31 Comforting December Recipes That'll Help You Combat Those Winter Blues

Well, it's official: The days are getting shorter and the weather chillier. You might be starting to feel the winter blues settle in, but I'm a firm believer that comfort food this time of year can cure all (and is absolutely necessary). So from make-ahead breakfasts to cozy cocktails, here are a few recipes to get you through the cold December days.

a list of seasonal december produce

1.Carrot Cake Pancakes

a stack of pancakes being drizzled with maple syrup

2.Apple Cheddar Biscuits

apple cheddar biscuits on a sheet of white parchment paper

3.Chocolate Orange Morning Rolls

chocolate-filled rolls covered in icing

4.Cranberry Orange Loaf Cake

cranberries being mixed into a cake batter

5.Breakfast Strata with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

an egg strata in a large casserole dish topped with mushrooms and thyme

6.Savory Pear Galette with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

a round galette with sliced pears and chopped walnuts

7.Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie with Maple Roasted Apples

a wheel of brie covered in apple butter on top of an raw sheet of puff pastry

8.Pomegranate and Pear Green Salad with Ginger Dressing

sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, pecans, and goat cheese atop a bed of arugula

9.Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Lemony Whipped Feta

a whole cauliflower head with a slice taken out on top of whipped feta and pomegranate seeds

10.Mushroom and Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

mushrooms and brussels sprouts in an oval-shaped baking dish before being baked

11.Caramelized Leek Pizza with Spicy Honey

a caramelized leek pizza cut into six slices and topped with fresh basil

12.Pear and Buttermilk Bisque

mise en place ingredients for the pear and buttermilk bisque

13.Roasted Butternut Squash with Feta and Spinach

two slices of roasted butternut squash stuffed with feta, spinach, and pine nuts

14.Spicy Sausage and Kale Skillet Lasagna

kale, sausage, and lasagna noodles in a cast iron skillet with dollops of ricotta

15.Pumpkin Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Beets

a bowl of pumpkin polenta with roasted beets sitting on top

16.Chicken Poblano White Bean Chili

a pot of white bean chicken poblano chili being stirred

17.Shawarma Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Green Chutney

cabbage wedges being rubbed with spices

18.One Pot Chicken and Rice

ingredients on a blue counter

19.Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

a bowl of thai carrot sweet potato soup topped with almonds and fresh herbs

20.Creamy Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms

chicken and whole mushrooms in a white pot topped with fresh herbs

21.Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

shaved brussels sprouts tossed in caesar dressing topped with breadcrumbs

22.Fennel Orange Pork Meatballs with Sweet Chili Glaze

meatballs plated on top a bed of vegetables and feta

23.Broccoli Rabe Risotto with Balsamic Roasted Radicchio

ingredients for broccoli rabe risotto laid out on a wooden counter

24.Orecchiette with Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce

carrot miso orecchiette in a bowl topped with carrot top gremolata

25.Persimmon Pie

a slice of persimmon pie topped with whipped cream and surrounded by whole persimmons

26.Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

sliced pears lined vertically in a square metal baking tray

27.Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Maple Glaze

round gingerbread cookies on a sheet tray with glaze and sprinkle decorations covering one half of each cookie

28.Sticky Toffee Persimmon Pudding

ingredients laid out on a marble counter

29.Cranberry Shrub with Black Pepper and Maple

cranberry sauce being strained

30.Cranberry, Clementine, and Rosemary Cocktail

a cocktail in a glass topped with fresh cranberries and sprig of rosemary

31.Cinnamon Apple Bourbon Smash

a cinnamon apple bourbon small in a glass with a smoked cinnamon stick and apple garnish