Baking festive, sprinkled cookies and lattice-work pies is a highly anticipated holiday activity every year. But after long days of rolling pie dough and cutting out gingerbread men, it can be hard to muster up the energy to cook for your family. That’s why we’re calling in the experts to lend us a hand. From Carrie Morey’s South Carolina-made biscuits and pimento cheese for a flawless guest-worthy breakfast to Washington D.C.’s Jenn Crovato’s cozy and comforting chicken pot pie on busy nights to a showstopper from The Carolina Pound Cake Company—these goods are worth stocking up on. You’ll thank yourself later.
The Carolina Pound Cake Company Pound Cake
There’s pound cake and then there’s the gloriously decadent bakes The Carolina Pound Cake Company ship out nationwide from their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. This particular beauty is their Brown Sugar Butter Pecan Cream Cheese Pound Cake, and it’s just one of the delicious varieties made to satisfy any and all of your sweet tooth’s cravings. Even after shipment, their cakes arrive moist and ready to serve. This one is our go-to this holiday season. Which one will be yours?
When the pandemic hit, Jenn Crovato, chef at 1310 Kitchen in Washington, D.C., got creative. She began making freezer to oven meals that were a delicious, soul-warming treat during hard times. The endeavor began as a fundraiser—a way to give back to a community that had supported them, while also letting everyone know that 1310 Kitchen was still there. Today, they continue to sell Jenn’s Homemade meals including her scrumptious chicken pot pie that started it all. Featuring a flaky, buttery crust and creamy, veggie- and chicken-packed filling, this dish is the perfect meal to have in your freezer for hectic holiday nights when you don’t feel like cooking. Washington, D.C., locals can order online and pick up at 1310 Kitchen & Bar, but be on the lookout for nationwide shipping options soon. 1310kitchendc.com
Christie Cookie Co.
Too many cookie swaps and too little time? Nashville-based Christie Cookie Co. can help! Founded in 1983 as a storefront in the Music City, their scrumptious sweets quickly became a favorite among locals, and now you can order a giftable tin of their cookies to arrive at your doorstep. We’re partial to the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies anytime of year, but the rich Red Velvet cookies are festive for the holidays. christiecookies.com
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Charleston, South Carolina biscuit baker Carrie Morrie is here to save the day with shippable biscuits and baskets for every occasion. A collaboration with Greenville, South Carolina, artist Dorothy Shain, the just-launched Biscuit Bash Box makes for a bountiful biscuit breakfast or knockout hostess gift. Featuring 30 handmade biscuits in 5 flavors (Buttermilk, Sharp Cheddar, Iced Blueberry, Cinnamon, and Cheese and Chive) packed in a precious box designed by Dorothy, this bundle will be a welcomed sight on any doorstep. While you’re at it, be sure to grab a copy of Carrie’s brand-new cookbook Hot Little Suppers for the cook on your list. calliesbiscuits.com
Caroline’s Cakes has been around for decades and has gathered a following of loyal fans. Their flagship product, the 7-Layer Caramel Cake, is one of our favorites, but this 4-layer Coconut Cloud Cake is another one of our must-haves, especially this time of year. Each layer is lighter than air, and the fresh coconut filling can’t be beat. Have you ordered yours? carolinescakes.com
In 2014, CEO and founder Ayeshah Abuelhiga was simply on a mission to find good biscuits made with real ingredients. Not finding what she craved, she created them herself, and that original buttermilk biscuit led to what is now Mason Dixie Foods. The delicious frozen biscuits, scones, and sweet rolls are all made from scratch with fresh, real dairy and no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or additives and are available online and at many grocery stores throughout the US. Grab a box on your next market run or order some for delivery for your bread basket. These biscuits go beyond breakfast and deserve a spot on every holiday table. masondixiefoods.com
Serving up incredible Southern sides this holiday season just got easier. Nashville powerhouse Loveless Cafe has long been loved for their down-home cooking, and now, they’re packaging it up and shipping it right to your front door. Their Macaroni and Cheese is velvety, their Creamed Corn is fresh-tasting and flavorful, and their Hashbrown Casserole is downright delicious. lovelesscafe.com