The holiday season offers wonderful opportunities to bake for others!
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The Gift of Baking!

Baking for others during the holidays is a gift for the recipient as well as the baker. Baking with a group is an opportunity to share a baking skill, new technique or idea that will last longer than the treat!  Gather families, neighbors or a community group and share the fun of baking together.  Sharing a baking technique while making the recipe is truly a gift for all seasons!

Don't forget to check our Facebook page this holiday season as we present daily cookie recipes, and so much more!

The Home Baking Association

Smiling Santa Bread

This recipe can be used with your favorite homemade bread dough, or even frozen dough purchased at the grocery store. A great group activity!

Provided by HBA Member Kansas Wheat Commission


Chocolate Peppermint

Shortbread Cookies

This cookie has only six ingredients and bakes in 5-7 minutes.  A great recipe for a group to make, decorate and deliver!

Provided by HBA Member Land O’Lakes

Cheese Straws

Use a food processor and cookie press to make this easy recipe! Vary the spices and cheeses to create this savory treat!  

Provided by HBA Member  Clabber  Girl

Almond Cranberry Loaf

Bake this festive bread in several smaller loaf pans for more gifts!
Provided by HBA Member Sokol and Company

Holiday Baking Tips

#1 Gluten-free Baking Mix

Check out this great resource!

Provided by HBA Member Argo Cornstarch

#2 What is Royal Icing?

Check out this easy and versatile frosting recipe here!

Provided by HBA Member C & H
#3 Tips for a Cookie Exchange

What a fun idea! Host a cookie exchange at your school, or with family members!

Provided by HBA Member Country Crock
#4 Become A Better Baker Videos
Kneading with a Dough Hook - and many more videos. Check out the rest here
Provided by HBA Member Fleischmann's Yeast

Holiday Food Safety


Be food safe while preparing food for friends and family this holiday season.

Home Baking Food Safety 101

The many benefits of baking at home, in the community or in the classroom include and rely on the science and math of food safety— cleanliness, time, measurement, and temperatures. Download pdfHome Baking Food Safety 101

National Festival of Breads

The National Festival of Breads is a bread baking contest which encourages those who like to bake to develop their skills. Youth and adult bakers are encouraged to enter.  This is a great opportunity for educators to encourage youth to create a unique recipe and enter for the 2017 contest.  Entries accepted October 1, 2016, through January 16, 2017.  Circle your calendar for June 17, 2017 for the championship finale! 
For contest rules, baking tips and more information

Smokehouse Cranberry Cheese Bread
National Festival of Breads 2015 Grand Champion
Lisa Keys, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Get the recipe here!

Provided by HBA Member Kansas Wheat Commission

Win $1000.00!

Educator Award Contest

$1,000 will be awarded for a baking activity or lesson for the 2017 Home Baking Association Educator Award contest!  Do you teach baking in a classroom?  Are you a volunteer for a community program? 

Submit a baking lesson and/or baking activity by March 31 to be eligible to win $1,000 and a trip to the 2017 Home Baking Association Annual Meeting.   All entrants will receive a baking resource.  Plan now for the 2017 award program!

For more information, visit our website.

In the Kitchen with Sharon

This year has dealt a tough hand on our pre-Holiday gift preparations. No doubt I’m not the only one pinched for time. With under 10 days until Christmas Day, I’m hoping friends and family will grant us the gift of the 12 days of Christmas!

My Top 10 list of “do-ables” includes:


10: Order NOW gift bags and tags—large, medium and small. Stock up on cute jars for mixes and Sugar Scrubs.

9: Toast a boatload of nuts and seeds for maximum flavor in all things baked.

8: Bake biscotti in large quantities. Double Chocolate Pecan will be the flavor-of-2016 for all my hot beverage seeking friends and family.

7: Homemade Caramel Corn ‘n Nuts will be perfect to gift with a good book or movie. I’ll make two batches.

6: Choose from a wide array of options and prepare Sugar Scrub for those who apply their sugar rather than savoring it.

5: Friends living by their onesy love to savor the season. Prepare jars of DIY muffin-mix. Include a six-cup muffin tin and attach the stir-in options.


4: Prepare homemade fruit syrups  AND vast quantities of homemade Pancake or Waffle Mix to divide among friends with children. Don’t be afraid to make the mix with half whole wheat flour!

3: These Make-It-Yours cookie options will delight. Draft a grocery list to have the options at-the-ready.

2: Gift fresh-baked Cheddar Casserole Bread. Add a mini-tub of homemadeSouthwest Butter


1: While working on gifts 2 to 10, get your bread machine in gear– you’ll be ready when guests arrive with Fruit of the Vine Rosemary Olive Snack Bread.

More tips and recipes from Red Star Yeast

Home Baking Association Resources click here

Baking with Friends has received four national awards.  The new Cultured Chef book provides an international flair. A perfect gift idea for any occasion is the Dough Sculpting 101 DVD providing more than 30 shaping techniques. View more educational resources

Baker's Glossary

What is Scratch Baking?

Scratch baking
Baking method that begins with measuring basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter and leavening. It requires a recipe rather than convenience products, like mixes.

Visit our online Baking Glossary with more than 350 terms!   

Here are quick-links to some of the resources provided in this newsletter

Home Baking Association

Executive Officers

First Vice President
Robert Harper
Hopkinsville Milling Company

Eric Wall
Cereal Food Processors

Second Vice President: 
Sam Garlow
Shawnee Milling Company

Message from the President


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