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.

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  • Shelley.b  on  October 27, 2018


  • matag  on  October 27, 2018

    Pizzelles, Italian waffle cookies

  • mcrimmins  on  October 27, 2018

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

  • Tanner14  on  October 27, 2018

    Jam Tarts, white chocolate Raspberry slices and sausage rolls

  • Asparagusberry  on  October 27, 2018

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

  • Kristjudy  on  October 27, 2018


  • FireRunner2379  on  October 27, 2018

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

  • rchesser  on  October 27, 2018

    Thumbprint cookies

  • lauriesk  on  October 27, 2018

    Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

  • bevb  on  October 27, 2018

    My grandmothers sour cream sugar cookies.

  • desdemona246  on  October 27, 2018

    Pies…pecan and pumpkin pies.

  • SheilaS  on  October 27, 2018


  • heyjude  on  October 27, 2018

    Saltine Toffee

  • Jenamarie  on  October 27, 2018

    Cookies – all the cookies!

  • jr0717  on  October 27, 2018

    Chocolates and cookies!

  • LizyB  on  October 27, 2018


  • DanieleK  on  October 27, 2018

    Apple pie and pumpkin bread

  • MadMom  on  October 27, 2018

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

  • knittingchef  on  October 27, 2018

    cut out christmas cookies and rugelach

  • riley  on  October 27, 2018

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

  • inflytur  on  October 27, 2018

    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  October 27, 2018

    Sweet potato pies at Thanksgiving and cookies for Christmas.

  • JaneC  on  October 27, 2018


  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  October 27, 2018

    Holiday breads.

  • Tweedles81  on  October 27, 2018

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

  • mkcorban  on  October 27, 2018


  • davisesq212  on  October 27, 2018

    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  October 27, 2018

    Chocolate ginger cookies

  • ravensfan  on  October 27, 2018

    Ginger cookies

  • demomcook  on  October 27, 2018

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

  • lpatterson412  on  October 27, 2018

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

  • Deneenm  on  October 28, 2018

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

  • cecrofts  on  October 28, 2018

    Rolled sugar cookies. 🙂

  • Mardeen11  on  October 28, 2018

    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  October 28, 2018

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

  • leilx  on  October 28, 2018

    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  October 28, 2018

    Cookies and pumpkin pie

  • HalfSmoke  on  October 28, 2018

    Jan Hagel

  • monasli  on  October 28, 2018

    Triple chocolate cranberry cookies.

  • vickster  on  October 28, 2018

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

  • BakerMN86  on  October 28, 2018

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

  • HelenB  on  October 28, 2018

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

  • MiMi60  on  October 28, 2018

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

  • SenseiHeidi  on  October 28, 2018

    Swedish Lace cookies

  • Puguppy  on  October 28, 2018

    Ginger sandwich Christmas cookies

  • Emily Hope  on  October 28, 2018

    Cinnamon rolls—we make them every year for Christmas morning

  • hillsboroks  on  October 28, 2018

    Cookies are my fun bake this time of year.

  • jennycooks1971  on  October 28, 2018

    Gingerbread cake with pear sauce

  • lean1  on  October 28, 2018

    Pumpkin bread, apple muffins and pumpkin muffins

  • Siegal  on  October 28, 2018

    I love baking with cloves

  • stockholm28  on  October 28, 2018

    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  October 28, 2018

    Rainbow Cookies

  • kbennall  on  October 28, 2018

    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  October 28, 2018

    gingerbread cookies with fresh nutmeg!

  • hae1123  on  October 28, 2018

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

  • Elveenah  on  October 28, 2018

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

  • Stringsandpots  on  October 28, 2018

    (Insert origin) wedding cookies!

  • cowlady  on  October 28, 2018

    I like to bake pies and cakes for the holidays

  • dcradicrn  on  October 28, 2018

    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  October 28, 2018

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

  • janv  on  October 28, 2018

    shortbread and christmas cake

  • stjones  on  October 28, 2018

    shortbread cookies

  • thecharlah  on  October 28, 2018

    Cornbread dressing

  • Kblg  on  October 28, 2018

    Thanksgiving desserts…apple pie and chocolate pecan tart.

  • nadiam1000  on  October 29, 2018

    rugelach and tarte au sucre

  • sarahawker  on  October 29, 2018

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

  • tarae1204  on  October 29, 2018

    Buche de noel

  • milgwimper  on  October 29, 2018

    Rosenmunnar, anything with marizpan or cardamom!

  • mainman  on  October 29, 2018

    I love baking molasses ginger cookies rolled in sugar!

  • bdmltm  on  October 29, 2018


  • kmn4  on  October 30, 2018


  • stpbcyld50  on  October 30, 2018

    Chocolate covered cherry cookies!

  • tennyogirl  on  October 30, 2018

    Gingerbread cookies

  • kelrific  on  October 30, 2018

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

  • tangaloor  on  October 30, 2018

    Yule log!

  • verorenee  on  October 31, 2018


  • ndyson  on  November 1, 2018

    Christmas cookies; especially those of my European/German heritage

  • EmilyR  on  November 2, 2018

    cut out cookies to decorate with family and cookie swaps

  • jberry  on  November 2, 2018

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

  • Dannausc  on  November 2, 2018


  • t.t  on  November 3, 2018

    Christmas cookies

  • RSW  on  November 3, 2018

    any kind of pie

  • Lmocooks  on  November 3, 2018

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

  • jluvs2bake  on  November 3, 2018

    chocolate mint surprise cookies, my grandmother's favorites!

  • eatysmith  on  November 4, 2018

    Sugar cookies with icing!

  • kelliwinter  on  November 4, 2018


  • amylou61  on  November 5, 2018

    I like baking Anise Pizzelles during the holidays.

  • klrclark  on  November 6, 2018

    Gingerbread cookies

  • LABeachGal  on  November 8, 2018

    I love sticky buns!

  • Laura1  on  November 9, 2018

    double chocolate cookies

  • LaurenE  on  November 9, 2018


  • MirandaAK  on  November 11, 2018

    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  November 12, 2018

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

  • choppergirl  on  November 13, 2018

    chocolate chewy brownies

  • shoffmann  on  November 13, 2018


  • purviska  on  November 16, 2018

    anything spicy with cinnamon

  • banba1  on  November 17, 2018

    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  November 19, 2018

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

  • AnneOther  on  November 19, 2018

    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  November 20, 2018

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

  • Gussiecat  on  November 20, 2018

    Morning buns made with real croissant dough!

  • rosalee  on  November 21, 2018

    A pear frangipane tart–it always looks so elegant!

  • threefourpfeif  on  November 21, 2018

    I love baking monkey bread for the holidays

  • polkadots2  on  November 22, 2018

    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  November 23, 2018

    cinnamon rolls and other sweet type breads for friends.

  • PeavineBlues  on  November 23, 2018

    Cookies and breads

  • TheCookbookCook  on  November 23, 2018

    I love making frosted cut-out Christmas cookies.

  • BMeyer  on  November 23, 2018

    chocolate cherry cookies

  • Sabrina5000  on  November 23, 2018

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

  • ktpotat  on  November 23, 2018


  • Globegal  on  November 24, 2018

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

  • ManonM  on  November 24, 2018

    A super classic buche de Noël with homemade cranberry jam!

  • artthecat  on  November 24, 2018

    sugar cookies with butter cream frosting

  • mrscahughes  on  November 24, 2018

    Peanut blossom cookies

  • sallansd  on  November 24, 2018

    a variety of Christmas cookies

  • KarenDel  on  November 24, 2018

    I like to make Spritz cookies

  • dusksunset  on  November 24, 2018

    whole wheat bread for turkey sandwiches

  • jinni  on  November 24, 2018

    Pan forte or Lindsey Shere’s Persimmon pudding

  • mabbit  on  November 24, 2018

    cookies for cookie exchanges

  • AnnaZed  on  November 25, 2018

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

  • susannahchen  on  November 25, 2018

    A custardy French toast!

  • Sfgordon  on  November 26, 2018

    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  November 26, 2018

    I love making pies during the holidays!

  • mllamas  on  November 26, 2018

    I love baking molasses cookies.

  • tararr  on  November 27, 2018

    I love making holiday breads.

  • klahaneridge  on  November 28, 2018

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

  • orchidlady01  on  November 29, 2018

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

  • eboogie  on  November 29, 2018

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

  • thewoobdog  on  November 29, 2018

    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  November 30, 2018

    Cut-out cookies!

  • circ2000  on  December 1, 2018

    Pumpkin Cheesecakes

  • RoseMGenuine  on  December 1, 2018

    I love making pies. Any kind of pie.

  • brigs03  on  December 1, 2018

    Spicy chewy ginger cookies

  • auntietina  on  December 3, 2018

    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  December 3, 2018

    I would make all the cookies

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