As a cheerleader, you’ve been putting in the hard work all year: You eat right, you stretch, you condition, and you go all out to perfect your routines. The holidays are only here for a short time each year, and even cheerleaders” “in fact, we’d say especially cheerleaders” “deserve a little break to indulge in some fun and festive foods! We asked around our office and collected some pretty amazing recipes we think are worth some time in the kitchen! These recipes are great if you’re looking to impress at a family dinner, bring your friends together for a holiday brunch, or just treat yourself. If you try any, let us know how they turn out! Pecan Pie Photo Credit Food Network The first holiday dessert that was shared with us is an amazing Paula Deen Pecan Pie recipe. In our opinion, every holiday meal needs to include pie, and pecan pie is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or really, any cool weather day! What You’ll Need 3 Tbsp Melted Butter 1 Cup Sugar .5 Cup Dark Corn Syrup 3 Large Eggs, beaten 1 .5 to 2 Cups Pecan Halves 1 9-inch deep dish pie shell Optional: 8 ounces Crushed Heath Bar Optional: .5 Cup Semi-Sweet and .5 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips What to Do Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, eggs, and pecans and stir until all ingredients are mixed together well. Pour the mixture into an unbaked pie shell and place on a heavy duty cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees F and continue baking for another 25 minutes, or until the pie is set. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. To give your pie a little something extra, sprinkle the crushed heath bar or chocolate chips onto the bottom of the crust before you pour in the pie mixture. Pecan PLUS chocolate equals a party for your taste buds! Pumpkin Cheesecake Photo Credit @Food Network Looking for something a little less pie and a little more cheesecake? This pumpkin cheesecake recipe, courtesy of Paula Deen and the Food Network, comes highly recommended by those in our office and is just the thing to spice up your holidays. Check out the recipe here! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Photo Credit @Food Network This next recipe is for some amazing Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! They’re rich and decadent, and would be perfect with a cup of coffee or apple cider. Can you say noms!? What You’ll Need 1 Cup Pumpkin (Libby’s) 1 Egg 1 Cup Brown Sugar 2 Cups Flour 1 Tbsp Cinnamon .5 Tsp Nutmeg º Tsp Cloves 1 Tsp Baking Soda .5 Cup Butter .5 Cup Chocolate Chips What to Do Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.Melt the butter. In a bowl, mix butter with brown sugar until liquid and add the pumpkin mix and applesauce. Mix thoroughly. Add the egg. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and baking soda. Add little by little to the liquid mix. Once mixed, add chocolate chips. Scoop out in teaspoon-sized drops on a non-greased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until slightly brown. Pumpkin Bites Photo Credit One Delicious Food Blog Don’t these look amazing? This delicious breakfast recipe is courtesy of One Delicious Food Blog and is perfect with some hot apple cider before your big meal! View the recipe here. Breakfast Strudel The office member who shared this recipe said, “I make this breakfast strudel almost every year. It’s so good that everyone goes for seconds and I never have any left over!” Photo Credit Cuisine at Home Yum! Is it time for breakfast yet? Check out the Cuisine at Home recipe here to make your own! What is your favorite festive food?