Easy Holiday Baking Ideas

 
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There is something about homemade sweets that, for me, is an essential ingredient to the makings of a perfect Christmas. Without a variety of baked goods in the house, the holidays just aren’t the holidays. However, while I may possess this nostalgic sense of tradition, I am not a baker. Not even a pretend-your-way-through-it kind of baker. I’m not much of a cook either, but we’ll save that confession for another day!

Despite full admission of my lack of baking skills, I still try. I suppose it’s not so much about the final products being perfect as it is the effort, love and memory-making that goes into whipping up at least a few things. When I have some goodies in pretty Christmas tins, it’s officially Christmas in the Young house.

Over the years of Googling and asking friends/family for “easy Christmas recipes” I have culled a list that works really well. Some recipes I’m able to do in as little as an hour, while others take a bit longer, but make for a great activity with kiddos.

If you’re looking for some ideas for your baking list, I hope you find some inspiration below!

Easy Christmas Baking Recipes

I shared this recipe a few years ago and it proved very popular. The ‘Best Nuts & Bolts’ is compliments of a friend who graciously shared this family recipe and if I don’t make anything else for Christmas, this is it. It’s also a great activity for baking with little ones.

Find the recipe here.


 Photo by Kraft

Photo by Kraft

These ‘Two Bite Cheesecakes’ are a crowd-pleaser anytime of year, but I find them especially great for Christmas. I can make a lot of these with minimal time and effort required (my kind of baking) and they’re a huge hit! Also a great recipe to enjoy with kids.

Find the recipe here


 Photo by Show Me the Yummy

Photo by Show Me the Yummy

Christmas Crack, Christmas Saltine Toffee, Christmas Toffee Bark… call it whatever you want, because all that matters is that this recipe is easy and beyond delicious! I typically make 2-3 batches because the first batch is usually fully consumed by the time I’m done with the second and third. It freezes well, makes for an easy gift and treat to bring to parties. You can also get creative with the final garnish of candy, nuts or sprinkles.

This recipe can be found all over the internet, but I like this one the best because I love a coordinating video tutorial!


 Photo by Julie Blanner

Photo by Julie Blanner

Simple, yummy and totally gift-able. This recipe requires only staples; so even last minute, it’s easy to pull together. I tend to make 3-4 of these each year and always freeze at least one to have on reserve (because there is always a last minute invite somewhere).

Find the recipe here


 Photo by Spend with Pennies

Photo by Spend with Pennies

These are a throwback to my own childhood. My Mum made these on the regular and they’ve never lost their appeal. Another easy recipe that lends itself well to baking memories with your children, but also yields an easy cookie to freeze, gift or just indulge in (it is the holidays after all!).

Find the recipe here

While these recipes are awesome, I’m always eager to try new ones. If you have an easy recipe that works well for holiday baking, please share!