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24 Sep 2017


By Gracie Carroll

7 Of The Best (And Most Delicious) Baking Cookbooks To Buy For The Holidays

By Blair Stutz

Of course, you don’t need it to be the holiday season to get some baking in but it certainly helps me get in the festive spirit. There’s something about holiday baking that feels so nostalgic and magical — I mean, who in their right mind would spend hours meticulously decorating cookies in April? For me, the holidays are all about baking delicious treats with love and sharing them with my family and friends. Cheesy, I know but it’s the truth. Even though this year is certainly different than others, that doesn’t mean you can’t still bake up a storm and deliver them to a few lucky recipients from a safe distance. 

If you’re needing some inspiration, why not crack into any of these cookbooks? Some are fully focused on the holidays while others have options suitable for the rest of the year but regardless, you’re sure to be baking up a storm in no time!

Here are 7 baking cookbooks to buy for the holidays!

Set For The Holidays With Anna Olson

If anyone knows baking, it’s Chef Anna Olson. This book came out last year but it’s anything but old news. With treats like festive pies, tarts, cakes, and so much more, you’ll wish it could be Christmas year-round. I love that every recipe comes with advice right from Anna and there’s even menu planning and lots of tips and tricks. If you tend to get frazzled in the kitchen, allow Anna to help you stay cool and calm.

The Book On Pie

If pie is your thing, then you’ll want to snag yourself a copy of The Book On Pie ASAP. Written by New York Times baking aficionado Erin Jeanne McDowell, this book tells you everything you need to know from dough and fillings, all the way to toppings. If you’ve never been able to achieve a flaky crust and always end up with a soggy bottom, Erin’s got you covered.

Dessert Person

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz is one of my top cookbooks of the year. When people think dessert, cloyingly sweet tends to come to mind but for Claire (and myself I might add), it’s all about balancing the flavours. Dessert Person is filled with stunning recipes like a classic fruitcake (it takes 3 months to make!), and cakes, pies, tarts, and even challah breads. 

The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

One of my favourite TV shows of all time is Downton Abbey and if you’re still needing more of Downton in your life, then you’ll want to put a copy of the Official Christmas Cookbook on your wish list. Inside you’ll find a wealth of British holiday recipes that were popular during the Edwardian era that’ll have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time. 

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

While this isn’t a fully baking focused cookbook, the fact that it’s by Jamie Oliver and is Christmas focused gives it a free pass. Jamie is a Christmas pro so he has my complete trust when it comes to menu planning for the big day. The book is jam-packed with recipes for classics like Roast Potatoes, Get-Ahead Gravy, and of course classic desserts like Christmas Pudding, Mince Pies, and many more.

Tartine: A Classic Revisted

Again, Tartine’s newest cookbook isn’t exactly Christmas focused, but it’s filled with lots of baking recipes that’ll keep you busy during the holidays. If you’ve always wanted to take a crack at beautiful Morning Buns (perf for Christmas morning!), or even English Muffins, this is the book for you.

A Good Bake

In addition to the 120 recipes in this book, author Melissa Weller dives into the why’s and how’s of baking so that everyone (even those who swear they can’t bake) can nail it everytime. Get excited to make homemade croissants, showstopping layer cakes, and even gooey sticky buns this holiday season. 


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