Don’t sleep on Aldi for your holiday baking needs

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December 10, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Pineapple thumbprints were the first cookies of this holiday season in the Thompson house.

Pineapple thumbprints were the first cookies of this holiday season in the Thompson house.

Three years ago, I started a Christmas tradition by accident.

It was a bittersweet holiday season. I had just started a new day job, but the first paycheck hadn’t come in yet. I was also freshly married, so my family tripled in size. I didn’t have a lot of money, but I wanted to do something nice for my relatives.

That November and December, I baked and baked and baked. Batches upon batches of sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies and double-chocolate cookies filled my freezer. Cookie sheets and parchment paper were my faithful companions, along with a dog eager to catch batter that flew out of the mixing bowl. And bless my poor oven’s heart — that thing really earned its keep that winter.

Fortunately, the cookies were a hit. And to keep up with my annual holiday baking, I’ve turned to one of my favorite retailers — Aldi.

I’ve shouted my love of this bargain grocery store on the blog before. This year, I realized Aldi is the perfect place to stock up on baking essentials at low prices. The center aisle at the Dixie Highway location was filled with Christmas goodies and odds and ends, like a bag of teeny Andes Mints for cookies or a whole pumpkin pie kit.

Here’s a look at some of the baking goodies I snagged on my last visit:

  • Molasses for my gingerbread men*: $1.99
  • A four-pound bag of sugar: $1.39
  • A bag of pecans for my shortbread cookies: $2.99
  • A tube of Betty Crocker icing for aforementioned gingerbread men: $1.99

Now that I have all of my ingredients, it’s time to get back to baking. If you’re interested in hitting up Aldi’s baking supplies, Aldi is located at 3442 Preston Hwy., 5109 Dixie Hwy. and 4301 Bardstown Rd. in Louisville. There are also southern Indiana locations at 3131 E. 10th St. in Jeffersonville and 3118 Grant Line Rd. in New Albany.

Just remember to bring your quarter.

*Gingerbread people? I’ve watched all of Transparent on Amazon Prime, so I want to use the preferred gender identity of my cookies.

6 thoughts on “Don’t sleep on Aldi for your holiday baking needs

  1. Lonna Jo says:

    I absolutely love Aldi… and this year I was able to snag one of their Holiday recipe booklets before they were all gone; an absolute drool fest!

  2. Kama says:

    I love Aldi’s as well. I’ve been shopping there for some time and am always amazed at how much money I save versus what I spend at “traditional” grocery stores. On my most recent trip there, I found some great holiday baking supplies as well as a box of delicious Belgian truffle-filled chocolate seashells (very yummy and at only $2.99, a pretty good bargain).

    Btw, your pineapple thumbprint cookies look super yummy! 🙂

  3. Arielle says:

    They look so delicious!! ❤

  4. […] Aldi will open at Westport Road on March 5, according to Business First of Louisville. For those who haven’t been blessed with an Aldi in their vicinity, this European discount grocery store chain is Trader Joe’s brother in price, operations and origin. I’m a huge fan, as I’ve written about on the blog here, here and here. […]

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