31 Recipes, Tips, and Gift Guides for Comfort and Holiday Cheer

By November 24, 2020Blog Alongs

2020, what a year, right? The Austin Food Blogger Alliance decided that comfort and holiday cheer are in short supply, so we wanted to share ideas for bringing these wonderful, warm and fuzzy feelings to your holiday.

Our bloggers share their best recipes for holiday drinks, treats, eats, and even leftover turkey to help you cook up a lovely holiday season, no matter the size of your celebrations. We also share some gift guides and other ways to enjoy the season, from Thanksgiving through the end of the year.

Bookmark this post to refer to all season. Enjoy, and see you in 2021!


Because this is an unusual year, we are starting with the sweetest treats in our repertoires. I mean, if there ever were a time to start with dessert, it’s now!

Pumpkin Mousse with Caramel and Gingerbread — Salt and Vanilla

Gluten-Free Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins — The Weekly Menu: Healthified Gluten-Free Comfort Food

Cranberry Crumble — Food Banjo

Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Cookies — Kitchen Concoctions

7 of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in Austin — The Austinot

Thanksgiving Cranberry, Pumpkin, and Coconut — Salt and Vanilla

Easy Gluten-Free Puff Pastry Apple Tarts — The Weekly Menu: Healthified Gluten-Free Comfort Food

Almond Thumbprint Cookies — Vino and Thyme

Everything Thanksgiving Bars: Pumpkin, Cranberry, and Pecan Pie Bars –Her Modern Kitchen

Cranberry Pear Crisp — Kitchen Concoctions

Delicious Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Tiramisu — The Weekly Menu: Healthified Gluten-Free Comfort Food


Impress yourself and your holiday celebration squad with these recipes. Cook like a food blogger for your meals, starters, sides, and soups. Don’t forget these ideas on how to turn those turkey leftovers into something special.

Leftover Turkey: Creamy Chipotle One Skillet Pasta — Dawn the Gourmand

Soup & Slow Cooker Recipe Round-up — M Delish Boutique

Stuffed Carnival Squash — Salt and Vanilla

Pear and Pomegranate Salad with Maple Vinaigrette — Kitchen Concoctions

Homemade Chex Mix — Vino and Thyme

Mastering Thanksgiving Ten Tips Plus — M Delish Boutique

Fall-bo – Easy Leftover Turkey Gumbo — Dawn the Gourmand

Roasted Acorn Squash with Parmesan — Food Banjo

Savory Pumpkin Recipe Challenge Recipes — M Delish Boutique

Holiday Turkey Cranberry Sliders — Dawn the Gourmand


Whether you’re into cocktails, mocktails, craft beer, or Texas wine, this is how Austin Food Bloggers wet our whistles in holiday style.

Beer with Gin | Winter Warmer — Craft Beer Austin

Blood Orange Negroni — Vino and Thyme

The Ultimate Guide to Texas Wine for the Holidays — The Austinot

Cranberry Fizz Mocktail — Food Banjo

Spiced Sotol — Vino and Thyme

Holiday Gift Guides and Traditions

Our Austin Food Bloggers rounded up the best ideas for holiday gift giving and traditional holiday events (that will be a bit less traditional this year). Enjoy these gift guides and holiday pro tips!

Austin Holiday Tradition: Mozart’s Christmas Light Show — Fearless Captivations

Gift Guide for Guys: Five Gifts All Men Can Enjoy — Phat Phoodies

An Austin Food Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide — South Austin Foodie

2020 Holiday Gift Guide — Fearless Captivations

We hope these festive, seasonal recipes, gift guides, and ideas help bring you comfort and cheer throughout your 2020 holiday season! May they lift your spirits and warm your homes and hearts.

With Love, the Austin Food Blogger Alliance

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