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Well the first weekend of December is officially in the books – finally! With more than a week between Thanksgiving and the start of December this year, it felt like November might never end. I was so excited to wake up Saturday morning to the snowy scene above; it really put me in the holiday spirit :) Time to break out the Christmas decorations, start my shopping and look forward to watching Elf 25 times (for the record, we wasted no time in getting the first viewing knocked out already…).

Maybe the most exciting thing of all though is that the busiest, and I might argue best, baking month of the year has arrived! I’ve been working on my to-do list for months, and at this point it contains more recipes than I could ever hope to make, but it’ll be awfully fun to try. And of course, I’ll be sharing the good ones with you along the way. If there’s anything in particular you guys would like to see here this month, feel free to leave a note in the comments below.

I wanted to take a minute today first though to share some of my favorite holiday ideas from the archives. You’ll find a ton of cookies, some candy, great gift ideas and even a few breakfast treats – something for everyone I think. Happy December!!

45 Recipes for the Holiday Baking Season!

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes
Honey-Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments
Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows
Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Peppermint Marble Loaf
Peppermint Brownies
Creamy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Sorbet
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

45 Recipes for the Holiday Baking Season!

Espresso Gingerbread Cake
Gingerbread Pancakes
Gingerbread-Maple Moon Pies
Gingerbread Ice Cream
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling
White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies
Soft Gingerbread Biscotti
Hot Pepper Gingerbread Muffins with Orange Maple Butter
Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

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Cinnamon Eggnog Scones
15-Minute Chocolate Walnut Fudge
Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
Creamy Chocolate Fudge
Eggnog Cut-Out and Lattice Sugar Cookies
Baked Eggnog Doughnuts
Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Eggnog Pound Cake with Crystal Rum Glaze
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

45 Recipes for the Holiday Baking Season!

Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti
Candy Cane Biscotti
Cranberry Bread
Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
Sparkling Sugared Cranberries
Fleur de Sel Honey Cream Caramels
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti
Best Shortbread
Nutella Biscotti with Chocolate Chunks

45 Recipes for the Holiday Baking Season!

Thomas Keller’s Oreos
Cranberry Orange Drop Cookies
Chocolate Turtle Cookies
Brown Butter Cranberry Streusel Shortbread Bars
Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies
Double Ginger Crackles
Chocolate Butter Cookies
Chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
Pecan Crescents