Holiday Baking Plan – FREE Download for Freezer Cooking

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This past month I reaped the benefits of having done that big cooking session in November. Not only did we have meals for November, but my freezer stash is also stretching us almost entirely through December as well.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Since I didn’t need to fill my freezer with meals, I decided to do a big holiday baking session instead. I chose some of our favorite recipes to enjoy during the holiday season and compiled them into one mega baking day.

Holiday Baking Plan

We love to have baked goods for breakfast and brunch so I included cinnamon rolls, cranberry bread, and scones. I’m a big fan of having a selection of cookies on hand, so I mixed up nine different varieties. Since Pretzel Berry is such a favorite around here, I baked up its more elegant counterpart, Pretzel Berry Cheesecake, found in my cookbook.

Today I’m sharing the plan with you so you can recreate it yourself!

Holiday Baking (Free Printable Freezer Cooking Plan & Grocery List) | Life as MOM

This is a full day of baking that should yield nine types of cookies, three loaves of bread, 18 cinnamon rolls, at least a dozen scones, a cheesecake, two muffin mixes, and a partridge in a pear tree. If you find that you don’t have as much time as you thought to tackle the entire plan, simply eliminate some of the cookie recipes. You’ll have plenty of baking ingredients on hand to revisit those recipes at a later date.

I took a shortcut and only baked three varieties of cookies. The rest of the dough I packaged for freezing. At a later date in the month, the kids and I will do the forming and baking, the part they like the best anyway.

Well, besides the eating.

Here are the recipes I included in this baking plan. All but two recipes are in my cookbook. Several are linked to one of my sites. One is only available here on Life as MOM. The other is a bonus recipe, pictured here, that’s included in the baking plan.

Included in the FREE download are printable labels for the following recipes:

This plan, while a fair amount of work in the midst of it, is going to save my bacon this month in providing a wealth of tasty treats without a lot of hassle when I’m busy fa-la-la-la-ing.

Holiday Baking (Free Printable Freezer Cooking Plan & Grocery List) | Life as MOM

Have you done any freezer cooking this month?

Tell us what you’ve cooked and report your successes. Share your “fails” too and we’ll help you troubleshoot.

Also of note: Next week on the 12th, we’ll be chatting about Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook. If you’ve reviewed the book or have a great story to tell, I’d love to hear it! Remember you can buy the Kindle edition for only $4.99, so get it while it’s hot.

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  1. Thank you so much for putting this together and sharing it! I did the November freezer meal plan, but I just did it last week. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to look forward to December without having to worry about dinner. Plus, with dinner no longer a stress, I was able to bring two new moms dinner. I wouldn’t have had the time or energy to do that without having my freezer stocked, so please know that we are paying forward the wonderful work you do here at Life as Mom. Thanks!

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. So glad to share it and know it’s helping.

  2. You know, when you look at the shopping list and see 4.75 pounds of butter and 22 eggs, it can look a tad overwhelming! 🙂 But it’s all worth it in the end! Thanks for your hard work!

    1. Yes, it is a little daunting, but it IS worth it. [as her children munch on cinnamon rolls]

  3. Awesome! Thank you so much. I am baby-stepping into this whole freezer cooking thing and meal planning for more than a week in advance. I have been intimidated by it for many reasons, including all of the allergies that I have to cook around. But I have to say that I have now planned my meals until we leave for a Christmas trip in two weeks and including our New Years Eve/Day meals! And I am taking a friend and her family dinner this week. When I get back from vacation, the first thing I’m going to do is work on doing the whole month of January. I can’t stand the chaos of the dinner crunch time any longer, and with kids that hit the door s-t-a-r-v-I-n-g at 5:30 after practice, I simply don’t have time to mess around anymore. It’s been stealing my joy these past few months. Thanks to the other series that you did, I finally spent the time to get it together. There’s going to be a lot of meal kits, slow cooker, and planned-overs on the menu, with easy sides and things I can do ahead. Thanks so much for keeping it real and attainable. This is my favorite blog!! God bless you, Jessica and Fish fam!

    1. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to hear these success stories. Makes the two years and ten pounds I gained recipe testing totally worth it!

  4. I have a chocolate banana marble cake from your book baking right now that I am going to freeze to either give away or have if some unexpected company or need for sweets comes up and I have may ripe bananas so figure I should make a few cinnamon banana breads too. I made the spicy taco lasagna but that did not make it to the freezer, my husband liked it so much he ate it for 3 meals and we all had it twice so nothing got wasted which is great. I also have burritos frozen and three different kinds of muffins which is a huge help. Thanks for putting this holiday plan together, it is so much easier to have a variety of treats if I can start early and this is so helpful and everyone is going to be loving these goodies.

  5. I did this baking plan today and my freezer is very happy. I am going to repeat it tomorrow and it should take care of most of my Christmas baking for friends! Thank you so much. We love the chocolate almond biscotti and the cranberry vanilla bread. I have a silhouette and I bought inexpensive glass pie plates at Walmart and glass etched family names on the bottoms. I then used your recipe for cinnamon rolls in my bread machine and filled the pie plates and popped them in the freezer. I will bake them Christmas Eve morning and deliver them to families and neighbors in the afternoon. They will have a homemade goodie for breakfast and a personalized pie plate to keep! Thank you so much for this plan and your cookbook, It has made my holidays so much more merry and stress-free. Merry Christmas!

    1. This year I didn’t bake all the dough. That way some made it to the freezer. 😉

  6. I started quite awhile ago freezing a little of everything, sure is nice to have these to go too when life is so busy. We have a smoker that we will do brisket, sausages, pork tenderloins, chicken, and whatever we come up with at one time, these all freeze great. There is only two of us, so we make portions for two in each container. I also do all kinds of desserts, so far I haven’t found much that don’t freeze well. Love to do this, like you said a lot to do, but sure pays off in the long run.

  7. Will there be any problem in freezing bars that have a cranberry filling after baking, which I plan on mailing to someone? Also can you pack frozen baked good for shipping without letting them defrost. I’m referring to brownies, cookies and cranberry bread?

    1. My mother-in-law always mailed frozen goods without a problem. As for the bars, that should be fine, but since I’m not familiar with the recipe you’re using, I can’t guarantee that 100%.