Our Great Value guide to holiday baking will help you plan the sweets menu as you celebrate during the festive season. After all, food, family and friends are the most important ingredients for the sweetest memories this time of year.

Whether it’s your turn to host the whole family for turkey dinner or you’ve volunteered to take a dessert to the office Christmas party, Walmart’s Holiday Baking: Great Value Guide makes it easy for you to prep and present delectable delights that will satisfy every sweet tooth on your guest list. With these simple yet yummy recipes and baking ingredients, you can make entertaining look effortless.

Table of Contents:

  1. What should I bake for the holidays?
  2. What can I bake for Christmas gifts?
  3. What are some Christmas desserts?

What should I bake for the holidays?

The hustle and bustle of the season doesn’t just happen on city sidewalks! Your kitchen becomes a busy hub of holiday baking as you prepare for the parties that you’ll be hosting and attending.

Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 15 min
Serving size: 12

Easy Shortbread Cookies

A Christmas tradition in many homes, shortbread cookies are simple to make and fun for kids to help decorate. They provide that little something sweet you need after a big meal or with a cup of tea. Add red and green sugar sprinkles and they make a pretty addition to any holiday party spread, luncheon table, or buffet. They’re ideal for Secret Santa gifting and neighbourhood cookie swaps too.


Great Value Artificial Vanilla Extract

This easy recipe for shortbreads offers a healthy twist with oatmeal. It also has a wonderful familiar taste and aroma of vanilla. If you’re planning to do a lot of holiday cookie baking, make sure you don’t run out of the basic flavouring by stocking your kitchen cupboard with this Great Value ingredient.

Prep time: 22 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serving size: 10

Becel Tarts

These delectable tidbits will be the hit of any dessert table during the festive season. They get their rich buttery taste and flaky crust from Becel Buttery Taste margarine. Whether you have a weakness for pastries or are seeking health-conscious dietary options, here’s a trans-fat free version of the traditional butter tart that will satisfy your sweet craving.


Great Value Original All-Purpose Flour

The pastry chef who wants to save their money to buy presents will want to stock the pantry with our Great Value all-purpose flour before baking these tarts or other holiday recipes for Christmas. A kitchen staple, it’s enriched and pre-sifted for the best results when you make pies, cookies, cakes and all your favourite baked goods.

Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 1hr 10 min
Serving size: 12

Cranberry-Orange Loaf

With its blend of sweetness and tartness, this classic loaf is a favourite at any festive function. It’s ideal if you’re looking for something you can bake in advance, freeze and have at the ready to slice and serve when company drops by during the holidays. Perfect to take to Christmas brunches, teas or office parties, it holds up beautifully when you transport it.

Great Value Real MayonnaiseGreat-Value-Real-Mayonnaise

The secret ingredient to making these homemade fruit loaves rich, tender and moist is real mayonnaise! Frugal chefs might like to try our Great Value version of the refrigerator staple. Creamy and budget-wise, it’s a versatile mayo that’s not just a sandwich spread but can be used instead of oil in this delicious sweet bread recipe or your cake batter to enhance taste and texture.


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What can I bake for Christmas gifts?

Need a Secret Santa gift idea? Holiday baking made with Great Value products helps create affordable yet thoughtful homemade edible presents to give hard-to-shop-for people, neighbours, coworkers and teachers.

Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 10 min
Serving size: 24

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Consumable gifts that are cute too! Gingerbread men are as fun to give as they are to receive. The spicy flavour and aroma of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg stir up warm childhood memories of grandma’s kitchen and Christmases past. Continue the tradition by handing your kids cookie cutters so they can help cut out the cookie dough and decorate the different festive characters and shapes however they like with icing, raisins, candy and sprinkles. With such sweet personal touches and fresh-baked yumminess, these cookies are adorable for dressing up Christmas packages and gift baskets or stuffing stockings. No one can resist a homemade present that you can also eat! By the way, if anyone asks, Santa Claus likes having these old-fashioned gingerbread cookies with ice-cold milk or hot cocoa.


Great Value Fancy Molasses

Granny always kept fancy molasses in the cupboard for her holiday cookie recipes. Our Great Value alternative is a smart idea for the modern-day baker trying to stick to a grocery budget.

Prep time: 15
Cooking time: 25
Serving size: 20

Festive Thumbprint Cookies

These buttery treats are popular for cookie exchange parties or gifting. Whole wheat flour makes them a healthier choice for those with a sweet tooth. After baking, spoon different jams and preserves into the centres to provide a tempting variety. The cookies freeze well too, so you can make them ahead and just take them out when company drops by at Christmastime and New Year’s.


Great Value Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

You can easily modify the ingredients according to dietary restrictions or taste. For example, if you’re making this thumbprint cookie recipe for someone with a nut allergy, simply use Great Value unsweetened desiccated coconut instead of pecans.

Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 1 min
Serving size: 12

Salty & Sweet Chocolate Nut Clusters

Okay, technically, these are no-bake treats, but you’ll want to include them among your favourite holiday baking recipes. So simple to make and soooo scrumptious to eat, they’re crunchy clusters that provide the most decadent sweet-n-salty combination of chocolate and nuts.


Great Value Foil Baking Cups

These chocolatey, nutty morsels are so irresistibly delicious, you may not want to give them away! If you do decide to share, we have Great Value foil cups for a pretty chocolate-box-style presentation.


What are some Christmas desserts?

Plan your festive Christmas dinner menu with traditional holiday baking faves and yummy new dessert ideas. Using Great Value products and these recipes, you’ll save time and money while impressing your guests.

Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 55 min
Serving size: 8

Signature Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pies are a hit at most traditional holiday feasts and celebrations. Easy and delicious, this pie uses ready-made pastry shells. It will become your go-to whether you’re hosting a big family gathering or when it’s your turn to take dessert to the in-law’s place for Christmas dinner. It only calls for five simple ingredients and takes little time to prepare. Don’t forget to top with whipped cream!


Great Value Deep Dish Pie Shells

You don’t have to be a French pastry chef when you have these Great Value deep dish pie shells in the freezer. Boasting a deliciously flaky texture, they’re a lifesaver when there’s no time for baking homemade pies from scratch.




Great Value Whipped Topping

Put the perfect finishing touch on your holiday recipes for Christmas. Great Value offers a yummy, affordable alternative to whipped cream products. Swirl a dollop or three of this sweet, creamy dessert topping on pies, cakes, or special coffees and hot chocolate to make them even more tantalizing. What a treat!

Prep time: 20 min
Cooking time: 0
Serving size: 14

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream Torte

A chocolate-and-coffee-lover’s dream, this torte is a decadent dessert that you can proudly serve to family and friends. It’s made with chocolate ice cream and wafer cookie crumbs, bittersweet chocolate squares plus espresso granules to create that mouth-watering mocha flavour sensation. It doesn’t take long to prepare—the hardest part will be waiting for it to come out of the fridge!


Great Value Sweetened Condensed Milk

Don’t forget to add a can of sweetened condensed milk to your ingredient list when planning to wow your guests with one of these tortes. Great Value offers a cost-effective alternative, so you can always keep a few cans in your pantry to enhance the richness of your desserts whenever you need to bake for a special occasion.

Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 1 hr 15 min
Serving size: 8

Spiced Cranberry Holiday Cake

You’ll hear admiring oohs and ahhs when you bring this impressive spice cake out after dinner. Guests will be delighted to discover it tastes as amazing as it looks! It’s spiced up with cinnamon and ginger plus has tart cranberries, orange zest and sweet plump raisins in it. Best served warm and drizzled with whipped cream (or custard, if you like), it’s the ultimate finale to your annual Christmas feast or Boxing Day buffet.


Great Value Golden Cake Mix

Oh, don’t let the impressive look of this spiced cranberry confection fool you! Certain to become one of your favourite holiday dessert recipes, this crowd-pleaser is made with a cake mix from Canada’s Great Value line of products to make baking easier during the busy festive season. Shhh! We won’t tell!

Serve and share scrumptious desserts and baked goods by following our easy festive holiday baking recipes. Walmart’s Great Value guide to holiday baking will have you celebrating sweet moments over the Christmas season. Don’t give all those yummy cookies away—you’ll need to save a few to leave out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to fuel him for his long journey.

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Kelli Rickard lives just east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a senior copywriter and former radio announcer, she’s a seasoned communicator who has written about everything from kitchen spatulas to rock stars to news stories for nearly 30 years. Kelli is a proud Maritimer who loves cooking healthy meals and puttering around the house as her tuxedo-wearing cat supervises. When not perfecting the art of being a homebody, she enjoys trips to nearby beaches and distant shores with her husband, working out, and catching up with friends over great food and wine.