One of the best things about working during the holiday season is all the Christmas-themed goodies that suddenly seem to make their way into the office. Yes, they may not be particularly good for your health (not to mention your waistline!), but how can you possibly resist the assortment of delectable Christmas cookies, squares, and cakes that come but once a year? Answer: you don’t!
While it’s easy to just sit back and indulge in your coworkers’ tasty creations, why not take the time to contribute and bake something yourself this year? There are plenty of delicious, shareable Christmas baking ideas that are appropriate for bakers of all skill levels – check out some of our favourites below!
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
This may not be a traditional Christmas favourite, but the red cranberries and green pistachios in this Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti certainly give off a festive feel! This is the perfect choice to go along with your office’s coffee, tea, or hot chocolate orders in the morning, as biscotti is great for dunking in a warm beverage. Try adding some orange zest or extract to the original recipe for an extra boost of flavour.
If you are looking for more of a traditional Christmas baking idea for the office, it’s hard to go wrong with Gingerbread Cookies. These delicious, spicy cookies are always a hit at the holidays, especially if you pair them with the right decorations, like this Sugar Cookie Icing. You can dress them up with classic Christmas colours or go the extra mile and personalize them for each of your coworkers!
Christmas Light Cupcakes
Those who are better at decorating than baking will have the chance to show off their skills to their coworkers with these Christmas Light Cupcakes. You’ll use store-bought cake mix and instant pudding mix instead of baking from scratch, which gives you more time to concentrate on getting the decorations just right. You could always use store-bought frosting as well, but if you don’t mind putting in the extra work then consider giving this Vanilla Buttercream Frosting a try.
Four-Flavour Sheet Pan Holiday Cookie
Do you want to share an assortment of baked goods with the office without having to do a whole lot of baking? Then you may be interested in this Four-Flavour Sheet Pan Holiday Cookie, which uses a combination of chocolate candies and store-bought dough to make 4 different kinds of treats. You’ll end up with chocolate-peanut butter, chocolate-chocolate chip, chocolate chip, and snickerdoodle cookies, which means there will certainly be something to please everyone.
Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies
Chocolate and mint can be a refreshing combination all year long, but they seem especially at home together around the holidays. These Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies manage to capture that magic, with chocolatey, fudgy brownies and chocolate ganache being paired with peppermint frosting and crushed candy canes. If you want to portion them out exactly for your coworkers you can always break out a ruler, but these will likely disappear so fast that no one will even notice!