10 Must-have Staples for Holiday Baking

When it's time to make sugar cookies, you don't want to be missing that key ingredient. See more pictures of holiday baked goods.
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Come November, memories of summer fun start fading into the reality of dark days and cold nights. But even though the gloom is settling outside, there's light and warmth indoors -- it's baking season. This is the time for all bakers to roll up their sleeves, dust off their oven mitts and hit the cookbooks to find out just what figgy pudding actually is.

When we talk about holiday baking, we're not talking about loaves of homemade bread. While that's fine for other seasons, the holidays are a time to pile on the butter, loosen the belt and really give the old sweet tooth a workout. But if you dream of flaky crusts, fresh cinnamon cookies and thick dollops of whipped cream, you're going to need supplies -- and lots of them. Up next, we'll take a look at 10 must-have ingredients to keep stocked during the holiday baking season.