Eleven months out of the year I try to limit myself to baking only once a week. I do this because I work at home and will eat every last crumb while my kid naps. Really. While she sleeps and I stare at my computer, baked goods call my name. It makes it awfully hard to concentrate.

But once the holidays roll around, I am a baking fool. I’d rather give the gift of baked goods and I think most of the people on my list prefer goodies from the kitchen. Here are a few recipes that are making me swoon this holiday season.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yeah, they get their very own category because they are my favorite.

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies from This Week For Dinner

Because I trust Jane and she’s never steered me wrong.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod

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Because cookies that include pretzels? SIGN ME UP.

Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from milk eggs chocolate

These will be filling my husband’s stocking this year.

Treats That Catch The Holiday Spirit

Brown Butter Crinkle Cookies from Cookies and Cups

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Because butter.

Pumpkin-y Molasses Spice Cookies from goodLife {eats}

Who says you have to retire your pumpkin cravings after Thanksgiving?

Gingerbread Cookies from Not Without Salt

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I’m a sucker for food that looks too pretty to eat.

Delicious Confections: Mint Melties from Everybody Likes Sandwiches

The post is a gift-bakers dream! Check out the links to the other gift worthy treats.

For The Ambitious Baker

Gingerbread Man Macarons from Craftstorming

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I’m in awe.

Pumpkin “Cinnamon Roll” Coffee Cake from Culinary Concotions by Peabody

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We’ve all been there, asking ourselves, “WHY am I doing this to myself?!”

Toasted Pecan Toffee from 101 Cookbooks

Anything that requires a candy thermometer is ambitious in my book.

Reindeer, Santa Hats, and Christmas Tree Cake Pops from Bakerella

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She makes it look easy. I would make it look like a hot mess.

Aaaaand Because There Is No Way I Could Pick Just One...

The Cookie Recipe page from Smitten Kitchen

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