It's unlikely that your local supermarket is going to run out of these, but it's nice to have them on hand for last-minute baking projects or emergency entertaining.
• An extra pound or two of butter in the freezer is a good back-up.
• If you have the room, purchase an extra 5 or 10-pound bag of flour. Store it in the freezer if you don't think you will use it up quickly to keep it fresh.
• Extra bags of white, brown and powdered sugar are necessary. Dark brown sugar is nice, too.
• Several bars of good chocolate.
• Double check your supplies of baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla.
• You can go through a lot of parchment paper, waxed paper, and aluminum foil this time of the year.
• Stock up on colored sugar, especially if you have specific colors in mind and double-especially if they're red or green, as well as other cookie decorations.
• It's not at all unusual for a grocery store to run out of marzipan
• Check your supply of holiday spices such as cinnamon, ground cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and be sure you have enough.
• Nuts, especially pecans, walnuts and almonds are essential.
• If you're thinking of gingerbread, make sure you have molasses.
• Fruitcakes and stolen often require candied fruit.
• Coconut is also a poplar holiday baking ingredient.
• Frozen puff pastry and frozen pie dough (either homemade or a good brand) are nice to have stashed in the freezer.
What holiday baking items are you sure to stock up on this year?
(Image: Dana Velden)