The holiday season brings us together year and after. Every family celebrates differently, and it's these traditions that we love hearing from our community of readers. Whether you love a good Christmas cake recipe or you have a knack for whipping up homemade candy as gifts, we learn these traditions as children in our families and grow to make them our own. As it turns out, everyone has a favorite Christmas recipe, including country music stars. Hey, they're just like us!
From sugar cookies to okra soup served with collard greens, here are the top holiday recipes from your favorite country guys and gals.
1. Brett Eldredge
The "Somethin' I'm Good At" singer absolutely loves chocolate. In an interview with Billboard, Brett said, "My mom makes chocolate brownies that are just incredible. She also makes a great chocolate cheesecake."
Today, we are sharing with you a recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake from Brown Eyed Baker. A crunchy chocolate crust is topped with creamy chocolate cream cheese filling and draped in a rich chocolate ganache.
Get the recipe here for Chocolate Cheesecake.
2. Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum
The leading lady of Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott will be celebrating the holidays this year with a gift of two new family members due very soon.
While spending the holiday season with her family, Hillary gushes about her Grandmother's Sweet Potato Pie, "There's just something she puts in it -- probably all the love -- that makes it better than anything I've ever tasted."
Sweet potato pie is a favorite for many across the country. Sweet potatoes are pureed into a custard with lots of warm spices and baked in a crust.
Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Pie here.
3. Luke Bryan
The country sensation Luke Bryan doesn't celebrate Christmas like most. Getting rid of the hefty dinner, Bryan and his family celebrate the holidays with a chili dog cook out. Who can blame him? It seems a lot easier than making up an entire holiday dinner.
Whether you like them with cheese or a side of jalapeños, chili dogs are going to become a new Christmas staple.
Find the recipe for classic chili dogs here.
4. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood is celebrating Christmas this year by decorating sugar cookies with her son, Isaiah. She writes on her Instagram post: "I actually don't think I've ever made Christmas cookies before but this will definitely be a new tradition in the Fisher household!"
Want to make cookies just like the star? This recipe for perfect sugar cookies can be decorated any way you like.
Get the recipe here for sugar cookies.
5. Miranda Lambert
Singer and songwriter Miranda Lambert is whipping up a lot of homemade gifts in the kitchen this holiday season.
In a recent interview with the Today Show, Miranda shares, "I bought [The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving] this year to learn the basics of canning. Everyone is getting pickles and preserves I made wrapped in beautiful bandanas. I even made up my own concoction: Bloody Mary Pickles."
Celebrate like Miranda and make up your own batch of Bloody Mary pickles.
Get the recipe and instructions for Bloody Mary Pickles here.
6. Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town
As a mother of two, Kimberly finds joy in making food for her family. In fact, she even has her own television show, Kimberly's Simply Southern on the Cooking Channel.
One of her holiday specialties include Schlap Happy Bars, complete with chocolate, toffee, and butterscotch.
Find the recipe for Schlap Happy Bars here.
7. Trisha Yearwood
Trisha Yearwood is a jack of all trades: A singer, actress, author and chef. Her show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, airs on Food Network where she shares some of her favorite recipes, including plenty of holiday-themed Southern treats.
One of the most festive recipes has to be her Holiday Deviled Eggs. Dyed green and red and filled with two different egg fillings, these eggs are going to become a family favorite.
Get the recipe for Holiday Deviled Eggs here.
8. Darius Rucker
Singer Daris Rucker loves a big Charleston Christmas. "Collard greens, okra soup, sweet potato pies, and turkey," he shared with Billboard. "Okra soup is a Charleston thing with okra, tomatoes, corn and lima beans. It's my favorite meal."
Matt and Ted Lee, James-Beard Award-winning chefs from South Carolina, share their favorite recipe for Charleston okra soup.
Find their recipe for Charleston Okra Soup here.
9. Chris Young
As one of the members of the Grand Ole Opry, Chris Young has achieved a lot in his music career so far. As guy who loves spending time with his family, Chris claims his favorite holiday recipe would have to be sugar cookies made by his mom complete with homemade icing.
Made using Crisco to achieve an even bake and color, these sugar cookies from Live Well Bake Often are sure to rival his mom's recipe.
Get the recipe for Soft Cut Christmas Sugar Cookies here.
10 Thomas Rhett
The "Unforgettable" singer likes to keep his Christmas dinner simple and looks forward to only one thing: "I like dressing. Some people call it stuffing. I like it plain, no gravy. I could eat three plates full of it. That's the favorite thing I look forward to about Thanksgiving and Christmas," he revealed in an interview with Billboard.
Thomas would probably love a heaping plate of our Celery Baked Stuffing. Hold the gravy please.
Get the recipe here.
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