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Holiday Baking: How Early Do You Start?

by Kim Conte on December 1, 2009 at 7:00 AM

It's that time of year again—time to start thinking about all the holiday cookies, cakes, pies, candy, and breads we are going to bake this season!

I kid you not: No sooner had I taken my (beautiful!) turkey out of the oven on Thanksgiving Day than my mom began pestering me about when we would start our holiday baking. Really, Mom?

Don't get me wrong: I love holiday baking! And my mom, my sister, and I always have a great time baking together. I just need a little downtime after all the Thanksgiving hoopla. Maybe I'll start this weekend...

The thing about holiday baking is that it's never too early to start. Most baked goods can be frozen after baking and, when thawed, still taste almost as fresh as they day they were made. Sometimes, we'll freeze sugar cookies plain, and then decorate them right before we eat or gift them. But, ordinarily, cookies taste just fine even if they've been stored in the freezer.

When do you start your holiday baking? And, what treats are you making this year?


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Filed Under: baking, desserts, food, holiday entertaining, holidays, kid-friendly, traditions


  • michi...


    December 1, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    I can't start too early because, even if I freeze the cookies, my family will find them.  First one cookie will go missing, then a few more, then a couple more, until finally I just have to give in and bake more!

    This weekend, the 5th, I will get my holiday chocolates made:  chocolate covered cherries, peanut butter cups, coconut creams, chocolate greeting cards and a free-standing chocolate sleigh. 

    The following weekend, the 12th, we'll be baking and decorating our gingerbread houses, train and trees.  Our kids and their friends join in and we all have loads of fun!

    Finally, on the 19th, I'll start my cookie/bread baking:  sugar cookies, chocolate cherry thumbprint cookies, chocolate crinkles, gingerbread biscotti, peanut butter kiss cookies, snowball cookies, bonbon cookies, Empire biscuits & Scotch shortbread (for the nursing home), a variety of mini muffins (for the nursing home), and mini loaves of pumpkin zucchini bread, apple cinnamon bread and carrot bread.  The goodies overrun the kitchen, the laundry room, the front entry......MMMM!

  • justa...


    December 2, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    I've already made 2 batches of cookies...before Thanksgiving.  I don't plan ahead.  I just bake when I feel like it and we eat the stuff as I make it so I bake often between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    I just do cookies of all sorts.  I have a taste for peanut butter cookies so I'll probably make a double batch sometime next week.  They don't last very long (maybe 2 days).

  • Carey...


    December 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Usually the week of Christmas....probably just cookies this year

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