How to Make an Italian Rainbow Cookie Cake for the Holidays

We all know about rainbow cakes, but have you ever seen one created just for the holidays? This red and green version is not just dyed festive colors — it’s inspired by the classic Italian rainbow cookie! Bringing the tradition of sharing Christmas cookies and impressive, colorful cakes together, this tri-color confection recipe is not only ultra cheery, but also extremely delicious.

Unlike other cookie-cakes where actual cookies are typically stacked to resemble a cake, this version is made with layers of the most delectable almond butter cake. Filled with sweet jam and smothered with the fudgiest, fluffiest chocolate icing, this cake is sure to impress at any holiday party. Red, green and white have never looked so tasty.


For the Cake

– 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

– 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 10 ounces almond paste, broken into small pieces

– 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened

– 2 cups granulated sugar

– 5 eggs

– 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 3/4 cup whole milk

– red and green food coloring

For the Frosting

– 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

– 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

– 2 to 3 Tablespoons hot water

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

– pinch salt

– 8 ounces melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate, cooled


– 3/4 to 1 cup raspberry jam

– sprinkles (optional)


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans and set aside.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the almond paste and butter until thoroughly combined (about 3-4 minutes).

4. Add in the sugar and mix until fluffy (about 2-3 more minutes).

5. Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts.

6. One at a time, mix in the eggs until combined.

7. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

8. Working in batches, alternate adding in the dry ingredients and the milk (with the milk addition in the middle). Mix only until the last of the dry ingredients are mixed in. Do not over mix!

9. Evenly divide the batter into 3 separate bowls.

10. Color 1 bowl of batter red and 1 bowl green. Add in as much color as you would like (we used about 1/2 teaspoon of each) and mix until combined.

11. Pour the batter into the prepared pans (1 color per pan), and bake for about 28-32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

12. Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before removing the cakes from their pans.

13. Let the cakes completely cool (or chill in the fridge wrapped in plastic) before carefully slicing each cake in half horizontally (you will then have 6 layers of cake).

Combine the softened butter and almond paste together until smooth.

Add the sugar and mix until thoroughly combined.

Then add the vanilla and almond extracts.

Now add the eggs one at time. Mix thoroughly before adding the next egg.

Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Working in batches, alternately add in the flour mixture and the milk (starting and ending with the flour mixture, allowing the liquids to be absorbed into the batter).

Mix only until the last streaks of flour remain visible. Do not over mix! Once the batter is divided, you will be mixing again when adding in the food coloring.

Evenly divide the batter into three separate bowls. Tint one bowl of batter green and another red.

Pro tip: To evenly distribute the batter, use a kitchen scale and weigh out the batter in each bowl.

Pour the batter into three eight-inch round cake pans (greased and floured) and bake for about 28-32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cakes completely cool (or chill in the fridge wrapped in plastic) before carefully slicing each cake in half horizontally (you will then have six layers of cake).

Pro tip: Be careful when cutting the cake layers in half. The cakes are not very tall, so make sure they do not break when cut. Use a long serrated knife and keep it as parallel to your work surface as possible. Score around the cake and cut only a little bit at a time. Also note that a chilled cake will produce fewer crumbs. If a cake does split when you are trying to cut it, try to fit the pieces back together (using a bit of jam as glue) and use the imperfect layers in the center of the cake (not the base or top layer).

Now for the frosting!


1. Beat the butter in a clean mixing bowl until smooth.

2. Gradually add the sugar, cocoa, water, vanilla and salt. Mix until combined.

3. Add more hot water (a teaspoon at a time) if the frosting appears too thick to spread.

4. Mix in the melted and cooled chocolate until combined. (If at this point the frosting seems too runny, place it in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes, or while you assemble the cake layers.)

Mix the butter until smooth and creamy.

With the mixer on low, gradually add the sugar, cocoa, water and salt. Once incorporated, turn the mixer up to medium and mix until combined.

Add the melted, cooled chocolate. Mix until smooth.

To assemble the cake:

1. Spread about 2-3 tablespoons of the raspberry jam between the layers of cake with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.

2. Alternate the colors of the cake layers, ending with one of the bottoms of the cake facing up so that the top of the cake is nice and flat.

3. Ice the cake with frosting and decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Spread about two or three tablespoons of the raspberry jam between the layers of cake with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Alternate the colors of the cake layers, ending with one of the bottoms of the cake facing up so that the top of the cake is nice and flat. Next, add frosting. If the frosting is too thick to spread, add in a touch more hot water (a couple teaspoons at a time). If it is too runny, pop it in the fridge to firm up slightly. The frosting sets rather quickly, so make sure to add the sprinkles while the frosting is still fresh or they may fall right off.

Cake or cookies? Which treats will you be making and sharing this holiday season?

Deciding between style and function when planning outfits is a constant dilemma if you live somewhere that gets super cold in the wintertime. Most times, super warm, functional clothing can be uber-expensive, which can leave you in a pinch when prepping for frigid temps. We know the struggle well, so that’s why we gathered some budget-friendly, under $100 winter clothing picks that you can layer up with and still maintain style and comfort. These looks can pair well with your fave holiday party shoe, too! If it were up to us, we would hibernate all winter, with plenty of warm drinks and TV marathons. Scroll further for your new fave winter wardrobe!


These picks will keep you warm all winter long.

Banana Republic Long Hooded Puffer Jacket ($88)

This coat is ultra-puffy, keeping you warm from your head to toes.

GAP ColdControl Max Puffer Coat ($48)

ColdControl tech will keep the heat in, even when it's freezing.

BP. Recycled Polyester Puffer ($48)

This stylish puffer comes in a range of super cute colors, perfect for any wintertime fit.

American Eagle Textured Puffer Jacket ($65)

This textured look is a fun twist to layer with. The pockets are even fleece-lined!

A New Day Duvet Puffer Jacket ($65)

A long, parka-like style is a necessity when it's snowing out.


A colorful scarf is the perfect way to spruce up your cold weather wardrobe.

Abercrombie & Fitch Chunky Fringe Scarf ($50)

Wrap this super soft scarf around your neck for extra coziness!

Natural Life Plaid Cozy Rainbow Scarf ($29)

The rainbow colors of this scarf bring the winter back to life.

Urban Outfitters North Marled Nubby Scarf ($35)

This scarf could likely double as a blanket, which is a major yes from us.

ASOS Fluffy Color Block Scarf ($28)

Bright colors like these will stand out amongst the winter blues, all while keeping you wrapped up.

Universal Thread Check Ribbed Scarf ($17)

This knit scarf is the perfect accessory for any outfit you're planning this winter, thanks to neutral colors.


If you're somewhere cold but not frigid, you'll need a stylish yet comfy jacket to wear over layers this season.

GAP Plaid Shirt Jacket ($40)

We love a good shacket, especially colorful ones like this style from GAP.

Levi's Sherpa Baggy Trucker Jacket ($65)

The sherpa lining on this minty green jacket will add some reliable thicker layers, sure to insulate your body heat while you're out and about.

Urban Outfitters Jules Tweed Blazer ($80)

Everyone could use a dressier jacket, even in the winter. This blazer is easy to layer and pair with more formal outfits.

Old Navy Slouchy Sherpa Zip Jacket ($50)

Sherpa? Say less! We love this cozy fabric to wrap up in.

Free People Driftwood Embroidered Trucker Jacket ($55)

Have fun with some embroidered patterns this cold season. This style's also lined with sherpa, making it not only super cute, but also practical for cooler temps.


Build the coziest outfit by throwing on a fuzzy sweater over a light long-sleeved layer. We love these styles below.

Aerie Flurry Crew Sweater ($33)

This sweater is ultra-soft to the touch. Wear this style over your winter layers, or cozy up with it at home.

Free People BFF Cocoon Solid Crew ($98)

Having a quality crewneck on hand is needed for winter weather, so you can layer it under a big coat.

Levi's Cloud Crewneck Sweater ($60)

Not only are the colors and patterns perfect on this sweater, it's also super soft. Pair with a dark wash denim to step out in style.

H&M Rib-Knit Half-Zip Sweater ($40)

Can't forget the turtlenecks! This sweater has a half zip, so you can either bundle up or wear it more relaxed.

A New Day Fuzzy Sweater ($30)

This fuzzy style has a pinch of sparkle in the fabric, making it the cutest NYE party sweater.

Gloves and Hand Warmers

Gloves are essential in the biting winter air! Check out these picks for a practical pop of color.

Urban Outfitters Knit Convertible Glove ($19)

This eye-catching pair of gloves is perfect for busy days. Take off the glove attachments when your hands are full, and pull them back on to keep your fingers warm.

Skida High Pile Mitt ($54)

This style is no match for snow and ice. The fleece will keep your hands warm all day long!

The North Face Osito Etip Gloves ($40)

We know how aggravating it is to navigate your phone with gloves. This pair has touchscreen-compatible fabric, so you can take care of business with ease.

Wild Fable Fingerless Gloves ($10)

We love a good color block moment. These hand warmers go well layered over a chunky sweater!

Anthropologie Faux Leather Gloves ($48)

If your'e looking for a more elevated look this winter, check out these faux leather gloves. So timeless and stylish!

Leg Warmers

Leg warmers are the perfect way to stay bundled, plus they're super cute layered over your fave winter boot!

Falke Carees Cotton Blend Leg Warmers ($36)

This cotton blend fabric will keep your legs and toes toasty all day.

Curator SF Leg Warmers ($58)

Stay warm amid the harsh cold weather with these thick leg warmers over a good snow boot.

Urban Outfitters Space Dye Leg Warmers ($25)

The colors on these leg warmers are so dreamy! Plus, a pop of color can always spark joy in the wintertime.

Gudrun Sjoden Recycled Cotton and Wool Leg Warmers ($64)

Channel ski season with these vibrantly patterned leg warmers!

Live Your Colour Chelsea Cable Leg Warmers ($48)

Hop on the cable knit trend with this pair. Just style with a pair of leggings and warm boots, and you're good to go!


To top it all off!

Parks Project Acadia Ombre Beanie ($28)

This color block beanie is so simple but unique, and you'll definitely stand out in this fun color. The tighter knit will keep you warm all day!

Old Navy Sweater Knit Beanie ($15)

We can't miss out on a good knit moment. This Old Navy beanie comes in so many colors and will def match your winter looks!

Carhartt Cuffed Beanie ($20)

This beanie is a classic. Cop one, or a ton! They have plenty of appealing colors.

The North Face Oh Mega Fur Pom Beanie ($45)

This style is super practical for the snow and cold temperatures. The pom on top is the best part!

Kurt Geiger Rainbow Beanie ($38)

Incorporating color into your winter wardrobe has never been easier.

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Low-carb recipes that serve up a mix of healthy sources of carbs (like veggies), heart-healthy fats and protein may help lower your risk for certain diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Got too much on your plate to cook healthy low-carb meals? We got you. Just set aside an hour max and you can have a balanced meal on the table or leftover lunches all week. Here are some of our favorite low-carb recipes that may just inspire you to toss those delivery menus for good. They'll have you feeling inspired that being healthy doesn't mean skimping on flavor or variety.

Grilled Caprese Pesto Chicken Skewers

Grill up pesto chicken and cherry tomatoes and serve with burrata and fresh basil for late-summer perfection. (via Half-Baked Harvest)

Fennel Salad With Blood Orange, Thyme, and Toasted Walnuts

Say hello to one of the most creative salads you've probably seen. With oranges, fennel, thyme, and roasted walnuts, this is full of winter's bounty, but if it's hard to find some of the ingredients once the weather warms up, swap for in-season toppings (like peaches) instead. (via Brit + Co)

Baked Almond-Crusted Cod

Skip typical chicken breast in favor of heart-healthy cod, crusted with almonds and parmesan and served with a lemony yogurt sauce. (via Brit + Co)


Blackened Chicken and Avocado Salad

This Pinterest-popular salad gained fame for many reasons, but the tender 20-minute chicken on top might be the most compelling. (recipe via North South Blonde; photo via Brit + Co)

Keto Steak Cheese-Shell Tacos

The best part of this low-carb recipe (second to the crispy cheddartaco shells, of course) is the leftover taco-seasoned steak, which you can use for salads, wraps, and other lunches. (via Brit + Co)

Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

In lieu of French fries, try this baked and bacon-wrapped alternative. Not only are you cutting out the oil but you're adding in some bacon which is definitely an upside. (via Brit + Co)

Cast Iron Skillet Chicken With Garlic Herb Butter

Serve this juicy chicken with roasted veggies or a low carb salad for a healthy weeknight meal. (via Barley & Sage)

Super Green Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Shredded kale, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, carrots, and fresh herbs are tossed in a lemon vinaigrette and topped with crispy chickpeas, toasted pine nuts, feta, and avocado. (via Half-Baked Harvest)

Spicy Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini

Ribbons of zucchini are rolled up with a pesto and ricotta cheese mixture and baked in a herby red-pepper tomato sauce. (via Half-Baked Harvest)

Turkish Eggs

This low-carb breakfast, AKA Çilbir (pronounced chil-bir), is a popular breakfast in Turkey that's made with poached eggs over creamy, garlicky yogurt, and drenched in a warm spicy butter. (via Forks & Foliage)

Low Carb Recipes That Are Both Delicious And Healthy

Koufteh Ghelgheli

This Middle Eastern recipe is chock full of veggies and lamb meatballs. The flavor pairings of turmeric, pepper, and lemon are simple enough for a beginner cook but oh-so-tasty. (via Brit + Co)

Smoked Salmon Poke Bites

Turn your go-to poke bowl into some bite-sized goodies. They make for an awesome app or even a WFH snack if you need something to hold you over until lunchtime. (via Brit + Co)

DIY Cauliflower Rice Sushi

If you're looking for something low-carb, you might be hesitant to try sushi because of the rice that's inside. But there's an easy way to fix that — use cauliflower instead! (via Brit + Co)

Low-Carb Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

These babies, which feature smoked salmon, lemon, and dill, make for an amazing Easter brunch addition. (via Brit + Co)

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Make three different pasta sauces — basic tomato, arugula pesto, and lemon ricotta — and you'll be excited to eat spaghetti squash all week. (via Brit + Co)

Sheet-Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Garlicky marinated shrimp need just 8 minutes in the oven to form a hearty accompaniment to roasted peppers and onions, riced cauliflower, and any low-carb ingredient under the sun. (via Brit + Co)

Crispy Chicken Thighs With Honey-Lemon Pan Sauce

No part of flavorful chicken thighs goes to waste in this single-skillet dish, which makes a pan sauce from leftover chicken juices, butter, garlic, honey, and lemon juice. (via Brit + Co)

Paleo Instant-Pot Orange Chicken

You can make this healthy orange chicken faster than you could grab it from Panda Express. The diet-friendly version employs coconut sugar and orange zest to replicate the classic's citrusy sweetness, while arrowroot powder maintains the signature crispy crust. It's a classic in our arsenal of easy low-carb meals. (via Brit + Co)

From Pizza to Salmon, We Have Plenty of Ideas to Share

Ketotarian Alfredo Zoodles

This creamy zoodle dish, laden with a dairy-free macadamia-nut “alfredo" sauce, proves that a keto-vegetarian diet is both possible and delicious. (via Brit + Co)

Low-Carb Bell Pepper Sandwiches

Hollow out a bell pepper and stuff it with a cream cheese-mustard mix as well as slices of your favorite deli meat and cheese, and load it with spinach, bacon, sprouts, cucumbers — really whatever you want. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Cheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus

When you're craving garlic bread, whip up this insanely cheesy side instead. It gives you both a dose of greens and a ton of garlicky flavor. (via Cafe Delites; photo via Brit + Co)

Pan-Seared Dover Sole With Buttery Caper Sauce

Use this pan-searing technique for your favorite lean fish, such as tilapia or striped bass. When a quick pan sauce of butter, capers, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs is involved, you can't go wrong. (via Brit + Co)

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

This versatile stir fry is a great way to get some low carb veggies into your diet. Swap the beef for chicken or other protein too. (via Feel Good Foodie)

Paleo Shepherd's Pie

Don't let the cauliflower-mash topping make you skeptical. This healthier take on a classic pie remains just as comforting with hearty ground beef and tender veggies, flavored with onion, cumin, coriander, and red pepper. (via Brit + Co)

Keto Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Make these customizable “rice" bowls when you need to clear your fridge of odds and ends like leftover meat, vegetables, and condiments. (via Brit + Co)

Bacon & Gruyere Sous Vide Egg Bites

Enjoy this Starbucks breakfast fave, without all the carbs. Don't worry though, this recipe still has all the bacon, cheesy goodness you could want! (via Brit + Co)

Instant-Pot Chicken Cacciatore With Zucchini Noodles

Drift away to the Italian countryside with this vibrant dish of mushrooms, tomatoes, and herbs. (via The Whole30 Slow Cooker, photo via Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Low Carb Meal Ideas to Cook For The Whole Family

Keto Ramen Zoodles

Swapping traditional noodles for zucchini noodles allows you to enjoy richly flavored ramen, crispy pork belly, jammy egg, and all, without the bloat. (via Brit + Co)

Mini Cloud-Bread Pepperoni Pizzas

Cloud bread, a miracle mixture of baked eggs, cheese, and cream of tartar, satisfies the carby cravings of keto dieters everywhere. We like it best topped with pizza sauce, more cheese, and plenty of pepperoni. (via Brit + Co)

Chocho Carrot Muffins

Choco flour — which has been eaten in South American Andean communities for generations — is a great way to get some of your favorite baked goods, without the same levels of carbs that you might find in more mainstream flours. (via Brit + Co)

Air-Fryer Zucchini Chips

Slice up a zucchini, toss it in olive oil and spices, and pop it in the air fryer to get these crunchy zucchini chips. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Low-Carb Egg in a Basket

You won't miss the bread in this low-carb version of toad in the hole, as its cauliflower-crust base tastes like crisped cheese. (via Cali'Flour Kitchen and Brit + Co)

Halibut en Papillote With Lemon, Mushrooms, and Toasted Sesame Oil

This healthy fish dish fills your kitchen with the aromas of ginger and toasted sesame oil— and it even makes halibut taste glamorous. (via The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal and Brit + Co; photo via Ditte Isager)

Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

When you need a bowl of mac and cheese, this bacon-y Brussels sprouts in a thick cheese sauce will curb cravings. (via Brit + Co)

Spicy Oregano Meatballs with Grilled Vegetables and Tzatziki

Spicy meatballs and grilled vegetables are tossed in lemon-herb vinaigrette and served with cooling, creamy tzatziki. (via Half-Baked Harvest)

Low Carb Cauliflower Quiche Cups

These bites make for the perfect afternoon snack. Not only does it have cauliflower, but the kale and tomatoes add some extra nutrients. (via Brit + Co)

Mexican-Style Hot Dogs in Lettuce Wraps

Instead of a bun, this recipe uses lettuce wraps to keep things low-carb. The beans, corn, tomatoes, and avocado add some fresh and delicious flavors. (via Brit + Co)

Steamed Sea Bass with Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Summer Squash

With lemons, squash, and other veggies, this easy recipe is a great option for summer dinners. If you're watching your saturated fats, just swap butter for EVOO. (via Brit + Co)

The Best Recipes To Cut Back on Carbs

Instant-Pot Chinese Sesame Chicken

Eat this versatile chicken with a side of veggies for dinner, and simply reheat the next day for a salad or lettuce wrap. (via The Whole30 Slow Cookerand Brit + Co; photo via Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Keto Ricotta Chicken Meatballs

Rich dark-meat chicken forms stellar meatballs with almond flour, heavy cream, and Parmesan and ricotta cheeses. Serve them with roasted vegetables or your favorite low-carb pasta substitute. (via Brit + Co)

Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffins

Easy egg breakfast for dinner? We say, yass please. (via Brit + Co)

Keto Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

It's amazing how far a little almond meal and zucchini can go in place of bread and… well, more bread. This recipe is quick, low-carb, and oh-so-filling for the weeknight dinner win. (via Brit + Co)

Keto Churro Cloud Bread

If you're avoiding cinnamon sugar cookies and churros, this cloud bread is the next best thing. Plus it'll take you less than 30 minutes! (via Brit + Co)

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Get your share of delicious veggies smothered with mozzarella and parmesan and achieve ketosis without the lingering hunger. (via Brit + Co)

Whole30 In-N-Out Burger

You can indeed transform an In-N-Out Animal-Style burger into a Whole30 masterpiece, down to the low-sugar special sauce and crunchy lettuce wrap. Make the caramelized onions ahead of time to cut down on the total cook time for this low-carb dinner idea. (via Brit + Co)

Lemon Miso Spring Green Soup

For a very healthy reset opt for a veggie-packed soup. This spring medley is as delicious as it is nutritious, quick, and low in carbs. (via Brit + Co)

Keto Cheese Ball

Eating for one? This low-carb recipe is the perfect answer to a light dinner that's as good (or better) as a baked potato. And if you get peckish later, check out one of these low carb snacks. (via Brit + Co)

Brown-Butter Salmon with Capers and Tomatoes

Simple, clean, and SO tasty! Opt for quick sautéed wild salmon with just a few basic ingredients and enjoy BIG time flavor. (via Brit + Co)

Chicken Salad Keto Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps make this recipe handheld, portable, and perfect for picnics, barbecues, and work. Top with raspberries and walnuts for extra color and texture. (via Brit + Co)

Keto Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Casseroles are one of our favorite comfort foods but they're not always the healthiest option. The zucchini, mushrooms, and cheeses are so flavorful that you won't even notice the missing carbs. (via Brit + Co)

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Who needs potatoes when cauli will do the trick instead! This straightforward dish works great for dinner or as a side dish — you choose. (via Brit + Co)

Whole30 Instant Pot "Baked" Potato Soup Recipe

Creamy comfort soup at its finest, this Whole30-approved recipe is actually made with cashews and nutritional yeast instead of dairy! That's a double diet win! (via Brit + Co)

Winter Greens & Citrus Salad

A crunchy salad is an ideal dinner when you just need a light meal. This colorful recipe features atahini-ginger dressing that's totally bomb dot com. (via Brit + Co)

4-Cheese Roasted Garlic Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Swap pasta for spaghetti squash and stuff it with béchamel sauce, sage, and roasted garlic. (via Half-Baked Harvest)

Pesto Salmon

Salmon gets a nice crunch from the tiniest bit of panko breadcrumbs while pesto gives it a burst of herby flavor. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Find more easy low-carb meals, keto cocktails, and keto-friendly dessert ideas by checking out Brit + Co's Food page. Join our newsletter for more recipes and inspiration and don't forget to check out our new cooking classes!

This article has been updated from a previous post published in June 2019.

There are two things we love more than pretty much anything else in the world: color and dessert. This indulgent and delicious red velvet cheesecake recipe satisfies both of our perpetual cravings. Topped with Oreos and just as pretty as it is yummy, this concoction from Ruth over at Sinful Kitchen is on our to-serve list for this party season. We'll let Ruth take it from here!

Oreo red velvet cheesecake has long been a favorite in my family. From the subtle chocolate flavor to the perfect crunch of the Oreo crust, this dessert is perfection!

Let's not forget a generous dollop of whipped cream to finish every bite with a touch of coolness. While you might think red velvet is limited to Christmas and Valentine's day, red velvet is perfect for any occasion!

I make this cheesecake using a slow, cool-down method instead of a water bath (bain marine). I find this slow cool-down method is the only way to achieve a crack-free cake.

If you are looking to make mini cheesecakes, you can find the directions below.

What Is Red Velvet?

In a nutshell, red velvet is a vanilla cake with a little bit of cocoa powder. Or another way to think of it as a cake with a very mild chocolate flavor. Red velvet cake is traditionally made with buttermilk to give it a slight tart finish.

It is generally believed that red velvet cake originated during Victorian times. The red color resulted from vinegar combined with non-Dutch processed cocoa powder. This interaction caused the cake to turn a reddish brown hue.

During WWI, the ingredients changed, but consumers still wanted the classic red color. To keep the red color, beet juice was added. Nowadays, red coloring typically comes from gel red food coloring.

How to Bake a Perfect Oreo Red Velvet Cheesecake

Photo via Sinful Kitchen


For the Crust:

  • 36 Oreos +10 - 12 for decoration
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (24g) granulated white sugar

For the Cheesecake:

  • 24 ounces (680 grams) full-fat bricks of cream cheese (3 bricks) softened to room temperature.
  • 1 and ⅓ cups (270g) granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup (249g) sour cream, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons (16g) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) vanilla extract
  • 3-6 drops red gel food coloring (add more for a darker color)
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 2 cups (476g) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) vanilla
  • ½ cup (60g) confectioners sugar


Time needed: 2 hours and 15 minutes.

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F/160C. Line the bottom of a springform pan with aluminum foil. Place the Oreos in a food processor with the filling, and pulse until the cookies are fine crumbs. Add the melted butter and sugar. Pulse until thoroughly combined.
  2. Evenly distribute the cookie crumbs to the bottom of the springform pan. Firmly press the crumbs into place. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and fully cool before filling with the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325F/160C. Bring the cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs to room temperature.
  4. Start with a large bowl and a mixer, either a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Starting the mixer on a low speed, eventually working up to a medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until thoroughly combined, about 3 - 5 minutes. Add in the sour cream and mix for 2 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla, and mix for 2 minutes. Add the red food coloring until you achieve the desired color, and mix until the color is homogenous. *Throughout the mixing process, scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, gently beat the eggs together using a whisk or a fork. Then add the eggs to the cream cheese mixture and mix on low until the eggs are barely incorporated about 1 minute. *Note: Just barely whisk the eggs into and mix. Over-whisking brings too much air into the eggs and results in cracks.
  6. Pour the batter into the pre-baked Oreo crust. Gently tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles. Place the cheesecake on a baking sheet. Then place the baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake at 325F/160C for 30 minutes.
  7. Without opening the door, lower the temperature to 250F/120C and bake for an additional 45 minutes.
  8. Without opening the door, turn off the oven and keep the cheesecake inside for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes have passed, barely crack the oven door and keep it open with a wooden spoon. Leave the cheesecake like this for 1 hour. After an hour, remove the from the oven and sit it on the counter for 3 - 4 hours. After 3-4 hours, your cheesecake has set.
  9. Cover the with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours before serving.
  10. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the heavy cream until you can see traces in the cream. Add vanilla and confectioners sugar.
  11. Fill a piping bag with whipped cream and fit it with a large drop flower tip. Place large drop flowers around the edge and place an Oreo in each dropped flower.

Substitutions and Alternatives

As with most recipes, you can tweak the recipe to meet your dietary needs, preferences, or what is in your panty. Here are just a few suggestions.

  • Oreo Cookie Crust: Oreo cookies might not appeal to everyone. In that case, you can swap out the Oreo cookies using the same measurements for graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or even animal crackers.
  • Gluten-Free Crust: If you prefer a gluten-free crust, substitute using the same measurements as the Oreo cookie crust. Gluten-free crust options include gingersnaps, sandwich cookies, biscotti, or brownies!
  • Red Velvet: If you would like a regular cheesecake without the red velvet, omit the cocoa powder and food coloring.
  • Vegan: Vegan bakers are amazing! They make the most delicious desserts using so many creative ingredients. Someday I might bake a vegan version, but until then, I feel more comfortable referring you to another blogger with a tried and true recipe than guessing the ingredients. Try using this recipe from Nora Bakes or this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.

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Expert Tips to Achieve The Perfect Cheesecake

Crust: Let’s start with the foundation. Use a food processor to grind the cookies into a fine crumb. There should be no chunks left. Add the butter and any other flavoring the recipe calls for. Then spread the crumbs evenly at the bottom of your pan. Pack the crumbs down tightly. I usually use the bottom of a measuring cup, but a glass or coffee cup works too. The key here is to pack the crust tightly, so it does not crumble when you cut it.

Ingredients: Always use full fat. Lower-fat cream cheese has a grainy texture. Second, all dairy products should be at room temperature. This allows all the ingredients to be blended together smoothly and avoids lumps!

Ingredient Timing: I use a stand mixer and mix the cream cheese and sour cream until the two are perfectly blended. Lightly whip the eggs together by hand in a separate bowl. Then add the eggs to the cream cheese mixture and just barely mix. This is key to having a cheesecake that does not crack!

Let me explain... When the eggs are over-mixed into the batter; the over-mixing introduces air. The air expands and contracts in the baking process, resulting in cracks.

Long Slow Bake: Over the years, I have tried just about every method to bake a cheesecake, including the water bath method. Every time resulted in cracks, except when I made the cake using a long slow bake method. Here is the method I swear by. Preheat your oven to 325F and bake for 30 minutes. Without opening the door, lower the temperature to 250 and bake for an additional 45 minutes. Without opening the door, turn off the oven and keep the cheesecake inside for 30 minutes. Then barely crack the oven door and keep it open with a wooden spoon. Leave it like this for 1 hour. After an hour, remove from the oven and sit it on the counter for 3 - 4 hours.

How To Make The Mini Cupcake Version

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Using the ingredients above, you can make 24 mini Oreo red velvet cheesecakes. Cut the recipe in half to make 12.

Start by placing cupcake liners in your muffing pan/s. Follow the instructions to make the crust, but cut the baking time down by 1 - 2 minutes. Once the crust has cooled, evenly distribute the batter between the muffin tins. Bake at 350f for 15-17 minutes.

When the edges are set and the center is a little wobbly, the cheesecake is finished baking. At this point, remove it from the oven and cool it to room temperature.


Refrigerator: For best results, store without the whipped cream in an airtight container. About 30 minutes before you plan on eating, place it on your counter and allow them to come to room temperature.

Freezer: Cool and bring to room temperature. Then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. When you are ready to eat cheesecake, move it to the refrigerator the day before. About 30 minutes before eating, place it on your counter and let it come to room temperature.

Thanks Ruth!

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There are almost as many Christmas Eve dinner ideas as there are cuisines. And that's a good thing, because you can't expect to power through Santa's big night on Christmas cookiesand cocktails alone (as delicious as that actually sounds right now). Your house may be the kind to appreciate some Christmas Eve buffet menu ideas. Or perhaps dinner in your PJs is what you and your loved ones are after. Whatever your style is, here are 27 recipes for a Christmas Eve spread that will put a spring in your step when you roll out of bed Christmas Day.

Starters and Appetizers

Bacon Pastry Twists + Beer Cheese Dip

Bacon Pastry Twists + Beer Cheese Dip

It doesn't have to be a game day to enjoy the this tasty Christmas Eve food idea. Serve these appetizers to everyone before dinner, or snack on them as you're preparing the rest of the food. Either way, you'll love this recipe! (Brit + Co)

Maple Pecan Baked Brie

Baked brie is so ooey-gooey delicious that it's definitely one of our favorite Christmas Eve dishes, and this one calls for ingredients you probably already have on hand. Serve it as an appetizer with a crisp white wine or in place of rolls at the table. It's always a crowd pleaser and goes great with dessert. (via Fake Ginger)

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

There's nothing quite as cozy as a bowl of warm soup on Christmas Eve, and this slow cooker version is about as convenient as it gets. More time for wrapping presents! (via Brit + Co)

Puerto Rican Papas Rellenas

There's nothing more tasty on earth than crispy potato croquettes, unless it's potato croquettes stuffed with savory picadillo. Prepare for the onslaught, because *everyone* is going to want this Christmas Eve dinner menu idea. (via Kitchen Gidget)

Romanesco Holiday Trees With Parmesan Snow

If you need a festive and easy Christmas Eve dinner idea, think of these pointy florets like miniature Christmas trees. Set them in a creamy cheese sauce and dust with Parmesan for a snowy (and tasty) side dish for your dinner. (via Brit + Co)

Delicious Christmas Dinner Side Dishes

Secret Ingredient Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots

The trick to feeding a crowd with your Christmas Eve meal ideas is to make a meat or fish entreé with a plethora of easy and tasty sides. Well… nothing could be easier than these carrots that caramelize slowly to perfection in a balsamic glaze in a low-heat oven. This is one sweet veg you won't have to beg the kids to eat. (via Carlsbad Cravings)

Creamy, Cheesy Gratin

With sweet potatoes, Gruyère, cream, and sage all mixed in together, this is one easy Christmas Eve dinner dish (or Christmas brunch idea) that you'll never leave off your holiday menu ever again. (via Brit + Co)

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut squash is one of those seasonal foods that's perfect in salads and adds a bit of weight to any Christmas Eve recipe. (via Brit + Co)

The Best Baked Spinach Rice

This rice casserole is rich with three kinds of cheese, spices and lemon zest. Make a double batch and hold one back in the fridge for leftovers; you'll be thanking yourself amid tomorrow's wrapping paper frenzy. (via The Iron You)

Pumpkin Curry

This side dish can also serve as a main course for any plant-based eaters around your dinner table this Christmas Eve. The flavors of pumpkin and vegetables keep things light and bright, while the spicy curry will warm you to your toes. (via Brit + Co)

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make-ahead sides are a real life saver at holiday time. These potatoes are whipped up with cream cheese, sour cream and eggs, so you can keep them in the fridge until the very last minute and they'll bake up to perfection, casserole style. (via Seasons and Suppers)

A Green Bean Casserole for Every Dietary Need

Green bean casserole is so tasty that everyone should be able to enjoy it! With mushroom sauce, beans, and plenty of vegan and gluten-free swaps, this dish will be a Christmas favorite. (via Brit + Co)

Christmas Eve Meals for Meat Lovers

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

This veggie side is super simple, calling for just two ingredients and 10 minutes of prep work. Throw them in a skillet right before showtime and let the prosciutto get nice and crisp while the asparagus turns bright green and tender. They turn out perfect every time, trust us. (via Damn Delicious)

Garlic Rosemary Prime Rib Roast With Horseradish Cream

Prime rib is always a showstopper, but the real star of this show is the homemade horseradish sauce. It cuts right through the richness of the beef, adding just the right amount of savory zing to this Christmas Eve dinner recipe. (via NeighborFood)

Crock Pot Mojo Pork With Cuban-Style Black Beans

This pork shoulder is cooked the traditional way — in a tasty citrus trio of orange, lemon and lime juice, spiked with onion, jalapeño, herbs, spices and an entire head of garlic. Start it in the morning and it will bubble away happily in your slow cooker all day, giving you time (and counter space) to get the rest of the feast prepared. (via Iowa Girl Eats)

Cranberry-Glazed Roast Turkey

Make a turkey full of the flavors of the season with this simple, easy-to-follow recipe. (via Brit + Co)

Slow Cooker Ham With Maple Brown Sugar Glaze

Ham is one of those hearty dishes that's great for feeding a crowd, but it's actually pretty tricky to get it just right. This recipe uses the slow cooker to your advantage, gently heating the meat all day in delectable juices without ever drying it out. Serve it in slices the next day for a Christmas morning breakfast add-on. (via No. 2 Pencil)

Carnitas Tamale Pie

Christmas Eve menu ideas for a buffet cannot be complete without pie! Tamales are a tradition this time of year, but you know the old saying: It takes a village! If you're craving the flavor but dreading the assembly line, your new go-to recipe has arrived. (via Pinch of Yum)

Crisp, Golden Turkey

Here's everything you need to know about prepping, roasting, and serving the best bird you'll eat this year. You'll learn how to thought and season the turkey, as well as everything else you need in the kitchen to prepare it just right. (via Brit + Co)

Lasagna Bolognese With Fontina Béchamel

Sometimes you want to mark a special occasion with a challenging dish. This lasagna bolognese is made completely from scratch, including the pasta, and your guests will appreciate that effort with every delicious bite they take. (via Nerds With Knives)

Easiest Ever Lasagna Roll Up Recipe

When you love the *thought* of made-from-scratch lasagna but you just don't have the time, roll ups to the rescue! This Christmas Eve party menu idea is jump-started using store-bought ingredients, but no one will ever taste the difference. (via Crystal & Co.)

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Pozole

This green pozole is bubbling over with the goodness of peppers and tomatillos, zucchini and sweet corn, avocado and cotija cheese — with fresh baked tortilla strips and roasted pumpkin seeds on top. One bite and your taste buds will be singing hallelujah! (via Half Baked Harvest)

Crock Pot General Tso's Chicken

Do you have fond memories of Chinese takeout on Christmas Eve? Before you dive into your Christmas desserts, serve up this crockpot version of everyone's fave, which tastes every bit as good as the real thing in case you were wondering. (via Host The Toast)

Christmas Eve Food Directly from the Sea

Lobster Fra Diavolo

When it comes to seafood, lobster is the crème de la crème. This Christmas Eve recipe, flavored the old fashioned way with clam juice and cognac, is sure to impress everyone at your holiday party table. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Fish Pie With Cheesy Mash

Nothing beats a creamy fish pie when the *crust* is made of mashed taters. Here's a meal that's guaranteed to taste better if you eat it in your jammies followed by your favorite holiday cocktail. (via Nicky's Kitchen Sanctuary)

Whole Roasted Branzino With Fennel and Onions

Whole roasted fish dishes are an Italian tradition on feast days. While this one looks like a culinary work of art sitting on your table, it actually comes together easily and calls for just seven ingredients. (via Saveur)

Vegetable Béchamel Lasagna

If you haven't had lasagna made the old school way, with béchamel sauce instead of cheese, you are in for a *tasty* treat. This is one meatless dish even the carnivores in the house will be clamoring for — definitely add it to your Christmas eve dinner menu! (via Donna Hay)

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We recently partnered with Bounty to support emerging artists and designers in a national design competition. The ask? Design a graphic for a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection themed A Clean Fresh Start, which launches this month. In this creator spotlight series, we are featuring the winners of that competition to learn more about their inspirations, their design process, and their winning Bounty design. Read on to meet…

Sherry Freyermuth | BoBerry Design Co. | @quiltingwithbobodesign | Southeastern Massachusetts

What are your design inspirations? I’ve always loved collage art from artists such as Charles Wilkin and Danielle Krysa. And I love hand-lettering from artists such as Jessica Hische and Gia Graham. I think it was seeing Lynn Giunta’s work — she’s a creative artist — that made me realize I could combine my two interests of collage and lettering.

I’ve focused a lot of my energy this past year on making designs for quilting and sewing products. That’s definitely inspired by my mom, Karen Saunders, and her love of quilting. I’ve been crafting and creating my whole life because of her, and now we collaborate on projects together. It’s been such a fun process to work with her to create products with my own art on them — 10-year-old me would be very happy!

Tell us about your design process. I create cheerful surface designs using a paper-cutting technique. I begin my designs by cutting shapes, letters, and icons out of paper. I love to use rudimentary tools, such as children's scissors and construction paper, to keep my designs loose and playful. This helps give the designs a naïve quality that works well for children’s products. I combine this with the technical process I’ve developed in my 15+ years as a graphic designer to complete the design digitally using Adobe Illustrator. I create these cheerful, modern designs for both kids and the young at heart!

How did you get into illustration? I’ve been a graphic designer for over 15 years and for the past 10 years I’ve been a design educator. I’m currently an assistant professor of studio art at Clark University in Worcester, MA. When I moved from Texas to Massachusetts to take this role in fall 2020, as you can imagine, it was a difficult time to feel creative. I didn’t have any local graphic design clients, but in January 2021, I decided to sign up for a drawing challenge on Instagram to spark my creativity again. This helped me develop a habit, and I was able to fit in a little work each day for a month. As I worked, I realized I wanted to shift from freelance graphic design to focusing on getting my illustration work onto products. Imagine my surprise when I won this contest to design for Bounty in June 2021. It was an absolute dream project!

What are three IG accounts you love? All three of these accounts are female-owned small businesses because that’s really what’s inspiring me these days.

  • Puzzles of Color is co-owned by sibling duo Ericka and William and together they make puzzles featuring art by artists of color. The puzzles are beautiful and celebratory. William was actually one of my graphic design students in 2013, and now I’m looking to him for business advice!
  • Elizabeth Silver is a wealth of knowledge in the surface design industry. She’s been working as a surface pattern designer for 20 years, and I basically learned all my first surface design business tips from the advice on her youtube channel and blog. She’s also a hilarious writer, and I do read every newsletter she sends my way!
  • Elizabeth Chappell is a quilt pattern designer and host of the “Craft to Career” podcast. This podcast has been my road map to figuring out how to develop a business in the craft industry…fun fact, I was featured on a business coaching call episode last August. It really helped me think about narrowing my focus because I tend to want my hands in all the creative things!

How do you know when a piece of art, including your winning Bounty design, is “finished”? This is a tough question because each project is different. Sometimes I work through several ideas before completing a design, and sometimes I work through one concept from start to finish, but I might keep changing it throughout the process.

Here’s one example: I recently designed a Halloween countdown calendar, and I knew from the beginning that I wanted a coffin shape and spooky elements like ghosts, skeletons, and spiders. As I developed it, I found that the concept didn’t change, but I came to a point where it wasn’t looking quite right. I ended up taking out several elements and then it finally felt complete. My designs are often very dense, but I had to rethink it in this case because it didn’t work for the type of product I was trying to create.

Overall, it’s hard to describe, but the “finished” quality of the work is part intuitively knowing that it’s done, and part knowing that done is better than perfect!

Be sure to look out for Sherry’s winning design wherever Bounty Paper Towels are sold!

Holiday parties come with lots of delicious recipesand an excuse to wear your fanciest holiday dressand take part in gift giving. As fun as those aspects are, the drinks can be a difficult detail to work out. Even though not everyone wants to sip on a boozy drink, it's easy to feel left out if you don't have a pretty cocktail in-hand. Well you're in luck! These holiday mocktails are delicious, easy, and they actually look pretty so that whether you want to serve these to your guests or grab one for yourself, no one will feel excluded — not even the kids!

We gathered recipes from across the internet and on social media, and there's a good chance more than one of these holiday mocktails features ingredients that you already have in your kitchen, especially with your Thanksgiving leftovers. Keep reading for our favorite drinks now that the season is in full swing. Hooray!

Holiday Mocktail Recipes

Add this Morning Metabolism Boost Drink to your morning routine for a detox drink that tastes good. The lemon juice and Apple Cider Vinegar add plenty of flavor, but the ginger and cinnamon add some spice too. (via Two Spoons)

Grapefruit tastes delicious in the winter, which makes this Pamplemousse La Croix and Lavender Mocktail a great option for any parties or girls' nights in you have in the future. (via Brit + Co)

This Sunshine Juice is the perfect summer cool-down drink, but considering we don't get as much sun as we need in the winter, it also provides a healthy dose of Vitamin C that will help you feel sunnier *and* boost your immune system too. (via Brit + Co)

Swap the sparkling wine for sparkling grape juice to make this Pomegranate White Tea Fizz kid- and expectant mom-friendly. White tea pairs well with the pomegranate because of its full flavor, and it's unsweetened for those of us who don't like super sweet drinks. (via Brit + Co)

This Blood Orange Lemonade combines oranges with lemonade (which are two of our favorite things) and is like the winter counterpart to the raspberry lemonade we love to make in the summer. (via The Endless Meal)

Add a little bit of summer to your winter bashes with this Preggy Punch Mocktail, which mixes ginger and limeade with pineapple coconut juice. Jelly beans are optional, but could we get an extra cotton candy? (via A Spicy Perspective)

The flavors in this Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour are all of our favorite winter picks mixed into one. While this recipe originally calls for bourbon, Tieghan's mocktail variation swaps it for apple cider. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Holiday Mocktails On Instagram

We'll drink sangria at just about any gathering, and we love to make it too! It's a great option for parties because of how easy it is to set up. This booze-free version makes for a tasty punch that kids and kids at heart can equally enjoy.

Dr. For Moms Center on Instagram: "Today’s mocktail is “The Grinch”, get it? 😅 • The benefits of matcha green tea are endless, matcha is often more beneficial than regular low grade green tea! • Give it a try and let us know what you think! • #holidaymocktails"

If The Grinch is a holiday movie that you have on repeat throughout the Christmas season, then this is one mocktail you have to make. The green color comes from matcha powder, which has antioxidants as well as great flavor. It's a win-win.

Pregnancy Dietitian on Instagram: "It's the little things! 🎄 With the holidays upon us, it's easy for pregnant mamas to feel a bit "left out." Food & cocktails galore, it's not always easy to get excited when you know you'll be tired, have sore feet, & can't exactly indulge in your favorite holiday alcohol. 🤰 But you CAN still have fun with it & be part of the romance. When I was pregnant I noticed that the simplest things made a world of a difference (I even drank water out of a wine glass :)). 😊 So what are you waiting for, grab your favorite cocktail glass & get crafting a mocktail! Using ginger ale, sparkling water, low sugar juice & a fun piece of decor & you're good to go ;) 👇 Do you have a go-to mocktail? . . . #pregnancynutrition #prenatalnutrition #momtobe #babybump #expectingmom #holidaymocktails #breastfeedingnutrition #prenataldietitian #pregnancyfood"

This is another mocktail that's great for people who don't like super sweet drinks. Lay out different fruits and garnishes that your guests can add to their glasses, and you can also add some simple syrup to the table if any of your friends have a sweet tooth.

CollegeChecklists on Instagram: "Ho ho ho! 🎅Make your Christmas morning merry and bright with a sparkling mocktail (or 3 😆). . . . . #collegechecklists #mocktail #holidaymocktail #christmasmorning #christmasmocktail #merryandbright #happyholidays2020 #sparklingmocktail #christmascheers"

You can't beat an orange and cranberry mix for the holiday season, and this holiday mocktail adds sparkling apple cider for a whole other layer of flavor that we can't get enough of. Rosemary and cranberries make the perfect garnishes, but we wouldn't say no to edible glitter.

Chi Forest Global on Instagram: "🍓Srawberry Fizzy Soju🥰 Recipe • strawberry drink • fresh strawberry • soju @jinro_us • lychee flavor sparkling water @chiforest • Ice 🧊 ##100waystoenjoychiforest #chiforest #chirecipe #cocktail #cocktails #cocktailstime #cocktailsdaily #cocktailsbar #bartender  #cocktailstyle #cocktaillovers #cocktailhour #cocktailtime #cocktailart #cocktailoftheday #mixology #jinro #soju"

This drink is full of strawberry flavor, from the strawberry drinks to the cubes of real strawberry you can add right into the beverage. If you can't find lychee sparkling water (or don't want to buy two different drinks), swap the strawberry and sparkling water for strawberry soda.

Slow Drinking on Instagram: "For all those who don't drink alcohol, celebrate Christmas with this delicious and sparkling mocktail 🎄 Enjoy it with spice bread, foie gras and a lot of friends. #SlowDrinking #SlowDrinker #SlowLife #Tasty #Mocktail #Party #FoodPairing"

We'll eat (or drink) just about anything if it's candy cane themed, and in addition to the cranberry juice, you can add in pomegranate juice too. Swap the water for sprite if you want some extra sweetness.

Deborah Johnson 🇺🇸🇫🇷 on Instagram: "A toast to the Season! 🎄🥂 My Christmas Mocktail. Cranberry Juice and Apple cider, mix and add fresh fruit (sliced apples and cranberries). Serve in sugar-rimmed cocktail glass and garnish with sugared cranberries on a pick. So festive! Spike if you wish with vodka or bourbon. : : : #christmasmocktail #christmascocktails #mocktails #cocktails #tistheseason #holidaycheer #cranberries #applecider #cheers"

Covering your cranberries with sugar takes your holiday mocktail garnish up a notch. We love that it looks like they're covered in snow! Don't forget to add some sugar (ahem, snow) to your glass too.

𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗮 𝗧𝘄𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 on Instagram: "Mocktail time while Santa’s little helper stays up wrapping because the kids are home 24/7 these days. I’ve been thinking of breaking the news 🎅🏽 but someone I think is starting to figure things out; My wishful thinking hopes when they do find out that they will thank me for all of the magic I created instead of hating me for LYING. Lol but hey cheers to keeping the magic alive. 🍹 🎅🏽 • 1/4 can key lime @lacroixwater • 1/4 c orange juice • 1/2 lime Shaken Pour over 1/2c @sanpellegrino_official aranciata Rosa Garnish dried grapefruit voilà ✨ . . . . . #santaslittlehelper #christmaseveeve #mocktail #christmas #cheers #minnesotamom #mocktailrecipe #lacroix #sanpallegrino #drinks #winterwonderland #carissascolorfullife #ppaparazzimom #winterdays #momscreatechristmasmagic #christmasmagic #momissanta"

Orange juice will give your drink that opaque look and (mixed with water and lime juice) a toned-down color. Add a dried grapefruit or orange slice to each glass for a sophisticated garnish.

Holiday Mocktails On TikTok

Let’s make my Apple Cider Spritz! This is hands down my favorite drink to make around the holidays! It’s a crowd favorite and always goes quick! You have to make this! ✨ #mocktailgirlie #mocktails #mocktailrecipe #holidayrecipe

Sparkling apple cider tastes delicious when paired with cranberries, rosemary, and cinnamon. It's a good think this recipe makes a whole batch because we will definitely be drinking the whole thing.

#ad Rudolph's Holiday Mocktail using Rose's grenadine 🎄 #foundatwalmart #holidaydrinks #holidays #tiktokdrinks

If you love Shirley Temples, then you'll love Rudolph's Holiday Mocktail. Add orange juice and cranberry juice to your usual mix of grenadine and ginger ale for multiple flavors and a sweet and tart mix that will become a Christmas party staple.

#ad Smoked Rosemary Lemon Ginger Mocktail with Pomegranate Garnish featuring @kevitadrinks . Refreshing, delicious – perfect for the holiday season

Light your rosemary on fire (trust us) and let it smoke under the glass so that your whole drink is infused with that smoky, herbal taste and smell. It'll engage all your senses and honestly it just looks really cool.

another holiday mocktail to add to your list 🫶🏼 words by @Elizabeth #mocktailrecipe #applecidermargarita #sobercurious #damplifestyle #sober

Change out your usual sugar rim for cinnamon (or a mix of cinnamon and sugar if straight cinnamon is too much) for a spicy edge to your drinks. It'll set them apart and cut down on your sugar intake too.

This drink is as festive as it is tasty. Make this flavorful mocktail at home and earn honey gold at select stores when you shop with Honey!

We are absolutely obsessed with this cotton candy and edible glitter technique and we will be trying it at all our holiday parties for the foreseeable future. Dropping the cotton candy ball into your drink in honor of the 2023 New Year's Ball in New York City is extra fun!

#ad Use Rose’s Simple Syrup #foundatwalmart to make this delicious holiday mocktail!!

Simple syrup offsets the tart flavor of cranberry juice, but with the sparkling apple cider, the drink doesn't taste too heavy. You can't forget the apples and sugared cranberry garnish!

Let’s make a mocktail 🍹 #mocktails #homecafe #newyearseve #newyears

Fruity ice cubes (which we have a tutorial for here ;)) will take the *look* of your drinks to the next level while also adding another element to the *flavor* of your drinks. We'll take two, please.

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