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Make Your Holiday Season Sweet at These Local Bakeries

From frosting classes to pies to cookies for Santa, these Dallas shops are better than visions of sugarplums.
Desserts from Kessler Baking Studio's Cinnamon Rolls, Emporium Pie's Merry Berry Pie, JK Chocolate's Microchip Cookies, Unrefinded Bakery's Pumpkin Muffins, and Humble Pie's Chocolate Pecan Pie
Desserts from Kessler Baking Studio's Cinnamon Rolls, Emporium Pie's Merry Berry Pie, JK Chocolate's Microchip Cookies, Unrefinded Bakery's Pumpkin Muffins, and Humble Pie's Chocolate Pecan Pie Elizabeth Lavin

Word on the street: Santa’s a bit of a cookie snob. Sure, he’ll settle for a Chips Ahoy, but he saves the good gifts for those who serve from-scratch sustenance on Christmas Eve. Shore up your skills with a slew of local classes and kits so you can score high with the big guy. In a pinch, try picking up pies, cinnamon rolls, and other baked treats from one of our can’t-miss local shops. Trust us—your kindness won’t go unrewarded. 


Class It Up

Family, friends, and faith aside, sometimes a sweet treat is the greatest gift of the holiday season. This year, roll up your sleeves, trade your Santa lid for a chef’s hat, and try your hand at holiday baking with these area classes.

A Little Something Cookies

Owner Kelsey Dussault will teach you to pipe like a pro at holiday-themed classes held around Dallas and Fort Worth. With options appropriate for adults and kids, her classes include cookies, icing, and tools to take home with you.

The Cupcake Experience

Beginner bakers and MasterChefs in the making alike can learn to frost Christmas florals, make a holiday cupcake bouquet, or create Christmas monogram cupcakes at one of baker Ginger Taylor’s classes, which are held at her Deep Ellum shop.

Sur La Table

You can learn to create most any culinary delight at your local Sur La Table, with workshops ranging from macarons and yule logs to festive breads and croissants. 

Society Bakery

Little bakers don’t always have the patience for the mixing, rolling, cutting, and cooling that sugar cookies require. Enter: Society’s holiday-themed cookie kits, which come complete with pre-baked cookies and everything you need to decorate them.


Treat Yourself

If you prefer your treats ready to eat, try these local bakeries for a little something sweet this holiday. With breakfast, cookie, and allergen-friendly options, finding something you like will be easy as pie.

Kessler Baking Studio

Give Mom the gift of not having to cook breakfast on Christmas morning, thanks to Kessler Baking Studio. The signature cinnamon-sugar-ginger swirl and European-style butter in their fluffy and flavorful cinnamon rolls make the gooey treats one of our seasonal staples.

Humble Pies

The Garland Road shop’s crusted creations could make a convert out of even the staunchest cookie devotee (looking at you, Kris Kringle). Stop by their shop for a fresh-baked slice, or order ahead for holiday entertaining. Be sure to check out their minis and gluten-friendly options, too.

Unrefined Bakery

Our go-to for gluten-free, Unrefined offers the best allergen-friendly holiday sweets. Try everything from vegan coffee cakes to seasonal rusks and keto pecan pies, or pick up some cookie dough for a beginner-friendly baking activity. 

Make a list, and check it twice: 

Here are some of our favorite stops to stock your party pantry.

  • Eataly
  • JK Chocolate 
  • Williams Sonoma
  • Emporium Pies

Rosemary sugar cookies and beautifully wrapped candies

Chocolate Chip Microchip and Pumpkin Pie Microchip cookies

Peppermint bark and peanut brittle

Merry Berry and Melted Snowman Pies


Ellen Daly

Ellen Daly

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