‘Tis the season for making memories, enjoying time with family and celebrating the sweet pleasures of the holidays. ‘Tis also the the season for running around like a crazy person, staying up past bedtime doing projects and throwing together treats at the last minute.
While I am all for the memory making, I prefer to avoid becoming a crazy person – at least when it comes to holiday baking. As soon as Halloween passes, I stock up on my holiday baking essentials so I’m never left without the ingredients to make a quick batch of cookies or holiday dessert.
These are the items I like to keep around along with some of my favorite holiday recipes:
In the Pantry
Flour: Gotta have it. Whether it’s traditional all-purpose, a gluten-free all-purpose blend or grain-free options like almond or coconut flour, your flour of choice is a must to keep around. It’s a main building block for cookies, cakes, pie crusts and more.
Sweeteners: Another no brainer, but there are lots of options here. For traditional baking, you’ll need to have brown sugar, white sugar and powdered sugar on hand. If you’re going the natural route, try coconut or date sugar to substitute for granulated sugars and honey or maple syrup in place of corn syrup. It’s also good to have some molasses on hand for molasses cookies. And don’t forget sanding sugar and sprinkles!
Baking Powder/Baking Soda: You’ll need these two leaveners for cakes, cookies and anything else that puffs up during cooking – like the classic New York Times chocolate chip cookie.