159 New Year’s Eve Recipes

Bourbon Slush

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time to ring in 2014 when it feels like 2013 happened approximately 2.2 seconds ago. It was a crazy and wonderful year – my Chief Culinary Consultant and I got engaged, bought a house, got married, brought Duke home, hosted Thanksgiving, and here we are on the cusp of a new year already!

Are you a “stay in and bang pots and pans” type of New Year partier, or do you prefer to go out on the town? We are definitely stay-in folks, opting for cozy and quiet New Year’s Eves instead of wild and raucous ones. If you’re of our ilk and are planning to spend your New Year’s Eve at home with friends, you’re going to need food! I’ve rounded up some of the best party and get-together recipes on the site, as well as some nicer dinners and desserts in case you’re planning a more special meal for two or four. If you have any traditional New Year’s Eve recipes, feel free to share them in the comments below!


Bourbon Slush
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch
Old-Fashioned Eggnog
White Chocolate Steamers
White Russian Winter Milkshake


Artichoke Spinach Dip
Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball
Baked Asiago and Caramelized Onion Hummus Dip
Baked Brie with Blackberry Compote
Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Gruyere Puff Pastry Tartlets
Cheddar Ale Spread
Chicken Spread
Chile con Queso
Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans
Crab Dip
Crab Rangoon
Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños
Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Homemade Cracker Jack
Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa
Hot Corn and Cheese Dip
Hot Reuben Dip
Jalapeño Popper Dip
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Maple-Bacon Kettle Popcorn
Oven-Fried Onion Rings
Pan-Fried Onion Dip
Parmesan & Thyme Crackers
Pepperoni Bread
Pizza Dip
Polenta Pizza
Potato Skins
Pretzel Dogs
Sausage Dip
Seven Layer Dip
Shrimp Nacho Bites
Sweet Onion and Parmesan Dip
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts
Taco Dip
Traditional Hummus
Ultimate Nachos with Beer-Braised Carnitas
Veggie Pizza Appetizer
Warm Black Bean Dip
World’s Best Pimento Cheese Ball


Barbecued Beef and Beans
Basic Pizza Dough (for a build-your-own-pizza party!)
Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa & Sauerkraut
Butternut Squash and Bacon Mac n’ Cheese
Cajun Shrimp Macaroni and Cheese
Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza
Chipped Ham BBQ Sandwiches
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce
Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce
Frito Pie
Greek Lamb Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
Guinness Beef Stew
Homemade Sushi
Mushroom-Herb Macaroni and Cheese
Mushroom Lasagna
Portobello Pesto Pizza
Thin Crust Pizza

Sweet Finger Foods

Avalanche Bark
Baked Brownie
Beer and Pretzel Soft Caramel Candies
Buckeye Brownies
Cheesecake Truffles
Chewy, Chunky Blondies
Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Chocolate Bourbon Balls
Chocolate Chip Cookie & Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Popcorn
Chubby Hubby Rice Krispies Treats
Chubby Hubby Truffles
Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies
Chunky Pecan Pie Bars
Classic Thumbprint Cookies
Cream Cheese Brownies
Date Bars
Date, Coconut & Walnut Marshmallow Truffles
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Squares
Fig Cookie Bars
Homemade Snickers Bars
Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
Mocha Brownies
Muddy Buddies (a.k.a. Puppy Chow)
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Carmelita Bars
Oreo Cheesecake Truffles
Peanut Butter Brownies
Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie Bars
Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Peanut Butter Cup Bars
Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats
Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter-Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies
Reindeer Chow
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Salted Caramel Popcorn, Pretzel & Peanut Bars
Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Salted Peanut Chews
Seven-Layer Bars
Snickerdoodle Blondies
Snickery Squares
Soft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies
Sweet and Salty Brownies
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Toffee Pretzel Bark
Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes
Zia Lena’s Date Bar Cookies


Almost Fudge Gateau
Better Than “Anything” Cake
Black and White Chocolate Cake
Boston Cream Pie
Bourbon Bread Pudding
Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte
Chocolate Rum Cheesecake
Coffee-and-Espresso Layered Cheesecake
Creme Brulee
Dark Chocolate Mousse
Decker Cake
Dirt Dessert
Eggnog Bundt Cake with Rum Icing
Fallen Chocolate Cakes
Fig and Almond Cheesecake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake
Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad
Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte
Homemade Rum Cake
New York-Style Cheesecake
Peanut Butter-Fudge Cheesecake
Russian Pound Cake
Snickers Cake
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Taffy Apple Salad
Texas Sheet Cake
Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake
Turtle Cheesecake
Yule Log with Espresso-Mascarpone Filling and Ganache Icing

What do you serve for your New Year’s Eve celebrations?