12 holiday baking recipes

From teacher gifts to make-ahead dough, we've got your holiday baking covered.

By Chatelaine

12 holiday baking recipes

Photo: Erik Putz

Easy sugar cookies

Bake up some sweet treats—and fun—with your petit chef using this no-fuss recipe. Get the recipe: Easy sugar cookies

Photo of sugar cookies iced with red green and white icingPhoto: Erik Putz

Classic gingerbread

Gingerbread cookies are a staple during the holidays. Bake these up with some sugar, spice and everything nice, and then get the whole family together for an afternoon of decorating. Get the recipe: Classic gingerbread

Photo of gingerbread cookies cut into star shapesPhoto: Erik Putz

Chocolate and candy cane shortbread squares

These no-roll classic cookies are speckled with candy cane pieces for the perfect holiday treat. Get the recipe: Chocolate and candy cane shortbread squares

Photo of some square shortbread cookiesPhoto: Erik Putz

DIY Holiday Candy Bar

Looking for something to do on a snowy Saturday? Grab some sprinkles and get the kids involved in decorating these festive candy bars. Get the recipe: DIY Holiday Candy Bar


Homemade candy bars with a christmas tree on themPhoto: Erik Putz

Turtle Fudge

Chocolate + caramel + pecans (with a dash of salt) = holiday baking perfection. Make a big batch, so you can wrap up the leftovers as gifts. Get the recipe: Turtle Fudge


plate of bars in holiday wrappingPhoto: Eric Putz

3-ingredient chocolate shortbread

With only three ingredients, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies will be your go-to last-minute quick and easy holiday bake sale fix. Get the recipe: 3-ingredient chocolate shortbread


plate of chocolate cookiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Crunchy Maple-Nut Granola

This granola is made with love and other tasty ingredients, too! Get the recipe: Crunchy Maple-Nut Granola


Bag and bowl filled with granola mixPhoto: Erik Putz

No-bake butterscotch-peanut haystacks

Holiday baking doesn't get much easier than these no-bake haystacks. Seriously, even the most baking-challenged can master these crunchy, peanutty treats. Get the recipe: No-bake butterscotch-peanut haystacks


two plates of haystack cookiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Christmas icebox cookies

This make-ahead dough will be your holiday savour. Prepare the dough now and then freeze it until that holiday bake sale or unexpected guest pops up. Get the recipe: Christmas icebox cookies


star-shaped plate filled with holiday cookiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Pink almond-coconut snowballs

Treat them to something extra sweet this holiday season with millennial pink snowball cookies. Not only are they tasty, but they make for great gifts. Get the recipe: Pink almond-coconut snowballs


pink plate of colourful pink cookiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Butter tart squares

Making individual tarts can be finicky (who wants to deal with pie crust?). These minimal-effort squares are just as good without the hard work. Get the recipe: Butter tart squares

plate of squaresPhoto: Erik Putz

Gingerbread spice caramel corn

Give the prefect gift with this caramel corn that rocks a tasty holiday twist. Get the recipe: Gingerbread Spice Caramel Corn


Bag of caramel corn on a yellow backgroundPhoto: Erik Putz

This article was originally published on Nov 28, 2021