With the holiday season here, you’re probably invited to more than one Christmas party, and you’ll want to bring something sweet to thank the hosts of each one. Sure, you can spend hours slaving in the kitchen baking several dozen cookies, or you can swing by a grocery store and pick up some of those stale, flavorless cookies. Or, you can stop by any of these amazing local bakeries offering incredibly delicious homemade cookies that will impress everyone you see. If you want to bring a special treat to the office, or need a delicious gift for your boss, a plate of these Christmas cookies will do the trick every time. And since everything is made from scratch, you can even put them in your own dish and pass them off as your own.
Maggie and Molly’s Bakery
2908 E. 6th Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
This delightful bakery does everything from scratch. Owner Mary Lovett uses her mother’s traditional recipes to bring homemade treats to everyone in Denver. Everything is “small batch,” meaning you won’t find large mass-produced gods here, just great tasting, homemade treats that are perfect for any party or gift. Christmas cookie treats include everything from traditional decorated Christmas cookies to folk art cookies, sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, stained glass cookies and even a huge Holiday Postcard sugar cookie. You can grab a large assorted tray for a party or a smaller box as a special present. Plus, if you are shopping for some Jewish friends, you can also pick up some special blue and white Hanukkah cookies.
1160 N. Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
Since 1999, Gateaux Pastries has been whipping up incredible sweet treats, focusing on tea cookies, tarts, cakes and more. If you’ve never visited this wonderful bakery, then make sure to bring your appetite, because you’ll definitely want to try several of its amazing treats. The iced shortbread cookies are the perfect treat for Christmas, and everyone will fall in love with the buttery, flaky texture of this delicious cookie. When Christmas rolls around, you’ll find these treats in everything from stars to candy canes, stockings, snowmen, wreaths and more. Buy a few as a quick treat or load up on several dozen for your next party. Your guests will thank you.
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This Littleton-based bakery is run by two energetic women who are truly passionate about creating special treats for any occasion, and Christmas is no difference. They run the business out of their home, offering both delivery and pickup for your holiday needs. Warm the house with some delicious homemade snickerdoodles, or go for the classic Christmas sugar cookies covered in sweet frosting. Or try something different like Russian tea cake cookies, cinnamon roll cookies or the amazingly festive candy cane snowball cookies. This bakery even offers a few varieties of gluten-free cookies for anyone with a gluten sensitivity. There is a very large menu of festive cookies to try here, so get one dozen for now and another for your party.
1543 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80202
As another all-natural, fresh-baked bakery in town, Mermaids Bakery is focusing on everything that matters – great recipes, fresh ingredients and excellent customer service. Just visit this Downtown Denver-based bakery and you’ll want to return again and again. Bring a plate of Mermaids Bakery’s snickerdoodle marshmallow cookies and everyone at your next party will love you. Or add some salted caramel cookies, for a crisp, sweet treat that is lightly dusted with sea salt. Of course, you can always go for the traditional buttery sugar cookie with icing, but why not also bring along some red velvet cookies? There are lots to enjoy here, so grab a variety and impress everyone with these delightful cookies.
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5721 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80002
Rheinlander Bakery first opened its doors in 1963, dedicated to bringing fresh German and European cakes and pastries to the Arvada area. Rheinlander offers lots of wonderful holiday cookies that look as great as they taste. You’ll be amazed at the detail that goes into decorating the candy cane cookies, and you’ll marvel at all of the pretty touches on the star cookies. Cookies also come in other wonderfully decorated shapes like poinsettias, mittens, teddy bears and snowflakes. Of course, as a traditional German bakery, you can also pick up fresh strudel or even German cookies like pfeffernusse and springerle. Everything is very carefully crafted using traditional German recipes and lots of special care.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.