The Baker's Box from Short Stacks and baking loot!

Being in the kitchen is therapeutic for many of us and more so for me during the holidays months. I start planning my baking in September when the holiday baking magazines hit the shelves. Over the next month we will have a treasure trove of giveaways for cookbooks, cookware and more but today's giveaway is geared toward the baker.


To start off this collection, we have The Baker's Box from Short Stack Editions. This specially selected gift set includes the following titles:

Short Stack Editions are a collection of single subject titles where retro design meets contemporary recipes penned by well-known authors. Each volume has a home-spun feel - an artisanal high-quality craftsmanship can be felt as you read through the recipes. Members can find out more and order these books through the Short Stack Editions website. We have covered The Short Stack Cookbook and Butter previously. I adore these lovely little books which not only are filled with great recipes but their gorgeous covers spice up the decor whether they live on your kitchen counter or on a bookshelf.

Oaktown Spice Shops are uber cool spice shops in Oakland, California's Grand Lake neighborhood and on Solano Avenue in Albany, California. They focus on sourcing the absolute best-tasting version of each individual spice that they can find, which entails working with hundreds of different importers. They grind spices in their shop, every week or two. This means the ground spices customers find at Oaktown are bursting with flavor and are far fresher than those found elsewhere. Their spice blends are signature recipes, hand-mixed in the shop using freshly ground spices. Some, like the Santa Fe Chili Powder, are their versions of well-known favorites, while others, such as the Grand Lake Shake or Umami Sea Salt, are their own inventions, born of curiosity and adventures in the kitchen.

The Baker's Delight Gift Box shares 1/2 cup jars of Saigon cinnamon and natural cocoa powder, 1/4 cup jars of ground allspice, ground cardamom and ground ginger, and a 1 oz jar of ground cloves and will cover your holiday baking needs. 

The Spicy Cocoa Gift Set includes one 1/2 cup jar of Natural Cocoa Powder and 1/4 cup jars of Ceylon Cinnamon and Ground Guajillo Chile. It is packed with cinnamon sticks and bay leaves and includes a recipe card. This gift set and a gorgeous pair of mugs would thrill the cocoa lover.

Bushwick Kitchen is Brooklyn, New York creates a range of versatile and delightful products to enhance our cooking and baking. Their Bees Knees honey collection is a favorite of mine as well as their Trees Knees maple gift set. Somehow they make two of my favorite ingredients - honey and maple - even better and exciting to work with. Casey, the author of the Maple Syrup Short Stack edition is a co-founder of this hip company. 

Nielsen-Massey is on a mission to delight people with nature's finest tasting vanillas and flavors. Besides a number of high-quality vanilla products they have recently launched a pure lemon paste which is outstanding in flavor. The only brand of vanilla I buy is Nielsen-Massey (I also make my own) and highly recommend their products.

Special thanks to Short Stack, Oaktown Spice, Bushwick Kitchen and Nielsen-Massey for supplying me with the products in the photo above to review and enjoy and for providing a set of baking products as set out below in our giveaway.

Our giveaway today includes: Short Stack's The Baker's Box, Oaktown Spice's Baker's Delight Gift Set, Bushwick Kitchen's Bees Knees honey set, and Nielsen-Massey a jar of their pure lemon paste to one lucky EYB Member in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

What is your favorite thing to bake during the holiday season?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on December 3rd, 2018.


  • Shelley.b  on  10/27/2018 at 5:19 PM


  • matag  on  10/27/2018 at 5:24 PM

    Pizzelles, Italian waffle cookies

  • mcrimmins  on  10/27/2018 at 5:25 PM

    I bake hundreds of cookies for family, friends and neighbors. I started my list today!!!

  • Tanner14  on  10/27/2018 at 5:28 PM

    Jam Tarts, white chocolate Raspberry slices and sausage rolls

  • Asparagusberry  on  10/27/2018 at 5:30 PM

    I love making my Grandmother's anise christmas cutouts. So far, this recipe is served up to four generations.

  • Kristjudy  on  10/27/2018 at 5:35 PM


  • FireRunner2379  on  10/27/2018 at 5:35 PM

    I love baking cookies around the holidays, cut-outs are my favorite because we make it a family affair.

  • rchesser  on  10/27/2018 at 5:36 PM

    Thumbprint cookies

  • lauriesk  on  10/27/2018 at 5:45 PM

    Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

  • bevb  on  10/27/2018 at 5:54 PM

    My grandmothers sour cream sugar cookies.

  • desdemona246  on  10/27/2018 at 6:00 PM

    Pies...pecan and pumpkin pies.

  • SheilaS  on  10/27/2018 at 6:00 PM


  • heyjude  on  10/27/2018 at 6:16 PM

    Saltine Toffee

  • Jenamarie  on  10/27/2018 at 6:29 PM

    Cookies - all the cookies!

  • jr0717  on  10/27/2018 at 6:35 PM

    Chocolates and cookies!

  • LizyB  on  10/27/2018 at 6:57 PM


  • DanieleK  on  10/27/2018 at 7:23 PM

    Apple pie and pumpkin bread

  • MadMom  on  10/27/2018 at 7:26 PM

    I love to bake crepes with the berries I brought from Finland!

  • knittingchef  on  10/27/2018 at 7:40 PM

    cut out christmas cookies and rugelach

  • riley  on  10/27/2018 at 7:46 PM

    I love to make a large variety of cookies for gifts.

  • inflytur  on  10/27/2018 at 7:50 PM

    Each year I look forward to tackling something new to take to parties. Last year it was a pumpkin roll with a maple cream filling. This year, I’m looking for a gingerbread cake...

  • southerncooker  on  10/27/2018 at 7:53 PM

    Sweet potato pies at Thanksgiving and cookies for Christmas.

  • JaneC  on  10/27/2018 at 7:57 PM


  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  10/27/2018 at 8:12 PM

    Holiday breads.

  • Tweedles81  on  10/27/2018 at 8:15 PM

    Holiday sugar cookies, chocolate mint cookies, and pumpkin spice muffins!

  • mkcorban  on  10/27/2018 at 8:19 PM


  • davisesq212  on  10/27/2018 at 9:32 PM

    Any type of pie. Until last year, I always stuck with apple but I’ve been quite creative for the last few months!

  • Mariarosa  on  10/27/2018 at 9:37 PM

    Chocolate ginger cookies

  • ravensfan  on  10/27/2018 at 9:53 PM

    Ginger cookies

  • demomcook  on  10/27/2018 at 10:21 PM

    Chocolate pumpkin breads. Although I love baking cookies, too. And Nantucket Cranberry Pie. And Pie - any and all Pie.

  • lpatterson412  on  10/27/2018 at 11:20 PM

    I love baking an assortment of Christmas cookies, spritz are on the top of the list!

  • Deneenm  on  10/28/2018 at 12:08 AM

    pizzelles. One year, my husband ate 13 DOZEN in three days.

  • cecrofts  on  10/28/2018 at 12:41 AM

    Rolled sugar cookies. :)

  • Mardeen11  on  10/28/2018 at 1:23 AM

    It's the only time of year that I can bake endless cookies because I give them all away to our neighbors. I love cookies!!

  • Kitschenlolita  on  10/28/2018 at 2:09 AM

    What a dream! I woukd have to say gingerbread cake(:

  • leilx  on  10/28/2018 at 2:16 AM

    Cookies! I love cut outs—one of my current favorites is clove snaps. But I also bake fruitcake every year, a huge batch, and could probably make twice that as so many people seem to love it.

  • JRumi  on  10/28/2018 at 6:17 AM

    Cookies and pumpkin pie

  • HalfSmoke  on  10/28/2018 at 6:45 AM

    Jan Hagel

  • monasli  on  10/28/2018 at 6:53 AM

    Triple chocolate cranberry cookies.

  • vickster  on  10/28/2018 at 6:55 AM

    My husband's Grandmother's Persimmon Spice Cookies. Everyone loves them, and I get to use persimmons from my tree!

  • BakerMN86  on  10/28/2018 at 7:19 AM

    My grandmother’s pecan balls. Only at the holidays — then we truly look forward to them.

  • HelenB  on  10/28/2018 at 8:49 AM

    Gingerbread tiles with rum glaze, cherry almond white choc cookies, Swedish gingerbread, honey nut bars, and always something untried

  • MiMi60  on  10/28/2018 at 9:41 AM

    I bake cookies, pies and bread this time of the year.

  • SenseiHeidi  on  10/28/2018 at 9:58 AM

    Swedish Lace cookies

  • Puguppy  on  10/28/2018 at 10:13 AM

    Ginger sandwich Christmas cookies

  • Emily Hope  on  10/28/2018 at 10:38 AM

    Cinnamon rolls—we make them every year for Christmas morning

  • hillsboroks  on  10/28/2018 at 10:40 AM

    Cookies are my fun bake this time of year.

  • jennycooks1971  on  10/28/2018 at 10:41 AM

    Gingerbread cake with pear sauce

  • lean1  on  10/28/2018 at 11:05 AM

    Pumpkin bread, apple muffins and pumpkin muffins

  • Siegal  on  10/28/2018 at 11:49 AM

    I love baking with cloves

  • stockholm28  on  10/28/2018 at 11:50 AM

    Swedish Jelly Cookies - basically a recipe that my mom cut out of a magazine with her variations. These are just thumbprint cookies rolled in pecans with red currant jelly in the middle. They always remind me of Christmas during my childhood.

  • ktwalla  on  10/28/2018 at 11:56 AM

    Rainbow Cookies

  • kbennall  on  10/28/2018 at 12:31 PM

    quick breads in lots of flavors - I love having something that seems a bit more wholesome than cookies for visitors. That, and my mom's cream cheese swirl brownies, which are not wholesome at all, and totally awesome.

  • smartie101  on  10/28/2018 at 2:53 PM

    gingerbread cookies with fresh nutmeg!

  • hae1123  on  10/28/2018 at 3:44 PM

    Snowball cookies for sure! And good pound cakes to share with friends and kids’ teachers!

  • Elveenah  on  10/28/2018 at 4:57 PM

    My favorite things to bake during the holidays Almond Cookies, very similar to Mexican Wedding Cookies.

  • Stringsandpots  on  10/28/2018 at 5:04 PM

    (Insert origin) wedding cookies!

  • cowlady  on  10/28/2018 at 5:32 PM

    I like to bake pies and cakes for the holidays

  • dcradicrn  on  10/28/2018 at 6:16 PM

    My favorite thing to bake during the holidays is my son’s birthday cake! He was born December 11th. Sometimes his birthday “cake” is a pie, his choice!

  • liasim  on  10/28/2018 at 6:32 PM

    My grandma’s snickerdoodles, Russian tea cakes, and molasses.

  • janv  on  10/28/2018 at 6:36 PM

    shortbread and christmas cake

  • stjones  on  10/28/2018 at 6:44 PM

    shortbread cookies

  • thecharlah  on  10/28/2018 at 8:18 PM

    Cornbread dressing

  • Kblg  on  10/28/2018 at 9:48 PM

    Thanksgiving pie and chocolate pecan tart.

  • nadiam1000  on  10/29/2018 at 5:58 AM

    rugelach and tarte au sucre

  • sarahawker  on  10/29/2018 at 8:01 AM

    Shortbreads are always popular, but I am a fruitcake lover, so that gets made every year!

  • tarae1204  on  10/29/2018 at 12:18 PM

    Buche de noel

  • milgwimper  on  10/29/2018 at 1:24 PM

    Rosenmunnar, anything with marizpan or cardamom!

  • mainman  on  10/29/2018 at 2:37 PM

    I love baking molasses ginger cookies rolled in sugar!

  • bdmltm  on  10/29/2018 at 6:13 PM


  • kmn4  on  10/30/2018 at 8:40 AM


  • stpbcyld50  on  10/30/2018 at 11:05 AM

    Chocolate covered cherry cookies!

  • tennyogirl  on  10/30/2018 at 4:51 PM

    Gingerbread cookies

  • kelrific  on  10/30/2018 at 6:29 PM

    Yum :P I love making gingerbread flavored anything! Last year I made a gingerbread banana bread and it was delightful.

  • tangaloor  on  10/30/2018 at 6:39 PM

    Yule log!

  • verorenee  on  10/31/2018 at 11:01 PM


  • ndyson  on  11/1/2018 at 12:01 PM

    Christmas cookies; especially those of my European/German heritage

  • EmilyR  on  11/2/2018 at 1:26 AM

    cut out cookies to decorate with family and cookie swaps

  • jberry  on  11/2/2018 at 11:41 AM

    I like to make large batches of sweet breads (banana, zuc,pumpkin...), then I start swapping add-ins (berries,nuts,nibs,coconut...).

  • Dannausc  on  11/2/2018 at 4:46 PM


  • t.t  on  11/3/2018 at 12:16 AM

    Christmas cookies

  • RSW  on  11/3/2018 at 11:04 AM

    any kind of pie

  • Lmocooks  on  11/3/2018 at 4:15 PM

    chocolate dipped coconut macaroons and my mom's chocolate covered cherry cookies

  • jluvs2bake  on  11/3/2018 at 4:29 PM

    chocolate mint surprise cookies, my grandmother's favorites!

  • eatysmith  on  11/4/2018 at 4:35 PM

    Sugar cookies with icing!

  • kelliwinter  on  11/4/2018 at 9:53 PM


  • amylou61  on  11/5/2018 at 8:28 PM

    I like baking Anise Pizzelles during the holidays.

  • klrclark  on  11/6/2018 at 12:27 PM

    Gingerbread cookies

  • LABeachGal  on  11/8/2018 at 1:33 AM

    I love sticky buns!

  • Laura1  on  11/9/2018 at 7:47 AM

    double chocolate cookies

  • LaurenE  on  11/9/2018 at 7:09 PM


  • MirandaAK  on  11/11/2018 at 9:10 AM

    I vary what I make each holiday, but Gibassier are becoming a standard item. I don’t know if anyone else likes them, but I think they’re divine with tea or hot cocoa.

  • daniellespinato1  on  11/12/2018 at 12:50 PM

    Magic bars -- have made them every Christmas since I was a little kid!

  • choppergirl  on  11/13/2018 at 5:12 PM

    chocolate chewy brownies

  • shoffmann  on  11/13/2018 at 8:49 PM


  • purviska  on  11/16/2018 at 7:21 AM

    anything spicy with cinnamon

  • banba1  on  11/17/2018 at 9:24 PM

    I love baking a variety of cookies -- it's like putting together a cheese plate trying to get the right contrasts in the variety!

  • SnarkyLarane  on  11/19/2018 at 3:00 PM

    I rarely bake cookies, except during the holidays, when I cook tons of cookies.

  • AnneOther  on  11/19/2018 at 7:45 PM

    My favorite thing to bake around the holidays is stollen. I love it and I know I could make it other times of the year, but it seems that I only make it at the holidays. Mmmmm, stollen.

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/20/2018 at 3:41 AM

    My favorite thing to make around the holidays is my grandmother's Chinese sticky rice

  • Gussiecat  on  11/20/2018 at 10:48 PM

    Morning buns made with real croissant dough!

  • rosalee  on  11/21/2018 at 3:14 PM

    A pear frangipane tart--it always looks so elegant!

  • threefourpfeif  on  11/21/2018 at 6:31 PM

    I love baking monkey bread for the holidays

  • polkadots2  on  11/22/2018 at 1:44 PM

    My favorite holiday baking is one of my dad's famous Christmas cookie recipes. This year, I think I am going to make the chocolate checkerboard cookies

  • lbr4  on  11/23/2018 at 5:23 PM

    cinnamon rolls and other sweet type breads for friends.

  • PeavineBlues  on  11/23/2018 at 5:40 PM

    Cookies and breads

  • TheCookbookCook  on  11/23/2018 at 6:00 PM

    I love making frosted cut-out Christmas cookies.

  • BMeyer  on  11/23/2018 at 7:49 PM

    chocolate cherry cookies

  • Sabrina5000  on  11/23/2018 at 8:26 PM

    Love To bake Christmas cookies with sprinkles and icing in all different shapes and sizes.

  • ktpotat  on  11/23/2018 at 10:28 PM


  • Globegal  on  11/24/2018 at 1:28 AM

    rolls from Nov 1987 Cuisinart Newsletter - Potato Rolls and Squash Rolls.

  • ManonM  on  11/24/2018 at 9:03 AM

    A super classic buche de Noël with homemade cranberry jam!

  • artthecat  on  11/24/2018 at 10:13 AM

    sugar cookies with butter cream frosting

  • mrscahughes  on  11/24/2018 at 12:49 PM

    Peanut blossom cookies

  • sallansd  on  11/24/2018 at 1:16 PM

    a variety of Christmas cookies

  • KarenDel  on  11/24/2018 at 1:53 PM

    I like to make Spritz cookies

  • dusksunset  on  11/24/2018 at 4:37 PM

    whole wheat bread for turkey sandwiches

  • jinni  on  11/24/2018 at 5:04 PM

    Pan forte or Lindsey Shere’s Persimmon pudding

  • mabbit  on  11/24/2018 at 6:39 PM

    cookies for cookie exchanges

  • AnnaZed  on  11/25/2018 at 1:37 PM

    I love to make cookies, I start craking them out in mid-October and then don't stop until the New Year.

  • susannahchen  on  11/25/2018 at 2:20 PM

    A custardy French toast!

  • Sfgordon  on  11/26/2018 at 2:19 AM

    I like to make more involved things around the holidays, like decorated sugar cookies and hand-dipped chocolate truffles. But the classics are also excellent. I really like making blondies, cranberry curd bars, crinkle cookies, and whatever other recipes look good.

  • jemans  on  11/26/2018 at 1:21 PM

    I love making pies during the holidays!

  • mllamas  on  11/26/2018 at 8:17 PM

    I love baking molasses cookies.

  • tararr  on  11/27/2018 at 12:38 PM

    I love making holiday breads.

  • klahaneridge  on  11/28/2018 at 1:52 PM

    My favorite thing to bake during the holidays tends to be various types of cookies!

  • orchidlady01  on  11/29/2018 at 12:40 AM

    My favorite things to bake during the holidays are quick breads and cookies.

  • eboogie  on  11/29/2018 at 9:37 AM

    Struffoli is my favorite thing to make during the holidays along with cheesecake.

  • thewoobdog  on  11/29/2018 at 1:35 PM

    I love to bake Christmas cookies - my sisters and I always bake a few different varieties, with some tried-and-true favorites and always at least one or two new recipes!

  • NaomiH  on  11/30/2018 at 4:18 PM

    Cut-out cookies!

  • circ2000  on  12/1/2018 at 6:48 AM

    Pumpkin Cheesecakes

  • RoseMGenuine  on  12/1/2018 at 12:35 PM

    I love making pies. Any kind of pie.

  • brigs03  on  12/1/2018 at 7:28 PM

    Spicy chewy ginger cookies

  • auntietina  on  12/3/2018 at 3:25 AM

    I love making gingerbread houses with my nieces and nephews. Even the little ones have tons of fun, and its fun watching them get more serious and skilled as they grow up.

  • littleminxgirl  on  12/3/2018 at 10:52 PM

    I would make all the cookies

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