Baking for Christmas

Every year I go nuts with Christmas baking. I love doing it – I plan out what I’ll bake weeks in advance, and then slowly stock up on ingredients so that I’m not hit with a $150 grocery bill that’s mostly butter and chocolate. And you always need baked goods around Christmas, for holiday parties, work pot lucks, and to keep you going as you wrap all your presents. Here are some of my all-time favourites.

I always start with four-way sugar cookies. I love this recipe because you can make the dough up to a week ahead and then bake the cookies when you have time. Plus, one recipe makes four cookies – you’ll look so organized!

One dough, four cookies!

Then it’s time for shortbread. I alternate between my Grandma’s shortbread recipe, which is a classic, flaky shortbread.

Grandma's shortbread cookies

And my shortbread meltaways, which are much less finicky to bake and don’t require a food processor or you cutting butter into the flour. 

Shortbread meltaways

Let’s not forget about gingerbread. These classic gingerbread cookies are super fun to decorate and will satisfy your classic gingerbread cookie craving.

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

If you want something a little different, these chocolate chunk ginger cookies are actually my favourite of all the cookies I make! They’re spicy, chewy, and studded with dark chocolate chunks. Perfection. And who says gingerbread needs to stick to cookies?

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

These gingerbread donuts with maple glaze are so tasty and so cute.

Gingerbread maple donuts

Candy cane is another seasonal favourite that you have to have on your cookie plate. These candy cane brownies combine fudgey brownies, white chocolate ganache, and candy cane bites.

Candy cane bark brownies!

They’re basically the brownie-version of my candy cane bark!

Candy Cane Bark

I made these peppermint patties last year for the first time and I LOVE them! They look so fancy but are so easy to make.

Peppermint patties

And for something really fancy, these peppermint meringues do the trick. They’re gorgeous to look at, and surprisingly easy to make.

Peppermint Chocolate Meringues

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