Essential Holiday Baking Ingredients + Giveaway
For many of us, holiday baking is in full swing. Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is only 17 days away… yikes!
In the minds of many foodies, myself included, ideas are being formed about cookie shapes, pie fillings and bar flavorings. Before too long those ideas will evolve into solid plans, and sooner or later, a list will be started for those items essential to holiday baking.
Every year I make the same, lengthy handwritten list of essential holiday baking ingredients, and yes, while it is a small part of the fun (I love checking items off!), it does take a lot of time. In addition, something inevitably gets forgotten, causing stress, wasted time and a little bit of the crazy to come out on baking day!
Rather than run around aimlessly at the grocery store, frantically searching for items, I prefer to sit on my couch in my comfy flannel Christmas pajamas and peruse my favorite site for ordering all things food, Swanson Health Products. From Bob’s Red Mill flours to QuestBar Protein Bars, Swanson has you covered. With the best prices and easy ordering, why go out and battle the crowd at the grocery store to stock up on all of the must-haves for creating the perfect holiday dessert spread?!?!
This list includes items that I commonly bake with and typically purchase from Swanson’s. You definitely don’t need to go out and purchase every ingredient on this list, but these are the things I like to keep on hand, that I seem to use again and again.
Honey, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Liquid Stevia, Powdered Stevia, Coconut Sugar, Powdered Sugar, White and Brown Sugar
CANNED & JARRED FOODS
Pumpkin Puree, Applesauce, Maraschino Cherries
CANDIES, CONFECTIONS & CHOCOLATE CHIPS
Peppermints, Candy Cane, Mini-Marshmallows, Cocoa, White, Dark, Milk, Chocolate Chips, Sprinkles, Carob
DRIED & CANDIED FRUIT
Raisins, Currants, Cherries, Apricots, Dates, Cranberries, Prunes, Figs, Goji
EXTRACTS & FLAVORINGS
Vanilla, Almond, Lemon, Peppermint, Butter
All-Purpose, Whole Wheat, Whole Wheat Pastry, Rice, Cake, Almond, Buckwheat, Spelt, Coconut
GRAINS & CEREALS
Rolled Oats, Quick Oats, Flax, Cornmeal, Wheat Germ, Bran, Rice Crispies, Chia Seeds, Chex Cereal
LEAVENS & STABILIZERS
Yeast, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cream of Tartar, Corn Starch, Arrowroot Powder
Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Coconut, Hazelnuts, Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, Pistachios, Cashews
Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Coconut Oil,
Table Salt, Kosher, Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt
Sesame, Pumpkin, Poppy, Sunflower, Chia, Flax
Matcha Powder, Edible Glitter, Gold Dust, Food Coloring, Muffin Cups, Parchment Paper
SPICES, WHOLE AND GROUND
Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Apple Pie Spice, Nutmeg, Cloves, Allspice, Cardamom, Ginger
Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Hazelnut Butter, Jams, Jellies, Marmalade
You can find pretty much all of the items listed at Swanson’s. I would highly recommend signing up for their email updates. They are always having sales and running specials. I almost never pay full price for my purchase. This is where I load up on Quest Bars and get them at a discounted price. Head on over to the Swanson Health Products website and browse all they have to offer.
….and then enter to win a Swanson gift voucher to rock your own day of holiday baking! The lovely people at Swanson’s were generous enough to offer one lucky reader a $100 gift voucher, so you purchase everything you’ll need to make this holiday season extra sweet!
Something to think about….
What are a few of your holiday baking essentials?
What are some items you would order from Swanson’s if you were to win the gift voucher? Good luck!