9 Baked Goods Our Editors Are Gifting This Holiday Season

Christmas Bulb Sugar Cookies
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

We take our baked goods seriously at Southern Living, and there's no time like the holidays to show off our favorite family recipes and start new baking traditions on our own. Over the years, our editors have perfected recipes from our magazine pages. They bring us joy, so come holiday season, we spread the love. Gifting friends and family a pretty tin full of baked goods is in our DNA. While you can't go wrong with any of our recipes, we have a few favorite holiday baked goods we gift year after year. The treats run the gamut from sweet to savory, traditional and not, with the likes of our Cracker Toffee and Cheese Straws all garnering recommendations. Preheat your oven, pull out your mixer, and tie on that trusty favorite apron. It's time to get ready for an afternoon (or several days, if you fancy it) of edible Christmas gift baking. And, while you're perusing these recipes, you might as well stock up on some of those essential Christmas cookie tins, too. Get ready to spread that holiday cheer, one cookie (or toffee, or Bourbon Ball) at a time.

01 of 09

Cracker Toffee

Cracker Toffee
Abbi Wilt

Recipe: Cracker Toffee

Kaitlyn Yarborough, Assistant Digital Editor, likes to whip up a few batches of Cracker Toffee. "I usually make a few variations—some with milk chocolate, some with dark, different nuts, coconut flakes, etc." The sky's the limit when it comes to customization, so this is your recipe if you want to easily personalize your holiday baking gift.

02 of 09

Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: Bourbon Balls

"My mom always made them for her annual Christmas cocktail party," recalled Patricia Shannon, Senior Digital Editor. "Now, they've become a tradition for me, too."

03 of 09

Spiced Glazed Pecans

Spiced Glazed Pecans
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Spiced Glazed Pecans

Editorial Fellow Emma Phelps enjoys sharing her aunt's highly-prized glazed pecans. We may not be privy to the family recipe, but you can make a batch of these Spiced Glazed Pecans and we're sure your recipients will still go nuts.

04 of 09

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Milk Chocolate-Peppermint Bark
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Katie Rousso, Digital Editor, recommends our Chocolate Peppermint Bark—you'll have a delicious Christmas treat in pretty much one easy step.

05 of 09

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

"These things should come with a warning label," wrote Lisa Cericola, Senior Food Editor. "You should definitely eat one when it is still slightly warm from the oven, but be aware that you will then want to eat an entire dozen."

06 of 09

Santa's Kitchen-Sink Cookies

Santa's Kitchen-Sink Cookies
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Santa's Kitchen-Sink Cookies

Mary Shannon Wells, Assistant Digital Editor, baked and left these cookies in her neighbor's mailboxes. "If you drop off any baked goods this season, don't forget to leave a note that covers dietary concerns, as it can be hard to tell with some recipes," she advised.

07 of 09

Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing

Christmas Bulb Sugar Cookies
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing

For years, Editorial Fellow Marissa Wu would host holiday cookie decorating parties and invite friends and school clubs to help decorate them for a local women's shelter. "I love using royal icing to decorate because it looks beautiful and won't smudge. The decorating options are endless!"

08 of 09

Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter

Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Pear Butter

It might not be a baked good, but Rebecca Baer, Digital News Editor, makes the case for jars of this fruit butter. "Last year I made this for all my neighbors and it was a huge hit," she said. "Because it's made in the slow cooker, it's so easy to do and your home will smell fantastic."

09 of 09

Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws
Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Cheese Straws

Grace Haynes, Associate Homes Editor, will be making the acclaimed Cheese Straws. Cheese straws have been deemed the ultimate party snack, so it's safe to assume that no one will be disappointed to find these savory treats in their cookie tin.

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