20 Holiday Baking Ideas

Looking for a couple new recipes this holiday season? Try these Holiday themed baking ideas to brighten up your table this holiday season!


This Peppermint bark from Meatloaf and Melodrama only requires 4 ingredients and is so simple to make! Who doesn’t love peppermint around the holiday season.  Your guests will be gobbling this up.

Swanky Recipes created these decadently rich chocolate sugar cookies with a caramel filling and toasted pecans.  Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are a favorite for the holiday season and the dough couldn’t be any easier to make!

Flavorite shared these simple and easy turtle clusters.  Turtles are one of my favorite treats around the holiday season so these little gems are a must have in this house hold!

No 2. Pencil, cook, bake and create shared these cookie bars and we couldn’t be more excited to give them a try! The recipe is really, really good and perfect for holiday baking. These are easy to make and packed with chocolate. Perfect for a party or holiday gift giving. These make a big 9×13 pan of rich and delicious M&M cookie bars. Depending on how you cut them, they can make 18 bars all the way up to 36 bars.

If you are strapped for time and really would like to avoid baking at all try these No bake White Chocolate Thin Mints from The view from great island.  The white chocolate and peppermint looks so festive, and no one would ever guess its no-bake shortcut secret.

A splash of peppermint extract and some crushed up candy cane make these Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies from Liv for Cake the perfect festive treat for the holidays!

Put a holiday spin on an old favorite!  These adorable christmas tree rice krispies from Kellogg’s are a perfect way to get the kids involved in some holiday baking.

Here’s another steller recipe from Liv for Cake. The base for these Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Cups is from her Snow Capped Gingersnaps recipe. They are the best chewy gingerbread cookies you will ever have. As such, the cookie cups will be on the chewier side rather than crispy. And the filling is an Eggnog Cheesecake.

There is something about salty popcorn, covered in tasty melted marshmallows with just a dash of chocolate that is extremely yummy and really hits the spot every time! Check out this recipe from Two Sisters to get started!

These Traditional Snowball Christmas Cookies by Wicked Good Kitchen are buttery, with plenty of walnuts and vanilla for a rich and flavorful melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie. Never dry because the dough is made with granulated sugar, not confectioners’ sugar like other recipes that make the cookies too dry.

Easy Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites Recipe from Crunchy creamy sweet are a super easy candy idea for the holidays! Great gift for chocolate and caramel lovers!

Cooking Classy has shared an amazing shortbread recipe that you and your family will not be able to resist. After one little taste you will immediately understand why these are labeled “meltaway” cookies. They literally melt in your mouth.  Plus, they have the most delicious buttery, pepperminty flavor. And as if those things weren’t enough, these are finished off with a sweet, luscious peppermint frosting and tiny bits of crushed peppermint.

Try this brownie idea from The Whoot. You could always use your own favorite brownie recipe and have the kids decorate there own tree however they want!  Fun for everyone.

These gingerbread latte cupcakes from Baker by Nature are moist, not too sweet, and perfectly spiced. The cream cheese frosting is thick, fluffy, and flavored with just a kick of fresh lemon. They will be the hit of any Holiday Party!

Here’s another wonderful recipe from Wicked Good Kitchen.  These are buttery, light and tender-crumbed, sweetened just right and full of the classic eggnog flavors of rum or bourbon and nutmeg with a whisper of cinnamon.

Can’t resist adding another from Kellogg’s.  Who doesn’t love the holiday rice Krispies?

These ginger molasses sandwich cookies by Just so Tasty, feature two soft and chewy ginger cookies sandwiched together with creamy eggnog buttercream. So perfect for your Christmas cookie exchange!


These Peppermint Oreo Truffles by Two Twenty One may look intimidating because they’re an attractive dessert, but they’re really simple to make. And there’s the added bonus of only needing 5 ingredients.

This White Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Bark is an easy and decadent treat by Ideahacks featuring a layer of creamy white chocolate, topped with crushed Oreo cookies, along with another layer of white chocolate and crushed candy canes.

If you have tried some of these recipes, share how it went for you in the comments below.  We would love to hear from you!

Happy Holiday Baking!

xo – Steph


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