Best Holiday Baking Recipes and Tips

Recipes for cookies, pies, tarts, and more…plus, how-to videos on creating the cutest, most beautiful bakery-worthy holiday cookies.

7 Christmas and Holiday Cookie Decorating Ideas

Want to make simple sugar cookies truly showstopping? Combine festive decorations with clever how-tos.

6 Make-Ahead Chocolate Desserts for the Holidays

Take the stress out of holiday baking with these easy and enchanting recipes.

Creative Dessert Table Ideas

Sweet and festive ideas for an unforgettable celebration.


Cookie Decorating 101

17 Tips for Hosting a Cookie Swap

Whether you’re hosting your own party or baking up dozens as a guest, keep these tips in mind to ensure a sweet time is had by all.

Etiquette Questions, Answered: Cookie Exchange Party

Real Simple's Modern Manners columnist helps you navigate holiday cookie swap etiquette.