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Holiday Baking: 15 Must Have Ingredients and Supplies + Recipes

The biggest baking season is upon us…Thanksgiving and Christmas! As bakers, we have standard ingredients in our pantry that we use when creating our favorite treats, but what about those special ingredients that we often don’t think about. I’ve pulled together a list of 15 Must Have Ingredients and Supplies for the Holidays and 10 of my absolute favorite recipes that are perfect for your Holiday Baking.

  1. Apple Pie Spice – you can purchase it in the spice aisle or make your own, it’s super easy and less expensive
  2. Peppermint – Extract, Candy, Chips and Candy Canes
  3. Cream of Tartar – it’s best to buy fresh each year for the best looking and tasting meringues
  4. Nuts – walnuts and pecans are what I typically use in Holiday Baking
  5. Almond Bark – available in the baking aisle in chocolate and white chocolate, it works best for candy making
  6. Coloring – my favorite for the Fall and Thanksgiving Season is Copper
  7. Pumpkin Pie Spice - you can purchase it in the spice aisle or make your own
  8. Sprinkles – a baker can never have enough sprinkles
  9. Extracts – Vanilla and Almond are most popular, you may also want Peppermint
  10. Lollipop Sticks – great for cupcake toppers as well as candy making
  11. Recycled Containers – now is the time to start saving your containers to cover with scrapbook paper and use for gift giving
  12. Foil Bread Pans – I love the mini bread pans for gift giving
  13. Take-out Boxes – Again, great for gift giving or even sending home leftovers with guests
  14. Glass Jars - Great for giving hot cocoa mix, teas etc.
  15. Plastic Treat Bags – Perfect for school treats

Favorite Holiday Baking Recipes

Do you have a favorite holiday treat that you make every year? What are your must have ingredients for holiday baking?

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  1. Yum! I can’t wait to start baking! Thanks for a great list to get us all started :)
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