Ultimate Holiday Cookbook

Start planning your festivities here. Choose from hundreds of our best-ever holiday recipes.

Stock Your Holiday Pantry for $25

Add eight key ingredients and have everything on hand to make all sorts of (lightened) holiday treats. By Katherine Brooking, MS, RD

Baking on a Budget
Beau Gustafson

Indulge...on a Budget

With our lightened recipes for home-baked sweets, you'll feel great about treating your guests (and yourself) to some guilt-free goodies. If you already have the basics―sugar, milk, eggs, butter, baking powder/soda, cream of tartar, vanilla extract, cake and all-purpose flours, spices, and so on―you're in good shape. For $25, add a few key ingredients that expand your options for delicious holiday treats. Remember, a well-prepared host is a happy one.

Shopping List:

Walnuts $4.49
Pecans $2.99
Oatmeal $2.65
Flaked sweetened coconut $2.19
Unsweetened baking chocolate $2.39
Semisweet chocolate baking chips $1.79
Unsweetened cocoa powder $2.79
Seedless raspberry jam $4.99

Total: $24.28

More Ways To Get Cooking Light



JavaScript must be enabled to use this Calendar module.

25 Best Vegetarian

Whether you have made the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up, sans the meat, once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning.

Fontal Polenta with Mushroom Sauté