Where to find Yule logs, gingerbread houses, Christmas cookie kits, and other holiday desserts around DC
Pick up a variety of holiday treats at the region’s Tatte markets. Photograph by Courtney Perkins.
Ice Cream / Frozen Treats
904 Palmer Alley, NW; 1704 Connecticut Ave., NW; 2909 and 2905 District Avenue, Fairfax; 7111 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda
These ice cream shops offer four flavors this holiday season: King Leo peppermint, with mint gelato, crushed peppermint and melted dark chocolate; coffee ice cream with Biscoff cookies; a version of an Argentinian cake made with chocolate cookies soaked in coffee, whipped dulce de leche and cream cheese; and vegan clementine sorbet.
Ice cream jubilee
301 Water Street, South East; 1407 T Street, NO; 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
This local ice cream chain offers four seasonal flavors: mint brownie cheesecake; drizzled eggnog; vegan cranberry sorbet; and vegan chocolate-orange. Add an $ 18 snowflake cookie decorating kit to make ice cream sandwiches. There are also two ice cream pies – a peppermint stick and a frozen hot chocolate – available sliced and whole. Pie orders must be received by December 15th.
1601 Connecticut Ave., NW; 1267 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 650 Massachusetts Ave., NO
The new ice cream collection from these markets features flavors such as the peppermint swirl; milk and cookies; and s’mores. You can also have a chocolate peppermint cookie sandwich, holiday gummies, and a mint chocolate mix. Don’t you want to choose? Pick up one of the selected gift boxes.
Cookies, Stollen and Yule Logs
Baked and wired / A joint in the oven
1052 Thomas Jefferson St., NW; 430 K St NO
Sister bakeries offer more than 10 types of holiday cookies, including biscotti; Greek wedding butter cookies; and a chewy lebkuchen with ground orange and lemon zest.
the baker’s daughter
1402 Okie St., NE & 675 I St., NW; 1201 K St., NW (Eaton Hotel)
Matt Baker’s cafes serve chocolate and buttercream logs ($ 40) topped with dark chocolate shavings. They are available in all three locations from December 15th.
1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington
The New Orleans-inspired bakery turns into a holiday market, with praline-iced Creole kringle cakes ($ 42) and wrapped candy ready to give. Order the cake 48 hours in advance until December 22.
4434 Connecticut Ave., NW
Mark Furstenberg’s Bakery and Cafe makes panettone ($ 39) with chocolate and hazelnuts; Christmas log ($ 58); stolen ($ 29); and the Gingerbread People (four for $ 11).
1250, rue Neuvième, NO
Tiffany MacIsaac’s Shaw Bakery offers “gingerbread houses” of biscoff cakes with all the trimmings for DIY decorating ($ 175); mint glazed cheese pie ($ 35); red velvet roulade ($ 30); and Christmas decorated cake pops ($ 30). Pre-order for pickup on December 18, 22, and 23.
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 2800 10th Street, Northeast; 660 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
These bakeries and cookie trucks make four seasonal flavors: spicy gingerbread topped with sparkling sugar; double chocolate with holiday chips; funfetti; and sugar with craisins and white chocolate chips. You can also pick up a bottle of South Mountain Creamery eggnog at stores. Check the program to find the trucks.
801 W Street, NO
Cédric Maupillier’s Shaw French dining room offers two flavors of Christmas log: vanilla / coffee / milk chocolate and chocolate / pear / hazelnut. Order via Tock. They range from $ 35 (for four people) to $ 90 (for 12 people).
Duck and fishing
300 Seventh St., SE
Pastry chef Rochelle Cooper makes gluten-free Yule logs ($ 40) at this American spot near the Oriental Market. Sacher cake and chocolate mousse are covered with fudge icing, mint buttercream leaves, sacher crumble and meringue mushrooms. Order until December 17 for a pickup on December 23 and 24.
2150 N. Culpeper St., Arlington
Some of the best stollen in the area can be found at this longtime bakery. The Dresdner stollen ($ 15.95) is coated in sugar and packed with raisins and rum-soaked dried fruit. There are also German Christmas cookies; gingerbread houses (($ 59.95); and decorated petit fours for the holidays ($ 15 for six).
1508 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 238 Massachusetts Ave., NE
These local bakeries are offering a $ 13.50 box containing eight cookies: two almond spritz cookies; two chocolate chips; two sugars; and two chocolate / coconut macaroons. They also make Christmas log ($ 49) – with sponge cake, bourbon, ganache, and hazelnut buttercream.
1300 Fourth St., SE
This Navy Yard Puerto Rican spot’s $ 65 candy pack contains shortbread cookies, coconut macaroons, and rum coquito.
1205 Half St., SE & 1550 Crystal Dr., Arlington
Pick up a stollen ($ 36) with almonds, pistachios, cherries and citrus from the Navy Yard branch of this New York-based bakery. It is packaged in a personalized tea towel.
401 Seventh St., NO
Jose Andres’ Penn Quarter Mexican restaurant serves two holiday cookies: Oaxacan chocolate and cinnamon and almonds. Both are available in half a dozen for $ 7.
Saku Saku Flakerie
3417 Connecticut Ave., NW
You can order a matcha-yuzu-and-chestnut stollen — $ 24 for a whole loaf, $ 12 for a half — from this Franco-Japanese bakery in Cleveland Park. Other holiday candies include a peppermint / chocolate cruffin; Orange Blossom Brioche; pralines; boxes of cookies ($ 20); and a cranberry-orange-nut bundt cake ($ 40; or $ 5 for a slice).
1370, chemin du Parc NW
Food Network competitor Doron Petersan’s vegan bakery is stocked with seasonal snacks. There are a ton of DIY cookie kits, or you can order your treats already assembled – check out hot chocolate blocks and snowman cake pops.
Santa Monica Summer House
11825 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda
Pike & Rose Restaurant offers DIY cookie kits ($ 24.95) that include four gingerbread cookies, three bags of frosting, four candy canes, and other decorations. Pre-order them two days in advance.
Sunday morning bakery
11869 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda
The Destination Bakery, also at Pike & Rose, makes assorted $ 35 cookie boxes that include raspberry linzers; gingerbread men, ginger squares; plain chocolate and sugar cookies; M & M Cookies; Oreos coated with chocolate; and meringue. Pre-order them from December 15th.
1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW; 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW; 7276 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 2805 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington
Pick up a variety of holiday treats at these Boston bakeries. Look for cookie decorating kits ($ 24); chocolate / caramel buche de noel ($ 40); stolen ($ 30); and a cranberry-pistachio pastry wreath ($ 28).
1700 N Moore St., Arlington
The Big Day Cafe in the Arlington Food Hall serves a range of holiday donuts: sprinkle with peppermint; lemon pistachio; and churro, as well as cinnamon buns, pecan twists and cheese danishes.
1308 G St., NW; 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church; 1819 Seventh St., NO
Look for four flavors of festive donuts: Christmas cookie, black cherry jam, s’mores, and red velvet with Christmas sprinkles. Each flavor is sold individually, or you can pre-order a $ 29 box of a dozen minis. Make sure to order in advance.