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If all you want for Christmas is a flurry of confections, then this is the place for you. Score seasonal cupcakes, boozy celebratory macarons and tasty tarts. (Image: Courtesy The Sweet Lobby)

The 14 best bakeries to pick up holiday sweets

‘Tis the season for sweets! Bakers are celebrating the holidays by serving up goodies galore. Here are the 14 best spots to enjoy some very merry desserts.

Un Je Ne Sais Quoi

The bakery’s signature merveilleux cakes are transformed into fetching Bûche de Noël, whose flavors include Speculoos, chai-praline, and coffee and chocolate ($24-$58). To celebrate the Epiphany on January 6, they offer traditional galette des rois stuffed with your choice of frangipane, chocolate, or apple ($6.50-$33). Order by emailing or calling 202-721-0099. The galette must be ordered by December 19; the bûche by December 21.

The Sweet Lobby

If all you want for Christmas is a flurry of confections, then this is the place for you. Score seasonal cupcakes ($3.25 each, $36 per dozen) – gingerbread, eggnog, and chocolate peppermint – boozy celebratory macarons ($2.10 each) – ponche de crème (Trinidadian punch with cream), apple brandy, and champagne – and tasty tarts, which are available in pumpkin-gingerbread, pecan, and chocolate hazelnut ($5.25-$30 each).

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Be the hero by bringing these doughnuts to enjoy for a holiday breakfast. Flavors include gingerbread, chai latte, truly boozy bourbon eggnog, and Christmas cookie topped off with a miniature gingerbread man ($3.10-$3.35 each). Available in limited quantities for walk-ins or order a holiday-themed box of nine doughnuts ($22) online with 24-hours advance notice.

Little Red Fox

Expect to find the cases aglow with decorated holiday cookies ($3.50 each) and festively festooned pies available in gingerbread chess, pumpkin, and pecan ($26), as well as a showstopping double crust apple. Preorder pies online by December 19.

Buttercream Bakeshop

As per usual, Tiffany MacIsaac and her sweet squad have gone all out for the holidays. Festively shaped macarons ($20 a pack), chocolate bark bedazzled with edible glitter ($13), and her vertical play on the Bûche de Nöel that arrives as a stump with a cardinal perched on top ($90). Order online.

Tout de Sweet

Yule love these logs – available in vanilla, chocolate, and coffee-caramel ($46-$57). Customers can also purchase Bûche de Nöel in chocolate or yuzu-hazelnut ($51-$62), Christmas tree shaped sugar cookies (prices vary), and festive meringue assortment (prices vary).

Baked & Wired

Say hello to a world of holiday cookies – from Austrian linzer and German lebkuchen to American buckeyes and South American alfajores (prices vary). Available in store or place large orders by calling 703-663-8727.

Sticky Fingers

These vegan cookies will delight any sweet tooth. A tin comes packed with raspberry thumbprints, ginger cookies, and phat mints, which are just as over-the-top awesome as the name would suggest ($30). Purchase tins online to be shipped or picked up in store.


Go beyond the macaron – though you should definitely pick up some of those as well. Four beautifully crafted Yule logs vie for your affections: hazelnut, rose-raspberry, chocolate, and almond ($8.50-$68). Order by calling 202-737-0492.

Red Bandana Bakery

Gluten-free doesn’t mean gluttony-free. Pick up gingerbread men and women (12 for $20), Christmas tree meringue cookies (12 for $20), and Yule logs with your choice of cake and frosting ($75). Items can be made vegan for an additional charge. Order by calling or texting 240-284-6523, or by emailing, by December 20.

Olivia Macaron

Compose a gift box featuring your pick of classic and holiday flavors – from blood orange and salted caramel to candy cane and eggnog ($18-$50). You can even have them presented as a four-tier macaron tour ($120), which looks like the sweetest Christmas tree you ever did see.

Rare Sweets

Celebrate with seasonal cakes ($45-$75) – including eggnog and vanilla bean, ginger and lemon, and bourbon and cocoa – snowflake cookies (prices vary), and homemade marshmallows (prices vary). There are even “take and bake” dishes that you can shamelessly pretend you made yourself, like cinnamon rolls ($30), Bartlett pear oatmeal crisp ($32), and buttermilk biscuits with apple butter ($30). Christmas and New Years orders must be placed by December 19 at 5pm by calling 202-499-0077.

Lil’ B

You’ll fa-la-la-la-love these seasonal sweets, such as red and white peppermint marshmallows ($6 per bag), cute Christmas cookies ($2.25), and petit pralines ($7 per bag). The piece de resistance is the bear-claw-style Creole Kringle cake forged from croissant dough, packed with cream cheese filling, and finished with a praline glaze and roasted pecans ($36).

District Doughnut

Celebrate Hanukkah all December long with Israeli sufganiyot packed with strawberry jam and dusted with cinnamon sugar ($3 each).