How to Take an Online Holiday Recipe and Make it Your Own

The holiday season is always a festive time filled with family, giving, and, of course, food. Well, what would a holiday party be without something delicious to snack on? Everyone has their favorite online recipe that they like to call their own. Whether it’s some delicious holiday spice pancakes, a creamy dinner, or a flavorful dessert, there is a recipe online for just about everything. However, many people want to make meals unique to specific occasions and special for their families. The holidays are a time to get close with family and make unforgettable memories around the table. So, why not have an unforgettable, unique dish to go with the memories?

With the countless recipes online for nearly any meal, you are sure to find one that suits your liking. And with your own creativity and the tips here, you can take a regular, online recipe and create a one of a kind family dish for everyone to enjoy.

When it comes to breakfast, everybody knows and loves the classic buttermilk pancakes. There are already so many different types of pancakes out there. However, when the holidays roll around, people are bound to “spice” up the traditional breakfast food. On the website, FiveHeartHome, you can find a delicious recipe for gingerbread pancakes. While some may be content with this alone, some think otherwise. Here is the original recipe, with a fruity twist:

First, obtain these ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup coffee, cooled
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


Next, follow these instructions:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. In a medium bowl, mix together buttermilk, coffee, butter, eggs, and brown sugar until well incorporated. Gradually add wet mixture to flour mixture and mix until just blended. Do not overmix! Batter should have some lumps.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and melt a pat of butter, tilting pan to coat it evenly. Use a 1/3-cup measuring cup to scoop batter onto skillet, spacing pancakes about 2 inches apart. Cook for a couple of minutes, or until bubbles start to appear on the surface of the pancake and the edges look dry. Flip pancake over and cook until underside is golden brown, about another minute.
  • Serve hot with maple syrup. You may also keep pancakes warm by placing them on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet and putting it in a 180°F oven.


And while recipe may be perfect for the holiday season, some people may want to add a twist. Consider adding warm, cinnamon apples either in, on top, or on the side of your pancakes! These tender, spiced apples can add a cozy feel to the already festive pancakes. In order to make this delicious holiday side dish, follow these steps from!


First, obtain these ingredients:

  • 4 McIntosh apples, peeled and sliced (about 2 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Next, follow these steps:

  • Toss together first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to coat apples.
  • Cook apple mixture, 2 Tbsp. water, and 1 Tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until apples are tender.
  • Serve and enjoy!


The holiday season is a time for good vibes, and of course great tasting food. So, why not have a warm and delicious breakfast to start a day of festivities!