This season, snuggle under the covers with cozy recipes that are guaranteed to warm up your heart and home. Whether it is a typical fall evening or a cool afternoon, these foods will help warm your belly and keep you nice and cozy. With a mix of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, you could even spread the warmth with friends, family or show off your cooking skills on date night. Although there are tons of recipes you can use, we have come up with 8 cozy recipes you will want to try asap.
1. Chicken Pot Pie
The first of our cozy recipes is an old town favorite that is filled with protein and vegetables will definitely warm up your bellies this season. This traditional recipe is made with 3 diced chicken breasts, 2 cups of carrots, 2 cups of peas, 1 1/2 cup of small onions, all-purpose flour and 1/4 heavy cream. Mixed together, it is simply like biting into a warm piece of heaven. With the majority of recipes providing 4 servings, it is a great choice for dinner with the family and/or a nice friends night.
2. Shepherd’s Pie
Next on our list of cozy recipes is another all-American favorite. With one bite of a shepherd’s pie, you and your guests will be drowning in the warm and savory goodness. The traditional recipe 1 1/2 cup of russet potatoes, 1/4 cup of half and half cream with 1/2 cup of corn and 1/2 cup of peas. Similar to our first option, this cozy recipes have protein and vegetables to keep you going through the evening. Pairing it with a nice glass of wine will make the ultimate dinner for a date night.
3. Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
We don’t know about you, but it would be a crime to not add garlic mashed potatoes to our list of cozy recipes. It won’t take you more than 20 minutes to make this cozy recipe. All you need is around 4 potatoes, 2 cups of cream, and 6 cloves of garlic blended together in a pot. In a few minutes, the hard potatoes will begin to melt into a fluffy cloud of pure bliss. On the side of a nice steak dinner or paired with grilled chicken thigh, the creamy garlic mashed potatoes will give that extra kick to your dinner.
4. Pumpkin Pie
How can pumpkin pie not be one of the cozy recipes on this list? It is a fall staple, and probably one of the best pies out there. This slightly sweet pie gives you all the fall feels with one bite. Paired with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, and your evening is officially complete. Pumpkin pie is traditionally made 1 3/4 of pumpkin puree, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of nutmeg, 2 large eggs and 2 tbsp of vanilla extract. Mix into a pie shell and you have yourself a warm and savory homemade pumpkin pie. All you need to do, is ask yourself what you will pair it with?
5. Warm Apple Crisp
Another one of the cozy recipes for dessert is the traditional warm apple crisp. This savory and sweet dessert option will definitely warm the heart of your date. One bite of this magical cozy recipe and he/she will be yours, no doubt about it. Traditionally, it is made with 6 apples, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and brown sugar. Bake it in the oven and you will have a warm apple crisp that is worthy of a carnival prize. If you don’t think it is complete, you can pair it with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream.
6. Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
One of the best cozy recipes for breakfast is pumpkin spice pancakes. It is a fall twist on pancakes that will leave you wanting more for the rest of the year. Simply put, it is your average pancake recipe. You are only adding 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg and cinnamon, 1 tbsp of maple syrup and substituting your 2% milk for almond milk. Paired with a side of fresh berries and a cozy cup of coffee will make it a breakfast of champions.
7. Cinnamon Buns
As a breakfast item or dessert, cinnamon buns are always one of our cozy recipes for the season. It can be used as a sweet way to start your day paired with a nice cup of coffee, or it can be eaten with a scoop of ice cream to help relax in the evening. Homemade recipes usually include 3/4 cups of brown sugar, 3 packages of dried yeast, and 6 cups of flour. After mixing it with water and baking it in the oven, your home will smell like a bakery shop.
8. Pumpkin Spice Latte
A Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of the cozy recipes that can be made at any time of the day. After all, coffee is a staple in many North Americans’ diets. How could we not mention it? To make a latte you simply mix hot milk, espresso and pumpkin spice syrup/puree in a cup. To make a pumpkin spice puree, mix 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 2 tbsp of vanilla extract, 1 tbsp of pumpkin spice and 1/4 tsp of salt. How much puree you put in your coffee solely depends on how sweet you want your latte to be.