Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Farideh Sadeghin

Just because it’s cold or raining outside doesn’t mean your picnic dreams have to be ruined. Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and set up camp in your living room. You can make all the traditional foods, like pimento cheese sandwiches, pasta salad and bite-sized hors d’oeuvres. Finish the meal with a few desserts, like chocolate and peanut butter buckeyes or chocolate chip cookies. Keep it authentic and try not to make anything that requires heat (but, obviously you have the luxury of your oven being in the next room if you’re craving a warm finger food). With our best indoor picnic recipes, you can spice up a winter day or a rainy summer one without letting the weather get you down.


Jude’s Perfect Potato Salad

A healthy dose of celery seeds and sharp Dijon mustard add a kick to this mashed potato and egg salad. Get the recipe for Jude’s Perfect Potato Salad »

Nut and Cheese Gougères

Pecan gougères

Deviled Eggs With Crab

Chef Yves Camdeborde assembles these haute deviled eggs—the whites marinated in soy sauce and pomegranate vinegar—à la minute at his stand-up bar L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer in Paris, but you can make the filling up to a day in advance and keep it refrigerated. Be sure to drain the whites immediately after 15 minutes of marinating so they don’t toughen. Get the recipe for Deviled Eggs With Crab »

Grilled Peach with Rosemary, Smoked Country Ham, and Toasted Pistachios

Inspired by the classic combination of prosciutto and melon, chef John Karangis of Union Square Events created this elegant summer appetizer that marries the sweetness of smoky grilled peaches with salt-cured Italian ham. Get the recipe for Grilled Peach with Rosemary, Smoked Country Ham, and Toasted Pistachios »

Ricotta and Honey Sandwich

A dollop of ricotta on earthy-sweet oat bread is delicious; add a drizzle of sourwood honey and it’s elevated to the exquisite. (For a bit of sophisticated heat, top with a sprinkle of freshly-crushed red pepper flakes.) Get the recipe for Ricotta and Honey Sandwich »

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Swedish Cinnamon-and-Cardamom Bread

Fika means “to drink coffee” in Swedish. But it’s more than just that. It’s a moment to take a break, chat with friends, and enjoy a pastry—a tradition worth emulating. And one that’s charmingly detailed in Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall’s upcoming book Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break (Ten Speed Press, April 2015). Get a fikasugen (a fika craving) for proper Swedish coffee snacks like this cinnamon-cardamom bread. The yeasty cardamom-spiced dough is cut into a decorative pattern before baking. Get the recipe for Swedish Cinnamon-and-Cardamom Bread »