Holiday Baking: Getting Ready for the Baking Season

The holiday season is a time of celebration. One of the things that sets this time of year apart is that many of us do the bulk of our annual baking near the holidays. Cookies are a Christmas staple, but so are other favorites, including pies, cakes, and other sweet treats.

If you want to get a jump-start on the baking season this year, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together this quick guide to help you shop for supplies and come up with some creative ways to use your kitchen this holiday season.

The Baker’s Shopping List

Let’s start with the grocery store. We don’t know what special supplies you might need for your cherished holiday recipes, but here are the basics that no holiday baking season should be missing:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Molasses
  • Pure vanilla extract (some bakers prefer vanilla paste)
  • Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice are common ingredients in holiday treats)
  • Other extracts (almond and peppermint are popular at the holidays)
  • Chocolate (Dark, semi-sweet, and milk)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cocoa powder
  • Nuts (almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
  • Oats
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Heavy cream

Of course, you’ll also need supplies for your kitchen. If you don’t already have a collection of baking tools, here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Mixer (stand mixer or hand mixer)
  • Baking sheets
  • Cookie sheets
  • Pans (cake pans, pie tins, tart pans, loaf pans, and muffin tins)
  • Cooling racks
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Rubber and metal spatulas
  • Rolling pin
  • Pastry brush
  • Cookie cutters
  • Parchment paper
  • Cupcake liners

Finally, you’ll need some decorating and gifting supplies. These may include:

  • Sprinkles 
  • Frosting
  • Decorative icing
  • Edible glitter
  • Holiday baking decorations
  • Ribbons
  • Gift bags
  • Gift tins
  • Gift baskets
  • Gift tags
  • Cellophane or tissue paper

You should add any special ingredients you need for your holiday baking. Here are some fun items to consider:

  • Candy canes
  • M & Ms
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Dried fruit (dates, figs, apricots, etc.)
  • Alcohol (brandy is a popular holiday ingredient)
  • Eggnog

Have fun with it! Holiday baking should be enjoyable, and this is an opportunity to get creative with your ingredients.

Holiday Baking Ideas to Try

Once your supplies are ready, here are a few creative baking ideas to get you started.

  1. Make 3D present cookies with the kids and let them help decorate.
  2. Make these mini eggnog cheesecakes and turn your favorite holiday drink into dessert.
  3. Speaking of beverages, you could try these hot chocolate cookie cups.
  4. Host a holiday cookie swap and exchange cookies and recipes with your friends.
  5. Emulate Buddy the Elf and make this Candy Cane Forest cake.
  6. Bring the winter weather inside with these adorable snowman cupcakes.
  7. Shake up Santa’s goodie plate with these sweet reindeer rolls.

We like to bake a mix of traditional family favorites and new recipes during the holidays.


Holiday baking is fun, creative, and a great way to spend quality time with your family. We hope the shopping lists and ideas we’ve included here will make this season your best holiday ever!

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