is now living in N.Y.C.'s Harlem, where he likes to throw a holiday party that's a global affair. It usually includes a punch bowl full of this traditional Swedish mulled wine.

05 of 22

YIFAT OREN'S COUSCOUS PILAF

YIFAT OREN'S COUSCOUS PILAF
Lisa Romerein

Get the Recipe!: Couscous Pilaf

She's a party planner to Hollywood's A-List (Natalie Portman! Reese Witherspoon!), so it's a given that Oren has a few shortcuts up her sleeve. Take this pilaf, which she makes using "couscous from a box!" she says. "If you put it in a beautiful bowl, it's impressive – and it's really hearty."

06 of 22

BETHENNY FRANKEL'S PEPPERMINT BARK

BETHENNY FRANKEL'S PEPPERMINT BARK
Jonny Valiant

Get the Recipe!: Peppermint Bark

Juggling baby Bryn, a marriage, a Skinnygirl empire and a reality show is enough to stress anyone out. So Frankel keeps her holiday soirees low-key with simple cocktails, finger foods and inventive party favors, like her peppermint bark (details below). "It's a gift that's creative and inexpensive," she says.

The Basics
White chocolate chips
Candy canes or peppermints
Mint extract
Honey
Bittersweet chocolate

07 of 22

SCOTTY MCCREERY'S BROCCOLI CORNBREAD

SCOTTY MCCREERY'S BROCCOLI CORNBREAD
Brian Doben

Get the Recipe!: Broccoli Cornbread

The American Idol winner knows a thing or two about a country-style Christmas. During the holidays, the North Carolina native savors quality family time and good eats, including his Grandma Janet's broccoli cornbread (details below).

The Basics
Frozen broccoli
Eggs
Cottage cheese
Corn muffin mix
Onion
Butter or margarine
Salt

08 of 22

TYLER FLORENCE'S PUMPKIN BREAD

TYLER FLORENCE'S PUMPKIN BREAD
Richard Foulser

Get the Recipe!: Pumpkin Bread

The Food Network chef prides himself on home entertaining, including his "simple and elegant" wine and cheese parties, which boasts an assortment of wines, complementary cheeses and his favorite pumpkin bread recipe (details below).

The Basics
All-purpose flour
Unsalted butter
Baking soda
Sugar amp brown sugar
Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin puree
Eggs
Vanilla extract
Fresh ginger
Kosher salt amp pepper
Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg amp clove

09 of 22

GAIL SIMMONS'S TOASTED COCONUT MACAROONS

GAIL SIMMONS'S TOASTED COCONUT MACAROONS
Matthew Hranek

Get the Recipe!: Toasted Coconut Macaroons

The Top Chef: Just Desserts host aptly offers up something sugary for the holidays – a sweets-only soiree! "There is no better way to bring people together than with desserts," says Simmons, who tops her delectable toasted coconut macaroons with some festive holiday sprinkles.

The Basics
Egg whites
Sugar
Sweetened condensed milk
Vanilla extract
Lemon zest
Sweetened shredded coconut
Dark chocolate

10 of 22

SHIRI APPLEBY'S SPICY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

SHIRI APPLEBY'S SPICY ROASTED CAULIFLOWER
David Tsay

Get the Recipe!: Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

"Everyone brings a different recipe and we make one big meal together," Appleby says of her weekend gatherings, where she assigns friends an appetizer, main dish, dessert and sides (including her spicy roasted cauliflower) a couple of days in advance. So no one gets stuck footing the bill, "we'll split the groceries evenly," the actress adds.

The Basics
Cauliflower
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Red pepper flakes
Capers
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

11 of 22

JESSICA SZOHR'S SILVER DOLLAR COOKIES

JESSICA SZOHR'S SILVER DOLLAR COOKIES
Kenneth Chen

Get the Recipe!: Silver Dollar Cookies

This Gossip Girl star always kick-starts her holidays with a visit to grandma Karen's in Milwaukee, where they bake batches of silver dollar cookies with the actress' cousins. "We all sit around the table and work while listening to Christmas music," Szohr says. "It's so much fun!"

The Basics
Butter
Sugar
Vanilla
Flour
Ground almonds
Powdered sugar

12 of 22

PATRICIA RICHARDS'S PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE

PATRICIA RICHARDS'S PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE
Joseph De Leo

Get the Recipe!: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

When it comes to holiday cocktails, mixologist Patricia Richards stirs by a simple approach: Just shake it. From her Cranberry Cosmopolitan and Candy Cane Martini to her Peppermint Hot Chocolate (details below), the famed Wynn Las Vegas drink-pert says getting your holiday party started is as simple as shaking the contents over ice and serving with festive garnishes.

The Basics
Hot chocolate powder
Water
Milk
Creème de menthe
Peppermint schnapps
Whipped cream
Red and green sanding sugars
Mint sprig

13 of 22

SUNNY ANDERSON'S FRIED STUFFING BITES

SUNNY ANDERSON'S FRIED STUFFING BITES
Joseph De Leo

Get the Recipe!: Fried Stuffing Bites

This holiday season the Food Network personality shows you how to jazz up traditional side dishes, from her cherry-lemon relish ("I'm never going back to cranberries!" Anderson says) and sweet Brussels sprouts salad ("It tasted great warm or cold!") to her delicious fried stuffing bites.

The Basics
Leftover baked stuffing
Eggs
Milk
Bread crumbs
Cranberry sauce
Walnuts

14 of 22

DAVID STARK'S LEMON-HERB ROASTED CHICKEN

DAVID STARK'S LEMON-HERB ROASTED CHICKEN
John Kernick

Get the Recipe!: Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken

The celebrity party planner, whose A-lists clients include Beyoncé and Ali Larter, is big on hosting fuss-free affairs that require minimal cooking and little stress. "The best thing about this party is that the prep work is simply shopping and placing," says Stark, who suggests keeping the main course simple, like offering a store-bought or homemade roast chicken.

The Basics
Whole Chicken
Lemon
Olive oil
Thyme, oregano, rosemary or sage leaves

15 of 22

DAVID STARK'S ROASTED WINTER ROOT VEGETABLES

DAVID STARK'S ROASTED WINTER ROOT VEGETABLES
John Kernick

Get the Recipe!: Roasted Winter Root Vegetables

For a hearty side dish, Stark says pair the lemon-herb roasted chicken with roasted winter root vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and orange beets with fresh thyme or rosemary and olive oil. "The ingredients (not the preparation!) are the star," says the celeb planner.

The Basics
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sweet potatoes
Carrots
Beets
Squash
Red onions
Fresh thyme or rosemary

16 of 22

Gilles Marini's Kings Cake

Gilles Marini's Kings Cake

Get the Recipe!: Kings Cake

Gilles Marini, who currently stars on Brothers and Sisters, injects a taste of France into his family's holidays by celebrating Three Kings Day, which is commemorated by baking a flaky almond-flavored confection called a gallette des rois (kings cake) that includes a special surprise – usually a Christmas figurine or a tiny animal.

The Basics
Butter
Sugar
Egg
Flour
Almonds
Puff pastry dough
Confectioner's sugar

17 of 22

Cat Deeley's Mince Pie

Cat Deeley's Mince Pie

Get the Recipe!: Mince Pie

Each year, Cat Deeley, the British-born host of So You Think You Can Dance, partakes in an English version of a Christmas feast, which includes flipping on the TV when Queen Elizabeth II delivers her annual holiday address while feasting on roast turkey, Brussel sprouts and her mom's very special mince pies.

The Basics
Mincemeat
Brandy
Flour
Butter
Milk
Whipped cream
Confectioner's sugar

18 of 22

Kelly Choi's Rice Cake Stew

Kelly Choi's Rice Cake Stew

Get the Recipe!: Rice Cake Stew

One of the Top Chef Masters host's cherished childhood memories is helping to sample a spoonful of her mom's dduk guk – a Korean stew combining rice cakes with brisket in a beef broth – that is served on Korean New Year.

The Basics
Rice cake
Beef brisket
Soy sauce
Garlic
Scallion
Eggs
Seaweed
Sesame oil

19 of 22

Mario Lopez's Chili Pork Tamales

Mario Lopez's Chili Pork Tamales

Get the Recipe!: Chili Pork Tamales

The annual Lopez family Christmas isn't complete without Grandma Rosario's specialty: chili pork tamales. While the Extra host admits he doesn't "help with making them," he can easily polish off at least two dozen on his own.

The Basics
Masa harina
Pork
Chili peppers
Corn husks
Black olives
Green beans
Potatoes

20 of 22

Jo Gartin's Butter Sage Penne with Spinach

Jo Gartin's Butter Sage Penne with Spinach

Get the Recipe!: Butter Sage Penne with Spinach

For all her events, "I really try to add green components," says Gartin, who uses succulents to decorate the table and herbs to infuse cocktails and entrées, like her Butter Sage Penne with Spinach.

The Basics
Whole-wheat penne
Sage leaves
Butter
Agave nectar
Baby spinach
Milk
Parmesan cheese

21 of 22

Jo Gartin's Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Jo Gartin's Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Get the Recipe!: Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Gartin's Caramel Apple Cheesecake is like two desserts in one – apple pie and cheesecake! But since this rich dessert is served in bite-sized bars, you get the decadence – without the guilt.

The Basics
Graham cracker crumbs
Butter
Sugar
Sour cream
Flour
Cinnamon
Vanilla extract
Nutmeg
Cream cheese
Eggs
Lemon juice
Half-and-half
Granny Smith apples

22 of 22

Preston Bailey's Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes with White Frosting

Preston Bailey's Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes with White Frosting

Get the Recipe!: Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes with White Frosting

"I always have something decadent for people when they walk in," says Preston Bailey of his New Year's Eve bashes. And it doesn't get more decadent – or chocolate-y! – than these moist cupcakes, courtesy of myrecipes.com.

The Basics
Cocoa
Flour
Baking powder
Butter
Sugar
Eggs
Vanilla
Sour cream
Milk chocolate morsels
Milk

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