Let the holiday baking begin! We made you a list of 43 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)

It's time to build out your holiday baking game plan. And before you exclaim that it's simply too soon to talk about such matters, remember that holiday parties will take place later this month. 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

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)

Pie perfection

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

Apple Cheddar Pie

(Photography by Marcella DiLonardo)

Classic Tourtière

Santa Stocking and Pinecone Hand Pies

(Photo credit: David Bagosy)

Cookie exchange standouts

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

French Macarons

Old-Fashioned Madeleines

Flognarde with Plums or Berries or Pears

(Photography by Ellen Silverman)

Swiss Meringue Reindeer

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


Roselle's Banana Cream Pie Éclairs

Lovely loaves, buns and breads

Rye Sourdough Bread

(All photography by Ben Dearnley)

Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread

Kelly Vanderbeek's Sourdough Bread

Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake

Blood Orange Pound Cake

Cinnamon Buns


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