Holiday Baking 101

  1. Photo by The Amish Cook's Baking Book

    It's the kickoff for one of our favorite holiday-season traditions: Baking. It's a great way to get everyone involved in the prep for all those big family dinners. We've rounded up some of the best tools, tips, and recipes to make this year’s baking endeavors your best ever. So stock up on flour and preheat that oven!

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  2. Rockin' Dinner Rolls

    Warm dinner rolls are the finishing touch to every holiday meal. This year, instead of throwing store-bought ones on the table, surprise everyone with these low-maintenance, homemade dinner rolls. We guarantee they'll be a hit!
  3. Tangerine Tip

    Sprinkle a little tangerine zest on your sweet potatoes before you bake them. It'll add a huge hit of flavor without upping the calorie count. Double win!

    Want a cool spin on the classic casserole? Try these Caramelized Sweet Potato Wedges.

  4. Delish Crisp

    For those who don’t go crazy for pumpkin pie, this classic apple crisp should certainly satisfy their sweet tooth. With the mix of tart apples and brown sugar, a helping of apple crisp is the perfect treat to indulge in after your savory meal.
  5. Trendy Tool

    Make prepping your apple crisp a breeze with this do-it-all cooking companion. It'll core, peel, and slice the fruit in no time at all. Use it for your sweet potatoes too.
  6. Lighten Up

    It's so tempting to let healthy eating slide around the holidays, so use this trick to trim a lot of the fat and calories out of your desserts without sacrificing richness: Use just half the fattening ingredient (like butter or shortening) your recipe calls for and use a healthier substitute, like reduced-fat sour cream, Neufchatel cheese, or applesauce, to make up the difference. (Just be sure your addition complements the flavors already in the recipe.)

    Photo by Antonis Achilleos

  7. Stress Less

    Does all this sound overwhelming? It shouldn't. Take care of the bird and one or two of your favorite holiday dishes (and the booze), but ask guests to bring a few of their must-have sides, apps, or desserts! That way, nobody will slave away for days, and everyone will have a dish they like.

    Need more holiday recipes and tips? Check out our holiday guide and get more holiday dessert recipes in our recipe finder!

    Photo by Antonis Achilleos