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Holidays

Christmas Baking Essentials

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Every year I bake for Christmas. A lot of the baking I do I give away to friends and family. I know this Christmas will be a little different for most of us but baking at Christmas brings me so much joy that I am still going to do it. Hopefully, I won’t eat it all. Below are the essentials that I like to have on hand to do my Christmas baking. Plus I included links to my favorite Christmas Baking recipes. I hope you enjoy making these sweet treats as much as I do. 

Essential Christmas Baking Equipment

Pantry & Fridge Essentials for Christmas Baking

  • Eggs
  • Butter (salted & unsalted)
  • Flour (I always have at a minimum self-rising and all purpose plus I normally have bread flour.)
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar (I prefer light brown sugar unless a recipe specifies dark brown sugar).
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Shortening
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Jet-puffed Marshmallow Creme (makes the best chocolate & peanut butter fudge I have ever had)
  • Marshmallows
  • Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract
  • Peppermint Extract
  • French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • Peanut Butter
  • Corn Syrup
  • Rice Krispies
  • Baking Powder
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Salt
  • Molasses
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Allspice
  • Ground Cloves
  • Cream of Tartar
  •  Heart Sprinkles
  • Mini Reese’s Cups
  • M&M’s Minis
  • Candy Stars
  • Sprinkles
  • Food Coloring

My Favorite Christmas Baking Recipes

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Left to Right: Grinch Cookie, Snickerdoodles, Funfetti Shortbread Bites
  • Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies – I do make a few edits to this recipe that my Nana taught me. I use self-rising flour instead of all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Also, I use 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of Crisco vegetable shortening. Plus I leave out the nuts in the cookies.  In my opinion these are some of the best chocolate chip cookies. Click here for the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Original recipe.
  • Fantasy Fudge – This is one of the first things I remember making with my Nana when I was in elementary school. I make it at least twice a year and sometimes more often – I do leave out the nuts from the recipe. If you are gifting the fudge you can pour it into cookie cutters and let it harden. Then wrap the cookie cutter in plastic and it’s a great gift. Click here for the Fantasy Fudge recipe.
  • Grinch Cookies – Found this recipe a few years ago and these are really tasty. So easy to make with a cake mix. Plus these are my most requested cookies from friends and family. Click here for the Grinch Cookies recipe.
  • Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge – Pour the fudge quickly into gingerbread candy molds for a fun treat. I leave out the peanuts in this recipe as I prefer smooth fudge. Also, please note that this recipe can be tricky as the fudge can burn really easy. Whatever you do – do not stop stirring when making the Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge. Click here for the Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge recipe
  • Christmas Snickerdoodles – I have been making these for almost as long as I have been making chocolate chip cookies. The original version of this recipe I have is one my Nana used to make – I do edit the recipe a little and add the cinnamon into the dough and then roll the dough in colored sugar. It makes the cookies so festive. Click here for the Christmas Snickerdoodle recipe

What are you most excited to bake for Christmas? Are there any recipes you think I have to make this Christmas? Let me know in the comments below. 

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