Recipes to help you ring in the New Year

Recipes to help you ring in the New Year

Each New Year’s celebration marks an important occasion. There’s no better to time to start fresh and look forward to the future while enjoying the company of friends and family. Of course, it’s also a chance to have one more festive shindig before we get back to the daily grind.

Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration or simply enjoying a pleasant night at home, you’ll want to go all-out on a table full of delicious and indulgent party foods that really set the mood for revelry. As we’re in the business of making life fun, we offer here our Mother Rucker’s Sweets list of appetizers, dips and desserts that’ll help you ring in the new year in ideal fashion.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Perfect for starting off your New Year’s Eve fare is this savory dish which brings bacon and shrimp together in a herbal marinade that’ll ease any lingering hunger pangs. This recipe serves four to six guests and only takes 15 minutes to prepare.

Loaded Cheese Ball Bites

Rolled in bacon, chives and pecans, these Loaded Cheese Ball Bites create a party finger food that your guests will rave about. This recipe yields only 18 cheese balls, so you’ll want to make plenty the night before and keep them in the fridge to pop out and serve throughout the evening.

Avocado Toast with Oaxacan Sesame Sauce

If you’ve ever enjoyed the simple pleasure of avocado spread on toast and seasoned with a little salt and pepper, you’ll know by its name that this party dish is a little something special sure to please any crowd. This recipe calls for slivered almonds and raw peanuts along with toasted sesame seeds and crushed red pepper. The result is a gourmet take on a humble snack that’s satisfying anytime.

Spicy Cashew Dip

Two minutes and two ingredients are all it takes to create a dip that will impress your guests with both its flavor and what a snap it is to prepare. You can follow this recipe, or just DIY it by tossing a half-cup of raw cashews and two chiles in adobo sauce (along with a couple of tablespoons of water… okay, so maybe there are three ingredients) into a food processor. Blend until you have a smooth, creamy yet spicy dip for tortilla chips, crackers and crudités alike.

Cucumber Slices with Chickpea Puree and Thyme

Balance your indulgent and hearty offerings with a little lighter fare courtesy of this recipe. These cucumber slices are a simple, elegant and nourishing alternative, topped with a savory reminder of hummus, roasted red pepper and thyme.

Cookie Dough Dip

The absence of eggs makes this recipe for a chocolate chip Cookie Dough Dip a no-bake treat that you can enjoy no matter the state of your oven. Combining butter and cream cheese as the base, you’ll blend in sugar, vanilla extract and chocolate chips for a quick and easy crowd-pleaser that pairs well with Mother Rucker’s Sweets’ own Drop Cookies and Cookie Brittles.

Holiday Salsa Recipe

Cranberries, cilantro and jalapeños come together in this recipe, delivering a unique mix of flavors that’s sweet, tart and finishes with a little kick. Plus, there’s no cooking involved. Just blend and store overnight in the fridge. Make sure you have plenty of crackers and chips on hand as this treat is sure to be very much in demand.

Prosciutto Bread

You wouldn’t think an appetizer that’s so easy to make would deliver such spectacular results, but this recipe for Prosciutto Bread really brings the flavor. You’ll start with a tube of refrigerated French bread dough then simply add eight slices of prosciutto and a little pepper — voilà! Pick up several tubes of dough and prepare ahead of time so you can pop them in the oven and serve them hot and toasty as the evening grows late.

Bourbon Balls

Calling for a fourth of a cup of bourbon, this no-bake recipe offers an intoxicatingly sweet blend of sugar, chocolate and pecans. There’s room in this recipe to add or subtract the bourbon to accommodate your own preference as well.

Tiramisu Cheesecake

With a 30-minute prep time, a 40-minute cook time and five hours for cooling, this recipe for Tiramisu Cheesecake is no last-minute addition to your party lineup. But your investment in time and effort will pay off by producing one of the most indulgent desserts you and your guests will enjoy the entire evening. Semisweet chocolate and coffee liqueur are the dominant flavors in this New York-style cheesecake — the perfect treat to set out as the countdown to 2018 begins.