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My 2022 Holiday Baking List!

These christmas cookie recipes are the ones that are on my list for 2022! Lots of old favorites with a few new cookies sprinkled in, along with a few other holiday snacks.

It’s the best time of year! My holiday baking list is here!

This is such a huge tradition for me that started with my grandma. I can’t wait to hear what you’re baking this holiday season. It’s the only time I actually enjoy baking!

For years, Lacy and I would make some things together. Every year, we’d make a buche de noel together. We usually do this at like 11 at night and it takes us way longer than we expect, haha. This bon appetit one is the best. We also ALWAYS make Tracy’s citrus peels and amaretto – I can’t pass those up. If I do the amaretto on my own, I will gift most of it to friends! Seriously we have made these things since the year Tracy posted them, so… a really long time. It’s so fun.

Finally, we also make my version of whiskey pretzels! Everyone really loves these too. They are a fun snack to gift people. I also like to make a batch of my caramel chipotle chex mix and gift that too.

Finally, here is my favorite holiday baking playlist! If you follow me on spotify (at howsweeteats), you can see all of my other holiday playlists too.


Below is my ideal list of what I’d love to make!

These chewy sprinkle cookies from last year. LOVE them.

Always: the chocolate crinkle sprinkle cookies in The Pretty Dish. They are unbeatable!

Royal cookies. A newish one from three years ago – we adore these.

These frosted cranberry drop cookies were a hit last year.

Also, my cashew butter buckeyes! and maybe regular buckeyes? Sometimes I love them, sometimes I’m over them.

My peanut butter blossoms for sure. Definitely my all time favorite and a cookie I just can’t get enough of. The kids’ fave too.

And these lemon crinkle cookies, Everyone freaks over them.

My soft snickerdoodles and these chewy chai snickerdoodles. I can’t ever choose between them!

These soft gingersnaps. Sometimes I make this recipe times four. We LOVE them. And I’m not a gingersnap person!

Of course these definitely these old school oreo balls .

I’m really feeling these bourbon cherry soaked oatmeal cookies this year. Love them.

And mother lovett’s pink and green thumbprints. because can’t have christmas without them – my mom and aunt’s faves.

Also –  mother lovett’s orange cookies. huge hit all the time.

These peanut butter m&m cookie bars – made with red and green m&ms.

Peanut butter fudge. I google a recipe and use a different one every year, even though Mother Lovett had one.

And some peanut butter stuffed chocolate pretzel bark!

Finally, these perfect cut out sugar cookies. these are the BEST foolproof, simple sugar cookies. I use either cream cheese frosting or this dip icing technique (marbled or not!). For the ones above in the photos, I actually sprayed them with edible glitter.

I will probably also make some peppermint bark. And I love to do chocolate covered oreos! They are so easy. I also buy the white fudge covered oreos as a hack and drizzle them with dark chocolate and sprinkles!


Every year I make similar boxes. Mother Lovett did this for as long as I could remember. Her cookie tins and boxes were her hostess gifts – and they were also what she would give to certain friends and family at the holidays. EVERYONE looked forward to them!

I’ve loved keeping this tradition alive. She used cookie tins – I have found some successfully at places like Target, The Container Store and the Dollar Store. My personal favorite way to give a BIG box is to use these sugar paper gift boxes that I find at Target. They have both rectangle and round boxes. I’ve used these for the last six years and I make my own box. I usually cut up some pieces of another box to make the spaces for the cookies. This is what I did above!

I have to note that I do NOT mail these, so unfortunately I don’t have a ton of tips there! I only deliver these to friends and family who live within driving distance. If I were to mail them, I think it would include a lot of bubble wrap. However, most personal homemade cookie boxes I’ve been mailed in the past? The cookies have always been broken.

So tell me! What are you baking this season?!

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    13 Comments on “My 2022 Holiday Baking List!”

  1. How do you store these? How long would they stay fresh? The eternal dilemma of cookie baking.

  2. Great recipes. I hesitate to make your caramel chipotle Chex mix again- only because when I make it, I can’t stop eating it. It’s the best Chex mix recipe!

  3. I look forward to this post of yours all year! For the last few years I usually make most of your box, plus some millionaire short bread bars. I’m the first baker in my family so I’m hoping to start this tradition with my family. I would love it if my daughter passed it on as well. Happiest Holidays!

  4. Hi. Just wondering what those red/white/green twisted cookies are? Are they cookies? I looked through old posts and didnt see anything that would fit.

    • They are marshmallows.

    • I just did the same thing and looked back on some old posts. 

  5. lovely ideas, thanks for sharing!

  6. I already can’t wait to make the chewy sprinkle cookies again!  They’re so good & pretty!

  7. Do you gift chewy/crunchy cookies separately? I feel like packing them together would destroy the textures 

  8. Absolutely the post I’ve been waiting for!  Your Holiday baking list is the best! 

  9. Hi! Do you have a recipe for the nonpareil cookies in the first picture ? (I think sometimes called Italian cookies?) I didn’t see them referenced in your post !

  10. Hi Jessica, 

    I’m already drooling abs getting excited to bake holiday cookies. I usually do more baking and cooking then I stun lately but my 96 year old dad was in a car accident a month and a half ago. So I’m at his apartment now that he’s home five days a week help it. 

    This is the delicious holiday spirit, push I need to get back in the kitchen 

    Also, totally as thinking about you yesterday . I was in Bergdof Goidman’s yesterday in their gift floor. Such amazing ornaments. They had the most amazing selection of food ornaments. I know you have a tree dedicated to those ornaments in your kitchen and I totally thought of you. I purchased three ornaments and I think I may have to go back. Have a lovely holiday.


  11. Hi! About how long do these cookies last? Trying to figure out how far in advance I can make them before gifting them out!