As a child I always enjoyed baking holiday cookies with my mother, cutting Christmas tree shapes in the dough and sprinkling on powdered sugar as they emerged from the oven. I’d love to say I have carried on the baking tradition but few of us have time leading up to the holidays. Luckily, there are many amazing bakeries selling online these days, and I’ve found that I can get fresh-from-the-oven cookies delivered at the click of a button. Here are some of my favorites:
With locations on Madison Avenue and in the Plaza Food Hall, this is one of my go-to bakeries. Their melt-in-the-mouth Christmas butter cookies are legendary and come in all the requisite shapes—Santa, star, Christmas tree—decorated with a pinch of glitter. If you don’t have time to buy in store, you can also order up a dozen online.
This nut-free bakery has the most adorable selection of hand-iced sugar cookies cut into every shape imaginable, from Christmas and (kosher) Hanukkah themes to the cutest take on Candy Land I’ve ever seen. They even carry ColorMe! Gingerbread men that kids can decorate themselves.
I love how this old-fashioned shop (opened by an alumnus of Magnolia Bakery) is decorated like a 1940s kitchen. Their sugar cookies are equally charming—each one hand-iced in vanilla buttercream and could easily pass for homemade! Boxes of 12 come in singular shapes from Christmas trees to snowflakes, gingerbread men or stars.
I visit this gourmet market whenever I’m in Soho for its amazing range of candies and desserts. Aside from the in-house bakery, they also offer a selection of holiday cookies, including Lebkuchen direct from Germany, cut out cookies shaped like gnomes and polar bears, and boxes of 52 handcrafted holiday cookies from Amy’s (pecan-laden butterballs and ginger-laced chocolate wafers).