What to bake for Christmas?

Christmas cookies

Every year I struggle with what to bake for Christmas. I usually bake some type of breakfast pastry for Christmas morning and for years I made sour cream coffee cake, which is delicious, but I’d like to try something new. This year I’m considering the following:

  1. Donut Muffins (glazed from My Baking Addiction or spiced sugar from King Arthur Flour)
  2. Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Danish Braid from Annie’s Eats
  3. Cinnamon Roll Muffins from Taste and Tell

I think I’m leaning toward the spiced apple cream cheese danish braid since it’s a yeasted pastry, which I’ve never tried before and I think it’s more special than just muffins especially for Christmas.

What do you think I should make? Do you have suggestions of other recipes for me to consider?

In addition to breakfast, I usually bake three different types of cookies. Last year I made date snowballs (I make them almost every year), peanut butter and jelly bars, and white chocolate chunk cookies both of which are from Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook. The date snowballs were excellent as usual. The peanut butter and jelly bars were just OK; if I made them again, I would omit the peanuts and double the amount of  jelly used. The white chocolate chunk cookies were excellent and I would definitely make those again.

This year, I’m considering the following:

  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies from Pennies on a Platter
  2. Coconut Sandwich Cookies from Martha Stewart Living magazine
  3. Gramercy Tavern’s Gingerbread from smitten kitchen
  4. Boston Cream Whoopie Pies from Annie’s Eats
  5. Chewy Lime Sugar Cookies from My Baking Addiction
  6. Cashew Caramel Cookies from Martha Stewart Cookies cookbook
  7. Iced Oatmeal-Applesauce Cookies from Martha Stewart Cookies cookbook
  8. Date Snowballs from a recipe card my mom got from a former neighbor
  9. Lemon Wreaths from Martha Stewart Living magazine
  10. Buckeyes from smitten kitchen

So many choices! I’ve made the chewy lime sugar cookies before (I’ve mentioned them like 2 or 3 times before!) and of course I’ve made the date snowballs many times before, but their a classic.

I also made the Gramercy Tavern gingerbread last year and it was the best gingerbread I’ve ever had! I thought instead of baking it in a bundt pan this year, it might be fun to make mini cupcakes from the batter. I’m not sure if I would just use powder sugar to finish them or if I would make a frosting (cream cheese? this recipe looks interesting) or a glaze (orange?). What do you think?

So if I make the gingerbread mini cupcakes, what else should I make?


  1. says

    I’m totally with you on the apple danish braid. It sounds great!

    As for the gingerbread frosting. The best gingerbread frosting I ever had was from a past co-worker’s grandmother. It’s a boiled frosting (a little like candy making), incredible! If you’d be interested in the recipe let me know and I’ll email it to you. It truly MADE the gingerbread, yum!

  2. says

    Well, now I’m thinking the apple danish may be too complicated to try for the first time for a holiday. I might make it just for Dave and I when there’s less pressure!

    Send me the frosting recipe, sounds interesting! Thanks!

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