Waiting for Santa with boring old chocolate chip cookies? Dip something special into your milk this holiday season with these Christmas cookies from NYC bakeries, that are sure to give you a spot in the “Nice” list. By Sarah Shaker.
Just Gingerbread, Amy's Cookies
Simple and sweet, these Brooklyn-born gingerbread men have been called some of the best seasonal cookies in New York City ($40 for 24 cookies). Additionally, this artisanal bakery has beautiful dreidel shaped cookies for Chanukkah, plus an entirely edible winter wonderland of snowflake, reindeer and Santa cookies.
Taste Of New York, Eleni's New York
Do you have a wannabe Rockette in your life? This nut-free bakery is known for baking up tributes to holidays and all things pop culture, and this Christmas they’re paying homage to Radio City’s legendary act with their ‘Christmas Diva’ cookie ($10). Eleni’s also offers the cookie as part of the “Taste of New York” holiday gift set ($68.50, pictured). Never one to take the holidays lightly, Eleni’s also offers the ‘Spruced Up’ gift box featuring ornament and tree shaped cookies and the Festival of Lights Hanukkah gift box.
Cornflake Peppermint Cookie, Momofuku Milk Bar
While the Momofuku Milk Bar Cornflake Cookies appear to have a cult-like following in the Big Apple, this Christmas edition can only be found at the Union Square Holiday Market. The exclusive Peppermint Cornflake Chocolate Chip cookie can’t be purchased individually – but that’s okay, cause you’ll likely want more than one. Buy them via half-dozen tins for $12 a pop.This cookie is made with real cornflakes, mini chocolate chips, mini-marshmallows and crushed up candy canes. This treat will be available at the Union Square Market from Dec 1-24, so get them before the season ends.
Linzer Cookies and Vanilla Kipferl
Tis’ the season with traditional Linzer Cookies and Vanilla Kipferl (Crescents) at Wallsé and Cafe Sabarsky. Take a break from your holiday shopping to enjoy Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s famous Glühwein and Austrian Christmas cookies all season long. Pair the decadent treats with the eatery’s Winer Eiskaffee – chilled coffee poured over vanilla ice cream — for a true holiday indulgence.
Fruit Cake Cookie, Downtown Cookie Co.
Do you always pass on grandma’s moldy looking fruitcake? Thanks to Downtown Cookie Co., there’s now a delicious take on this old Christmas tradition that you can actually enjoy! Downtown Cookie Co. will also be offering Toffee and Chocolate Mint White Chip Cookies for the holidays. The three flavors can be bought together in a holiday box or a five-pound box of mini cookies, perfect for holiday party snacking.
Just Add Milk Holiday Hamper, Dominique Ansel
Milk and cookies for Santa have been taken to a whole new level at Dominique Ansel. This holiday collection features some of their best signature cookies, including four Chocolate Chunk, sixteen Sable Breton (salted butter cookies), Cannele de bordeaux (a flan-like cookie with a caramelized crust) and two hot chocolate drops, which turn into hot chocolate when you add milk. The set retails for $108.00, making this an indulgent cookie box for your little ones or a gift for the ultimate hostess. Look out for their other holiday treats, like Make Your Own S’more Set and Ginger Molasses Cookie, a fluffy and brownie-like treat.
Crinkle Cookies, Magnolia Bakery
Despite what many tourists may think, there’s more to Magnolia Bakery than cupcakes. While locals love their banana pudding, their cookie selection is also worth biting into. This holiday season, order the Crinkle Cookies; small fudgy cookies dusted in powdered sugar. And of you’re looking to take home a variety for Christmas, the Sno Balls will make a great pair. Delicate pecan cookies, sometimes called “Mexican Wedding Cakes” or “Russian Tea Cakes,” are gently rolled in powdered sugar.
Personalized Gingerbread House, Dylan’s Candy Bar
Make a purchase during the holiday real estate market with this spicy Gingerbread Holiday House. This sweet home displays a plaque that can be personalized with up to eight characters for your little one’s name or nickname. This 14” tall house has some serious holiday curb appeal.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.