Holiday Baking Roundup 2016 ❅ 21 Sweet & Festive Recipes

My annual holiday baking roundup is back, with some new additions from the past year in the Urban Cottage kitchen.

Ginger & Sour Cherry Puffs | ©

This festive time of year always inspires me to bake, although I don’t do so nearly as much as I used to. Still, there’s something about making the recipes that my kids love (or classics like fruitcake that they despise) that just puts me in the holiday spirit. In my case, the holiday is Christmas. Whether you celebrate it or something else, you might be interested in this roundup of 21 recipes from the Urban Cottage kitchen (formerly Life Through the Kitchen Window, as you can see from the watermarks on many of the photos).

I hope this holiday baking roundup inspires you to get baking, even if just a single batch of cookies! (And there’s one no-bake recipe here, in case you don’t want to turn on the oven.)

Cookies and Bars

This list is a mix of old favourites and new for my family. I’ve been making some of these recipes since I was a teenager, and others I’ve just discovered or created in the last few years.

  • Dark Chocolate Sour Cherry Cookies — I might have made these for Valentine’s Day originally, but their rich chocolate flavour with the zing of sour cherries would be welcome on the holiday cookie tray
  • Sour Cherry Macaroons — Seasonally festive, these treats also happen to be gluten free
  • Date Squares — Old-fashioned date squares, also known as Matrimonial Squares, bring a touch of tradition to the dessert table


Meringues are so easy to make and they can add such flair to a festive gathering. Here are two of my recipes best suited to the Christmas season.


Cheesecake always says special occasion to me, and this recipe is no exception.

Cranberry Cheesecake | © Life Through the Kitchen

Sweet Rolls and Coffee Cake

Most years I have my family over for a holiday brunch, and one of these recipes is usually on the menu. This is also a time when people drop by for visits, and there’s nothing like a slice of coffee cake along with good conversation.


Fruity, Boozy Fruitcake |©

  • Fruity, Boozy Fruitcake — Some love it, some hate it … I’m in the loving camp, and fruitcake is a special addition to my holiday gatherings

Happy Holiday Baking!

Wishing you happy times in the kitchen during this festive season! Please leave a comment letting me know what you most like to bake for the holidays.


  1. What a wonderful round-up. Mar! There’s a little something here for everyone to love. I won’t be doing much baking this holiday season but am definitely pinning this for future use. All of the recipes would be equally delicious no matter when they’re prepared. Thank you so much!

    • I’m so glad to hear you find my recipes holiday-worthy, John. Like you, I’m not doing a lot of baking this year. That said, I’ve had three events, so I’ve made more than my share. I have several different cookie dough balls in the freezer, plus two kinds of gougeres waiting to be baking off, and the odds and ends of a couple cakes. Less temptation to chow down on it all, and handy for when people drop by (although, in my experience that doesn’t happen as much as it used to …. changing times).

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