A big draw of booking a cabin in Estes Park is the included kitchen so you can prepare your own meals and treats! We do know, though, that your time off for the holidays is valuable, and who wants to waste a bunch of time finding a ton of ingredients at the local grocery store? We’d rather be in the kitchen or around the fire enjoying the food with our friends and family. To help with that, we have compiled a list of quick and easy holiday recipes, most of which have fewer than five ingredients, you can make right in your cabin!


Jalepeno Poppers

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Jalapeño poppers

This fantastic combination of a jalapeño and sizzling bacon evened out with cream cheese will surely delight anyone around the table. Take it to another level with some chives or green onion, or find scallion cream cheese to lessen the ingredient list.

Recipe here.

Brie and cranberry turnovers

Craving classic Thanksgiving flavors? Bring on the cranberry with this very easy recipe with only three ingredients! You just need phyllo dough, brie cheese, and cranberry sauce for a delicious and gooey appetizer.

Get the recipe here!

Pigs in a blanket

Another fan favorite – especially for football games – are the warm and popable pigs in a blanket! Super easy to make and even easier to eat, and only have two ingredients (unless you want to add some additional flavors with mustard like this recipe does).

Find the recipe here.


Paleo pancakes

Cut down on carbs and load up on protein with this easy, three-ingredient pancake recipe. These pancakes are perfect as a snack prior to a snowshoeing or hiking excursion in Rocky Mountain National Park. We’ll bring the coffee if you invite us over for breakfast!

Get the recipe here.

3-ingredient turkey skillet

Can’t get enough turkey? Start your day off right with a breakfast with turkey. Ground turkey, eggs, and salsa are all you need for this delectable dish.

Find the recipe here.

Energy Bites

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Peanut butter energy bites

Perfect as a breakfast dish to start your day with a zap of energy or pop them as a mid-afternoon snack! This easy no-bake recipe only has five ingredients and honestly tastes like a delicious oatmeal and peanut butter cookie – with chocolate chips.

Get the recipe here.

Dinner sides

Rich and creamy mashed potatoes

If you are ready for the creamiest potatoes of your life, give this recipe a try! By adding cream cheese, butter, and whipping cream you’ll be in mashed potato heaven.

Review the recipe here.

Maple glazed ginger Brussel sprouts

The kids at the table may pass on these which is great as that means more servings for your plate! Add some healthy greens to your holiday meal and savor the delicious flavors.

Recipe here – though the site also offer three other four-ingredient Brussel sprout dishes.


Thin Mint Pie

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Thin Mint pie

Don’t make the Girl Scouts trek through the Rockies to bring you cookies when you can enjoy the minty flavor in pie form! Did we mention this is a no-bake recipe too? Only five ingredients and two hours to chill until you can dig into this fantastic dessert.

Recipe here.

Oreo truffles

With only three ingredients, you’ll be amazed at how many of these truffles you’ll want to sneak onto your dessert plate! From the chocolate shell to the soft Oreo mixture inside, these could easily be the hit of the party.

Get the recipe here.

We hope some of these delightful treats will be baking in your Estes Park cabin during the holiday season but if you’re looking to get away from kitchen duty, don’t hesitate to ask us for advice on where to eat in Estes Park!