Baking Pantry Checklist Because Anyone Can Cook

Baking Pantry Checklist Because Anyone Can Cook

Anyone can cook! We learn this important Disney Movie Lesson in the Pixar movie Ratatouille that Anyone Can Cook.  This is true, but like anything it takes practice. And to practice you’ll need stuff in your kitchen to practice with. As such, we’ve cooked up this Baking Pantry Checklist to have on hand at all times. If you’ve been perusing the Disney Recipes on this blog and everywhere else, you know you need quite a few ingredients at all times to strike when the baking bug hits.

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Luckily, we’ve crafted the Baking Pantry Checklist of Ingredients to have on hand. For me, it never fails. I’ll be in a baking craze some random Saturday morning and then realize I’m out of something! Needless to say, it kills my desire to cook or bake if I have to jump in the car and drive a half hour to get cinnamon. Or wait for someone to deliver it. 

So to prevent this from happening to you and any future meltdowns that may result from not having a staple pantry item,  our quick and dirty list is in a printable version below. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with Amazon Grocery Delivery, you may not need this list. We do, however, like to plan ahead when we can and save the planet, by limiting our driving all over the place at the same time. 

Pantry Staples Herbs & Spices

These herbs and spices can be added to many different kinds of recipes and are always great to have on hand. The warmer spices can be used in chili, cinnamon rolls and bread. The herbs can be used in meat, veggie, or pasta dishes and cilantro is critical to any homemade guacamole. These should be left un-refrigerated and stored in a dry cool place like a cupboard away from your stove. We best like Spices from Diaspora and The Spice House

If you’re a newbie baker or cook, just start out adding spices to your foods one at a time. You don’t need to dive into the Pinterest-level cooking just yet. Just get started.

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Pantry Staples Baking Supplies

Okay. I’ll admit that our family usually goes somewhat crazy with our cooking. We’re always, always trying new recipes, and substitutions, ordering weird ingredients, and testing and re-testing. We make a full menu for every holiday and joke (but not really) about having a restaurant someday.  As a result, we know lots and lots of stuff about food and what you need to do to make it taste amazing. That said, we’re also super picky. At any given time we could be off gluten, off sugar, not eating dairy, on a detox, eating everything…or just joining the latest food craze. This doesn’t mean we ever ( EVER) give up the food we like, we just learn how to make it different or better.  So if you’re on a compromised diet read through the notes below to help you build your best pantry.

  • Flour (all-purpose, preferably gluten-free)
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips ( Carob chips if you’re off chocolate or limiting caffeine)
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Pine Nuts ( for Pesto)
  • Vegetable, Beef and/or Chicken bullion cubes
  • Yeast ( for breads, donuts)
  • Gelatin
  • Almond Butter, Peanut Butter
  • Ground Flax Seed ( as an omega3 source or to substitute eggs)
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Honey ( preferably local or raw)
  • Molasses (for gingerbread)
  • Cane Sugar or a sugar substitute like Stevia
  • Brown Sugar
  • Confectioners Sugar ( for beignets )
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Condensed Milk (nondairy condensed milk here)
  • Vinegar
  • Oats (old fashioned rolled)
  • Coffees and Teas

Joffrey's Cold brew copycat recipe

Fridge Essentials for Baking

If you’re looking for things to have on hand in your refrigerator, then our list is smaller, simply because these things can take up a ton of room. Which hopefully is already filled with things like fresh veggies. That said, there are several things you need in the refrigerator for baking. 

With these ingredients, we can make sticky gingerbread, pumpkin bread, Tiana’s beignets, our Mickey Cake Pops, cookies, cake, and all sorts of things we love to have with tea, cocoa, coffee, and the warm drinks of fall and winter. You can get all of these ingredients through Amazon Pantry if you’re an Amazon Prime Member. Here’s a quick Mason Jar Cookie Recipe to share with a printable graphic you can use as the label below. Enjoy!

Cookies in a Jar Recipe

This Cookies in a Jar Recipe is adapted from the baking queen herself, Sally’s Baking Addiction. We love sharing our love of baking. And what better way to do that than to give them the dry ingredients so they can whip up cookies whenever they want? These ingredients are part of our Baking Pantry Checklist, and we always have them on hand. 

Ingredients to add to a Mason Jar

  • 1-3/4 c. all-purpose flour ( spoon and level this into the measuring cup).
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. regular M&M’s, matched to the season of course. 

Wet Ingredients to be added by gift recipient

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter ( softened)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Gifting

  • 32 oz Mason Jars
  • Gift Tag and Ribbon

Cookies in a Jar Recipe Assembly

To make these gift jars for the baker, here are the steps. You can add each layer with a spoon. Or use a funnel for more control when adding the layers. 

  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. Add the first layer of cocoa powder
  3. Then add the second layer; granulated sugar
  4. The third layer is brown sugar.
  5. Then add the flour mixture.
  6. After that, add the chocolate chips
  7. Lastly, add the M&M’s

Close the jar, and prepare your Gift Tag, with the Wet Ingredients and the Recipe Instructions. 

Cookies in a Jar Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350°F
  2. Beat the Butter, Egg, and Vanilla Extract together on high speed until combined. 
  3. Add all the ingredients from the Mason Jar, on low speed, until combined. 
  4. Once combined, drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto a parchment-covered pan. 
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, until set. Makes 2 dozen cookies. 

Baking Pantry Checklist

There you have it! Hopefully, this list has been helpful! We use it often and it never fails to support us during our baking needs! What did we miss? Let us know. 

A baking checklist with a list of everything you need in your pantry plus a cookie in a jar recipe to share! #pantrychecklist #bakingchecklist #holidaybaking #pantryshoppinglist #baker #polkadotpixies


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Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.

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