Tasty Tuesday – Christmas Baking!

Most of the recipes I’m making this week have already been featured here, so why not talk about Christmas baking?

Every year since I met my husband I’ve been putting together baskets of goodies for our families. The first year, I made little treat bags full of sugar cookies and gingerbread men. Last year I did up cellophane wrapped boxes with gingerbread muffins, cookies and chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks.

This year I bought divided treat boxes that I’m going to fill with tiny gingerbread muffins, snickerdoodles and chocolate drizzled pretzels. Plus I’m going to make a pumpkin pie because my mother-in-law requests mine for basically every holiday.

gingerbread-muffins

This is the recipe I’m going to use for gingerbread muffins, don’t they look delicious? I use a muffin pan for tiny muffins with tiny little holiday muffin papers.

snickerdoodles

These snickerdoodles look delicious and easy to make. Who can resist a soft sugar cookie covered with cinnamon sugar?

For the pretzels, I’m just buying small pretzels and using a Candy Melt bag I found at Michaels that you just pop it in the microwave until the chocolate is melted, snip off a corner, and drizzle. I could melt chocolate chips or something, but I wanted something that was no-hassle since I’m making everything else from scratch. You have to make shortcuts somewhere!

Lastly, this recipe is one I have used every year for pumpkin pie from scratch. This year I made my own pie crust as well, with a batch in the freezer waiting for Christmas. I made it for Thanksgiving at my family’s, and my uncle raved about it.

I’m going to make the muffins and cookies today, and the pie and pretzels on Wednesday, giving the pie plenty of time to cook, set and chill before Christmas Eve.

Do you have a Christmas baking tradition? What are your favorite things to make?

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