Favorite Holiday Goodies and a GIVEAWAY!


I’m making a lot of “old” staple recipes for holiday tins this year. I’m not making much, and I’m certainly not going overboard. That said, I probably won’t be posting any new recipes this year (though I am majorly eyeing these Linzer cookies as a possible last minute addition), so I wanted to give you a list of some of my favorites, a few of which will be making an appearance in this year’s treat boxes. And also to make it evident that I really need to re-photograph some of these…

Melomakarona– These are the cookies I make every year, no questions asked. They are traditional Greek holiday cookies with a hint of cinnamon and orange that are then doused in a honey syrup and topped with a cinnamon, clove, and walnut mixture. In other words, they are the best cookies ever.

Kourambiedes – Another traditional Greek holiday cookie. These are almond shortbread cookies rolled in powdered sugar, very similar to Mexican wedding cookies.

Chocolate-Mint Thumbprints – These cookies have the quintessential holiday combo of chocolate and mint. Plus, they’re pretty!

White chocolate, cranberry, and pistachio fudge – I know that white chocolate is very polarizing. It’s not “chocolate” for one, and some people hate it. I am not one of those people. I adore white chocolate. Love it. Think it’s one of the best things on earth. Studded with red cranberries and green pistachios, this is a very festive fudge!

Sablés – These cookies are perfect for every holiday treat bag. Not only are they delicious, they are incredibly simple to make. Plus, you can make them ahead of time, freeze the log, and slice and bake when you’re ready.

Gingerbread scones – These are a great change of pace from the cookies most people tend to give out. They have that unmistakable holiday gingerbread flavor in the form of a scone, and they are drizzled with maple glaze.

Peppermint Bark – This is about as easy and classic as holiday treats go. This year, I’ll be pouring these into holiday candy molds, rather than into a sheet pan and breaking into shards (thank  you, Pinterest).

Romano and Black Pepper Biscotti – While this is a sort of unusual addition to a list of holiday tins, that’s what makes it so great. People get so overloaded with sweet stuff during the holidays, that a savory biscotti is a welcome addition. It’s also easy to make the dough and freeze in advance, plus biscotti is shelf stable for quite a while.


And now, for the giveaway!

I’ve never been a huge baker, but I’ve definitely gotten into it more, and have gotten much better (thankfully). Originally, I had some pretty cheap and not all that great bakeware. I got a few recommendations for the Williams Sonoma Goldtouch pans, so I bought a couple pieces. I fell in LOVE. I want to eventually rotate out all my old bakeware for new, shiny, perfect, awesome WS pans.

I’m actually jealous of whoever wins this giveaway, because I don’t even have all these pans!

I’m giving away a 6-piece set of Goldtouch essential bakeware to one lucky winner!

The set includes a cookie sheet, a half sheet pan, 2 (9″) cake pans, a cooling rack, and a muffin tin.

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite thing is to bake around the holidays. 

  • Giveaway ends on Thursday, December 15 at 11:59 PM CST. The winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck!
  • Open to U.S. addresses only.
  • You must include an email address when commenting, otherwise I can’t reach you if you win (don’t worry, no one can see your email address but me).

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly. 

Favorite Holiday Goodies and a GIVEAWAY!

  • I don’t want to bake any more cookies! I think i just want to come to your place this holiday season. Those all look awesome!

    My favorite thing to bake during the holidays is rainbow cookies! Love them.

  • Lynn BB

    I’m not much of a baker, but I do love thumbprint cookies at Christmas.

  • Claire

    Cookies (peanut butter blossoms, candy canes, sugar cookies, and the ever classic Christmas M&M cookies) are my favorite to bake during Christmas! I may just have to try your Greek cookies, too. 🙂

  • My hidden kisses! Made a ton of them yesterday…yum.

  • Jaelith

    Christmas treats ALWAYS include my mom’s soft sugar cookies (the recipe actually comes from a 1970s Cosmo issue!) Sooo good!

  • Karen

    I love making sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. They are always a hit.

  • Kathryn

    I love to make amaretti and pignoli – and no I’m not Italian. I just love Italian cookies.

  • Danielle

    I love making (and eating!) Spritz cookies!!

  • Samantha

    My favorite holiday treat to make is cranberry pistachio biscotti and shortbread cookies. The red and green look great together and the taste is SO yummy!

  • Kim

    I love to make my Great Aunt Joan’s Molasses Cookies. I can’t seem to get into the holiday spirit without that spicy, gingery aroma wafting from the kitchen.

  • Isabella531

    I love to bake chocolate chip cookies at christmas time, also the pioneer woman has an amazing cinnamon roll recipe that’s also great to bake at the holidays.

  • What a great giveaway, love these pans! I love to bake anything gingerbread-flavored this time of year.

  • This is not really a baking item but I just can not get through the holidays without making a batch of party mix. It is my winter addiction!

  • Jessica Whitehead

    Your recipes sound amazing. I enjoy making peanut butter roll. It was something my grandmother always made so now I try and carry on the tradition.

  • I love making anything that envokes past memories or brings traditions to life. My MIL is no longer with us and my kids never got the chance to meet her, but I made a batch of her dream bars, a long standing family tradition, and to my husband it was like having his mom in the house with us again. Making something for my kids and being able to tell them that this was a cookie that their daddy used to eat as a little boy, priceless.

  • amy marantino

    i love to make coffee cake

  • I love to bake cookies during the holidays! I usually bake a different kind every weekend, starting Thanksgiving weekend. But my FAVORITE thing is my sweet potato cassarole recipe. No other compares, and I am always asked to bring it to Holiday gatherings:)

  • My favorite thing to bake is Russian Teacakes, as they are my favorite Christmas cookie.

  • Susan Smith

    I don’t have anything I traditionally bake for the holidays, but right now I really enjoy baking cupcakes.

  • I love baking peppermint brownies for the holidays. It makes the house smell so delicious!

  • Lacy

    Love making homemade glass candy!!!

  • theresa

    anything gingerbread-flavored!! 🙂

  • Lisa

    i love to make rainbow cookies

  • Amy

    I love baking all kinds of Christmas goodies, bit this year I’m keeping it simple due to the birth of baby #3. So this year my favorite is mint meringue kisses.

  • Jessie

    Nut balls!

  • Beverly

    My favorite cookie to make at Christmas time are Lemon Dainties. They melt in your mouth and they remind me of all of the special women at my church that baked for the cookie exchange.

  • Jey

    I love baking pies during the holiday season!

  • Julie K

    I usually bake some sort of cheesecake (I love trying new flavors) and then at least chocolate chip and monster cookies.

  • Lydia

    I love making gingerbread cookies to decorate. And anything peppermint 🙂

  • Sara

    I love traditional sugar cookies.

  • amy

    I’m actually baking your black pepper biscotti today! But, my favorite thing to bake is definitely pumpkin pie for turkey day!

  • I love to bake brownies topped with mint frosting and a layer of melted chocolate. They’re a tradition in my family

  • I love to bake biscottis and scones at Christmas but always always make cut outs. Labor of love but oh so good!!
    -veniceforever 🙂 great giveaway and cookie ideas!!

  • keilah

    This may be cheating because you don’t actually bake them but I love making Oreo truffles!

  • Jessica

    I love making sugar cookies!

  • All of your cookie suggestions are just lovely! I like baking Buck-eyes around the holidays!

  • Roxanne

    I like baking quick breads (i.e., banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, etc) for the neighbors.

  • OMG! What an awesome giveaway!

    I love making cranberry/pistachio/white chocolate biscotti. It’s a favorite of my family’s and it’s so festive looking!

  • I’ve made the same chocolate-toffee cookies from Smitten Kitchen every year for my boyfriend’s holiday party…but this time, I might try to switch things up!

  • Melanie

    Last year I really enjoyed the ease if making a million cookies fast with a new cookie press. This year I look forward to making my husband’s favorite almond crescent cookies

  • Vanilla cake with sweet frosting and sprinkles. Simple but always does the trick 🙂

  • Lauren

    I love love love pecan pie!

  • My favourite thing to make around the holidays is sugar cookies, with my kids. I just love how excited they get and how proud they are of their creations. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!!!


  • Stefani

    My dad and I take a whole day and bake cookies for our friends and family. This year we made 8 different kinds.

  • Noella

    I really love making my Mom’s old fashion donuts. Even with the kids grown and out of the house, I still make them every year.


  • Erin Foshee

    This christmas I am so lucky to go to Germany to visit my husbands family in a few weeks. I am going to learn some new family recipes and see how they bake in Germany. I can update you with some recipes if you want! Btw, we are newleyweds and married at a city hall, we still havent had a wedding shower yet so I am dying to have a set of these!

  • Latonya R

    My favorite things to bake around the holidays is ginger bread pudding.

  • Lauren

    Definitely cookies-& I enjoy taking some around to our neighbors. I’m doing that tonight, actually! Merry Christmas!

  • Judith

    Peanut butter blossoms! Yum!

  • Cookies definitely, but my favorite changes all the time! I think right now I will go with ginger cookies!

  • Lianne

    My favorites are from my family: one grandmother’s biscotti and my other grandmother’s fig cookies. My husband also loves sugar cookies, gingerbread, and chocolate chip — so I make all of those as well!

  • Kate H.

    My favorite thing to bake over the holidays is lemon stars. They are so yummy but so much work so they only happen twice a year!!!

    All your cookies look awesome!

  • Bethany

    I’m a traditionalist, I love making my mom’s snickerdoodles!

  • This will be our first year doing it (not much of a baker myself) but I’m looking forward to making Santa hat brownies.

  • Cara

    I can’t pick one favorite, but I just made biscotti for the first time and it was so much fun! I’ll have to try your savory biscotti!

  • Vanessa

    I love to bake up White Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Cookies. Super simple but yummy and festive!

  • Rebekah C

    My go to baking staple around the holidays is a chocolate ganache tarte. It is deceptively simple to make and always impresses.

  • Lisa

    Peanut Butter Blossoms are my favorite. I’m horrible at every other cookie, but for some reason, those always turn out AMAZING.

  • tiff

    I love to make peppermint bark! It’s a favorite holiday treat. I love those goldtouch pans – I have several but not the whole set.

  • Lisa

    My favorite things to bake are Australian Crispies. They’re an easy oat cookie that my husband loves. And I like to make him happy!

  • While it’s not technically baking, I love making marshmallows every year. The homemade version is infinitely better than the store bought and people are always impressed with them. Actual baking, I love making cookies and I don’t think I could choose just one favorite!

  • Jan

    Pecan pie is always on the Christmas-time menu. I love it, but I limit baking it to around the holidays 🙂

  • Wendy W.

    Cream cheese spritz cookies …. mmmmmmmmmm

  • Christal

    My favorite thing to bake at the holidays, especially for Thanksgiving, is a butterscotch apple crumb pie.

  • Gingerbread and sugar cookies for Christmas, Rugelach for Hanukkah.

  • Lindsay

    They don’t require baking but I always make buckeyes at the holidays.

  • Erin K

    Rolled sugar cookies – so much fun to decorate with the kids.

  • Julie

    I always make my favorite and much requested Cherry Almond Shortbread cookies. Seriously easy recipe, but looks beautiful, and everyone loves them. They’ve become a tradition within my circle. I got the recipe from a newspaper article about seven years ago, but somehow everyone thinks they have been around in our family for years. I also love my mom’s meringue cookies with chocolate chips (an even easier recipe).

    This year, I’m going to try my hand at your Melomakaronas for my half-Greek mother. Her dad was from Greece, but died when she was 10. He owned a Greek restaurant in L.A., and she remembers all the wonderful tastes and smells, but doesn’t know how to cook a single Greek thing (!). I know she’ll love the cookies.

  • Fran

    This isn’t really baking, but we usually make a few batches of peanut brittle to give to friends every Christmas.

  • Caitlin

    I love making pumpkin bread!

  • Allison

    Tons of cookies! Rainbow cookies are my favorite. 🙂

  • Great giveaway! I have to make snickerdoodles of some variety…they scream “holidays!” to me 🙂

  • Eleanor

    I love making blueberry bread and cranberry bread to give as gifts!

  • I try to make something new every year, but my favorite so far has been a beautiful layered chocolate cake with strawberries and ganache!

  • Megan

    I love to bake sugar cookies.

  • Cookies! Cookies and more cookies! I actually spent the entire day baking on Saturday and still have about 3 more kinds I want to make!

  • Stacey

    I love baking either Pumpkin Bread for Christmas…reminds me of my childhood!

  • My favorite thing to bake is chocolate dipped chocolate chip short bread. LOVE them!

    Great giveaway btw!

  • Jennifer M

    My favorite thing to bake for the holidays is sugar cookies!

  • JenP

    I love baking gingerbread men!

  • Ang

    As soon as I arrive, my Dad and I always make baklava and Greek Easter bread (this may or may not be a traditional recipe)

  • What a fantastic giveaway! My favorite thing to bake around the holiday’s is sugar cookies. Now that I have a young child making cookies for “Santa” every year is a fun tradition that we look forward to!

  • My favorite thing to bake is eggnog cheesecake. But really, I think I would enjoy baking anything on those pans!

  • Brittany

    Rosettes. I loved watching my grandma make them when I was little. It’s a happy memory of her I like to hold close. Hopefully I can pass on the tradition to my children and grandchildren someday.

  • I have always, always made shortbread cookies, boiled cranberry pudding with sugar whiskey sauce, and of course, ginger bread men. I LOVE Christmas cooking, and I wish I could afford to make everything that my mom and grandma used to make, because my christmas would be complete!

  • Michelle

    My favorite thing to bake is a super quick and easy rum cake. Literally takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and then just bake. Clean up is ridiculously easy, too. My favorite thing to con the hubs into making is espresso mocha cheesecake with oreo cookie crust. Except. They don’t make the oreo crumbs anymore, so I always have to scrape the oreos to get the crust.

  • Sarah H

    I love making my grandma’s peanut butter cookies! She makes a “sandwich” out of the dough and puts an extra scoop of peanut butter in the middle and seals the sides with a fork, then bakes. That gooey pocket of peanut butter in the middle is to die for!

  • Amanda

    Baking is difficult this holiday season as my son was just diagnosed with allergies to milk, peanut wheat soy and corn. However I love baking cookies, apple cinnamon cookies are a Christmas favorite.

  • Chrissy

    I love to make blueberry streusel muffins; they’re amazing any time of the year, but when I go home for the holidays, I get access to my parent’s awesome cookware and fridge contents, and they always have these ingredients on hand 🙂

  • Louise

    Yummy shortbread!!!

  • Melissa C

    I love to bake oatmeal raisin cookies. They are my dad’s favorite, and the only thing he asks for every Christmas.

  • lindsey

    Sugar cookies…a classic, but always a good time!

  • bethany

    Cheesecake is a must for any holiday, Christmas included.
    And, Creme Brulee French Toast for Christmas morning …it’s baked in the oven (so it counts)

  • Shewanna

    Gingersnap cookies!

  • Alice B

    My favorite thing to make are my mom’s gingerbread men! They are spicy and not too sweet – perfect in my opinion. I wasn’t gifted the recipe until last year so it’s really fun to finally be baking them in my own home with my husband 🙂

  • morgan

    I love making sugar cookies around the holidays!

  • Ann

    I don’t bake a lot of goodies at Christmas – we don’t need the extra calories, but I do love to make cherry amaretto bread. Sour cherries are folded into a buttery batter flavored with amaretto and the whole loaf is glazed with a mixture of sugar and amaretto. It’s a real after-dinner treat on Christmas Eve or wonderful with a cup of coffee on Christmas morning.

  • Kelly

    My favorite thing to bake at the holidays is thumbprint cookies. I’ve been making them since I was little, when my mom found the recipe in a magazine or something. They’re delicious, and they remind me of Christmas and family!

  • I love cookies and brownies – the basics. 🙂 I just made some Oreo brownies last night!

  • Jean

    I like to bake a white fruitcake from the recipe that my Mother cut from Gourmet magazine about fifty years ago. I do not normally like fruitcake, but this is really really good.

  • Kim C

    I really enjoy baking cookies this time of year but my absolute favorite thing to bake around the Holidays is my Panettone Bread Pudding.

  • Tina

    Love to decorate sugar cookies and gingerbread houses with the kids.

  • My favorite thing to bake around the holidays is recipes with spices in them – this year I’m all about everything gingerbread!

  • I love baking spritz cookies and chocolate crackles every year. I also like to try a few new recipes for the holidays as well.

  • amy roberts

    My favorite things to bake around the holidays are sugar cookies and pumpkin rolls which my family loves! I even bake pumpkin rolls for my husbands co workers!! Wonderful treats!

  • Kathy

    My favorite thing to bake for the holidays is sugar cookies and then decorating them with my kids 🙂

  • hannah v

    salted vanilla caramels. yum!

  • sara

    I love baking traditional chocolate chip cookies!

  • I like to bake honey lemon drop cookies, and always some type of cookies with almond flavor.

  • Sharon

    My favorite thing to bake around the holidays is chocolate chip cookies. My mom used to always bake them in the morning and wake us all up to that smell… must be a nostalgia thing 🙂

  • Courtney Best

    I eating mince pies that my mom bakes(I need to get her recipe). . .I love baking cookies–boring, but true!

  • Meg

    I usually bake a couple kinds of cookies and then some kind of sugar loaded pie when Christmas comes about.

  • Teagan Walton

    I love to make snickerdoodles.. LOVE LOVE LOVE

  • Linda

    I always have an array of cookies I bake each year, but this year I am going to simplify a little bit. One thing we have to have every year, is our English Trifle, complete with homemade pound cake (instead of ladyfingers), layered with vanilla pudding and raspberries, topped with whipped cream and it is served in a large footed glass bowl. I’ll probably do Treasure Bars and Shortbread Cookies, and if time Fruitcake cookies, that last for several months. Well, they are supposed to last that long, anyway.
    Thank you for your blog, Elly.

  • jake

    I love to back cranberry banana nut muffins. They are even better with butter! Merry Christmas to you!

  • Alice Agnew

    I love to bake Snickerdoodles for my dad at Christmas.

  • Donna

    I love baking sugar cookies cut into christmas shapes and decorated with icing and sprinkles. I do this with my 7 year old son so it isn’t so much about the cookies but the experience.

  • Carolyn U.

    For the past three years gingersnaps have been an absolute staple! I know I’ll be making them again, since I asked my building’s security guards which cookies they like, and I got gingersnaps as an answer! There’s nothing like holiday baking to show others how much you appreciate all that they do.

  • Alison

    I usually bake about 2-3 different kinds of cookies around the holidays. My favorite to make are the cut-out sugar cookies b/c it’s something fun to do with my little boys!! All your treats look soooo good!!

  • Hollee

    I love to bake cinnamon rolls around the holidays! I only make them once a year on Christmas Eve so they’re ready for Christmas morning!

  • sami

    Mint surprises. Miini thin mint and wrapped in chocolate cookie dough sprinkled with crushed candy cane.

  • I like to make peppermint bark or gingerbread cookies for holiday parties!

  • Lisa

    I like to kick it old school and make Christmas sugar cookies! Who can say they don’t like a frosted sugar cookie?

  • Jennifer

    We like to make the usual thumbprint cookies and also rum truffles rolled in dark chocolate and cocoa.

  • i am a baking FOOL during the holidays. i love baking cookies and bar cookies the most but peppermint bark always gets the best reactions. OH and homemade marshmallows 🙂

  • I love to bake Choreg around the holidays. It’s an Armenian yeast bread flavored with Mahlab. People head toward that scene like zombies when they’re near it baking. Not sure why we tend to only make it around the holidays, but it’s great to have on hand for breakfast.

    My favorite “sweet” to bake around the holidays is sugar cookies, because it turns into a family event. We make the kind that you roll into balls, flatten them out with a glass or mug that has been slathered with butter and pressed into sugar, then decorate them with sugar crystals, candies, coconut, etc. Lost of fun. I think it’s relaly more about spending the time together.

    I must say, I’ve never tried this line of pans, but would love the opportunity – thanks. 🙂

  • Mary Flora

    Decorated sugar cookies!

  • I love baking chocolate chip cookies at Christmas!

  • Joanna

    Just made some killer chocolate mint chip cookies that might just be the new favorite. Looking forward to baking more cookies as the month goes on!

  • Kelly

    My favorite thing to bake are oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookies. They’re everyone’s favorite 🙂

  • Annie

    I love to bake spice cookies. I used to make everything from scratch, but now that I am a working mother, the sugar cookie dough in a bag from the baking aisle is a perfect substitute. I just follow the directions on the bag and sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice. Once they’ve cooled I dip them in royal icing made with additional pumpkin pie spice. They always get rave reviews! And you can wrap them up nice and pretty for teacher or hostess gifts.

  • My favorite thing to bake for the holidays is Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.Well, cookies in general, but those are my current favorites 🙂

  • Wendy

    We love to bake chocolate crinkles and candy cane cookies, both from the old fashioned Cooky book. And yes, it is spelled with a y!

  • sharona

    cookies! so many new recipes to try…

  • Tracey

    I love to bake and decorate sugar cookies this time of the year. I am also exploring other varieties of cookies this year posted by bloggers. I am making several tins of cookies for my son’s teachers at school.

  • Ashley L

    Love making soft sugar cookies and then decorating them!

  • Lennette Daniels

    I love to make cookies with my daughter. When she was younger, they started out as basic sugar cookies and each year as she gets older, they become more complex. Since she is a teenager now, she gets complete control over the recipe.

  • Girl, I’m am *so* making those first two, and that fudge! My list keeps growing. They look so good, and so special to have some Greek treats to share with friends. I’d have to say I look forward to making cranberry and pistachio biscotti the most. It’s so much fun to make, and such pretty festive colors. Great giveaway!

  • Trisha

    I love to bake sugar cookies this time of year. It doesn’t seem like Christmas until the cookies are done!

  • I have biscotti in the oven right now. So for today, this is my favorite thing to bake!!

  • mle101985

    I love making pizzelles around the holidays..perhaps not traditional for everyone but it is in my Italian household!

  • Carol

    I like to bake giant cookies (12″) to give as gifts to the UPS and Fedex guys and an assortment of small cookies for friends, pies and cinnamon rolls for family.

  • I’m not a huge baker either.. however I just ADORE the Goldtouch stuff, my new(ish) bread pan has made me excited about getting things back into the oven 🙂

  • b

    I love baking sugar cookies during the holidays.

  • Cake pops are on my baking list this year. Let’s see how they turn out…maybe this will be my new holiday baking tradition. Because cookies and bark are so last year. 😉

  • Ilene

    I bake a whiskey cake every Christmas that both our parents love. It’s great because they aren’t big sweets eaters and they love it.

  • What a sweet giveaway, and I find it funny that you don’t have these pans either. I definitely drool at these pans and eventually upgrade when I win the lotto!

    My fave thing to make around the holidays are pecan tarts. I have to make at least 5 to 6 dozen for the family!!

  • I love to make pumpkin bread around the holidays.

  • Jennifer

    I love funfetti cake all year long, but during the holidays I like to bake it with special red and green sprinkles!

  • Love to bake!! I just made nutella meringues! Yum!!

  • I really love making cupcakes, so for the holidays it’s christmas themed. However, I usually only make those peanut butter cookies with a hershey kiss around christmas. Love them!

  • I love making peanut blossoms – always a crowd pleaser!

  • Dawn

    Cookies-I make at least 6 different kinds every year at this time and go to an awesome cookie exchange and get to try even more!

  • Amie

    I enjoy baking snickerdoodle cookies for the holidays.

  • Cassie

    I don’t really have a favorite. I just like to try something new every year. It is the fun of baking that I enjoy most.

  • Thank you so much for this generous giveaway! <3 if i win, i will be over the moooooon, haha
    My favorite thing to bake around the holidays would be gingerbread!!

  • Ana

    My favorite thing to bake is bread. All year round. But around this time I like to experiment with sweet breads of all kinds.

  • My favorite is chocolate peppermint anything! Especially brownies, cookies, and biscotti 🙂

  • Jackie

    I love baking different desserts, for sure. But my all-time favorite is FLAN. Vanilla, coconut or my husband’s favorite, pumpkin. It’s a hit!

  • Ashley

    I love making any and all cookies, but my favorite thing to make is Christmas cut-out cookies. We use my grandma recipe, and I am extra excited because my daughter will be able to help make cookies this year.

  • vlora

    Well, i always bake but I am not a great baker or cook for that matter. I have been using your site religiously for a few months now since i discovered it. by the way, my kids thank you 🙂
    so if i were to know how to cook anything, I would love to have homemade baklava. Better yet. have my mom here make us baklava.

  • Ashley

    Cookies and Brownies…. Spritz and Jelly Filled cookies and Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Brownies!

  • Megan L

    I love to make caramels around the holidays. They just remind me of Christmas.

  • Kristen

    I love to bake and decorate cut-out sugar cookies around the holidays!

  • I like to try something new each year, but one staple is always peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kisses on top!

  • Nancy

    I make home made peanut butter cups – to die for!

  • Melisa

    I love to bake year-round! I always make tons of stuff, but I really only eat the molasses cookies. Yum!

  • Emily

    I always bake traditional Norwegian gingerbread cookies, along with caramel saltines- both recipes that have been in our family for ages! They make the holidays for uor family.

  • Kristin T

    I love to make cookies.

  • Anne cravens

    I always make sugar cookies and pound cakes. I’m seeing a lot of new recipes I want to try this year though out on the web!

  • Lemon spritz cookies, no self-control around them!

  • Kristen

    My favorite thing to bake around the holidays are Mexican Wedding cookies. They’re amazing!

  • Michelle

    Struffles by FAR are my favorite for Christmas! 🙂

  • Kelsey

    I love baking snickerdoodles! They always make my apartment smell great!

  • Josie

    My favorite thing to bake around the holidays is COOKIES!

  • I love to bake gingerbread men!

  • Gaby

    Chocolate chip cookies on Christmas Eve, fresh for when Santa comes while we’re sleeping :o)

  • Linda

    Cookies, cookies, cookies!

  • Regi Hyink

    Oatmeal chocolate chip from scratch just like my Mom used to make

  • What an awesome giveaway!!! I love making chocolate crinkles for the holidays.

  • Alexis

    I’m Greek as well and my favorites are definitely Melomakarona. I bake them every year!

  • Vicki

    Cookies and pies!!

  • Traci

    As silly as it is my favorite thing to bake any time of the year is bread. Whether its plain old white bread for sandwiches or something more elaborate like cinnamon raisin bread I just love to bake bread. I’m also loving the cookies I’ve been making lately. Chocolate peanut butter chip. Yum!

  • Naomi Dice

    I love to bake. i just made some vanilla popcorn that was to die for. it vanished all in one day. 🙂

  • Jillian_R

    I love baking spritz cookies. I am so excited for these pans, I hope I win!

  • Jade

    Cookies! For the past few years it’s been my husband’s grandmother’s recipe, but I love to make a variety of cookies.

  • Tara

    I love to bake Christmas cookies!

  • Catherine

    I love baking peanut butter blossom cookies!

  • Amanda Thompson

    I love baking holiday-inspired cheesecakes ~ peppermint, eggnog, etc!

  • Ana/Lariah

    My favorites are gingersnaps (chewy ones). I could eat them nonstop. Such an awesome giveaway!!

  • Heather

    My favorite thing to bake would have to be a tie between two cookies. I love making Chewy Ginger Molasses cookies and Italian Lemon Cookies. It’s just not the holidays without them!

  • My favorite thing to bake around the holidays is to bake caramel popcorn. Mix it up with peppermint candy for christmas… add spices for thanksgiving… candy corn bits for halloween… just perfect!

  • Pam

    I always make ginger crinkles using my grandmother’s recipe.

  • Melissa

    I usually bake some cookies for a swap and at least one cheesecake.

  • Heather

    Love making gingerbread people with my little boys!

  • Elizabeth

    Individual cheesecakes; with different toppings like cranberry sauce with vanilla bean and cassis, blueberry, chocolate ganache, salted caramel sauce…………so pretty on a seasonal plate.

  • Elise

    I love to bake Potato Chip cookies and for Christmas morning it’s a must to bake homemade cinnamon rolls. Happy Holidays!

  • Risa McGrew

    As a fewllow Greek girl, I can’t have Chrsitmas without Melomakarona either. They are my absolute favorite!! I also love to make frosted sugar cookies with my daughter – it is a nice holiday tradition.

  • Debbie Bray

    I like to bake chocolate cream cheese cupcakes

  • Lisa

    I love to make lemon squares, a holiday staple in my family!

  • Caity

    I love to make chocolate and peanut butter cookies for our families during Christmas

  • Peggy

    Classic sugar cookies

  • Angela Campbell

    I love to make shortbread with pieces of Toblerone bar in them – I also like to make an almond cake

  • Theresa Sea

    Kolocky cookies. 🙂 I have great memories of baking some up with my Mom when I was a kid.

  • Katelyn

    I love to make peppermint bark, I make it every year. So easy but so good.
    I have a whole list of favorites of holiday baking treats, but this is the first holiday treat I made by myself and I always make it no matter what. 🙂

  • I love baking coockies for Santa, because, well, now I AM Santa!

  • Carol

    Love to make gingersnaps and bake pies.

  • Caroline

    It’s a toss-up for me: either a homemade gingerbread house (LOVE the smell) or my favorite chocolate layer cake, jazzed up for Christmas with the addition of mint!

  • Bree

    I love making sugar cookies!

  • I love holiday baking and I would SO enjoy owning this set! I think my favorite thing to bake is classic cut out cookies because they’re my husband’s favorite!

  • Amy

    Anything with pumpkin, usually starting in September and culminating around the holidays. My current favorite is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

  • Katy

    I love baking fudge this time of year!

  • Katie

    Sugar cookie cut outs! I love decorating them!

  • Angie R.

    So hard to choose just one! Love baking different kinds of cookies.

  • Susan

    My favorite item to bake for the holidays is sugar cookies. I especially love to make snowflakes! These bakeware pieces georgeous! I’d love to win them!!

  • Heather

    I love to make Baby Buttons around Christmas! What an awesome giveaway!

    • Linda

      Heather, what are Baby Buttons, and any way of getting the recipe?

  • Katie

    I love to make Christmas cookies. My fav is thumbprints…while my husband just wants chocolate chips (not very Christmas-ish- but his fav)

  • Carolyn White

    My absolute favorite things to bake around Christmas time are soft golden sugar cookies decorated with festive red and green frosting & topped with fun Christmas-ey sprinkles. So cute & they put me in the holiday spirit!

  • We make kolackay and traditional gingerbread every year.

  • Penny B.

    I look forward to baking decorated sugar cookies, and gingerbread cookies.

  • Lindsay

    I love to make pizelles around the holidays.

  • MgMama

    Iced pumpkin cookies, gingersnaps, and candy bar cookies!

  • Great round up, I’ll take one of each please 🙂

    I’m definitely most into cookie baking!

  • Jaime G.

    My favorite thing to bake is chocolate mocha cheesecake! It’s absolutely delicious with a hot cup of coffee

  • Coleen

    I love to make cookies. One of my best friends has a cookie party every year and I always find a new recipe to try. This year it was toffee, pretzel, peanut butter cookies. I have heard wonderful things about that line from WS. I would be a happy girl.

  • I love to bake gingerbread cookies.

  • I love making Red Velvet Cheesecake!!! This year my mother-in-law gave me her secret family recipe for Koulouria. They came out so good, they might be my new favorite.

  • Chanel

    Favorite thing to bake around the holidays would definitely be pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

  • My favorite thing to bake this time of year is peanutbutter balls. Wait…those are actually no-bake. Then it’s either gingersnaps or snickerdoodle cookies!

  • Stefani

    Chocolate chip cookies..! Just like I do all year around! 🙂

  • Richelle


  • Michelle

    Cookies! I was away last year without an oven so I’m going to bake a thousand this year!

  • Karen

    Love baking all my Mom’s holiday traditions. She used to bake more than 12 different kinds of cookies and candies!

  • I really enjoy baking pies around the holidays. It’s not something I normally bake so it’s fun to get to try new things.

  • My favorite thing to bake during the holidays are cookies! Especially gingerbread to decorate with my kids.

  • Kel

    Monster cookies – thanks

  • Celeste B.

    I’m not much of a baker, but some homemade cinnamon rolls are always delicious on Christmas morning.

  • Karianne

    My favorite thing to bake is anything apple related! Cobbler, pie, etc. I just hate peeling apples! :/

  • My favorite thing to bake around the holiday season is something that’s actually a total PITA, but worth it because everyone loves them. I make these individual chocolate nut tarts for our office holiday bake sale and there are literally people that show up early just to make sure they get one 🙂

  • Adam

    Love me some holiday cookies!

  • I love baking “pita” — a typical Bulgarian bread 🙂 but I’d love to try and make the Melomakaronas, they look irresistible!

  • Teresa M

    pecan tarts

  • Bourbon pound cake – it’s one of my favorite things to bake any time of year, but the bourbon makes it seem especially comforting in the winter.

  • Leann Lindeman

    I like baking cookies at this time of the year.. normally it isn’t my fav thing to do. lol I also like to make cranberry bread.

  • Ava

    I’m glad you don’t live in my neighborhood b/c it would be too tempting to A) eat all of your cookies and B) be depressing to always be outdone by your recipes! 🙂 Now I just get to cheat off you! Thanks! 🙂

  • Elise

    My favorite thing to bake around the Holidays is anything new, I love trying new recipes! Or anything with chocolate! Chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies are great.

  • Unjung

    sweet potato pie and mochi cake!

  • aubreylaine

    gingerbread cookies

  • Alyssa H

    Brownies! Nothing beats a warm, gooey brownie when its cold outside.

  • Kim Q

    My favorite thing to make for Christmas is peanut butter fudge. SO GOOD! Other than that, things are rotated in and out based on what I am feeling like making. I generally make about a half dozen different things and give plates to all of our neighbors. My mom always used to do that, and my neighbors truly appreciate the gesture.

  • Haania

    I love to bake white chocolate cranberry cookies!

  • Kris

    Any and all cookies! 🙂

  • Ashley K

    I love making cupcakes from scratch!

  • HK

    peanut butter cookies!

  • Alexandra Delis

    Old fashioned sugar cookie cut outs! It’s the only time of year I get to use all of my green and red sprinkles.

  • Katie

    I look forward to making fudge and caramels all year long. I’m not sure that really counts as baking since it’s all done on the stove top. I did make some pecan tassies today that were so delicious they’re going onto the annual rotation.

  • Terra

    I love all my holiday baking, but chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! Despite the protest of my jeans! ha

  • Anna Sanders

    Rice pudding–YUM!

  • Joanna F

    Your cookie recipes look amazing! I can’t wait to try Sables! My favorite cookies to bake this time of year are molasses cookies!

  • Andy

    Although they aren’t particularly festive, I like to bake black and white cookies. They’re so fun to make!

  • amie

    Snickerdoodles!!! And I love trying to make anything new 🙂

  • Taryn

    I love to bake these little chocolate-covered cherry cookies I have a recipe for. Basically a chocolate cookie with a deep thumbprint baked until done. Place a cherry in the thumbprint and covered with melted chocolate. The chocolate hardens some around the cherry. Such a yummy and festive cookie.

  • Elena D.

    I love baking cookie dough CUPCAKES or wedding cookies!

  • Leslie

    I love making sugar cookies- it’s so much fun to let everyone pitch in on the decorating!

  • mary fanara coleman

    My all time favorite thing to bake during the Holidays is my Hungarian Yeast Torte…I just love to bake.

  • Helen

    i love making caramelized orange flan…mexican flan with a hint of orange. Yum!

  • Sara

    chocolate babka!

  • Caitlyn Carpenter

    I love your blog! Baking around the holidays for me means lots of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and no-bakes!

  • Kelly Anderson

    sugar cookies!!!

  • Karen Hagerman

    I love to make Red Velvet Cake. I use my mom’s recipe.

  • Jessie

    I love making cookies and giving them away to friends and neighbors. David Lebovitz’s Crack cookies are my favorite.

  • Melissa

    My favorite things yo bake for the holidays are cakes and cookies. Cake for me, cookies for the hubby and kiddo.

  • Suzanne

    My favorite would have to be Rumble Cakes. A decadent mix of butter,
    eggs, Trader Joe’s Truffle brownie mix, Montmorency cherries, walnuts
    and chocolate chip cookie dough. I can’t take credit for it as it’s a
    TJ’s recipe. Not your Mother’s fruitcake, by any means!

    Merry Christmas,

  • Rochelle McCune

    I love baking mint chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, and cherry-pistachio cookies.

  • Meg

    I love to bake spritz cookies at Christmas. They are so buttery and yummy!

  • I love baking my grandmothers potato chip cookies:)

  • I love making cookies and different types of bread. Specifically beer bread. mmmm beer. lol.

  • Lorry

    Pumpkin Cheesecake!

  • Alicia

    My family loves cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing

  • Chocolate crinkles are always my favorite to make during the holidays! Sooo good!

  • Annette

    I love baking cookies of all kinds but my favorite are Martha’s cranberry nut noels. I could eat an entire tin of those buttery delicious cookies. In fact, I probably have!

  • I like baking biscotti, all kinds!

  • Lyndsay

    I love cooking Andes mint chocolate cookies, but this year I am really wanting plain old frosted sugar cookies.

  • Tia

    I’m not much of a cookies and candy type of gal. Actually I loathe baking…it’s precise and accurate and organized….unlike me. So around the holidays I enjoy baking more savory things like puff pastry with goat cheese and caramelized onions, hearty soups, roasted vegetables, prosciutto, mushroom and Gruyere cheese fritattas and seared meats.

  • I always bake my Mom’s Plum Cake, a spice cake using plum baby food and lots of nuts, with a lemon glaze. Keeping her memory alive! 🙂

  • Kaiann

    I love baking breads for the holidays!

  • Lindsay

    pb surprise mini cupcakes and m&m bars!!! Yum.

  • Jackie


  • Sara C

    I love making golden Thumbprint cookies with my mom. The thing that makes them taste so wonderful is that we use red current jelly in the centers for a perfect tart and sweet mix!

  • Snickerdoodles are my favorite! I love them year round, but they seem especially Christmas-y to me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Barbara Feist

    My Grandmother Weis cutout sugar cookies (made with lard.)
    Merry Christmas

  • My favorite goodies to bake during the holidays are different textured cookies!

  • Julie

    I love to bake at the holidays and would say picking one favorite is difficult! So…I will list a few: cut out sugar cookies, chocolate marshmallow meltaways, and white chocolate dipped cherry cookies!

  • sherry

    Baking holiday cookies really going to enjoy in a few years with my new granddaughter. We bake them and give away alot as gifts.

  • Debbie Craven

    Hooteycreek cookies

  • Xuan

    Lots of cookies!

  • I love to “bake” peanut butter balls. Mmm chocolate and peanut butter my favorite!

  • Nancy Ly

    For me, it would probably be red velvet cupcakes or oatmeal raisin cookies.

  • Karen W

    Peanut butter cookies!

  • Chrisanthe McCormic

    What do I love to bake around the holidays? What DON’T I love to bake?! I host a cookie exhange with a few dozen gal pals and we go to town! Wedding cookies, layered bars, spritz, chocolate crinkles, molasses chewies, snickerdoodles, peanut butter blossoms…you name it, I’ll bake it. I also love to make a nice flourless chocolate cake or cheesecake to share with co-workers on special food days at work.

    My only rule around the holidays is no chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I love them, but they are so common that I try to avoid serving them since people eat them frequently throughout the rest of the year.

  • Jamie

    I’m a definate cookie baker at Christmas. Some friends get together for a cookie exchange which yields a lot of fun, and a lot of new cookies. Looking forward to making my world famous chocolate chip, as well as pistachio butterscotch (among others)!

  • Toni Miles

    My favorite thing to bake during the holiday’s would be Biscotti and cookies any kind really. I love going on my favorite food blogs and looking to see what everyone else is making and giving it a try myself. This year I can’t eat anything I bake but it doesn’t mean I’m staying out of my kitchen. I love to bake for my family, friends and co workers.

  • cecilia bastedo

    my favourite things to bake over the holidays aren’t pictured above, but i don’t hold it against you….they are ginger cookies – NOT to be mistaken with gingerbread, which is traditional and lovely in its own way, but hardly delicious compared to these….
    note: this is my great grandmother’s recipe….making its internet debut!! (i could REALLY do with some beautiful bakeware…)

    1 cup shortening
    2 cups white sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup molasses
    4 cups flour
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 teaspoon cloves
    1 teaspoon ginger
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon maple flavouring
    Mix shortening and sugar well, then add flour, spices, maple flavouring – mix well and chill for 30 minutes. roll into little balls and toss in white sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes at 325 degrees farenheit.

  • cookies are definitely my favorite thing to make this time of year. Any kind!

  • Emerald

    Gingerbread cookies!

  • Robin

    Anise cookies, so good!

  • MargaritaPan

    I love baking peppermint cookies and gingerbread cookies! The melomakarona recipe looks delicious!:)

  • eggnog meltaway cookies!!!! i make them every xmas!! 🙂

  • Kelly

    I love baking my mom’s sugar cookies during the holidays.

  • I love to bake yeast breads for the holidays. Everyone love getting homemade bread and it’s a nice change from cookies and candy.

  • MCD


  • I have looked forward to making mint chocolate chip cookies the last few years but I went to a cookie swap the other day and had toffee crunch cookies and they were great! I can’t wait to make them myself!

  • I love love love baking snickerdoodles at Christmas. I love the bite they have, juxtaposed with the sweetness of the sugar and the spice of the cinnamon. Possibly the only thing I enjoy baking more is sugar cookies; that brings back memories of loads of December nights spent in the kitchen with my mom as a child, carefully decorating each one with sprinkles.

  • Lori S H

    I love Gingerbread Cookies dipped in white chocolate!

  • Kimberly B.

    My favorite thing to bake around the holidays is pumpkin pie.