Friday, December 6, 2013

What I’m baking this holiday season.

Sweets, sweets, sweets, that’s almost what this season is all about.  I hope you are putting your mixer and measuring cups to plenty of work this Christmas season making up some sweet treats to share with friends and neighbors.  I am, mostly in the form off cookies!

18 Recipes for Holiday Baking from www.bakeyourday.netWhen I was growing up I distinctly remember each holiday season spending at least a day in the kitchen with my mom and sister making treats to share including lots that I have already shared on the blog.  One being my family’s recipe for French Cookies.  They are the staple of Christmas treats in my family and just typing the words makes me craaaave them.

The other staple is classic party mix…which happens to be the only savory item in this list, but it’s just not the Holidays without it.  Last year, I hosted a baking party with some friends where we made several of the treats listed here.  It reminded me of the many Christmas seasons I spent in the kitchen with my mom and sister.  And as we used to do, and as we did last year, we packaged the treats and shared them with friends and family.

There is something so special about sharing a homemade sweet treat to spread holiday cheer.  What are you baking this holiday season?  Below is a list of my Christmastime favorites…I don’t think I will really get to make all of them this year but I will be making some of them.  I would love to know what you love to share with others this time of year.

And what is baking without SUGAR?!  My very good friends at Imperial Sugar/Dixie Crystals are graciously offering a giveaway to help with your holiday baking.  See below to enter!

18 Recipes for Holiday Baking from 18 Recipes for Holiday Baking from

Classic Party Mix – because it’s, um, a classic.

French Cookies – a family favorite, a personal favorite, and staple at Christmas.

Pumpkin Loaf – the softest and simplest pumpkin loaf.  Ever.

Toffee Crunch Cookies – because toffee in cookies is my M.O. lately.

Shortbread Cookies – everyone needs a buttery bite of shortbread at the holidays.

Salted Nut Bars – sweet & salty perfection.

Soft & Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies – Christmas in a cookie, no questions.

Cinnamon Clove Coffee Cookies – cinnamon, coffee and cloves = total comfort.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls – my second favorite and forever a staple for holiday baking.

Oatmeal Cranberry Pistachio Cookies – cranberries and pistachios just seem like a perfect holiday combination, right?

Salted Caramel Cashew Popcorn – sweet & salty POPCORN.

Pecan Pie Bars – pecan pie like you have never experienced it before.  Buttery, nutty perfection.

Peanut Butter Cookies – fluffy and crunchy with homemade peanut brittle, another holiday favorite.

Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Cookies – cinnamon chips have become an everyday staple for me, but are a must at the holidays.

Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies – because liquor in baked goods is never a bad thing.

Butterscotch Pudding Gingerdoodle Cookies with White Chocolate Chips – the softest gingerdoodles ever.

Carrot Cake Truffles – not your average holiday treat but your friends will love you forever if you make these.

Simple Fudge – another holiday staple in my book and best of all – no bake!


As I mentioned, Imperial Sugar/Dixie Crystals and I want to give one of you a kick start to your holiday baking with a sweet giveaway. One winner will receive:

-10 two-pound bags of Imperial/Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
-8 one-pound boxes of Imperial/Dixie Crystals light brown sugar
-8 one-pound boxes of Imperial/Dixie Crystals powdered sugar

To Enter: leave a comment below telling me what your favorite holiday treat, links welcome!

Giveaway open to US residents only from Friday, December 5 to Thursday, December 12 at 11:59 pm.  One winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email, and the winner will have 24 hours to respond.  This giveaway is sponsored by Imperial Sugar/Dixie Crystals.  As always, opinions are my own. 


39 Responses to “What I’m baking this holiday season.”

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    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — December 6, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    What a fabulous collection Cassie! I have fond memories of baking during the holidays with my family too! I love passing that tradition on to my own kids. These Chocolate Chip Truffles are always a hit in our house. Happy Holidays!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — December 6, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Great holiday recipes! 🙂

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    Lindsay — December 6, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    I love shortbread cookies and make a chocolate chip peanut butter shortbread cookie. But I have recently made this recipe, that is definitely a new favorite! Can’t go wrong when the recipe calls for a pound of butter!!

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    Cassie — December 6, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    Love the sound of that one! Hope you are well, Lindsay!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 6, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Fun round up Cassie! Just baked some andes mint stuffed sugar cookies over the weekend. They are a December tradition, and I’ll be making them again before our Christmas party!

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    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — December 6, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    I want all of these! haha!!

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    sharon — December 6, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Every year – and only at Christmas – my grandma made date nut roll ….a delicacy and even more so because the box she gave us was shared by 8. Once it was gone it would be a year until I tasted it again. I hunted but couldn’t find her recipe until I ran across the exact one over at Add A Pinch! I’ve now restarted my grandma’s holiday tradition.

    Date Nut Roll (delicious!) —

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    Suzy — December 6, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    My favorite holiday treat are warm from the oven molasses ginger cookies. The smell that drifts through the whole house while they’re baking is one of the best things that comes out of my oven all year.

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    betsy — December 6, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    What a great giveaway! My favorite holiday treat is any homemade cookie, but rolled cookies are extra special.

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    Itzia — December 6, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    my favorite holiday treat has to be molasses cookies. i want to bake these:

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    Connie — December 6, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Lovely choices! My favorite cookies for the holidays is an oatmeal cookie with dried cranberries and grated orange zest, and a strawberry jam streusel square.

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    Linda — December 6, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    Maybe it is just me or maybe your links don’t like Safari but none of the links to the various items seem to work. Thanks.

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    Cassie — December 6, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    Thank you for letting me know, I’m sorry about that. I had an extra character in some of the links.

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 6, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    What a great collection of treats for the holiday! They all look sooo good!

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    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — December 6, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    i love decorating all the christmas sugar cookies and gingerbread men!

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    Angel F — December 6, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is divinity. It brings back fond memories of Christmas breaks from school and getting to bake all kinds of tasty treats.

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    Janet — December 6, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    Gluten-Free Citrus Cookies are my fave 🙂

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    Lauralee Hensley — December 6, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    Favorite is a Nice Big Birthday Cake for Jesus. Chocolate layer of cake on the bottom, Red Velvet layer next, Green colored white layer next, then all covered with nice white coconut frosting.
    We have other favorites as well, but I’ll just post one more sugar cookies made with powder sugar and flavored up with clear anise extract so they taste like black licorice but they don’t look black, it’s a surprise to those who taste them.

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    Luv What You Do — December 6, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    Great list!
    I’m going ot make mine this weekend!

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    sara — December 6, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    I love spritz cookies, a childhood Christmas fave!

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    Kimberly Snyder — December 7, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    I love making sugar cookies and having the grandchildren help decorate, I like to give the tradition sugar cookie a little “tang” by using this Key Lime Sugar Cookie recipe.

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    Beth C. — December 7, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    My favorite is my chewy gingerbread bar recipe:

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    jenice Taggart — December 7, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    There isn’t a Christmas cookie that I don’t like – looking forward to a sugar high for the next few weeks.

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    Lindsey — December 7, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    Such a hard choice! Pumpkin snicker doodles with cinnamon cream cheese icing, iced sugar cookies and an old school chocolate dipped pretzel!

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    Karen — December 7, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    My favorite holiday treat has always been Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!

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    phyllis ostrofsky — December 7, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    My favorite holiday treat are the sugar cookies topped with half a walnut that my grandmother used to make.

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    Joanne — December 8, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Holiday baking makes me crazy happy. Can’t wait to try some of these this holiday season!! My favorite holiday baked good is anything mint chocolate!

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    Melissa — December 8, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    Pecan pralines are the best at Christmas! I only make them once a year and they are a special treat.

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    Alyssa — December 8, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Snicker doodles are my absolute favorite!!

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    Linda K. — December 8, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    I love making biscotti for the holidays.

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    Debra Lee — December 8, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    I love Chocolate Chunk Cookies!

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — December 8, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    Hi dear friend!! Stopped by to see your delicious holiday treats over here. Yum! My most favorite thing to bake is my mother’s recipe for Christmas cookies, but really it’s not about how delicious the cookies are, but the fact that I get to hang out with her while baking them. Much love to you and your man

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    Jess — December 8, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    I have such great memories of holiday baking with my mom and sisters! It wouldn’t be the holiday season for me without a little baking, but I love both the sweet and savory! Great list, Cassie!

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    Liz — December 10, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    I was just looking for some holiday baking inspiration and here you are with TONS of magnificent ideas! From toffee cookies to pb cookies to cranberry and pistachio cookies…I want to bake them all!

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    megan — December 10, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — December 10, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    Babe, I am loving this entire list! Chock-full of some amazing wintery recipes that I know my friends, family, neighbors and I will love. Bookmarking this for next week when I do my baking!!

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    Marcia Halvorson — December 11, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    Thank you so much for your blog! I am having friends over for a cookie baking party and I love your ideas and recipes. Favorite holiday treats are Chocolate Crinkles, Peanut Butter Blossoms and classic sugar cookies. I can’t wait to make your salted nut bars!

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    Anne — December 11, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is spritz cookies. I know they’re not just for the holidays, but I can only make myself wrestle with the spritz gun once a year. LOL

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 14, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Yum! Delicious group of sweets 🙂 loving it!