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So, it’s December, which means the Christmas baking blitz begins in earnest!  This seems like a good time to remind you about the Christmas baking recipes on the blog, which are all linked in the list at the bottom of the page, as well as a few of my favourites from elsewhere on the web.

I also wanted to let you know a bit about my baking plans, as I did in 2014 and 2016.

As in previous years, I’m publishing this while in progress, rather than as a completed record after Christmas, to combine the roles of running sheet and some form of commitment. We’re going away for Christmas this year, so I’m trying to keep the list a little more modest (for me!), but it’s so hard to cut anything off!

I think of it as a little like decorating the Christmas tree – use lots of favourites, ditch a couple that are past their due date, and always add a couple of new ones!

As always, I’ll be interested to hear any feedback along the way…like which recipes (not already recorded) you’d like to see first, and any thoughts on baking order.

And if you think you might be going to be the recipient of some Christmas goodies this  year, and you want them to be a surprise, then look away now 🙂

Cakes and Tarts

Robyn’s Christmas cake – baked 7/10

Dark fruit cake – baked 19/11

Stained glass window cake – baked xx/12

*New this year* Mince pies – baked 23/12

Bars and Slices

Pecan-apricot squares – baked 31/12 (store in freezer)

Cherry Ripe bars – baked 4/12 (store in freezer)

*New last year* Nussstangen (Hazelnut almond batons) – baked 16/12


Lindor Ball bars (made with left over mini Easter eggs!) – baked 1/12 (stored in freezer but texture isn’t as good so next year bake later in December)


Scottish shortbread (one batch with smoked salt and one with lavender) – baked 8/12

Pecan powder puffs – baked 13/12

Gingerbread – baked 4/12

Cinnamon stars – baked 20/12

Caraway seed shortbread – baked 10/12

Almond cardamom circlets – baked 10/12

Almond and pistachio pears (GF) – baked xx/12

Cheddar biscuits – baked xx/12


Choc-espresso fudge – made 2/12 (store in fridge)

choc-espresso fudge

Eggnog fudge – made 3/12 (store in fridge)

*New last year* Fruit-nut balls – made 2/12 (store in fridge)

Coffee-walnut toffee – made 17/12

*New this year* Chocolate caramel almonds – made 12/12