No time to bake Christmas cookies? No worries. Hand over the reins to a local bakery so you can spend that extra time with your family and friends. Whether you need goodies for Christmas morning or the office potluck, these bakeries have you covered.
New Castle County
Half Baked Patisserie • 13 W. Main St., Middletown
Specialties: Their special holiday menu includes cupcakes, cake pops, biscotti, pies and more. Check out their assorted cheesecakes (plain, white chocolate peppermint, apple crumb and tiramisu) and pies (banana, coconut, mixed berry, pecan), and don’t miss their one-of-a-kind Cupcake Christmas Wreath.
When to order: Orders must be placed by Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.
Janssen’s Market • 3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville
Specialties: Check out their holiday menu for desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth. The menu includes home-baked pies (Dutch apple, cherry, pecan and pumpkin), strawberry shortcake, cookies, cannoli, tarts (lemon pistachio, crème brûlée and pear) and breakfast pastries. Their sticky buns and holiday-themed sugar cookies are always a hit
When to order: All orders for Christmas Eve are accepted until Dec. 20.
The Market at Capers & Lemons • 301 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington
Specialties: This market is a one-stop shop for desserts and unique gifts. Their homemade cookies, chocolates and candies are perfect for entertaining during the holidays (and year-round). A bag of five cookies sells for $5.95. In the spirit of giving, all the proceeds from their seasonal Hot Chocolate cookie go directly to Kind to Kids, a nonprofit organization for foster children.
When to order: Cookies are sold daily in the Market. Call ahead if you need a large order.
Order pies from Sweet Somethings (left) or cookies from Sweet Melissa’s (right).// photos courtesy of Sweet Somethings and Sweet MElissa’s.
Serpe & Sons Bakery • 1411 Kirkwood Hwy., Elsmere
Specialties: Stop by Serpe’s for expert Italian desserts. Fan-favorites include classic cannoli and assorted éclairs. Snack on a holiday cookie or pastry tray and their signature biscotti (including almond, walnut and pistachio). Their gingerbread houses guarantee to get you in the holiday spirit!
When to order: All orders for Christmas Eve must be placed by Dec. 22.
Sweet Melissa Cake Boutique • 1 Shallcross Place, Middletown
Specialties: With over 25 types of Christmas cookies sold by the pound, Sweet Melissa Cake Boutique has something for everyone. Some holiday favorites include gingerbread, sugar cookies, cannoli, cake pops and pumpkin rolls.
When to order: Most items are first come, first served (not including cupcakes), so don’t wait until the last minute.
Sweet Somethings • 1006 N. Union St., Wilmington
Specialties: Warm up this winter with their Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake—the warm, mild spices make it a perfect cold-weather treat. Other popular winter items include their Caramel Apple Cheesecake and Chunky Apple Cake. Until Dec. 22, get six free cupcakes when you purchase $50 in gift cards. Of course, don’t forget to pick up a Yule log for a classic Christmas dessert.
When to order: The bakery suggests ordering by Dec. 18.
Dolce Bakery • 36 N. Walnut St., Milford
Specialties: Enjoy seasonal favorites like gingerbread cupcakes and apple cranberry pie with walnut crumb topping. Their holiday cookie tray features an assortment of gooey chocolate, classic chocolate chip and gingersnap cookies. Dessert trays come in a variety of sizes, serving between 15 and 45 people.
When to order: Orders for Christmas Eve are accepted until Dec. 19.
Little Brick Cakery • 106 Union St., Milton
Specialties: This custom cake shop will meet the needs of even the pickiest party planner. Some popular holiday treats are their gingerbread cakes and cupcakes, cheesecakes, Yule logs, assorted Christmas cookies, pies and custom cookies, including individually bagged Gingerbread Men.
When to order: The last day for holiday orders is Dec. 20.
Old World Bread • 32191 Nassau Road, Lewes
Specialties: This bakery has all your sweet and savory needs. Their artisanal breads make a great addition to your holiday feast. Finish up with sweet treats, including cookies (molasses, oatmeal raisin with chai, coconut macaroons and classic chocolate chip) and pastries (fruit tarts, apple cakes and cinnamon rolls). Some holiday favorites include festive sugar cookies, peppermint bark, eggnog cheesecake, mint cheesecake and gingerbread cookies. Their seasonal pie flavors include cherry, pecan, apple crumb and pumpkin.
When to order: The sooner the better.
Orders for Touch of Italy’s cookie trays should be placed by Dec. 21.// photo courtesy of Touch of Italy.
Pasqualini’s Bakery • 37560 Atlantic Ave., Rehoboth Beach
Specialties: This Italian bakery makes custom dessert trays for parties of any size. Yule logs, Christmas tree danishes, pumpkin rolls, gingerbread and Danish wreaths are just some of their seasonal favorites. Of course, don’t forget the cookies (think biscotti, thumbprints, fig pinwheels, ricotta, pignoli and decorated sugar cookies).
When to order: Orders must be placed by Dec. 23.
Touch of Italy Bakery • 33323 E. Chesapeake St., Lewes
Specialties: Touch of Italy’s extensive pick-up menu features some delicious holiday specials. Cookie trays come in three sizes: 16, 32 or 48 cookies (favorites include the amaretti, ricotta, pignoli flavors). The bakery also offers holiday cupcakes, cannoli, and decadent specialty cakes including rum cake, tiramisu cake and cannoli cake.
When to order: Orders should be placed by Dec. 21.