New Year's Eve Recipes

Ring in the New year with these recipes for the whole family to enjoy. This is a holiday that kids don't often get involved in but we have some ideas to help you and your kids have some fun and still get to bed on time.
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Kids New Years Eve Recipes: Simple Appetizers

Mozzarella Sticks

  • 1 pkg. Mozzarella cheese
  • egg roll wrappers
  • salsa or ranch dressing for dipping
Cut mozzarella into 2 inch strips and wrap in egg roll wrappers. Deep fry until brown.

Oriental Chicken Wings

  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • garlic to taste
Mix all ingredients together and marinate chicken wings for several hours. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour turning chicken wings halfway through cooking time.
chicken teryiaki wings

Cheese Ball

Try our cheese ball recipe
cheese ball

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  • 8 oz. Pkg. Cream cheese
  • 1 can 14 oz. Artichoke hearts, drained or 3 fresh artichoke hearts cooked and prepared
  • ½ Cup spinach frozen, chopped then steamed
  • ¼ Cup mayonnaise Do not use miracle whip
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ Cup Romano cheese (you can use all Parmesan also)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon basil or 1 Tablespoon Basil fresh
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature. Cream together mayo, cheeses, garlic, and basil. Mix well. Add artichoke hearts and spinach. (Squeeze all excess water out of spinach before combining) Mix until well blended. Spray pie pan with Pam and pour in dip. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Can also top with ¼ C. mozzarella cheese, grated.
spinach dip

New Years Eve Strawberries

If you can get a hold of some fresh strawberries I love this recipe.
dipped strawberries
  • 1 qt. fresh whole strawberries
  • 1 Cup of vanilla or chocolate ready to spread frosting
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts
  • Colored sugars
  • Candy sprinkles
  • Grated chocolate
  • Shredded coconut
How to Make It:
Rinse the strawberries under cold water and place on paper towel to dry.
Place the frosting into a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 15 seconds or until the frosting is melted and smooth. Place the chips, nuts, sugars, sprinkles, chocolate and coconut into separate shallow bowls. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper.
Dip the bottom of each strawberry about 1/3 up into the frosting. Quickly dip the frosted strawberry into one of the toppings. Place the strawberry on the wax paper. Continue until all of the strawberries have been dipped.
Place the strawberries into the refrigerator for 5 minutes or until the frosting has hardened.

Pizza Rolls

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Another fun New Years eve recipe- Guacamole and Chips

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Have a potato bar or taco bar. - Line out all the fixings for either dish and have guests create their own meal.

Snack Mixes

Taco Snack Mix
snack mix
More trail mix ideas.

Ham Roll Ups

These roll ups can be made the night before the big party. Cover them tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Any type of thin sliced meat can be used such as turkey, chicken or roast beef.
  • 8 slices of sandwich bread
  • slices of cooked deli ham or other meat
  • 8 (1 oz.) sticks of string cheese
  • 1 Cup of honey mustard salad dressing
Cut crusts off bread and roll flat with a small rolling pin. Layer a slice of deli meat and then string cheese on top. Roll up. Slice into bite size pieces and serve with honey mustard for dipping.

Cottage Cheese Tots

Happy New Year Pretzels

This is a fun way to liven up simple breadsticks. Form the letters Happy New Year with breadsticks and serve with a dip.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into letters spelling Happy New Year. Place the letters on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until the dough is a golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.

Ideas for serving these could be:
  • Serve with a fruit dip.
  • Brush the tops of each letter with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese then serve with a pizza sauce.
  • Sprinkle with dry ranch dressing mix and serve with ranch dip on the side.
new year pretzel letters

Fruit Dip

fruit dip
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • ¼- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Apple wedges
Over low heat melt butterscotch chips in condensed milk. Remove from heat and add cinnamon. Serve warm with apple or other fruit slices for dipping.

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Kids New Years Eve Recipes: Drinks

Serve these new years eve recipes for drinks in fun plastic cups or glasses for your kids to join in the New Year's fun.

Punched Up Juice Recipe

  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Mix ingredients together in large container and serve with ice. Makes about 8 cups.

Fruit Juice Spritzer

fruit juice drink
  • Juice Sprite or 7UP
  • Ice
  • Berries
Add ice to serving glasses. Pour juice halfway. Add 7Up or Sprite to fill the remainder of the glass. Add berries for extra garnish.

Tropical Slushies

  • 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 pint pineapple juice
  • 3 ripe bananas or other fruit
Add ingredients together in pitcher. Then freeze until mixture is slushy. Spoon 2- 3 Tablespoons or more into a party glass and add ginger ale.

Try a simple smoothie recipe served in a fun glass or more slushie recipes.

Kids New Year Traditions

How to Make Homemade Crackers for New Year's Eve

confetti crackers
If your kids are too young to stay up late don't let that stop you from celebrating. Make confetti tubes by placing confetti, either store bought or make your own with a hole puncher and paper, inside a toilet paper tube and wrap it up with decorative paper. Tie the ends with ribbon and place these on your holiday table. Before going to bed go outside and yell Happy New Year.
What you will need:
  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Wrapping paper
  • Ribbon
  • Treats or other party favors that will fit inside a toilet paper roll
Place party favors inside a empty toilet paper roll. Cut off appropriate size of wrapping paper and wrap rolls. Squeeze the ends together and tie with ribbon. Place crackers around party table and unwrap when you are ready to pass out the favors.
Tear the ribbon of the confetti favors and let your kids have a ball throwing the confetti. (even if it isn't midnight kids will love this activity.)

Kids New Year's Goals

List one thing you'd like to do this year or a habit you'd like to overcome. Even young kids can think of at least one idea. Place everyone's goals in your Christmas boxes when you are packing up that way you will find it next year and see how you did.

A Start to the New Year

Give your kids a little more bonding time with you this year. Start the new year off by setting a time each week to have a kids cooking lesson or a cooking project with your kids.

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