It’s that wonderful time of year once more, the season for gift giving, crackling fires, mistletoe, holiday happenings, and holiday cookies. Best of all: there’s no need to wipe spilled flour off your floor when there are plenty of fantastic confections at delicious bakeries all around Orange County.
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Founder Emily Osterberg began baking in her mother’s kitchen and she hasn’t stopped since. At Baking Betty’s her talents are put to great use with their S’mores cookie, the perfect blend of campfire goodness all dressed up for the holidays. With gooey marshmallows, plenty of chocolate chips all mushed together in a cookie, it’s a real treat for any holiday party.
Red Velvet Cookie
Campitelli Cookies and Sandwiches
5557 E Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92807
Campitelli Cookies is one of those dessert spots that makes it very difficult to choose a holiday favorite. With so many options, it’s just so tough to choose even just a few. Offering snow balls and buttery almond crescent cookies, they also have this voluptuously sweet and seasonally colored Red Velvet Cookie. topped with soft white icing and red sprinkles, the texture truly lives up to the cookie’s name. It’s a mixture of velvety greatness.
Fudge Turtle Cookie
Donna B’s Bakery
26022 Cape Drive, Suite B
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
At Donna B’s in sunny Laguna Niguel, they even sell cookie dough in case you want to make your own cookie stash. But there’s no need – not with stellar holiday treats like the Fudge Turtle cookie. That’s right, all the fudgy caramel nut goodness of candy turtles all wrapped up inside a chocolate cookie makes for the perfect holiday cookie. Added on is a little sea salt sprinkled on top for good holiday measure.
Chocolate Crispy Ice Skate Cookies
1906 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
At Cinderella Cakes in Costa Mesa, there’s not a glass slipper in sight, but there are plenty of delicious holiday cookies. Their Chocolate Crispy cookies are baked into the shape of ice skate and then beautifully frosted and covered with sparkly sprinkles. These cookies offer chocolatey goodness instead of traditional sugar cookie dough as the base for their whimsical style.
2937 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Sure, Blackmarket Bakery has renowned gingerbread treats and many other holiday classics, but a true tip of Santa’s cap is due to the Toff Cookie, a perfect mix of crunchy toffee and soft dark chocolate. The toffee in this cookie has a delightfully salty edge, and the dark chocolate keeps the sweetness factor from being overwhelming.
The Dessert Lab
4221 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
The Dessert Lab started out as a family owned cheesecake purveyor, and while their delicious cakes are still available to take home for the holidays, their cookies are pretty exceptional too. The standout for the season: a molasses cookie that is somehow both old fashioned and cutting edge all at once. Maybe it’s the molasses itself, which is a little bit chewy, sweet but not cloying. Topped with powdered sugar sprinkles, it’s the perfect snack to sneak away from Santa.