Bakeries and Restaurants Sparkle with Creativity for Holiday Desserts

Bakeries and restaurants are crafting delicious desserts and bread to spice up your holiday celebrations. Most are pickup and local delivery only, although a few will ship across the country.

Bakeries to Go

Bread Basket

Bread Basket has curated seven sweets and bread baskets for the holidays. Mixing craft bread, brioche buns, cookies, holiday loaf cakes, and other treats, baskets include the best of NYC artisan bakeries Pain d’Avignon, Padoca Bakery, Grandaisy Bakery, Amy’s Bread, Orwashers, Eli's Bread, New Yorker Bagel, and more. Think orange olive cake with seeded sourdough bread, or black & white cookies with “everything bagel” seeded twists, for example. Since Europe is out of reach this year, the European Basket fills in with Roman pizza Bianca, a classic baguette, Swiss Health breakfast bread, and Swedish butter cookies. Pre-order for NYC delivery.

Paris Baguette

At Paris Baguette whimsical decorations like snowflakes, Santa Claus, polar bears, snowmen and Christmas Bears find their way onto Santa’s Chimney Chocolate Chiffon Cake, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Chocolate Cake, Frosty’s Chocolate Chalet Cake, and the Stargazing Santa Chocolate Cake. Capturing memories of beautiful snowfalls, the Merry Berry Choco Crunch Cake is a winner with soft-cream snowdrifts and berries on top. Pick-up and delivery from stores in seven states.

Sully & Vanilla

Sully & Vanilla, an NYC-based women-owned bakery, has cornered the market on fun holiday treats. How can you not be obsessed with Santa hat flamingo cookies or Red and Greens, a holiday take on traditional NYC Black and White cookies? Customizing cake pops, cake cones, and decorated cakes are the bakery’s M.O. Pick-up and delivery in New York City.

Sully & Vanilla, an NYC-based women-owned bakery, has cornered the market on fun holiday treats | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Sully & Vanilla)

FLOUR SHOP

FLOUR SHOP is the creative playground for cake mastermind Amirah Kassem. With color and whimsy as her inspiration, Kassem mixes rainbows, glitter, and unicorns for cake magic. At FLOUR SHOP, you’ll find glitter counters showcasing the most popular treats including cake balls and the six-layer explosion cake. Pick-up and delivery in LA and NYC or shipping through Williams-Sonoma.

FLOUR SHOP is the creative playground for cake mastermind Amirah Kassem
(Courtesy FLOUR SHOP)

Milk Bar

Chef Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar puts a peppermint spin on holiday desserts. If you love peppermint bark, you’ll love Milk Bar’s Peppermint Bark Cake with layers of crunchy cocoa crumbs, chocolate fudge, peppermint frosting, and crushed candy cane bits. The same decadence is available in bite-sized Peppermint Bark Truffles rolled in red and chocolate sprinkles and minty sand. Peppermint Pretzel Snaps are a sweet-and-savory combination of pretzels, peppermint, caramel, and chocolate atop a chocolate wafer, dipped in white chocolate peppermint bark. Pick-up and on-demand delivery in five cities or shipping nationwide.

Chef Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar puts a peppermint spin on holiday desserts | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Milk Bar)

Baked by Melissa

Cupcake lovers will thank Melissa instead of Santa for the Baked by Melissa collections featuring bite-sized cupcakes with festive flavors like Chocolate Babka, Jelly Doughnut, Caramel Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane, and Cookie Blizzard. Gluten-free assortments, too. Pick- up in multiple locations and nationwide shipping.

Cupcake lovers will thank Melissa instead of Santa for the Baked by Melissa collections featuring bite-sized cupcakes with festive flavors | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Baked by Melissa)

Direct from Paris

Angelina

Renowned Paris tearoom and pastry house, Angelina, brings the taste of the century-old patisserie to its first US location in Manhattan. With takeout and delivery of its iconic hot chocolate, powdered or beautifully bottled for transport, and a special Bûche de Noël edition of their Mont Blanc pastry, Angelina gives you another way to bring Europe home this season. You can pretend you’re dining next to Coco Chanel and Marcel Proust, two of Angelina’s famous patrons, while enjoying sweets like caramels, jams, and chocolates.

Renowned Paris tearoom and pastry house, Angelina, brings the taste of the century-old patisserie to its first US location in Manhattan | WhereTraveler
Angelina Buche de Noel Mont-Blanc (Courtesy Angelina Paris)

L’Avenue at Saks

Another Paris sensation, L’Avenue at Saks is the go-to for elaborate desserts by legendary Pierre Herme. If you’ve been to Paris, you’ve likely tried his famous macarons that come in a glorious rainbow of colors and tastes. You can go a step further by ordering L’Avenue’s famous Ispahan with a rose macaron biscuit base and rose petal cream, raspberries, and lychees; or the Tarte Orpheo made with shortbread pastry, dark chocolate ganache, and toasted hazelnuts. Available in-store or with delivery via Caviar.

Another Paris sensation, L’Avenue at Saks is the go-to for elaborate desserts by legendary Pierre Herme | WhereTraveler
Isphahan (© Melissa Hom)

Restaurants and Desserts

Restaurants have gotten into the eat-at-home dessert act in a big way, especially when it comes to the Bûche de Noël.

ABC Kitchen & Jean-Georges

Two Jean-Georges restaurants offer pick-up or in-city delivery of their most elaborate desserts. Order the cute-as-a-button Chef Karen’s Cookie Box, an assortment of gingerbread cookies, chocolate caramel brownies, pecan puffs, and brown-butter chocolate chip cookies from ABC Kitchen. Jean-Georges’ eponymous restaurant has the only-at-Christmas Bûche de Noël decked out with dried cranberries, Sicilian pistachios, and orange confit in organic bourbon vanilla cream, all set inside a dark chocolate mousse and devil’s food cake. For New Year’s, the restaurant’s passionfruit almond cake is paired with a half bottle of Billecart Salmon Brut Rose for a decadent finish to any meal.

Pierre’s

If you happen to be on Long Island, Pierre’s in Bridgehampton offers a sinful array of Bûche de Noël for Christmas. Offered in two sizes, you can choose chocolate made with chocolate mousse and layers of chocolate almond dacquoise, milk chocolate with crunchy French meringue coated with a milk chocolate glaze, or the very French Vosgienne which adds fresh raspberries and whipped cream to layers of chocolate sponge cake. Specifically created to capture the holiday season, the chestnut Bûche de Noël has chestnut and vanilla rum mousseline, layers of ladyfinger sponge cake and a dark chocolate glaze while the Snow Man is a pretty confection of Grand-Marnier chocolate mousse with orange candied strips and layers of Alsatian winter spice sponge cake, coated with French meringue. Order online and pick up at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton or Pierre’s Market in Sagaponack.