6 Essential Ingredients For Holiday Baking

Stock up on our top pantry picks for a successful (and tasty) baking season.

1

Best Chocolate Chips: Guittard Real Semisweet Chocolate Chips

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These boast an authentic, rich chocolate flavor, and the way they melt in a cookie is luscious.

To buy: $4 for 12 oz.; target.com.

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2

Best Vanilla Extract: Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract

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With its sweet aroma, dark color, and lack of added sugars, this pure vanilla extract is as real as they come.

To buy: $25 for 8 oz.; amazon.com.

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3

Best All-Purpose Flour: King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

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A number one pick in our book thanks to its stellar and consistent results, this unbleached flour is preservative- and GMO-free.

To buy: $4 for 5 lb.; at grocery stores or kingathurflour.com.

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4

Best Fruit Spread: D’arbo Rose Apricot Fruit Spread

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Tastes like you picked the apricots yourself and placed them right in the jar. The texture and subtle sweetness are on point. Thumbprint cookies are calling!

To buy: $5 for 16 oz.; yummybazaar.com.

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5

Best Cinnamon: Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon

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Warm and fragrant without being overpowering. Bonus: Its wide- mouthed top leaves plenty of room to dip in a measuring spoon.

To buy: $6 for 2.45 oz.; jet.com.

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6

Best Baking Butter: Plugrá European Style Butter Unsalted

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Baked goods made with this rich European butter have an exquisite, tender texture, with deep buttery notes throughout.

To buy: $5 for 8 oz.; walmart.com.

Photo by Brian Henn