My Essential Holiday Baking Guide

My Essential Holiday Baking List |

I have compiled My Essential Holiday Baking Guide!

All of my favorite recipes in one place, plus a few extra recipes from sites that I love around the web!

All in all I have 100 recipes that is sure to make your Holiday Baking, not only easy, but incredibly sweet!

My Essential Holiday Baking List |

I know none of you will actually MAKE 100 different kinds of cookies.

I mean, really…you won’t, right?


Anyhow, I wanted to put together a go-to list…I’m trying to make it easy on you folks!

I mean, I DO encourage you to snoop around my site for ALL my other recipes!

But I did some of the search work for you by going back and searching my archives for the recipes that are easy, delicious and special enough to make it onto your holiday baking list!


I’ve separated them into categories so you can easily navigate and provided links to all the recipes with numbered images, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding what you are looking for!


AND as a bonus at the end I’ve picked a few of my most favorite recipes from sites that I love.


So let’s start this business.

First up…Cookies. Duh.

My Essential Holiday Baking List |

Cookies are probably the number one treat that people bake this season.  So here are some of my favorites!

  1. Homemade Nutter Butters
  2. Soft Gingerbread Cookies
  3. Cranberry Bliss Cookies
  4. Brookie Cookies
  5. Puppy Chow Cookies
  6. Coffee Cake Cookies
  7. Nutella Filled Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
  8. Buckeye Brownie Cookies
  9. Salted Caramel Stuffed Truffle Cookies
  10. Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroon Cookies
  11. Giant Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
  12. Salted Caramel Kiss Cookies
  13. White Chocolate Filled Snickerdoodles
  14. Key Lime Meltaway Shortbread
  15. The Ultimate Cookie Cup


Next up it’s nice to throw together some candy or snack mix too!  They make the perfect gift!

My Essential Holiday Baking List |

  1. Easy No-Bake Coconut Candy
  2. Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Oreo Candy
  3. Hot Chocolate Popcorn
  4. Buttercream Truffles
  5. Salted Nut Roll Bites
  6. Melted Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls
  7. Salted Caramel Popcorn
  8. Crock Pot Candy
  9. Peanut Butter Cup Granola
  10. Candy Cane Kiss Kettle Corn
  11. Fruity Pebble Kettle Corn
  12. Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn
  13. Chubby Hubby Snack Mix
  14. Candy Cane Pretzel Kisses
  15. Not pictured: Holiday Popcorn


I love baking Cookie Bars and Brownies…some of my my most favorite recipes that I have created are in this category.  Let’s have a look:

My Essential Holiday Baking List |

  1. Red Velvet Santa Hat Brownies
  2. Buckeye Brownies
  3. Praline Brownies
  4. Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
  5. Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars
  6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
  7. Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
  8. Dreamy Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars
  9. Holy Heck Brownies
  10. White Chocolate Brownies
  11. Pecan Pie Brownies
  12. Chocolate Chip Cookie Peanut Butte S’mores Bars
  13. Peanut Butter Crack Brownies
  14. Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
  15. Rolo Fudge Brownies
  16. White Chocolate Butter Bars
  17. Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars
  18. Salty Caramel Oat Bars
  19. Not pictured: Salted Nutella Butter Bars
  20. Not pictured: Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars


Fudge is quintessential Holiday food, isn’t it?  Let’s take a look at some yummy (and easy) recipes!

My Essential Holiday Baking List |

  1. S’mores Fudge Bars
  2. Peanut Butter Banana Fudge
  3. Fruity Pebble Fudge
  4. Magic Bar Fudge
  5. Peanut Butter Ritz White Chocolate Fudge
  6. Not pictured: Key Lime Fudge
  7. Not pictured Cookie Dough Fudge
  8. Not pictured: Pretzel Fudge
  9. Not pictured: 2 Ingredient Strawberry Fudge
  10. Not pictured: 3 Musketeers Fudge Brownies



I love adding no bake treats to your baking list!  While your cookies are in the oven you can whip up one of these fab no bake recipes!

My Essential Holiday Baking List |

  1. Red Velvet Krispie Treats
  2. Homemade Payday Bars
  3. Krispie Treat Bark
  4. White Trash Bars
  5. Oreo Cookie Bark
  6. Puppy Chow Krispie Treats
  7. Peanut Butter Crunch Eclair Bars
  8. Brownie Batter Bark
  9. Salted Caramel Swirl Trail Mix Krispie Treats
  10. Thin Mint Krispie Treats
  11. Krispie Treat Christmas Tree
  12. Ice Cream Cone Cannoli
  13. Not Pictured: Cake Batter Marshmallows
  14. Not Pictured: No Bake Cookie Bars
  15. Not Pictured: Sweet and Salty No Bake Peanut Butter Bars


Now my most favorite Holiday treat that I make:

Santa Hat Party Mix

Santa Hat Party Mix!

I made this many years ago and it is still my number one holiday treat!  It is one of  my most popular posts of all time and you guys continue to come back to it year after year!



Now I want to share some amazing treats from some of my most favorite sites!  You guys need to go and check out these fantastic treats!

  1. Marshmallow Creme Filled Chocolate Dipped Sandwich Cookies | She Wears Many Hats
  2. Christmas Tree Cupcakes | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
  3. Molasses Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Culinary Concoctions By Peabody
  4. Malted Chocolate Chip Whopper Cookies | Two Peas and Their Pod
  5. Lofthouse Style Peanut Butter Chip Sugar Cookies w/Peanut Butter Frosting | Averie Cooks
  6. Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies | Kevin and Amanda
  7. Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies | Bake Your Day
  8. Christmas Tree Chocolate Cupcakes | Just a Taste
  9. Double Tree Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies | The Little Kitchen
  10. Frosted Flake White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Picky Palate
  11. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge | Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
  12. Buckeye Ball Sandwiches | Buns In My Oven
  13. Snickers Peanut Butter Blossoms | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
  14. Butterscotch Blondies | Bake at 350°
  15. Buster Bars | Recipe Girl
  16. No Bake Peanut Butter S’mores Bars | The Girl Who Ate Everything
  17. Homemade Biscoff Cookies | Bluebonnets and Brownies
  18. Candy Cane Brownies | My Baking Addiction
  19. Fudge Mint Brownies | Glorious Treats
  20. Bailey’s Chocolate Cookies | Gimme Some Oven
  21. Chocolate Toffee Cookies | Sweet Happy Life
  22. Gingerbread Caramel Corn | Piece of Cake
  23. Bourbon, Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies | Love & Olive Oil
  24. Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle | Piece of Cake


Happy Baking my friends!!



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21 Comments on "My Essential Holiday Baking Guide"


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December 12, 2013 11:11 am

Thank you so much for posting this list! And I absolutely love your Santa Hat Party Mix – always a big hit! Merry Christmas!

December 12, 2013 11:18 am

I want to make EVERYTHING on your lists!! What a great ORGANIZED post, and at exactly the right time! I am going to pour over this list this weekend and decide which ones to make first. Merry Christmas, Shelly!

December 12, 2013 11:44 am

I’ve done about 30 different cookies and quick breads so far. I started about 3 weeks ago and put them in the freezer which is now about full. I still have a counter full of ingredients and will continue to make goodies until a couple days before Christmas. I share them with friends and family. UPS man got a plate of them yesterday.

Glory/ Glorious Treats
December 12, 2013 12:05 pm

Gorgeous list!! Isn’t it amazing to look back and realize how many things you made!! Thanks for the link too =)

christina p
christina p
December 12, 2013 12:52 pm

Thanks for the handy list! I would like to add that your hot cocoa rice krispies are our favorite to make for the holidays! We make a double batch each time!

December 12, 2013 2:18 pm

I always turn to your site for great recipes and treats! This is a fantastic collaboration! Thanks for putting this all together!!

December 12, 2013 2:18 pm

Thank you so much for putting this together for us. I will be spending too much time deciding the best of the best to bake. You are my go to site to find something delicious and beautiful to bake.

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
December 12, 2013 2:24 pm

Holy moly! Amazing list!

December 12, 2013 2:51 pm

I forgot about the buckeye brownie cookies. Going to make them this weekend!

Shashi @
December 12, 2013 3:29 pm

Awesome list of treats! The cookies look fantastic and my daughter wanted to give chocolate/caramel popcorn away as Christmas gifts this year and I saw some cool recipes in the snack links! Thanks you

December 12, 2013 7:19 pm

Thanks for the link love, lady. This list is AWESOME!

December 12, 2013 8:17 pm

This is so AWESOME!!! I will definitely be using these recipes!

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
December 12, 2013 8:40 pm

Thanks for sharing this great collection 🙂

December 12, 2013 9:19 pm

Dang it! I had sworn off baking this year because I can’t help not eating it all but now that I got this from you I am gonna have to rethink it! I really do enjoy making things from your site! Thanks for this great post!! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!


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Jennifer Young
Jennifer Young
December 19, 2013 2:37 pm

I am making your Buckeye Brownie cookies for a cookie bake-off at work tomorrow. I will let you know how it goes!

Lynn Montes
Lynn Montes
December 19, 2013 11:01 pm

You R*O*C*K!!!!!

rachael guerrero
rachael guerrero
December 20, 2013 2:13 am

I’m searching for a cookie that you posted a lil while ago. It was white chocolate peppermind crunch cookies. I shared it on facebook thinking it save to my profile and was delicious. I bought everything for it now need the lost receipe.

Lorri Nowell
Lorri Nowell
January 7, 2014 11:52 pm

I would love to be able to order a recipe book with all your delicious desserts. Thanks for posting

October 15, 2016 8:47 pm
I’m new to the baking world even though I have baked easier things out of boxes. I would love to bake several of these recipes to be able not only learn but to give as gifts to friends and family and people that don’t have much just to bring them a little Christmas spirit this year. I would like to know if any one here can give me a basic grocery list of what I would be using the most in all these recipes even the tools that would help me along this new journey of baking. For example, a… Read more »