Baked goods and the holidays go hand-in-hand, and whether you’re visiting with family or staying in this year, you’ll want some treats to help make the holidays feel special. Of course, it’s also the busiest time of year, and not everyone has time to bake all of their holiday goodies from scratch!
To help save you some time, or enable you to try gourmet things you might not be able to bake yourself, we’ve put together this list of five of the best bakeries across the country for holiday baked goods.
Nothing says Christmas morning more than hot cinnamon buns. Ok, maybe presents. But if you want to impress everyone around your Christmas breakfast table with some comforting cinnamon buns, look no further than Levain Bakery. With locations in both New York City and Washington, DC, Levain’s cinnamon rolls have won awards and been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Local delivery and pickup are available.
Flour Bakery + Café
If your holiday plans this year involve bringing a dish to share for a brunch get-together, you’re going to want to check out Flour Bakery and Café. They’re renowned for brunch favorites like coffee cake and sticky buns. And you’re bound to find a treat that everyone can enjoy here because this bakery has extensive nut-free and gluten-free menus. A nationally highly-rated bakery, Flour has multiple locations across both Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Bakery Nouveau in Seattle is known for making rich chocolatey brownies, rainbow-colored macarons, and gelato. They’re a great choice for your holiday needs because they also make absolutely drool-worthy cookies so you can build a cookie plate for Santa or a cookie tin for your neighbors. Delectable flavors include snickerdoodles, sea salt chocolate chip, and ginger molasses. You can pick up cookies through Christmas Eve at one of their three Washington locations. All that’s left is to find some milk and a carrot for Rudolph!
If you’re in the Bay Area, you probably already know that you have to go to Tartine to satisfy your sweet tooth. This San Francisco bakery is world-famous for baking traditional recipes with modern flair and has earned particular renown for its bread. You can pre-order some holiday treats -like their beautifully glazed gingerbread tile- here in time for Christmas and pick them up on the 24th. And if you have any last-minute presents to get for that foodie in your life, they also sell gift items like cookbooks, aprons, and bread knives.
Seylou Bakery & Mill
Want warm baked goods without the guilt? Go to Seylou Bakery & Mill in Washington, DC. They bake with whole grains sourced locally from the mid-Atlantic region. Their whole-grain baking techniques were inspired by the owner’s trip to Senegal and he now uses them to bake all sorts of delicious croissants, pastries, cakes, and more. Currently, the bakery has Stollen, Christmas Cake, and cookie assortments available for the holidays. Or if you need a night off from cooking, you can order one of the most unique pizzas in DC!
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