40+ Favorite Comfort Food Recipes for Winter Days…Brrrr!

Now that the weather’s getting cooler and we’re headed into the holiday season, it’s time to dig out those favorite winter recipes!

When I think of winter food, I think comfort food and really delicious comfort food recipes that make you feel warm and toasty both inside and out.  That is one of the magical things about food is that it can make us FEEL warmer, more secure and happier!

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Here are some of our favorite comfort food recipes that just make the weather better…{giggle}

Winter Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

While my mind might go straight to a cup of hot chocolate, a bowl of soup or a favorite brownie when thinking about my favorite comfort food, here are some fun winter recipes to try for every meal of the day…and snacking!

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Best Toasty Breakfast Recipes

One of our all-time favorites in this house are these Everyday Cinnamon Rolls by Our Best Bites. Fluffy, gooey, YUMMY.

Prep Overnight Baked French Toast (Our Best Bites) or  Make-Ahead Christmas Sausage (Meaningful Mama) the night before for a roll-out-of-bed easy breakfast.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to make scones, and this post on Basic Baked Scones by Our Best Bites is the perfect tutorial!

Mmm. So many good things in one dish… Caramel Apple Bread Pudding via Our Best Bites

What better way to wow your little ones on a winter morning than with Christmas Tree Pancakes (Meaningful Mama)!

Top Slow-Cooking Comfort Food Recipes

Hot soup in the crockpot? Yes please! These  Crockpot Soup Recipes  will keep you warm and toasty all day long.

The motherload of all crockpot recipe collections…  Slow-Cooker Recipes, Fall Slow-Cooker Recipes,  and  Simple Slow-Cooker Recipes.

For some delicious chicken variations, try  Slow-Cooker Chicken With Salsa  (Your Modern Family),  Easy Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot  or  Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot  (The Realistic Mama).

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I am feeling warm & toasty already!

Super Easy Pasta as Comfort Food

These  One-Pot Pasta Recipes and  Easy Lasagna  are always a hit.

If you want to kick it up a notch but keep it easy, try  Linguine with White Bean and Olive Sauce.

Both  Spicy Pasta with Chicken, Spinach, and Goat Cheese  and  Stovetop Ravioli with Peas and Pancetta  (Foodlets) are tantalizing alternatives to traditional winter meals.

Comfort Food Recipes that Deliver Comfort

This  Quick Red Chili  (Jornie) cooks up in less than an hour, and will thrill the taste buds of young and old. If you’re looking for a non-typical chili (though every bit as delicious), try Black Bean and Sweet Potato Turkey Chili (Our Best Bites).

Heat up your kitchen with  Moroccan Chicken (Beauty Through Imperfection), or let it simmer with Roasted Lemon Chicken with Vegetables (Foodlets).

Curl up with a bowl of Chicken Chipotle Chowder and send the cold packing. (Our Best Bites)

These DIY Oven Potatoes and Sweet Potato Fries (The Realistic Mama) are great for munching any time of the day or night.

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Part of comfort food for me is finding an easy recipe that doesn’t take all day to prepare.

Easy Comfort Food Breads

Tired of store-bought, or just really want your house to smell like ahhhmazing bread (without endless hours in the kitchen)? Try this brilliant step-by-step  Easy White Sandwich Bread via Jornie, or mouth-watering  Multigrain Bread via Our Best Bites.

If hot French loaves are your kryptonite, you will die for  Turkish Bread {Gunluk Ekmek} via Jornie. It’s easy, gorgeous, and sooo incredibly delicious.

You’ve just got to try this  Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread, these  Homemade Soft Pretzels, and (of COURSE), these  World’s Best Dinner Rolls  by  Our Best Bites. They’re the perfect bread-based sides for any meal.

Our Favorite Winter Sweets & Treats

You haven’t tried Apple Crisp until you’ve tried THIS Apple Crisp from Beauty Through Imperfection.

Giant Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Jornie). Two kinds of chocolate, and as big as a saucer. ‘Nuff said.

Can’t get enough of eggnog during the holiday season? You have to make these Eggnog Sandwich Cookies via Meaningful Mama.

BRING ON THE CANDY CANES! Chocolate Peppermint Chex Mix and Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies (Our Best Bites), Easy Homemade Peppermint Bark and Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream (Meaningful Mama) will quench all your candy cane cravings.

If you just prefer plain ol’ chocolatey goodness, these recipes for Creamy Chocolate Fudge (Our Best Bites) and Champurrado: Thick Mexican Hot Chocolate (Amanda’s Cookin’) will give you just the fix you’re looking for.

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See, don’t you just feel warmer looking at this?

I hope that all this talk of comfort food and staying warm will lead you to a toasty day!  Find something easy to make and your entire family will appreciate it.

Winter Crafts for Kids that Can Be Done on the Kitchen Table

We know that the kitchen table in a busy family isn’t just for eating!  It is the hub of all things that happen.  Here are some no-set up ideas to keeping kids busy while cooking or just finding something fun to do together:

Stay warm!

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