A Well Stocked Pantry for the Holidays

Are you prepared for the holiday baking season? Having a well stocked pantry ensures you’re ready to tackle it all— cookies, gingerbread, fudge, toffee and more.

I try to stock up on the essentials before Thanksgiving and never let my supply get too low, so I’m ready when I get the itch the bake. When I buy ingredients like flour and sugar, I always buy double, because I go through it much quicker than I think I will.

Here’s what I currently have in my pantry. A quick note: this list is by no means comprehensive, but a list of what I’ve found to be the most important for me and my kitchen. Your list may read differently depending on your preferences.

Pantry Must Haves

All-purpose flour
Whole wheat flour
Granulated sugar
Brown sugar
Powdered sugar
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Old-fashioned rolled oats
Baking powder
Baking soda
Table salt and coarse salt
Nuts— pecans, walnuts, and almonds
Shredded Coconut— sweetened and unsweetened
Pure vanilla extract
Pure peppermint extract
Spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger
Chocolate— bittersweet, semisweet, and white
Pumpkin Puree
Corn syrup
Dried or fresh cranberries
Fun seasonal candy like candy canes, M&Ms, etc.

Not only is a well stocked pantry important, but it’s helpful to have your fridge stocked as well!

Fridge Must Haves

Unsalted butter
Whole Milk
Heavy Cream
Large Eggs

Is there anything missing from my list? What do you stock in your pantry for holiday baking?