November 19, 2019  

Organize Your Christmas Cookie Baking Schedule (Free Printables)


Getting Ready for holiday baking? Download these free Christmas baking list printables to help you plan your Christmas cookie baking schedule this year.

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Are you ready for holiday baking season?! Even if you’re not quite ready to start mixing up cookie dough today, it’s never too early to start planning out all of the goodies you want to make!

If you love baking cookies and sweets to package up as gifts, bring to holiday events, or serve to your guests, you know the baking frenzy will be here soon. Whether you keep it simple with a batch of gingerbread men or go overboard with a dozen cookie varieties, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead!

I whipped up a few spiffy holiday baking printables to help you get organized now so you’re prepared for all of the baking to come. Use these printables to bring your cookie-baking A-game this year!

If you’re not quite ready to think about baking Christmas cookies, go ahead and save the image below to Pinterest so you have the printables when you need them!

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Printable Christmas Baking Planner

This set of free printables includes all of the checklists and planners you need to organize your Christmas baking this year. Click here for instant access to the set, which includes:

  • Holiday baking plan
  • Holiday baking checklist
  • Holiday baking scheduler
  • Holiday baking shopping list
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Holiday Baking Plan

This planning page is awesome to use while brainstorming your baking plans. What Christmas cookies will you make this year? Are there any holiday breads or candies you’d like to try? When will you need to bake desserts for gatherings?

Print a copy of this holiday baking plan printable and fill it in with all of your sweet ideas. The planning sheet is divided into categories for:

  • Cookies
  • Candies
  • Breads
  • Desserts
  • Other
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Christmas Baking Checklist

I also designed this baking checklist to help you keep track of all of the items you plan to bake including the quantity and the ‘bake by’ date.

Fill in this printable with all of the goodies you need to bake leading up to Christmas and use it as a checklist throughout the holiday season.

Take a few minutes to really think ahead to all of the occasions when you find yourself in need of baked goods around the holidays. Here are a few examples to spark your ideas:

  • School parties
  • Work parties
  • Neighbor gifts
  • Teacher gifts
  • Cookie exchanges
  • Family gatherings
  • Hosting overnight guests
  • Church events
  • Santa (don’t forget Santa’s cookies!)
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Christmas Cookie baking Schedule

Whether you go all out or keep things simple, there are a lot of details that go into Christmas baking. Planning time to bake cookies for optimal freshness, factoring in chill times, and deciding on the order to bake things in quickly becomes a lot of details to keep track of.

Use this printable schedule to plan out all of the logistics of your Christmas baking this year.

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Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan out your baking schedule:

Make cookie dough in advance

Most cookie doughs can be mixed and frozen as long as you wrap the dough well with plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag.

Even if you don’t freeze your dough, most doughts need to chill after mixing so it’s a good idea to factor that into your schedule.

Batch your tasks

If you’re doing a lot of baking this year, consider batching the mixing, baking, and decorating for multiple recipes into a few baking days.

On baking day, order your cookies from the lowest temperature to the highest so you can easily increase the temperature in between batches.

Batching by task also allows for proper cooling times. If you mix the dough one day, then you can let it chill overnight before baking it, and then you can let the cookies cool overnight before frosting them.

Cut down on dishes by mixing everything at once

If you’re strategic (and don’t have allergies to worry about), you can cut down on dishes a lot by mixing up all of your doughs at one time. Mix up the doughs in order of lightest to darkest so you don’t need to wash the bowls and beaters between every single batch. Doing this all at once also means you won’t have to wash your measuring cups and spoons as often.

Don’t forget about prep tasks

Schedule in specific tasks like setting out butter and other ingredients that need to be brought to room temperature that morning or the night before.

Plan baking times around your schedule

Look at your calendar and choose days when you actually have time for baking. Also, consider the schedules of any helpers like your kids or the grandparents.

Package your baked goods right away

Rather than storing your baked goods in large containers, immediately package them in treat bags or cookie tins so they are ready to go. This will save you from having to take time to divide them up later.

Printable Shopping List

Create a master shopping list of all of the ingredients you need for your Christmas baking. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches if you take a bit of time to calculate your flour and sugar needs upfront instead of making last-minute runs to the store in the middle of baking day.

Inventory your pantry and create a detailed shopping list of everything else you need to purchase. And don’t forget to add containers, bags, boxes, trays, ribbons, and gift tags to that shopping list, too.

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Planning ahead is key to a stress-free holiday! I hope you’ll use this printable Christmas baking planner to get organized and hopefully it will result in even more tasty goodies! Don’t forget to click here and download your free printables.

You’re invited to join my free “4 Ways In 4 Days To Get Organized For The Holidays” Challenge. It’s a great way to dive deeper and get some free printables to help you get organized for the holidays.

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Have a fantastic day!

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About the author

Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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