12 Recipes We're Cooking in December

Holiday season meets citrus season meets stew season—what we want to make right now

December may be cold and dark, but as far as we're concerned, that's the ideal time for slow-cooked stews, savory roast pork, layered cocktails, and rich, spiced cookies and treats. Here are 12 recipes we're looking forward to making this month.

Bread Crumb Dumplings and Bean Stew with Parsley-Speck Pesto
Bread Crumb Dumplings and Bean Stew with Parsley-Speck Pesto
In Emilia-Romagna, chef Carla Rebecchi taught Jenn Louis to make this borlotti bean stew with shell-like gnocchi called pisarei. A fresh herb sauce laced with speck tops it off.Con Poulos
Duck and Andouille Gumbo
Duck and Andouille Gumbo
This stew uses rendered duck fat in the roux instead of butter and quartered ducks in lieu of the classic chicken. Get the recipe for Duck and Andouille Gumbo »Christina Holmes
Glazed Grapefruit Cake
Glazed Grapefruit Cake
Broiled, sugared grapefruit slices and a citrus glaze top this moist cake scented with zest.Ingalls Photography
Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Parsley Bagna Cauda
Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Parsley Bagna Cauda
This hearty pork roast, rubbed with coriander, thyme, and allspice, gets a shot of brightness from a vinegary herb bagna cauda.William Hereford
Icelandic dark rye bread
Icelandic Dark Rye Bread (Dökkt Rúgbrauð)
Slow baking gives this loaf, from Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir's Icelandic Food and Cookery (Iðunn, 2014), its dense crumb and deep color. See the recipe for Icelandic Dark Rye Bread »Ingalls Photography
Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn)
Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn)
Essentially torn pieces of pancake topped with oozing lingonberry or cranberry sauce, this dessert is a cinch, even for the baking-challenged. Get the recipe for Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn) »Tom Parker
Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes (Køttbullar mit Potatismos)
Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes (Køttbullar mit Potatismos)
In Sweden meatballs are served plain, as a snack; on a sandwich with beet salad; or as they are here, with mashed potatoes, creamy gravy, and tart lingonberry preserves. Get the recipe for Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes (Køttbullar mit Potatismos) »Todd Coleman
Umbrian Snowflake Cookies
Umbrian Snowflake Cookies
Cornflakes—both mixed into the batter and coating the cookies' exterior—give these crumbly chocolate chip treats a pleasant crunch and a nutty flavor. Get the recipe for Umbrian Snowflake Cookies »Farideh Sadeghin
Pearl Barley Soup with Moscato d'Asti
Pearl Barley Soup with Moscato d'Asti
A splash of Italian dessert wine brightens up this warming ham and grain soup. Get the recipe for Pearl Barley Soup with Moscato d'Asti »Tom Parker
Maple rye sour cocktail
Maple Rye Sour
Forget the sours of your teenage years; this sophisticated update uses maple syrup to temper rye whiskey, with fresh lemon and orange juices to brighten things up.Khushbu Shah
Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Dough studded with dried cranberries and a drizzle of sweet, cinnamon-spiced glaze take oatmeal cookies from ordinary to perfect.Helen Rosner
Rajma (North Indian Kidney Bean Masala Stew)
Chiles and ginger add invigorating heat to a classic Punjabi dish of tomatoes and kidney beans garnished with slivers of red onion. Redolent of coriander, cumin, and cinnamon, this warming stew is best enjoyed over basmati rice.Todd Coleman