Holiday Baking Wish List

2 Dec

Anticipating the shorter-than-usual holiday season this year flying by before I can even blink, you better believe I was in the kitchen, blasting Christmas music while baking cookies and putting up decorations the DAY after Thanksgiving.

It was REALLY tempting to go Black Friday shopping…all the ads, the emails, the people posting on Facebook. The only thing I bought Friday was a freezer in anticipation of the 1/4 of a cow we’re getting later in the month. And it felt good! Normally I just end up buying stuff for me that I don’t really need. I get anxiety thinking about all the people. I’d rather just buy stuff online honestly. People are boasting and bragging about all the money they “saved”….however I didn’t spend any so I win!!!

I baked a couple of batches of cookies this past weekend, and I am going full force now trying to make a list of the holiday cookies I plan to make. This weekend I tried out a couple winners that will definitely be repeated…especially these:

Coconut Macaroons with raspberry chia jam from Oh She Glows


Also, I made these for my husband and his friends while they were out hunting. They were VERY rich and chocolate-ly. They were so rich it almost easy to not eat the whole batch when they came out. Just kidding I still ate like 3. But it was a valiant effort.

Triple Chocolate Grain Free Cookies


Mmmmmmm Cookies.


So, thanks for Pinterest, I have quite the list going regarding the recipes I’d like to try for Christmas cookies. However I’ll have to narrow it down to 2-3 recipes because baking, especially Paleo baking, can get expensive!!!

I found this spritz recipe in an old cookbook that I plan on making for the cookie press my mom got me last year! I have no idea how to use that thing but Google University should be able to help out a bit.


Here are some others I have been eyeing:


Gluten Free white chocolate cranberry cookies

Paleo Thin Mints & Samoas

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Maple Vanilla Frosting

Joyful Almond Coconut Chocolate Bites

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I also plan on making some homemade goodie bag Christmas presents for people, including these recipes (sorry for the spoiler if you’re one of the ones who gets one…….Smile) I want to put them in mason jars like so:


Salted Caramel Bacon Bark

Holiday Nut Mix

Pretzel Gift Idea

Almond Cherry Bark


How will I decide?!?!?!


What cookies are you making for the holidays?!?!


6 Responses to “Holiday Baking Wish List”

  1. Melissa Joulwan December 2, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Happy Holidays! So glad my Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake made it onto the baking consideration list 🙂 YAY!

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes December 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Of course! My mom and I were supposed to make it for Thanksgiving but we got home from the store and realized we forgot almond butter!! Love your recipes.

  2. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen December 2, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Your holiday gift ideas are so cute! I always make a ton of different cookies and desserts with my mom for all of the neighbors. I make chocolate crinkle cookies, sugar cookies, fudge, and more. Yum!

  3. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome December 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I was just thinking the other day that this might be the first year I don’t do a ton of baking. I love holiday cookies and treats but since we are moving I’m not sure I’ll get to do much 😦 So sad!

  4. Madison @ Eating 4 Balance December 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    I vote for Taylor’s chocolate chip cookies. She has such amazing recipes. Oh, or maybe Tina’s cookies. Yum.

    I have so many big plans to make cookies and Christmas food but we’ll see if it actually ends up happening this year 🙂 Definitely some type of sugar cookie and something chocolately. I need to get a move-on.

  5. di @ life of di. December 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I was going to try a gingerbread cookie recipe this year + my traditional oatmeal scotchies (I make every year!) I am also interested in a new recipe so I need to look through these and see if any appeal to me!! I’m not the best baker so the easier the better.

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