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Baking is a treasured Christmas pastime! Whether you're looking for a family-friendly sugar cookie recipe or you're ready to make your own bread, our huge collection of Christmas baking recipes has what you need for a jolly holiday.

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By kelsa94

Rate this recipe 4.4/5 (14 Votes)
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Servings 12
Preparation time 30
Cooking time 65

  • 12 sugar cones (2 to 2 1/2-inches wide and 4 to 5-inches long)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-process
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Frosting for Christmas Tree Cupcakes
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling

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  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
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  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • 3 egg yolks
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  • BUNDT CAKE:
  • Softened butter, for greasing the pan
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
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  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
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  • 1 box German chocolate cake mix
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This Snickerdoodle bread is perfect for cinnamon-lovers! Serve hot with fresh butter or slice and make french toast...

  • LOAVES:
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  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
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  • 2 cups sugar
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  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
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  • 1 tablespoon water
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  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
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  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
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  • GARLIC BUTTER:
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  • 3 cups granulated sugar
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  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Quick-Pour Cookie Icing:
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
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  • Royal Icing:
  • 3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups (about 1 pound) confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons warm water
  • Makes: About 3 cups of icing.
  • Buttercream icing:
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar
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  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
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