There’s a point in the holiday season, where it’s all garlands and holly, ribbons and wrapping paper, that you expect to be breathing in the warm aromas of gingerbread, sugar cookies, peppermint….
There are few things comparable to the epic nostalgia attached to holiday baking. Stepping into any kitchen between November and December where the oven is filled with sugary, doughy bliss means being transported back to a time when the holidays were zero stress and 100% magic.
Money, gifting, family dysfunction – this tends to be the lens we view holidays through as an adult. This year try to not let it all get in the way of remembering your first Christmas. Remembering the way the house smelled and reaching for warm cookies on a counter you could barely reach.
Be prepared this time around, don’t go home without these festive baking staples.
1. It’s not quite the holidays without a gingerbread house somewhere in the mix. Admittedly, even as kids with time and energy to spare, being tasked with putting together the gingerbread house was a bit daunting and, if we’re being honest, never came out quite like what we imagined our talents would create. Sur La Table’s Gingerbread Bundt Pan ($36) is a grade-a solution to getting the most our of your holiday baking, without having to come to terms with not being as talented at building gingerbread houses as you thought. Yes, this hollow, cast aluminum bakeware will bake the ENTIRE house at once, with embellishments. You just get to the fun part and decorate. Talk about magic…
2. Treats, treats, treats! The greatest gift you can give is to share in abundant treats and to do it in style. Party City – home of all that is celebratory and glorious – stocks some pretty cool holiday treat bags and boxes. So in case you haven’t already considered it, we suggest having these on hand to distribute lots of your sweet treats to loved ones, maybe even complete strangers if you’re feeling generous. Adorable boxes, bags, treat trays, take out containers – all adorned with snowflakes, holly, glittering silvers and golds… not much is more festive than that.
3. Part of the decadence involved in holiday baking lies in the toppings. The festive-ness isn’t entirely about the cookie, brownie or cake itself – it’s what’s on the outside. Cue World Market’s holiday treat toppers ($8) a fun and nifty little collection of festive sprinkles that epitomize the season. You won’t have to reach for anything else and can keep this clever little treasure box for holidays to come.
4. It’s easy to get so swept up in the sugary goodness of cookies and brownies that you forget about the real show-stealers – pie! You may think pies are a classic dessert that can’t be bettered. Well, Williams-Sonoma has proven you wrong with their Holly Wreath Pie Crust Cutter ($20). Add an elegant touch to the table with this pro-looking, pro-quality, but easy to use crust cutter. Your own modern twist on the classic pies of your holidays past.
5. You may not be a kid for the holidays anymore, but any aspiring pint-sized chefs running around will be pleased to sport this festive apron in the kitchen while their goodies bake in the oven. Williams-Sonoma’s Holiday Stripe Kids Apron ($20) is the perfect touch to separate this baking occasion from the rest.
6. Get that pro-flair with any cookies that make it into your oven this season with resident Cake Boss, Duff Goldman’s holiday decorating tools. These genius cookie cutters ($19) come in a set of large and small cut-outs, stars, trees, snowmen and more – all capable of creating picture-perfect tart cookies.
7. Cutting shapes OUT of your dough isn’t the only fun thing you can do. Whip up some stunning pie crusts, cookies and other festive treats when you use this Maple Snowflake Rolling Pin ($25). Look forward to an elevated sweet treat platter adorned in embossed snowflakes.
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