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Sharing some of my favorite Christmas and Holiday Baking Recipes, as well as a free Holiday Baking Plan printable to help you get organized for this baking season. 

When do you start your baking?

Do you wait until after Thanksgiving?

Since we do a decorating blitz the day after Thanksgiving, while my kiddos are home from school, we always need a few treats to nibble on during the decorating festivities. So, I will plan to bake a couple dozen of each person's favorite the week before Thanksgiving…which means I'll be in full baking mode in 3 short weeks.

This realization made me sit down and get my holiday baking plan in order; what will I be baking? when will I be baking? what do I need to do my baking?  And because it's a great way to waste spend valuable time…I decided I needed a spiffy Holiday Baking Plan printable to make my organization just that much more special. 😉

Am I the only one who does this? Who else can wile away too many hours just to make something look prettier than it needs to be?

While you may not be quite ready to start baking, it's not too early to start your holiday baking plan! By spending a few minutes getting your baking plans in order now, you'll be prepared for the baking frenzy to come.

If you want to use my spiffy Christmas Baking Schedule, you can download it here => Christmas baking schedule 1

Here's a Recap of Some of our Favorite Christmas Baking Recipes:

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While these Chocolate Cranberry Tarts look so very special, they are really very easy to make. The shells and cranberry curd can be prepared days in advance and assembled at the last minute. And they are just so very festive! These treats will be served on Christmas Eve in our home.


Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Trees are a basically a coconut macaroon, shaped like a Christmas tree.  They have a very small ingredient list…like 5 basic items (including the pinch of salt) and are a hit wherever we take them. But, if you do make, the edible glitter is a must.  It just takes them to a whole new level.


Now these are one of my all-time cookie favorites! My mom started baking these several years ago and our Christmas Eve tradition of watching ‘A Christmas Story' would not be complete without a plate of these Glazed Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies…with a cup of milk of course. These delicious morsels are a must have in my holiday baking plan.

Recipe for Glazed Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies and links to 6 more Holiday and Christmas Cookie Recipes, just in time to plan your baking!


Is it possible to bake Christmas cookies and NOT include sugar cookies? I'm pretty sure that would be against some Christmas law. Now, how you decorate them is completely a different story; there is no right way to decorate a sugar cookie.

Mixed Metals Sugar Cookies


No one is quite sure of the genesis of these Pennsylvania Dutch Cocoa Cookies.  All we know is that our Grandma, who was a world class baker, made these every Christmas in addition to the 20 other cookie varieties she baked. They are the perfect combination of chewy interior and slightly crisp exterior…cookie blissdom as far as I'm concered.

Pennsylvania Dutch Cocoa Cookies


I am on record as being a little obsesses with all things rosemary; especially in baked goods. I love the unexpected, slightly piney hint it imparts. These Brown Butter Rosemary Cookies are perfect in so many ways…#1 Rosemary, #2 Brown Butter #3 Chopped Nuts. In writing this I realized I don't have these on my ‘need to bake' list…gotta run over and change that ASAP!

Brown Butter Rosemary Cookies at www.NourishandNestle.com


Ah, my White Fruitcake! If I'm honest, this fruitcake is kinda a big deal with people in the know. It is everything good about fruitcake and nothing bad.  You won't find any unnatural colored, overly sweet, bright green cherries in this fruitcake. Instead, it is made with all natural dried fruits and nuts (that have spent a good bit of time soaking in a brandy bath) and then is wrapped in brandy-soaked rags until it is gifted or served. It is all moistness and deliciousness and the mini-version makes great gifts.

White Fruitcake

These mincemeat mini-tarts…no only do I truly love mincemeat, but these cookies take me bake to the baking days my girlfriend and I would share before she moved back to England. The memory of those lovely days are tied inextricably with these tarts.Mini Mincemeat Pies


Have you started planning for the holidays? Do you have a Holiday Baking Plan? What are the ‘must have' cookies and treats on your ‘must bake' list?

Bookmark this page or pin the following images to refer back to this collection of recipes and the Holiday Baking Plan printable.Images of 6 of our Favorite Christmas Recipes


free Printable Baking Schedule

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  1. Robbie

    October 24, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for the ideas! These desserts look so good. I may try a few. I enjoy your blog.

    • lynn

      October 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      I hope you do Robbie! I’m getting ready to get all my fruits macerating for those fruitcakes! Need to start getting busy.

      Happy Baking.



  2. Meg

    October 24, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    rhank you Lynn. These suggestions look great. Meg.

    • lynn

      October 26, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      You are so welcome Meg!

      Hope you get some good baking done this weekend!




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