... you will want to check your pantry, freezer and fridge for ingredients you'll be needing. If you don't usually do this sort of planning, I think you will be surprised what a difference it makes.
In my Christmas notebook I have a list titled "Long-Term Holiday
Shopping List". I think it was an idea from FlyLady some years back.
It includes not just baking ingredients, but also groceries for our
traditional Christmas Eve meal, ingredients for a few freezer meals and
kitchen gifts, and more. It's so helpful to check this list
against your pantry and fridge contents before beginning to bake or cook for
Christmas, to find out what will be needed.
I'm sharing my list, but really it will differ for everyone. In fact, as I looked it over I saw that there were a number of things I needed to add. So I added them in, and have now actually printed out the revised list and placed it in my notebook.
LONG-TERM HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST
Extra flour -- regular and gluten free
Extra sugar -- brown, white, confectioners
Corn syrup and molasses
Lemons and oranges
Walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds
Raspberry and apricot jam
Baking chips -- white, semisweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and peanut butter
Sweetened condensed milk
Baking chocolate -- unsweetened squares and cocoa
Extracts -- almond, orange, lemon, maple, vanilla
Whole spices -- cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice berries
Ground spices -- cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves
Almond bark -- white and chocolate
Candy -- Hershey kisses, Andes mints, candy canes, M&Ms
Red and green colored sugar
Stretch-tite plastic wrap (best for wrapping cookie trays)
Extra foil, waxed paper, parchment paper
Cheeses -- shredded cheddar, blue cheese, ricotta, Neufchatel, mozzarella
Frozen chopped broccoli, spinach, pureed squash
So make up your own list, making note of specific ingredients required by your own favorite family recipes for the holiday. Then check it against what's in your pantry. Hope this idea saves someone a trip to the store!