This weekend I baked my second annual batch of Rumnog Pecan Cookies (from Veganomicon). Though I love nutmeg, I suspect it's the rum that makes these such a hit: two tablespoons in the cookies themselves, and two more in the frosting. If getting tipsy on cookies appeals to you, The Washington Post published the recipe (it says adapted, but the ingredients are identical and the procedure merely paraphrased). I made this batch with gluten-y all-purpose flour and then disinfected my kitchen.
For a healthier alternative to the ubiquitous cheese platter and vat of meatballs, I made a red and green edamame salad. It's based on Veganomicon's Corn and Edamame Salad, with red bell peppers instead of corn, green onions and almonds tossed in, and a 1:1:1 ration of sesame oil, rice vinegar, and tamari. Simple, fresh, and quite filling.
What are your favorite holiday party dishes?