Let the holiday baking begin! We made you a list of 60 of our favourite recipes

Start your ovens for these cookies, cakes and confections.

Start your ovens for these cookies, cakes and confections

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

This article was originally published Nov. 5, 2019 and was updated Nov. 2, 2021 with our most recent recipes. 

It's time to build out your holiday baking game plan. Now's the time to figure out what goodies to make first for shipping afar, and for the serious cookie exchange bakers out there, to divide and conquer. So get your reserves ready for a solid six weeks of sprinkles. We dug deep into our archives to bring you all the baking inspiration you need for the sweet, sweet season ahead. 

Creative (and incredible) cakes

Anna Olson's Gingerbread White Chocolate Mousse Cake

Half-Made Homemade Angel Cake

(Photo credit: Zac Williams)

Lauren Toyota's Black Forest Loaf Cake

(Photography by Lauren Toyota)

Half-Made Homemade Penguin Cake

Orange Spice Pudding with Cognac Caramel Sauce

(Photography: Barry C. Parsons)

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Classic New York-Style Cheesecake with Cherry Topping

(Photography by Allison Day)

Belinda's Flourless Coconut and Chocolate Cake

(Photography by Peden + Munk)

Jamie Oliver's Beautiful Black Forest Gateau

(Credit: David Loftus)

Flourless Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almonds

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Pie perfection

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

(Photography by Florence Grunfelder; food styling by Sabrina Falone)

Butternut Squash Pie with Oat Crust

(Photography by Rachel Conners)

Cranberry Apple Candied Ginger Pie

(Copyright 2018 David Bagosy Photography)

Rum Raisin and Cider Pear Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Farmer's Saskatoon Pie

(Credit: Duchess Bake Shop)

Apple Cheddar Pie

(Photography by Marcella DiLonardo)

Classic Tourtière

Santa Stocking and Pinecone Hand Pies

(Photo credit: David Bagosy)

Cookie exchange standouts

Hazelnut Espresso Shortbread Crescents

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Shooting Star Sugar Cookie Cake

(Photo credit: David Bagosy)

Ginger Sparkle Cookies

(Photo credit: Jackson Roy)

Gingerbread Cookie Advent Calendar

Sugar Cookie Dreidel

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Whole Grain Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Spiced Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Linzer Cookies

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Pastries, confections and other delicious desserts

Chocolate Soufflé

Eggnog Tiramisu

Nadiya's Éclair Roll

(Credit: Danny Rohrer)

Orange-Scented Date Crumb Bars

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

French Macarons

Old-Fashioned Madeleines

Flognarde with Plums or Berries or Pears

(Photography by Ellen Silverman)

Swiss Meringue Reindeer

Hazelnut Espresso Millionaire Bars

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Brûlée Lemon Tart

Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée

Salted Tahini Chocolate Swirl Brownies

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Sufganiyah (Hanukkah Donut)

Ice Box Lemon Squares

Brown Butter Blondies

(Photo: Jodi Pudge)

Chocolate Cream Profiterole Wreath

(CBC Life)


Roselle's Banana Cream Pie Éclairs

(Photography by Ryan Szulc)

Jamie Oliver's Bonkers Bread & Butter Panettone Pudding Tart

(Credit: David Loftus)

Lovely loaves, buns and breads

Chocolate Babka

Rye Sourdough Bread

Braided Challah with Homemade Butter and Apple Butter

Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread

Kelly Vanderbeek's Sourdough Bread

Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake

Breakfast Pinwheels

Blood Orange Pound Cake

Nadiya's Ham and Cheese Crown

(Credit: Hungry Gap Productions Ltd.)

Cinnamon Buns

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