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I’m so excited to reveal my first baking book, “Sweet Bake Shop: Delightful Desserts for the Sweetest of Occasions”, which is now available for purchase!
Sweet Bake Shop Book
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A Sweet Holiday Gift Guide For The BakerIn Your Life (+ a Giveaway!)


Gift-giving season is just around the corner and every holiday season, I get asked the question “What should I get my girlfriend/wife/mom/friend who loves to bake?”. The short answer is that it really depends. How much do you want to spend? What do they already own? Where should you shop? So many questions!

This year, I’ve decided to put together a list of things that I personally would love to receive as gifts or in my stocking. Some are items that I’ll have available in my online shop (coming soon!) and some are just personal favourites of mine that I think any baker would love and appreciate!

The Sweet Holiday Gift Guide


1. A cute watch covered in macarons, because who doesn’t want that?! (Available at Swatch)

2. Cake pans – we can never have too many, especially when they’re adorable. (Available at Macy’s )

3. Cute plates to display our treats on. Yes please! (Available in my online shop soon)

4. Sweet, baking-themed tree ornaments are always appreciated and loved. (Available from The Cross Design)

5. Spatulas! We go through these like crazy when we’re in the kitchen. The more, the merrier! (Available in my online shop soon)

6. Pretty key chains with baked goods on them, especially the ones from Laduree. (Available from Laduree)

7. A KitchenAid mixer. The obvious gift that we all love so much! (Available from KitchenAid)

8. Cookie cutters of all shapes and sizes – we love these! (Available in my online shop soon)

9. Paper cupcake liners. Bonus points if they’re cute! (Available in my online shop soon)

10. Sweet mugs or tea cups. There will be times when baking projects get us out of bed super early or keep us up late and drinking lattes out of an adorable mug makes the experience a little sweeter. (Available in my online shop soon)

A Sweet Giveaway!

This contest is now closed. Thank you so much to all who entered! The winner is Mary W (the 17th commenter)! Mary, you should receive an email shortly with instructions. Thanks to all and Happy Holidays!

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Because I love the holidays and giving gifts so much, I’ll be giving all of these things away to one lucky winner! To enter, leave a comment below and tell me what your favourite holiday treat to bake is – that’s it! Be sure to enter your email so I’m able to contact you (don’t worry, it won’t be shared with anyone) if you win. One entry per person. Contest open worldwide. Contest closes Friday November 27, 2015 at 12 pm EST. The winner will be announced here on the blog in this post shortly after and will be contacted via email.

Good luck!

Tessa xo

  • Michael Charms
    Posted at 10:08h, 21 November

    Amazing giveaway!

    My fav thing is cinnamon buns with extra raisins!

  • Tammy waterhouse
    Posted at 10:08h, 21 November

    Gingerbread houses and gingerbread boys and girls.

  • Holly
    Posted at 10:14h, 21 November

    My grandma’s famous shortbread cookies

  • Jacklyn
    Posted at 10:16h, 21 November

    I love making egg nog bundt cakes and gingerbread!

  • Debbie
    Posted at 10:18h, 21 November

    My favorite holiday treat to bake is Christmas cookies, and now that I’ve taken a class and spent hours watching videos online, I think this year will be the best treats yet! Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Neasa
    Posted at 10:18h, 21 November

    I love baking gingerbread and gingerbread houses around Christmas!

  • Leah
    Posted at 10:20h, 21 November

    I love to make peppermint bark!

  • Lydia Gibson
    Posted at 10:21h, 21 November

    my grandma’s English Christmas cake. Bake it I’m October and decorate just before Christmas. 2 months working out how to decorate it is a fantastic way to spend me time

  • Ryan Jung
    Posted at 10:23h, 21 November

    Chritmas themed sugar cookies and fondant cake! I love playing with fondants and royal icing but ever since having a child has made me make excuses of not being able to do so. However Christmas is one of those days that I must MUST bake despite the sleepless nights! Hope my LO grows up one day to join me bake such fun creations:)

  • Coral Arratia
    Posted at 10:23h, 21 November

    Muy favorite dessert are nut cookies, we have so much baking them.

  • Peggy Eary
    Posted at 10:32h, 21 November

    Bar cookies!

  • Melissa Roberts
    Posted at 10:42h, 21 November

    Christmas Sugar cookies!! No better way to get into the Christmas spirit!!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 10:46h, 21 November

    Love this give away!!!
    My fav would have to be baking my own gingerbread houses and letting my 2 young children decorate them. It’s so much fun xo

  • Carolyn Zach
    Posted at 11:00h, 21 November

    Gingerbread men and ladies!!

  • Bina
    Posted at 11:01h, 21 November

    My favourite recipe during Christmas are my grandma’s secret shortbread cookies! They literally just melt in my mouth! 🙂

  • Audrey
    Posted at 11:02h, 21 November

    My favourite treat to make during the holidays are almond crescents with half of it dipped in chocolate! My mom made these every Christmas when I was a kid and now I make them for my family.

  • Mary W.
    Posted at 11:03h, 21 November

    I love to bake and decorate holiday themed sugar cookies with royal icing! It’s so fun to design them and even better to eat them. 🙂

  • Tanya
    Posted at 11:10h, 21 November

    Mmm anything with eggnog for the holidays! I make some delicious eggnog cupcakes.

  • Syzette
    Posted at 11:14h, 21 November

    Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

  • Stephanie Ibbott
    Posted at 11:21h, 21 November

    I love baking so this feels like an impossible task to narrow down what I love baking the most during the holidays. I would have to choose sugar cookies with royal icing. They are so fun to make, taste delicious and stay fresh for a while. Plus, people love them!

  • Taelor
    Posted at 11:21h, 21 November

    I love making butter tarts. Or crossets (I’m not sure how it’s spelled.) it’s basically fried dough that’s on an iron in the shape of a star that then gets dipped in sugar! It’s my in-laws tradition and I’ve happily joined in with them!

  • Tracy K
    Posted at 11:28h, 21 November

    I love making shortbread cookies for Christmas morning!

  • Kyla
    Posted at 11:30h, 21 November

    My dad’s shortbread. The recipe I have has little notes and drawings on it from when I was a kid.

  • Cathy
    Posted at 11:36h, 21 November

    Would love to win these gifts for my favourite bakers! Miss your shop like crazy and look forward to your online shop although will still be missing my favourite sugar cookie. (Giraffes) and cupcakes!!!

  • Heidi
    Posted at 11:46h, 21 November

    Peppermint checkerboard cookies! My friends and family wait for them all year long! Some of my friends will even bring over an extra container to try and steal some to take home with them!

  • Amy
    Posted at 12:11h, 21 November

    What a sweet gift guide! My daughter and I love baking holiday sugar cookies!

  • Kimberley
    Posted at 12:13h, 21 November

    Hi Tessa!

    My favourite holiday treat to bake is shortbread cookies; they smell and taste like the holidays! I love to eat a few right after I take them out of oven, have a cup of tea ready and watch A Christmas Carol.

    Cheers and Merry Christmas!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 12:16h, 21 November

    My grandma’s Danish Butter Cookies (Vaniljekranse) no mixer all my hand makes it even more special.

  • Joanna Yip
    Posted at 12:35h, 21 November

    I love making cake pops decorated with Christmas colors!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 13:00h, 21 November

    My grandmothers spritz cookies…..such cherished memories of baking these with her at Christmas ☺️

  • Eva
    Posted at 13:00h, 21 November

    Gingerbread cookies! No, wait…peppermint truffles! No wait…egg nog cookies! No wait…oh, do I have to choose just one? For me, the holidays are for baking an overload of goodies to share with family & friends 🙂

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 13:02h, 21 November

    I love a good holiday cookie, Gingerbread and Sugar cookies especially! Since I was little it was a family tradition to gather all the kids and decorate the Christmas cookies and for us to get creative. Soo fun!!

  • Charlie
    Posted at 13:02h, 21 November

    Scrummy yummy Butter Tarts!

  • Monica
    Posted at 13:06h, 21 November

    My parents immigrated to Canada from Poland and my mom always made this traditional poppyseed cake. I remember wanting to have the sugar cookies I was seeing everywhere, and I will never forget when my mom took it upon herself to figure out a recipe and make Christmas sugar cookies with me shaped like Santa & snowmen. I still love making them to this day— and I still absolutely love the poppyseed cake!

  • Lisa Toste
    Posted at 13:12h, 21 November

    My favourite thing to bake during the Christmas holiday is gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting!

  • Grace Escudero
    Posted at 13:24h, 21 November

    I love making German Linzer cookies every Christmas!

  • Emily
    Posted at 13:27h, 21 November

    Definitely Christmas sugar cookies 🙂

  • Poonam
    Posted at 13:35h, 21 November

    My butterscotch salted nut bars are always a hit during the holidays!

  • Fatima
    Posted at 13:47h, 21 November

    My favourite treat to make during the holiday is of course gingerbread cookies!

  • Madison
    Posted at 13:53h, 21 November

    My extra sweet & spicy gingerbread cookies are my favourite! The scent of the cookies baking in the oven make the holidays very real for me. 🙂

  • Lori
    Posted at 14:03h, 21 November

    Chocolate peppermint cake!

  • Alessandra
    Posted at 14:03h, 21 November

    Ciao Tessa
    Ti seguo da tantissimo tempo e ti scrivo in italiano perché il mio inglese non è un granché…comunque il dolce tipico in Italia. ..IL PANETTONE! Lo conosci? Quando si mangia il panettone è sempre natale! Merry christmas!

  • Kim
    Posted at 14:30h, 21 November

    Mud pie….a dessert I have been serving for Christmas these past 32 years.

  • Megan
    Posted at 15:34h, 21 November

    I love to bake and decorate sugar cookies. I do it year round, but it’s always more special at Christmas!

  • Sonja
    Posted at 15:53h, 21 November

    My favourite treat to bake at this time of year is a Dutch treat called Speculaas with almond filing, it’s so good.

  • Isabelle
    Posted at 15:58h, 21 November

    Although I live in Australia and the temperature can get up to 40+ degrees celsius! (105 Fahrenheit) I still love to bake the classics! I would have to say my favourite though are gingerbread cookies (or a house) and then decorating them in pretty festive patterns with royal icing!

  • Jenna
    Posted at 16:09h, 21 November

    I love to make peppermint bark, cinnamon candied pecans almond roca and peanut brittle! 🙂 thanks for the chance at the giveaway, Tessa!


  • Patricia
    Posted at 16:30h, 21 November

    My favorite thing to bake during the holidays is a variety of Christmas cookies. I can never decide on just one.

  • Sheena
    Posted at 16:38h, 21 November

    My favourite holiday baking is a family tradition of Italian cookies. We make lemon cookies, amaretti, castagnel cookies, chocolate samba a and many more.

  • Jason
    Posted at 16:42h, 21 November

    I personally don’t bake but I do love the memories we are building in our home of my wife baking away during the holidays. The smell of her cookies and cupcakes are Devine. I hope to win this for her!

  • Sheena
    Posted at 17:07h, 21 November

    My favourite holiday baking is if our traditional Italian cookies. We bake everything g from lemon cookies, casagnel, amaretti and chocolate sambu a cookies.

  • Madison
    Posted at 17:49h, 21 November

    Love this gift!!

    My fav thing to bake for the holidays is brownies!!

  • Tara
    Posted at 17:59h, 21 November

    Nothing is better than my mom’s amaretto cookies to spread some holiday cheer ❤️

  • Colleen Inglis
    Posted at 18:46h, 21 November

    My favourite cookie to bake is a chocolate chunk gingerbread.

  • Mandy
    Posted at 19:58h, 21 November

    I love making gingerbread men!

  • Jessica Mills
    Posted at 20:02h, 21 November

    Cookies!! All kinds, but really trying to perfect my sugar cookies right now!

  • Allysha
    Posted at 21:05h, 21 November

    I love to bake your classic sugar cookie with holiday themed royal icong decorations!

  • Tyla
    Posted at 22:05h, 21 November

    I am in love with this giveaway!! it is pretty hard to narrow done my favourite thing to bake for the holidays. My grandmothers shortbread cookies drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with sprinkles are to die for. Sprinkles make everything better! Our tradition with my 4 kids is to always make a gingerbread house and gingerbread people. However this year you have inspired me to attempt holiday sugar cookies with royal icing! Maybe a new tradition, even if they don’t look as beautiful as yours , they will taste good!!

  • Jo
    Posted at 22:24h, 21 November

    I love to bake anything with sprinkles during the holidays. Love sugar cookies!!

  • Anita
    Posted at 22:30h, 21 November

    Awesome giveaway! I love making shortbread cookies for the holidays! 🙂

  • Daniel
    Posted at 22:33h, 21 November

    Christmas cookies

  • Kelly
    Posted at 22:39h, 21 November

    Sugar cookies! 🙂

  • Susan
    Posted at 23:44h, 21 November

    Hi Tessa!
    My favourite item to make during the Christmas holidays is sticky toffee pudding cake, topped with a warm rum sauce. So yummy and all my family and friends love it!
    Happy baking from Ottawa! (Love your Instagram posts)!!

  • Alyson
    Posted at 00:31h, 22 November

    My favorite thing to bake during the holidays are something we call melting moments….basically 2 shortbread cookies with buttercream in the middle!

  • Kelly
    Posted at 03:56h, 22 November

    Great gift ideas!!
    My favorite treats to bake are Pfeffernüse cookies. Sweet, soft, and tiny little spice cookies. Perfect for the holidays, but lets be real, i could honestly eat them all year round!

  • Jen J.
    Posted at 11:26h, 22 November

    Peppermint macarons filled with dark chocolate ganache. I even had the non-macaron lovers eating these! Merry Christmas! xo

  • Alma
    Posted at 11:38h, 22 November

    My favourite holiday treat to bake (and decorate) are gingerbread men! 🙂

  • Amber
    Posted at 11:51h, 22 November

    Hi! I love to bake sugar cookies during the holidays , my kids help and we pass them out to our neighbours and friends, we made melting snowman cookies last year! They came out a little messy but it was fun! And I’m still trying to learn everything baking I love it!

  • Meg H
    Posted at 13:45h, 22 November

    Homemade butter tarts complete with from-scratch pastry!

  • Dianne
    Posted at 14:04h, 22 November

    My favorite holiday thing to make is peppermint truffles! Yum!

  • Jillian
    Posted at 16:31h, 22 November

    Extra gooey, fluffy cinnamon buns, covered in cream cheese icing are my favorite thing to make at Christmas. Christmas morning the only day of the year I feel zero guilt for eating them 😉 Yum!

  • Alana
    Posted at 16:48h, 22 November

    Rolo cookies!

  • Amy rose
    Posted at 16:53h, 22 November

    Anything pumpkin! Pumpkin roll, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream!

  • Lilliana
    Posted at 20:46h, 22 November

    Egg nog cream pie! Or gooey white chocolate peppermint macarons!

  • Lisamarie
    Posted at 22:11h, 22 November

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite! But I guess I would have to say that my favorite holiday treat to bake are my grandma’s Butterplätzchen!! They are buttery with a slight crunch, and just absolutely delicious! We make them into festive shapes and they get a brush of egg yolk before heading into the oven! Whenever my grandparents come from Germany for the holidays, these are ALWAYS made! 🙂

  • Katarina Greer
    Posted at 23:27h, 22 November

    My fave christmas treat to make is christmas shortbread cookies with Royal green and red icing!

  • Spring marzorini
    Posted at 00:37h, 23 November

    Gingerbread cookies!

  • Andrea Boring
    Posted at 01:09h, 23 November

    Breton Brittle and homemade butter tarts!! Black Forest Trifle for Christmas Dinner Dessert!

  • Ellie nelson
    Posted at 09:55h, 23 November

    My favorite thing to bake during Christmas is my chocolate peppermint cake. Chocolate cake with a peppermint buttercream topped with crushed candy canes.

  • Melissa Stus
    Posted at 10:20h, 23 November

    My favourite thing to bake during the holidays is sugar cookies that have been decorated with royal icing! My gingerbread cupcakes come in a close second though!

  • BlessedTA
    Posted at 10:43h, 23 November

    shortbread cookies

  • Precious
    Posted at 12:22h, 23 November

    I loooove making spiced pumpkin cake with egg nog cream cheese filling. And always classic iced sugar cookies with extra sprinkles for breakfast on Christmas morning!

  • Ashley Scott
    Posted at 12:28h, 23 November

    My favorite holiday treats to make are raspberry almond thumbprint cookies & mexican wedding cakes! I make 20 different kinds of cookies and plate them all cute to give away as gifts, and the raspberry almond and mexican wedding cakes just barely make it into the trays (because I eat just about all of them).

  • Debbie
    Posted at 12:48h, 23 November

    I love making homemade marshmallows and baking sugar cookies so I can decorate them!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 13:39h, 23 November

    Getting together with the family to make sugar cookies, peppermint marshmallows, cupcakes or whatever we seem to be craving. But the best is the gingerbread house competition!

  • KristinaLee
    Posted at 13:45h, 23 November

    Magic Cookie Bars. Yup…I really need to up my baking game!

  • Christine
    Posted at 13:53h, 23 November

    My favorite holiday treat is mini gingerbread men!

  • Laura Martens
    Posted at 15:03h, 23 November

    My favorite treat to bake around the holidays is a german Mennonite cookie called Hanchen. When I first received the recipe it was in German and missing some steps but with the help from my Oma, I was able to figure it out and produce some cookies that I grew up eating!

  • Brooke
    Posted at 15:11h, 23 November

    My grandmother’s date cookies and plum cake…mmmmmm

  • Sweetcakesbydari
    Posted at 16:05h, 23 November

    My favorite treat to make during the holidays are mantecaditos ( In Spanish) or shortbread cookies with guava filling. Thanks for the give away and good luck to everyone.

  • ginette4
    Posted at 07:42h, 24 November

    I also love the holidays and love love love to bake..my favourite thing to bake for Christmas is peanut butter balls..quite a bit of work because I make so many but so well worth it..thank you for the great giveaway!

  • Ari aj
    Posted at 09:17h, 24 November

    I love baking sugar cookies..using all the different cookie cutters then decorating them.

  • Jules
    Posted at 13:13h, 24 November

    I absolutely love making by chewy double chocolate chip cookies! It is my moms recipe and I am grateful to have it since she doesn’t share any of her recipes!

  • Mary
    Posted at 16:37h, 24 November

    My favorite treat is divinity or pecan logs

  • Nelly
    Posted at 19:33h, 24 November

    i recently taught my daughter to make flan. I think hers tastes and looks better, but she INSISTS i make mine every Christmas. She makes me feel so special, and i love when we make it together.

  • Lydia W.
    Posted at 20:46h, 24 November

    Hi, My favorite dessert to bake around the holiday is my brownie torte with strawberrys and whip cream! Have a great Holiday everyone!!!

  • Evelyn W
    Posted at 21:26h, 24 November

    Hi Tessa,
    I love baking all sorts of delectable baked goods for the holidays; so it’s tough to pick just one. But if I must I’ll pick my great great Grandmothers chocolate drop cookies 🙂
    Have a great holiday season,

  • Linda Morton
    Posted at 23:06h, 24 November


  • Lindsay Wozniak
    Posted at 23:07h, 24 November

    What a great giveaway! My favorite is making cupcakes 🙂

  • Suji Moon
    Posted at 00:04h, 25 November

    Pavlova! With lots oh whipped cream and fruits…

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 14:45h, 25 November

    My favourite thing to make during Christmas is decorated sugar cookies!

  • Kiko
    Posted at 21:09h, 25 November

    Sugar cookies! They’re a classic.

  • Megan Principato
    Posted at 23:40h, 25 November

    Hi Tessa!
    I love baking and decorating cut-out cookies anytime of the year but Christmas seems to make it so much more special as it gives me the chance to add lots of glitz and glam to my cookies. I like to wrap each in a cello bag with a coordinating ribbon and give as gifts

  • Tamara Arnew
    Posted at 09:45h, 26 November

    Peppermint Bark of the Williams-Sonoma variety (with a copycat recipe)!

  • Beverley Nunes
    Posted at 10:14h, 26 November

    I can’t wait for your online shop and I am so glad you’re sharing your recipes with us! I always wanted to visit your shop to try things you post on your Instagram but I’m all the way in the UK so I wanted also to thank you for sharing your recipes!

    Christmas spice cookies are my favourite at this time of the year!

  • Joanne Smith
    Posted at 16:56h, 26 November

    Whipped shortbread with little cherry pieces on top are my favorite! My grandmother and mother have always made them so it’s a nice tradition

  • Jill
    Posted at 10:05h, 27 November

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies! I’ve been baking them since I was young so now I’ve perfected my recipe! Nom nom nom