Washingtonian foodies like to give gifts that allow friends and loved ones can take a bite out of D.C. each season. With cookies, cupcakes, gingerbread houses and even Bavarian cookies, these are the places to pick up treats everyone on your list will love this year. Shop the best places for edible holiday gifts in D.C. this year for the perfect present every time.
3411 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
Price: $1.70 each cookie/$20.40 for 13/$2.60 chocolate fudge brownie
If you’re looking for great cookies to grace your table, check out the local Firehook Bakery. Start with its gingersnap cookies, a classic gingerbread made with molasses. Definitely include the sweet dreams, a traditional cookie made with chocolate chips, spiced with cinnamon and ginger, then mixed with walnut and drizzled with a sugar glaze. But a definite must have for the chocoholics is the chocolate fudge brownie. This huge portion of decadently rich brownie is like a slice of cake. It’s best served chilled, so pop it into the fridge for a little before serving. Everything that Firehook serves up is made fresh daily with no preservatives, so it’s best to pick up on the same day you’re giving your gift.
3301 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Price: $2.75 each/$15 for six/$29 per dozen
Everyone’s favorite, Georgetown Cupcakes, offers special December holiday cupcakes with the flavors and decorations of familiar cookies, sweets and beverages of the holidays, as well as some unusual, creative flavors. On the traditional side, if you crave egg nog, try the chocolate egg nog cupcake, which features egg nog-flavored Valrhona chocolate base topped with cream cheese icing infused with vanilla and nutmeg, then decorated with a edible snowflake. If you love candy canes or peppermint bark, try the white chocolate peppermint cupcake or the chocolate peppermint. There’s even a gingerbread cupcake with a cinnamon frosting. For something unusual, try the snowball, which is its coconut cupcake with a top rolled in flaked coconut. Serve up a taste from across the pond with the English Christmas cupcake: a cranberry and orange spiced cupcake topped with vanilla icing and an edible holly leaf. Don’t forget Santa. Snag the Santa’s chocolate chip, which is a chocolate chip cookie-like cupcake topped with a deep chocolate icing. For a Hanukkah party, Georgetown makes special Hanukkah cupcakes in vanilla, chocolate, red velvet or a combo topped with a star of David. As usual, it’ll offer the cupcakes in its signature pink box with a black and white logo sticker. It’s best to preorder to avoid having to wait in those wrap-the-block lines or just not get what you wanted from this popular DC destination. Orders may be picked up, delivered inside the beltway or shipped.
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2150 N. Culpeper St.
Arlington, VA 22207
Price: $11.30 to $18 for one pound of cookies/$1.99 Christmas petit fours/$59 gingerbread houses/$11.95 Heidelberg fruit cake
For a selection of traditional Bavarian Christmas cookies and pastries, head to Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe to pick up traditional butter cookies and unique German confections. Its Christmas petit fours are colorfully decorated small yellow cakes with orange buttercream that are covered in marzipan and fondant. Also grab the ultimate tradition: fruit cake made with apricots, cherries, plums and pears, flavored with orange and lemon peel with walnuts and brandy mixed in. If you want a statement piece, purchase gorgeously edible gingerbread houses. If you have German roots or just love German pastries, don’t leave without cinnamon star cookies, springerle, which is an anise-flavored egg biscuit cookie, spitzkuchen chocolate cookies with raisins and nuts, pfeffernusse spicy nut cookies made from gingerbread, chocolate-covered Dominosteine raspberry squares, and biberle honey gingerbread cookies. Or, if you’re looking for a great pie, Heidelberg’s has that too. Don’t forget the traditional stollen, a German version of a fruit cake, and the yule log cake that looks like a log complete with edible, sugar-based mushrooms. Anything can be made into a gift basket, but you’ll need to call ahead to let staff know.
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1370 Park Road NW
Washington, DC 20007
Price: $3 brownies, cupcakes and mini cranberry loaves/$5 pies and cheesecakes/$10 box of sugar cookies
If you know a vegetarian or vegan Washingtonian, edible gifts may be hard to come by, which is why you can always trust in Sticky Fingers. This vegan bakery means promises all of your holiday treats are made without milk or eggs. Be sure to try the seasonal brownies flavored with peppermint. There’s a peppermint cupcake too. If your vegan friends are missing some eggnog, Sticky Fingers has the flavors of the drink in a neat cupcake form. Of course, browse tons of traditional cookies including shaped sugar cookies and gingerbread men. Also enjoy perfectly sized individual pies and cakes with delicious holiday reminders such as the gingerbread flavors in a whoopie pie or pumpkin cheesecakes. Be sure to gift mini pumpkin cheese and mini cranberry loaves, which all may be wrapped with a bow for the holidays.
1345 G St. SE
Washington, DC 20001
Price: $1.10 per Brigadiero/$6 for three/$13 for nine/$30 for 25
Chica Bom Bom offers seasonal brigadeiros — a soft chocolate ball dessert from Brazil — covered in holiday sprinkles. Its selection of flavors range from the traditional brigadeiro of milk chocolate to unusual flavors such as lemon, pistachio or chocolate with coconut shavings. Brigadeiros are individually served in a small wrapper like a cupcake, but you may have them served in a box with ribbon. If you’re getting 25 or more, order on the website.
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