12 Things to Bake for Thanksgiving

It’s the holidays, which means it’s officially time to bust out your apron and bake until you run out of clean dishes.

Kidding.

(But not really).

Pinterest is a veritable buffet of options when it comes to what you’re going to put on this year’s Thanksgiving menu, and I rounded up some of the most amazing recipes out there for this special feature. Loosen your pants, crack open a bottle of wine, and break out the stand mixer — it’s time to bake.


Breads

Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread

I can honestly tell you that any time cheese and garlic come together, you’re not getting me away from the table. This bread is easily put together with an expertly baked loaf from the store, or you can use your own favorite recipe — just add gobs of cheese, butter, and garlic.

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Sure you can buy dinner rolls from the store, but just look at these things! Fresh out of the oven and perfect with our Whole Wheat Flour, they’re worth the trouble. And the best part? There’s even a dairy-free option in the recipe!

Pumpkin Challah

This traditional Jewish bread is hopelessly beautiful, and made all the more festive by the addition of fresh pumpkin puree. Make sure to proof your yeast before you get too committed to making this bread though, there’s nothing like dead yeast to ruin a beautiful loaf like this.


Cookies

Chocolate Acorn Cookies

These adorable little fall cookies are perfect for making with your kids (if you can keep them from eating all of the Kisses first), and require only your favorite chocolates and some vanilla wafers! Easy, tasty, crafty, DONE.

Pecan Pie Cookies

So I’m going to level with you — this is basically just pecan pie stuff on a pie crust cutout, but I can’t think of one problem I have with that. All of the gooey, buttery goodness of pecan pie gets made portable in these easy to love cookies, and the chocolate drizzle? Well, frankly I don’t even know why you’re bothering with the turkey.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve made a LOT of pumpkin cookies in my day, and one of the most irritating things about almost every recipe I’ve tried is that they ALWAYS come out cake-y. No more I say — these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are gooey and chewy, just the way the internet intended.


Cakes

Maple Streusel Pumpkin Cake

I’m a serial baker, and I’ve never seen a cake recipe like this one. Fall spices and maple flavor come together with everyone’s best bud, pumpkin, for a cake that is as beautiful as it is scrumptious. Don’t let the length of the ingredients list deter you — just follow that old rule of room temperature cake ingredients, and this one will literally be a cakewalk.

Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Cake with Maple Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting

This. Cake. Is. BEAUTIFUL. It is no lie or exaggeration to say that, ladies and gentleman of the audience, I will be making this thing next week. Alternating layers of chocolate stout and pumpkin spice cake come together with maple cinnamon mascarpone for a towering stack of deliciousness. This is the Everest of fall cakes people, and together, we will conquer it.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake

Oh my gosh, just look at the presentation of this one, like something straight out of a fairy tale. Caramel sauce requires an attentive cook, but as long as you watch those bubbles, it’s easy enough to make, and oh-so-worth it for this gooey decadent treat.


Breakfast

Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins

Now THIS is a smell that will get your snoring father in law off the couch! If you’re not keen on baking first thing in the morning, you can pre-mix your dry and wet ingredients together separately and save yourself a little time the morning of.

Orange Glazed Cranberry Scones

Science has not yet determined why orange and cranberry goes so darned well together, but I’ll accept that some things are just beyond my understanding. These scones are just the right amount of festive (without being filled with peppermint), and are the perfect Black Friday morning treat.

Pro tip: Use a cheese grater to save yourself some elbow grease on cutting the butter into the flour. Freeze your butter, grate it, freeze it again, and then work it in. You’ll thank me later.

Apple Cheese Danishes

Does the idea of baking first thing in the morning make you want to sleep in instead? Skip the hard part and buy the puff pastry from the store for this danish recipe, and nobody will be the wiser.


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