Our Favorite Color-Inspired Holiday Recipes

Looking for some new recipes to brighten the holidays this year? We’re sharing some of our favorite sweet treats and savory bites inspired by our color names. From a festive cherry pie to a toasty mug of hot cocoa, we’re welcoming these dishes and drinks from our homes to yours.

Recipe Inspired by Cherries Jubilee SW 6862 

Simply the Best Cherry Pie

Cherry pie is a holiday staple in our home. Its naturally festive look makes it a choice dessert for any tablescape. This recipe is simple, sweet and impossible not to enjoy!  – Jess G.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1⁄4 cups sugar  
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch  
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt  
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened  
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans pitted tart cherries 
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract  
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice  
  • 1 pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  
  1. Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice. 
  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. 
  1. Combine cherry juice, almond extract and lemon juice. 
  1. Add to dry ingredients, mixing well. 
  1. Add cherries and mix well again. 
  1. Add butter and let stand for 15 minutes. 
  1. Pour cherry mixture into pie crust 
  1. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. 
  1. Serve warm with your favorite ice cream (optional).
Recipe Inspired by Hot Cocoa SW 6047

Peppermint Hot Cocoa for Two

My husband and I always start the holidays with Bing Crosby, boxes of decorations and peppermint hot cocoa to drink as we decorate. This easy-to-make classic is a great way to kick off the holidays, but it’s also great for making the cold winter nights in Cleveland a little warmer. I love serving my cocoa in a festive mug topped with marshmallows and a candy cane because ‘tis the season for Instagram-worthy garnishes. – Jules F.  

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups of  milk or unsweetened almond milk   
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar  
  • 2 pinches of salt  
  • 2 oz of chopped bittersweet chocolate  
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • Marshmallows (optional)  
  • Candy cane (optional)  

Instructions: 

  1. Combine almond milk, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and heat on medium-low.  
  1. When the mix starts to steam, add the chocolate and whisk until melted.  
  1. Add the peppermint oil and stir, letting it heat for another minute.  Add additional drops if you want a mintier flavor.
  1. Pour into your favorite mugs.
  1. Add marshmallows and a candy cane for garnish (optional).
A flatbread pizza inspired by Arugula SW 6446
Recipe Inspired by Arugula SW 6446

Arugula Flatbread with Honey Balsamic Reduction

We love making this flatbread as an appetizer during the holidays because it’s so flavorful and contains so many good ingredients.  It’s also super easy to cook which makes it the perfect go-to for one of the busiest times of the year. – Marisa P. 

Ingredients:

  • Flatbread (we use whole wheat or gluten-free, but any flatbread will work)  
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO  
  • 1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes, halved  
  • 3 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled  
  • 1 oz fresh mozzarella (torn into chunks)  
  • 4 oz thinly slices prosciutto, torn (optional, skip if to keep dish vegetarian)  
  • 1 handful fresh arugula  
  • Pinch of sea salt  
  • ½ cup of balsamic vinegar  
  • 3 tablespoons of raw honey 

Instructions:

  1. Heat your oven to 425°F.
  1. To make the reduction, add balsamic vinegar and raw honey to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to bubble, reduce the heat to medium-low heat and allow to simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool before serving.  
  1. While your reduction is cooking, spread the flatbreads out on a large baking sheet and brush the tops with the extra virgin olive oil. You can also do an egg wash here if you would like.  
  1. Top the flatbread with the tomatoes, goat cheese, mozzarella and prosciutto. Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto each piece of flatbread.   
  1. Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted & slightly bubbly.   
  1. Remove from oven, top with arugula, let it sit for a couple of minutes before drizzling on your reduction. Slice, serve and enjoy!   
two glasses of Irish Cream inspired by Irish Cream SW 7537
Recipe Inspired by Irish Cream SW 7537

Delightfully Dreamy Irish Cream

I make a few batches of Irish Cream and divide them into mason jars to pass out for Christmas gifts. My family eagerly anticipates them every year. – Jess F. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light cream  
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk  
  • 1-2/3 cups Irish whiskey (optional)  
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (I use Starbucks Christmas Blend VIA®)  
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup  
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions: 

  1. Combine ingredients and blend 20 seconds. 
  1. Divide into containers. 
our favorite color-inspired holiday recipes by Sherwin-Williams

Share your favorite holiday recipes with us in the comments below and check out some other great holiday ideas to fill your home with cheer this season.

26 Comments

  1. Love this

  2. I love these colors. If I hadn’t just had my house painted with your Agreeable Grey and Sea Salt I just might be tempted to go with the Arugula for my bedroom and trim it with Irish Cream.

  3. Love these newsletters from SW. I could like to see rooms done in these colors, too. Ex. board and batten painted in the cream with the wall above painted cocoa, then cherry lamp shades., etc. !

  4. What a sweet idea! Love the colors and the recipes look really good. This was a great idea! Thank you!

    Debbie "Rew" VanWyck
  5. What a cute idea !! Great recipes! ! Look forward to making each of them !!
    Thank you, merry Christmas 🙂

    Phyllis Paul
  6. Love these colors. Want to try out the Irish creme for my family room.

  7. Love, love, love these colors. Will definitely be trying out the Irish creme.

  8. Thank you so much for the delightful recipes! More of this, please!

  9. Love the new colors & will definitely will try the recipes!
    Tammie – Interior Decorator

    Tammie Kilgore
  10. Merry Christmas! I love it. Thanks😍

    Sally Mohammed
  11. This is a fabulous way to show our colors for the holidays. I love the color charts used with the food recipes. It makes the colors rememberable with a bonus recipe!! Well done advertisement!!!

  12. Great idea!

  13. I am impressed. Good job on adding enjoyment and value to your blog. This is fantastic. And important this time of year.
    Thank you

    Michael Mertz
  14. Great idea! Thanks so much – Merry Christmas!

  15. What a fun thought.

  16. What a fun email! And very festive for the season. Merry Christmas to all!!

  17. What a fun post! Like the other reviewers, I enjoyed reading the recipes and thought the paint color tie in was fantastic! 👏

  18. Thanks for these tasty and colorful fun recipes. I’m on a Zoom Holiday party tonite and can’t wait to try the pizza and the cocktail! yum yum!!
    Happy Holidays!!

    Ellen Frances
  19. Happy Holidays to you!❤️😎

    Louis Troiano
  20. What is that gorgeous color purplish-magenta that you opened this web-site with today?
    I’ve been searching, but you have not listed it. I LOVE IT!!!

    Lisa Garmon

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