Oh Christmas baking.
It’s been my favourite cooking season for years. Even back in high school I remember spending days baking batch after batch of cookies for everyone I knew.
This year is a bit different – I’m working a lot in the weeks before Christmas and on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so I won’t be baking quite as many cookies. But I will still be baking. I’ll be posting some new recipes, but these are some of my favourites!
My favourite Christmas cookie recipe is this four way sugar cookie recipe. One dough divided into four and you get four batches of very different, very delicious cookies. It’s perfect for bringing to a party – it’ll look like you did a lot more work than you actually did!
Gingerbread is a Christmas classic. You can make traditional gingerbread cookies, complete with that classic royal icing glaze – they’re so pretty, and this recipe makes a HUGE amount so you’ll have gingerbread for everyone!
You can also make these chocolate chunk gingerbread cookies. With fresh grated ginger and chunks of dark chocolate, they are DIVINE.
Shortbread is another Christmas staple. My favourite will always be my Grandma’s shortbread recipe. It’s exactly what you want shortbread to be – buttery, flaky, so rich. These are always a hit.
If you want to go a little fancier, these peppermint meringues are SO impressive. And super easy to make! They’re light, minty delights with just a little bit of dark chocolate.
But Christmas baking doesn’t have to be just about the cookies. Last year I made these gingerbread donuts with caramel frosting. The donuts are spicy and festive, and that icing is TO DIE FOR. I eat it out the pot with a spoon. With no regrets.
If you want to keep it super simple, bark is the way to go. Candy cane bark is a Christmas classic, and ridiculously easy to make.
So what are you making this Christmas?