Ah, the holidays. The tree is trimmed, the presents are bought, and you’ve spent days joyously baking with your kids while listening to Bing Crosby. Right. In reality, Home Depot sells trees right up until the last second, Amazon Prime can get it to you in two days up to Christmas Eve, and there’s absolutely no reason you can’t listen to the Bing Crosby Christmas CD en route to pick up your Christmas cookies from one of Atlanta’s best bakeries. So go ahead and fake it, already. We won’t tell a soul. Pick up these traditional holiday cookies—and don’t forget to hide the box.

Henri's Bakery

This Buckhead bakery is known for its buttery shortbread cookies with a perfectly placed dollop of frosting in the middle—as well as its selection of almost-too-pretty-to-eat decorated cookies. But don't let the confection perfection fool you. You'll eat every crumb, and go back for more.

The Frosting: Henri's is now offering Christmas Cookie Gift Boxes for delivery, as part of their upgraded online ordering system.

56 East Andrews Dr Nw
Atlanta, Ga
Online: henrisbakery.com

Locations also in Sandy Springs, Marietta, and Upper West Side.

Alon's Bakery

One of Atlanta's bakery standard-bearers, Alon's is a sure bet for a cookie home run. Whether you're shopping for Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza, or oh-my-gosh-2020-is-almost-over, you'll find the perfect cookie here.

The Sprinkle: Don't wait to place your order if you're feeding a crowd. The cookie basket has an assortment of holiday cookies that are perfect for passing.

1394 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, Ga
Online: alons.com

Highland Bakery

What was once just a restaurant located in Old Fourth Ward is now a restaurant rapidly expanding its locations to feed everyone closer to home—and their cookies (holiday and otherwise) will make you glad to be their neighbor. And while you might go for the fun pancakes and outdoor seating, you'll be missing out if you don't pack up a box of cookies to take home.

The Sprinkle: Cookie Trays are available so you'll have a fully stocked selection for your little elves.

655 Highland Ave. NE, Suite 10
Atlanta, Ga
Online: highlandbakery.com

Locations also in Midtown, Emory, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and Peachtree City.

Canvas Cafe & Bakery


If you're looking for an old school seven layer bar cookie, Canvas serves up a whopper of one, and it's better than the ones your mom used to make (sorry, mom).

The Frosting: Pick up a box of artisanal donuts from Canvas' sister company, Donut Dollies, while you're at it.

724 Cherokee Street
Marietta, Ga
Online: canvasfoods.com

My Sweet Things

My Sweet Things

If you're looking for a custom decorated cookie, My Sweet Things is buttercream perfection. Order online from Kathi, and you can arrange the best pick-up for your comfort level. 

The Frosting: However you celebrate the holidays, if you can dream a design for your cookies, Kathi can make them. 


Southern Peach Pastries

If you want to kick your fancy level up a notch, order Holiday Macaroons from Southern Peach. They come in Peppermint White Chocolate/Dark Chocolate Swirl, Gingerbread Caramel Cream, Spiced Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate (Chocolate with Marshmallow Cream), Sugar Plum Fairy, and Eggnog flavors. Or, pick up a box of customizable holiday cookies, instead.

The Sprinkle: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation & A Christmas Story custom cookie sets are available, with sayings like "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" and "I Triple Dog Dare Ya!" on them.

Online: southernpeachpastries.com

Featured photo by Jonathan Meyer via Pexels.

—Shelley Massey



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