Yes, you really do need all that butter.

One of the magical things about Cookiepalooza—a single epic day of holiday cookie baking that yields almost 200 (!) cookies—is taking a bunch of unassuming raw ingredients and turning them into piles upon piles of beautiful, beautiful-smelling treats. It's alchemy.

Royal Icing
Credit: Photography by Ryan Liebe

Holiday Cookiepalooza Shopping List:

Eggs, dairy & fruit

4 lb. unsalted butter

7 eggs

1 orange

1 lemon


6 1/3 plus ¼ cup confectioners' sugar

2 ¼ cup sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup turbinado sugar

¾ cup dark brown sugar

½ cup dark or robust molasses

Spices, extracts & seasonings

1/3 cup crystallized ginger

3 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tbsp. grated peeled fresh ginger

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

1 ¼ tsp. fennel seeds

1 tsp. pure peppermint extract

1 tsp. espresso powder

¼ tsp. ground cloves

Food coloring

Baking staples

13 cups flour

24 saltine crackers (about half of a sleeve)

2 ½ tsp salt

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. baking powder

½ cup shortening

Chocolate & candy

12 oz. milk chocolate

12 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate

7 oz. starlight mints or candy canes

2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

Nuts, nut butter & jam

11 oz. hazelnuts

1 ¼ cup walnuts

1 cup creamy peanut butter

¾ cup salted roasted cashews

¾ cup raspberry jam

Cecily McAndrews kneading dough
Credit: Photography by Ryan Liebe

Besides groceries, here are more essentials:

  • Parchment paper (get lots!)
  • Piping bags or gallonsize freezer bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cookie scoops, 1 and 1 1/2-tbsp. capacity
  • Food coloring
  • Bakery boxes (for gifting)
  • Bakery twine (for tying the boxes)
  • Gift labels
  • Something supereasy for lunch (I recommend charcuterie, bread, cheese, and fruit—and, of course, rejected cookies)

Have your baking buddy bring:

  • Extra cooling racks
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cookie sheets
  • Plastic containers
  • A spare hand mixer (or if she has the same type of stand mixer as you, just the bowl and the paddle attachment)

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