The Holiday Baking Essentials Checklist

Jan Scott November 27, 2019
Top view of a gray table with ingredients and utensils for preparing and baking Christmas cookies. Predominant colors are brown and gray. Low key DSRL studio photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mk II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Every year during the holidays, I dedicate one entire Saturday afternoon to holiday cookie baking. I send my husband and oldest son off for the afternoon, and my youngest and I bake up batches of spiced gingerbread cut into assorted shapes for the teachers, coaches, instructors and neighbours.

To get myself organized, I’ve created a holiday baking essentials checklist. This list has close to everything you’ll need for your baking extravaganzas this season. Feel free to bookmark this page for a quick reminder of what you’ll need before you go shopping.

Before I start baking, I like to pull out my recipes and go through this list checking off everything I need. Then I crosscheck it with what I already have on hand and make a shopping list for anything I may need.

I hope you find this helpful as you’re getting ready for the holidays this year!

The Holiday Baking Essentials Checklist

Flours (all-purpose, whole wheat, spelt, gluten-free)

Baking Soda

Baking Powder


Butter (lots of it!)

Chocolate (dark, milk and white chocolate bars and chips)

Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger)


Sweetened Condensed Milk

Sugars (brown sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar)

Vanilla Extract

Milks/Cream (2% milk, whipping cream, light cream)


Nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans)

Extras (peppermint extract, crushed candy canes, dates, food colouring)


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