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Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season

Chocolatey, fruity, crispy, chewy, classic, inventive — there’s a foolproof recipe for everyone in this book.


What’s Inside?

Here’s a festive holiday baking book to celebrate this very special time of year.

Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies, beloved baker behind The Vanilla Bean Blog, and creator of the “bang-the-pan” method offers more than 50 delicious recipes for seasonal brunches, cookie swaps, and all those Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year’s Eve parties.

Delight family and friends with edible gifts and whip up some delicious baked goods to treat yourself through the long winter months after the holidays have ended.

This is a perfect holiday gift alongside a cute apron or baking product. It’s sure to please anyone in your life who loves to while away the winter months in their warm and cozy kitchen.

Recipes include:

  • Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  • Meyer Lemon-White Chocolate Scones
  • Pear-Almond Danish Bread
  • Hot Chocolate Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pepita Streusel

With cozy holiday imagery, a lovely, clean aesthetic, and easy yet innovative recipes, this is a go-to cookbook for baking enthusiasts, anyone who loves the holiday season, and, of course, fans of Sarah Kieffer and her hugely popular cookie book, 100 Cookies.


Praise for Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season

Cinnamon roll on baking sheet with parchment paper

Sarah’s style of baking—cozy, nostalgic, and crave-able especially in the cold winter months—was made for the holidays. Her recipes yield the kinds of treats that just beg to be eaten with a hot cup of coffee near the fireplace as the snow falls outside. They’re hearty, reliable, and exactly what I’ll be turning to at the holidays (and beyond)!

Molly Yeh, cookbook author and Food Network host

Chocolate cake with marshmallows on top

Joy to the world, Sarah Kieffer has done it again! Her newest book, Baking for the Holidays, is full of festive recipes for each occasion and every baker, no matter their skills in the kitchen. This is the gift you will give everyone on your holiday list. Her twisty Cranberries and Cream Danish, Panettone Scones, Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Pie and ALL of Sarah’s famous cookies are just a few recipes destined to be new traditions on your holiday table. Another triumph from one of my most favorite and trusted bakers.

– Zoë François, author of Zoë Bakes Cakes and host of Zoë Bakes on the Magnolia Network

Open cookbook pages with a candle and morning buns beside it

Baking for the Holidays is brimming with warmth and recipes that will satisfy and delight bakers of all levels. Sarah’s signature style of modern-yet-classic baking is apparent in every recipe, from the Coffee-Cardamom Monkey Bread to the Lemon Pull-Apart Bread. The recipes are of course reliable, and the quotes are uplifting. Sarah’s music suggestions will help you set the vibe of your gathering. This book is sure to transform your winter gatherings into joyous and delicious celebrations!

– Vallery Lomas, author of Life Is What You Bake It

Slice of pie on a white plate with a fork beside it

Sarah Kieffer taught us that pan-banging was as essential to cookies as a glass of milk. Her recipes crafted for the holiday season offer the same sort of effortless, tried and true baking wisdom. This book is filled to the brim with recipes to return to, and worthy of building traditions around. A comforting keeper for anyone who loves to bake.

Erin Jeanne McDowell, author of The Book on Pie

Sarah Kieffer is living her dream. She turned a childhood obsession for baking into the most joyful cookie book ever. I love her writing, her recipes, and the way she guides you through every step. Start with her Chocolate Chip Cookies, which are famous for a reason!


Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and television

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Bonus e-book!

Don’t forget! In anticipation of the holidays (and as a thank you for pre-ordering my new book!) I created 12 exclusive cookie recipes that you can make right now.


More of Sarah’s cookbooks

100 Cookies

100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen

Chocolatey, fruity, crispy, chewy, classic, inventive — there’s a foolproof recipe for everyone in this book. This is the comprehensive-yet-charming cookbook every cookie lover (or those who love to bake cookies) needs.

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book cover

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book

My debut cookbook, with 100 delicious tried-and-true recipes. From everyday favorites such as Lemon Bread to inventive twists on classics such as Apple-Blackberry Turnovers, these irresistible treats will delight and inspire.


About Sarah Kieffer

Sarah Kieffer wearing a grey apron holding a plate of stacked cookies

I’m Sarah Kieffer, author of three cookbooks and creator of the popular Pan-banging Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I live in Minneapolis and love baking and listening to Ella Fitzgerald.

My work has been featured in The New York TimesSAVEURPure Green MagazineFood 52The Today ShowMashableThe KitchnAmerica’s Test KitchenThe Washington Post, and Food + Wine, among others (which can be found here). 

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