I love cookbooks, cooking and baking and have a soft spot for a good holiday cookbook. I’m rounding up my favorites and sharing a handful of tips and tricks and favorites that I use from each one.

I love cooking Scandinavian food, especially at Christmas. We do a Swedish Christmas Eve – complete with Swedish meatballs, fruit soup, riced potatoes, peas, lefse, and of course cookies for dessert. I’m not saying that you need to do a Swedish meal for Christmas but it’s fun to incorporate our heritage in some way. You’ll see that a couple of the cookbooks are Scandinavian and they’re definitely our favorites.

Scandinavian Gatherings, by Melissa Bahen – this cookbook has great recipes for families and gatherings – I especially like the menus for the Nordic Brunch and the Woodland Tea Party.

Cookie Perfection, by Martha Stewart – just about every cookie recipe you might be looking for. We have our eyes on the Chocolate Mint Wafers, Swiss Meringues, and the Animal Gingerbread Cookies.

Scandikitchen Christmas, by Brontë Aurell – this book is all about comfort and winter and lots of Hygge. The photos alone will make you want to cuddle up under a blanket in front of the fire and get cozy with a Scandinavian meal cooking away.

Scandikitchen Fikka & Hygge, by Brontë Aurell – this book has comforting baked goods and Scandinavian favorites and plenty of cardamom.

Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook, by Maria Lichte – this is a new cookbook but we’ve already had success with the recipes we’ve made. Loved the Artichoke, Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Egg Casserole – we made it for Thanksgiving and it will probably make an appearance during Christmas and New Years week too.

Celebrations, by Danielle Walker – We don’t eat gluten free but I like to limit it and Danielle’s cookbooks are my go-tos for recipes. I love the Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes.

The Complete Make Ahead Cookbook, by America’s Test Kitchen – this is my favorite make ahead cookbook. I use it all year long but it’s great for holiday cooking recipes and ideas. Save time but prepping and planning ahead for the ‘big meal’.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays, by Ree Drummond – this is probably my favorite cookbook by The Pioneer Woman. I love the Christmas recipe selection!


You can see all of my Amazon favorites here (I have a whole section of cookbooks). Curious about some other books? Check out my other Book Stack posts.

Looking for more ways to simplify the holidays? Check out this post!.

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