What We’re Baking for the Holidays

    Festive Cookies
    Photography by Matt Armendariz / Recipe Development by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Tanous / Food Styling by Marian Cooper Cairnes

    We’re making our baking list and checking it twice. From festive candy cane cookies to rich six-layer sticky pudding cake, this is our baking game plan for the week’s upcoming festivities. Don’t miss out on these delicious recipes, including a few from our November/December issue and Holiday Cookies Special Issue co-produced with feedfeed. Grab your mixing bowls and get ready for a Bake from Scratch holiday baking frenzy!

    1. Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Festive Cookies 

    Growing up, Jesse and his two siblings would gather with their mom in the kitchen every Christmas to decorate simple Sour Cream Cookies with frosting and little edible candies, and sprinkles galore. However, his favorite cookie of all the cookies his mother made his mom made were these Candy Cane Cookies. Another holiday staple at Jesse’s house growing up were biscochitos, thick sugar cookies flavored with brandy and cinnamon and dusted in cinnamon-sugar.

    Mincemeat Braid
    Photography by Maya Visnyei / Recipe Development and Food Styling by Emily Turner

    2. Mincemeat Braid 

    A medley of dried fruits, distilled spirits, and spices, mincemeat reflects Canada’s—particularly British Columbia’s—English roots, where this fruity mix originated. 

    3. Panne Forte

    This traditional Italian treat is a gorgeous mosaic of dried fruit and toasted nuts, perfectly accented by warm seasonal spices and honey.

    Six-Layer Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

    4. Six-Layer Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

    We transformed this traditional British pudding made with moist sponge cake and finely chopped dates into a cake, frosted it with White Chocolate Buttercream, and drenched it in rich Caramel Sauce.

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