Vintage Holiday Recipes

Here you will find links to some of our most popular heirloom and vintage holiday recipes, from pumpkin pies and fruit cakes to classic Betty Crocker cookies and cocktail party food. If there is a quintessential holiday recipe that I have missed, please comment and I will see if I have it on hand for all to enjoy!

Dinners and Menus

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Roast goose

Yeast Rolls

Marinated Flank Steak

Creamed Mushrooms

Celery rice

Fruit Sauces

Brandied Fruit

Cranberry Apple Relish

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce #2

Cocktail Party Dishes

Cocktail Party Food (guacamole, spinach dip, cheese ball)

Cocktail Party Food #2 (stuffed eggs, shrimp dip, crab meat, cheese balls)

Cocktail Party Food #3 (lobster canapés, party mix, cocktail cheese roll, wassail punch bowl)

Eggnog Russe 

Salmon Party Ball

Stuffed Mushrooms

Festive Cranberry Mold

The Very Merry Party Loaf

Crab Cakes

Fruit Cake Recipes

Brandied Fruit Cake *uses Brandied Fruit, above

Fruit Cake 

Grannie Marvel’s Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake of Pat’s Own Devising

Harmless Fruit Cake & Rum Sauce 

Jackson’s Vanilla Wafer Fruit Cake 

Old Time Fruit Cake

Plum Pudding

Xmas Fruit Cake

Holiday Cookies

Mince Meat Cookies 

Pumkin Cookies 

Retro Christmas Cookies, Betty Crocker Style 

Thumb Print Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies – Egg Free!


Holly Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Bourbon Balls

Cinnamon Cookies


Pulled Mints

Mamie Eisenhower’s Fudge


Coconut Ice


Grannie’s Sweet Potato Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

Pie Crust

Pie Crust – Low Cholesterol

1-2-3 Pastry Pie Crust

1-2-3 Pastry Pie Recipes



Gingerbread #2

Quick and Easy Spice Cake

Spice Cake

Pineapple Pound Cake


Christmas Cranberry Punch

Wassail Bowl

Hot Chocolate Mix

Bloody Mary’s

13 thoughts on “Vintage Holiday Recipes

  1. I am looking for an old heirloom cake recipe. You use powdered sugar & start baking in a cold oven. It’s an old southern recipe.


    • Hi Shelby! I sure do – here you go.

      1 cup cranberries
      4-5 large Granny Smith apples
      1/2 cup sugar
      1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      3 tablespoons flour
      1 double pie crust

      Coarsely chop cranberries and set aside in large bowl. Peel, core and cut apples into 1/4″ slices, add to cranberries. Add sugar, cinnamon and flour, and toss. Fill prepared 9″ pie pan with mixture and top with crust. Bake in 450 oven for 30 minutes, turn oven to 375 and bake another 30 minutes or until done.


  2. I am looking for a recipe my mother – inlaw used to make, banana split dessert. I know it did not have a crust, had jello, and maybe 7up or sprite in it . It was my sons favorite dessert and we cannot find the recipe.


    • Pam, this one was pretty tricky! I ended up googling “banana dessert with seven up” and recipes sounding like what you might be looking for came up. If you google banana split it gives you mostly ice cream results. So, give that a shot and hopefully you will recognize the recipe. Good luck!


    • Hi Beverly, I googled “orange slice candy cake” and several results came up. Hopefully one of them is the recipe you are looking for!


  3. i am looking for an old recipe for pinnnapple delight it is a no bake desert…….i lost the copy i had so did my sister;… is some the ingriedents that i can remember……unflavored geletin,,cream cheese,,,dream whip,,,crushed pinnapples,,,,it had a gram cracker crust,,,,it had to chill for 24 hours….it was so wonderful….i so hope that maybe some one has the recipe…thank you so much….


    • There are many pineapple jello dessert recipes on the internet. Not knowing exactly what yours is, I googled “dessert with pineapple jello cream cheese” and there were many results. I hope you are able to find the one you are looking for!


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