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Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can fully embrace the spirit of the season. Our preferred method is to unrepentantly stuff our faces with cookies of every size, shape and color – though we don’t turn our noses up at holiday themed macarons, cupcakes or brownies either. Here are ten primo patisseries where you can get in touch with your inner Cookie Monster.
This sweet startup is offering a quartet of merry macarons: eggnog, pistachio cherry, peppermint bark and pumpkin spice ($2 each; seen above). Available online or in limited quantities and flavors at Pearl Fine Tea in Union Market and the Warming Station at National Harbor.
Blue ribbon baker Tiffany Coln turns out a creative array of cookies, including lemongrass-coconut, almond butter, Mexican hot chocolate Snickerdoodles and cream cheese snowflakes. If you’re in the mood for hand-forged candies, we highly recommend her duck fat caramels and vanilla bean chocolate-dipped marshmallows (prices vary).
Chocoholics take note! This charming sweet shop is baking up batches of dark chocolate peppermint brownies ($4 each), chocolate Guinness gingerbreads ($2.75 each) and chocolate gingerbread macarons ($1.50 each).
Two cheery cupcakes vie for your attention this holiday season. There’s the Triple Ginger (spicy ginger cake made with fresh, candied and ground ginger and topped with lemon cream cheese frosting) and the Candy Cane (peppermint scented vanilla cake studded with bits of candy cane then coronated with pink peppermint frosting and a candy cane) ($3.25 each).
The Butcher’s Block Market at Brabo
Feeling indecisive? Pastry chef Erin Reed feels your pain. You can mix and match cookies by the half dozen ($16) or the dozen ($32). Flavors include butterscotch chip spice, molasses raisin, black forest crinkle, fig date rugelach, oatmeal cranberry and classic sugar cookies.
Put a Yat accent on your cookie binge. The Candy Corner at this NOLA themed bakeshop offers Louisiana ginger snaps ($6 for 3) and gourmet Oreos known round these parts as Baby Dat-Os ($7 for 3). Darn good, f’sho!
Treat yourself! Pastry chef Susan Wallace is baking up batches of ginger molasses cookies ($6 for 6) and cheesecake cranberry pecan bars ($10 for 12). We won’t tell if you eat them all yourself and don’t share.
Tout de Sweet
Master of the macaron, Jerome Colin, is turning out three festive flavors: peppermint-candy cane, chestnut-rum and gingerbread-mascarpone ($1.50 each). As if that wasn’t enough, there are also gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting ($2.75), peppermint mocha (prices vary) and eggnog lattes (prices vary).
Feel like you’ve accomplished something by crafting your own cookies. Don’t worry, we’re not insisting you make them from scratch, but from a jar. There’s pistachio-cranberry holiday cookie mix ($16.99) and classic chocolate chip cookie mix ($15.99).
Georgetown’s newest sweet spot is whipping up a trio of jolly macarons: chestnut, gingerbread and champagne ($2 each). Let us reassure you, there’s no shame in getting all three.
Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.