Easy holiday baking recipes

Want to impress your friends and family over the holidays? Try making some of these no-fail treats!

Two people frosting sugar cookies The real challenge is not eating the cookies before you can frost them

Sugar cookies

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  • 1 cup of shortening
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix ingredients in order
  • Roll out on a floured surface, cut into shapes with cookie cutters
  • Bake for 10 minutes (or until golden brown)


Sweet potato pie

Photo: Hungry Dudes

Ingredients (Pie)

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 can (5 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Ingredients (Glaze)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup pecan halves


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Combine sugar, flour, milk, egg and vanilla in a bowl
  • Stir in potatoes
  • Pour into pastry shell
  • To make the glaze, combine all ingredients except pecans
  • Drizzle glaze over pie mixture and decorate with pecans
  • Cover pastry edges with foil and bake for 45 minutes
  • Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes

Recipe sourced from Taste of Home.



Photo: Le Living and Co

Ingredients (Dough)

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt  
  • 2 1/4 cups flour

Ingredients (Filling)

  • 3/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • To make the dough, cream the butter and cream cheese together
  • Add sugar and vanilla
  • Add flour, gradually
  • On a floured surface, divide dough into three equal parts
  • Wrap dough sections in plastic wrap and store in fridge for at least two hours
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a bowl, mix dry ingredients for filling
  • Roll out the balls of dough one at a time into flat discs
  • Spread 3 tbsp of jam on dough and sprinkle 1/3 of filling onto the jam
  • Cut dough with a pizza cutter into 12 equal triangles, and roll each one into a croissant shape
  • Repeat with other two dough balls
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until slightly brown

Recipe sourced from You Can Live Rich on Less.



Photo: Jolene Faber


  • 1 pkg (225 g) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (300 ml) of sweetened condensed milk


  • Line a square pan (8x8) with foil and spray with cooking spray
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler
  • Stir in milk
  • Pour into pan (add sprinkles if you want!) and chill in fridge for 1 hour

Recipe sourced from Kraft Canada.


Chocolate bark with candy cane

Photo: Foodista


  • 12 oz of dark baking chocolate
  • 12 oz of white baking chocolate
  • 8 peppermint candy canes


  • Line a cookie sheet with foil
  • Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler
  • Pour dark chocolate into pan, threading it evenly
  • Store in the fridge until firm
  • Crush up the candy canes (tip: put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to gently crush them with no mess!)
  • Melt white chocolate in a double boiler
  • Stir in 3/4 of the crushed candy canes
  • Spread white chocolate on top of  dark chocolate
  • Sprinkle rest of candy canes on top
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then break into smaller pieces

What’s your favourite holiday treat? Let us know in the comments!