Seattle’s Best Holiday Desserts

These local bakeries are brimming with sugar, spice, and everything nice

Columbia City Bakery is baking up international holiday goods, like this German stollen.

‘Tis the season to be eating baked goods. We’ve got you covered on the best pies, gingerbread cakes, cookies, and puddings with our go-to guide of Seattle’s holiday desserts. It’s our way of saying “happy holidays,” from our taste buds to your tummies.



The British desserts are coming! The U.K.-born pastry chef extraordinaire Sara Naftaly is whipping up Eccles cakes — currant-filled, buttery puff pastry — and boozy Christmas puddings. The latter will be sold in handcrafted dishes from local potter Megan Treasure, who makes Amandine’s beautiful plates and mugs. Naftaly will also show her French side with her famous macarons in holiday flavors and bûche de Noël, France’s classic log-shaped chocolate sponge cake, in hazelnut and traditional chocolate.


Columbia City Bakery

The holiday menu at Columbia City Bakery brims with baked goodness. Savor traditional pies — pecan, pumpkin, apple — or add some international flavor with panforte (Italian spiced fruitcake), stollen (German Christmas bread), and panettone (buttery, eggy, raisin-studded bread from Milan).  Keep it local with a gingerbread tea cake made with Georgetown Brewery’s Porter. Celebrate Hanukah with rugelach and challah. Round out your holiday meals with Parker House holiday rolls and garnet yam rolls.


Hello Robin

This jewel box shop is beloved for “cookies you wish your mother had made.” Seasonal flavors include brown butter bourbon, iced sugar cookies, and peppermint chocolate chip — made with peppermint batter and peppermint white chocolate candy pieces. Pack these scrumptious cookies in an adorable Hello Robin tin for a hostess gift that keeps on giving.


Petit Pierre


Petit Pierre invites you to celebrate the holidays French-style. Enjoy bûche de Noël made local as owners Alex and Laure top theirs with icing mushrooms as a wink to the Pacific Northwest. To help combat the post-holiday blues, pick up a “Galette des Rois,” or king’s cake, on Jan. 6. In this festive French tradition, a bean or figurine is hidden in the frangipane-filled cake. Whoever gets the lucky slice dons a crown and becomes king or queen for the day!