While celebrities have the privilege of dining out or hiring a personal chef to cater their holiday party, many like to get in the spirit of the season by doing the cooking and baking themselves.
Here are some celeb-approved recipes for those looking for some sweet and savory inspirations to try this holiday season:
1) Gwyneth Paltrow’s Molton Chocolate Cake
Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her successful career as an Oscar-winning actress, but she also has a big passion for food. She wrote several cook books titled, “My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness,” “It's All Good: Delicious Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great,” and co-wrote “Spain... A Culinary Road Trip” with Mario Batali.
The 42-year-old also launched a website called "goop," where she posts delicious recipes, provides fashion and wellness tips and more. Paltrow’s recipe for the Molten Chocolate Cake includes just the right amount of chocolate and crème fraîche for a perfectly warm holiday treat.
2) Taylor Swift’s Chai Sugar Cookies With Cinnamon Eggnog Icing
When Taylor Swift shared a photo of her chai sugar cookies with cinnamon eggnog icing, she aptly called the creation “Christmas in September.”
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter shared the recipe with fans eager to try this delicious treat on her tumblr. “Why? Cause the bakers gonna bake bake bake bake bake bake.”
Swift said she made the cookies from scratch with a recipe she found on a baking blog, originally from a book called The Pastry Queen.
3) Al Roker’s Hot and Spicy Chili
What better way to warm up this winter than with Al Roker’s very own Hot and Spicy Chili? With about a two-hour preparation time, the "Today" show anchor says “a good chili recipe is a good versatile thing to have.” You can serve the chili in deep bowls, with cheese, scallions, sour cream, and cilantro, or you can top the chili on hot dogs or baked potatoes.
4) Lauren Conrad’s Rice Krispies Treat S’mores
Lauren Conrad combined her favorite childhood foods, rice krispies and s’mores, to create the “ultimate s’mores hybrid.” With the help of her favorite baker, Lauren Lowstan, the two made a dessert with melted marshmallows and chocolate that you can try at home this holiday season.
5) John Legend’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie
Having trouble choosing between peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies, and chocolate chip cookies… why not have it all in one? Singer John Legend baking his favorite peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies with his wife, model Chrissy Teigan, will surely inspire you to whip up a batch to wow coworkers at your holiday potluck.
6) Michelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookies
Every four years, Family Circle magazine holds a presidential bake-off for future first ladies. In 2008, Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain both submitted their recipes, and while McCain’s Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies took home the title, the first-lady’s Shortbread Cookies are still a delicious treat. The cookies have just the right amount of orange and lemon flavor, with chopped nuts and dried fruit.
7) Kris Jenner’s Chicken Soup
Kris Jenner stopped by the "Today" show to share her favorite comfort food dishes, which are included in her cookbook, “In the Kitchen With Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner family Favorites.” The mother-of-six shows how she makes her hearty chicken soup and also gives recipes right from her book, including a Kim Kardashian inspired macaroni and cheese, pumpkin bread, and berry cobbler, found on Today.com.
8) Giada De Laurentiis’ Pumpkin Ginger Chocolate Muffins
Chef, writer, and television personality, Giada De Laurentiis, stopped by "Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda," and shared her recipe for pumpkin ginger chocolate muffins, swapping sugar for coconut sugar as a healthier option. She also included her recipe for roasted acorn squash and Gorgonzola pizza.
9) Neil Patrick Harris’ Ooey Gooey Bars
Upcoming Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris’ trademarked Ooey Gooey Bars are filled with smooth cream cheese, crunchy pecans, and white cake, perfect for a sweet holiday treat.
10) Miranda Lambert’s Peanut Butter Pie
Country superstar Miranda Lambert knows the way to her man’s heart with a delicious holiday pie. The country singer shares her recipe for her husband, Blake Shelton’s, favorite peanut butter pie.
11) Meryl Streep’s Heart Cookies
Meryl Streep may have learned a thing or two while successfully portraying culinary legend Julia Child on the big screen in “Julie & Julia.” Her heart cookies do not require any fancy ingredients, and you could replace the heart-shape cutters with holiday-cookie cutters for a festive touch.