It’s T-minus two weeks until the holidays, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just need sweets for your annual office cookie exchange, it’s always tempting to save your energy for shopping and outsource baking to the pros. While you can always stop by your favorite neighborhood haunt—be it Henri’s Bakery, A Haute Cookie, or Alon’s—these metro Atlanta bakers, all of whom sell their cookies online, offer some unique finds and a personalized touch.
If you can’t resist a cute design:
Based in Brookhaven, High Waisted Cookie (Instagram: @highwaistedcookie) makes thin, vanilla-heavy shortbread cookies in 53 different designs. The icing is hand-mixed to ensure consistent coloring. Expect a crunch upon first bite with a softer inside that owner/baker Renee Bledsoe says “melts in your mouth.” Cookies cost $55-$100 per dozen. Contact here.
If you’re a buttercream fan:
Kathi Dangler of My Sweet Things (@kathi_dangler) decorates reindeer, Christmas trees, Santas, and anything else you can image—the difference is she uses buttercream icing, which is softer and fluffier than the traditional royal icing most bakers use to top cookies. “In my house, the F word is ‘fondant,’” she says. Cookies cost $30 and up per dozen and are hand-delivered in the metro area. Contact here.
If you want to support a refugee family:
Sweet, Sweet Syria (@sweetsweetsyria) offers a mixed box featuring six types of cookies for just over $10 a dozen. Each purchase benefits Syrian refugees. Of note: the Chocolate Bettefor (a cocoa sandwich cookie with jam inside), the Coconut Mamool (a butter cookie with coconut and orange blossom center), and the Simismee (a butter cookie filled with dates and rolled in sesame seeds). Cookies are delivered for free in Decatur, Avondale Estates, and Midway Woods, or can be picked up from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays at Kavarna in Decatur.
If you keep kosher:
High-schooler Shani Levitt started selling her kosher, personalized sugar cookies about a year and a half ago under the name Cookie Craze (@cookiecrazebyshani) after noticing a demand for them in her Jewish community. Using royal icing, she decorates her cookies in themes like Hanukkah, flamingos, birthday, and more. The cookies cost $2 each and can be picked up from her home in Toco Hills. Contact here.
If you follow a gluten-free or vegan diet:
Dunwoody baker Alicia Fowler, also known as Pum’s Sweets (@pumssweets), offers a selection of decorated cookies in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, lemon, snickerdoodle, gingerbread, apple spice, and salted caramel. Each one is available in regular, gluten-free, and vegan varieties. She designs her cookie cutters herself, resulting in unique shapes ranging from snow globes and mittens to nutcrackers and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cookies cost $42-$51 per dozen and can be shipped all over the United States. Contact here.
If you want an impressive party centerpiece:
Pastry chef Beth Meyer, of Southern Peach Pastries (@southernpeachpastries), makes beautiful custom sugar cookies, but her mini macaron trees will really brighten up your dessert spread. Each tree features a custom assortment of flavors including gingerbread caramel cream, spiced apple cider, and peppermint chocolate swirl. The trees include 40 macarons and cost $125, but the macarons are also available by the dozen and half-dozen.