December is upon us and with Christmas just around the corner, you’ve probably got cookies on your mind. Good thing Cincinnati is jam-packed (pun intended) with bakeries to satisfy all your holiday dessert and winter treat cravings!
Check out our Guide to the Best Bakeries in Cincinnati – and try not to drool on your screen!
Self-taught bakers, pastry chefs, artists, and illustrators constitute this small but mighty team that strives to ensure that each order not only looks good but also tastes delicious. Oliver’s values quality ingredients and always bake fresh, never frozen.
Boosalis Baking recently expanded from Dayton to the Kenwood area and is known for delicious European menu of fine pastries including the most delectable Kouign Amann (pictured).
Brown Bear Bakery
Specializing in thoughtfully created pastries and desserts featuring a variety of sweet and savory options with coffee and tea to compliment them, Brown Bear Bakery is a one top shop for some of the best desserts in town. Don’t miss out on their seasonal orange ricotta cornmeal cake!
Holiday preorders at 3 Sweet Girls Cakery has begun! 3 Sweet Girls is a full service bakery specializing in cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, gourmet brownies and specialty cakes! They also offer keto friendly, gluten free and vegan options at their retail store on Montgomery Rd!
The BonBonerie is a classic Cincy bakery beloved for charming cookies and treats, seasonal pastries, and of course, its famous Opera Cream cake. Stop by this O’Bryonville gem for a warm cup of coffee and a seasonal cookie or cupcake this fall. These photo-worthy treats may just make winter your favorite season.
Bonus: Christmas pies from the BonBonerie are sure be the perfect addition to this year’s dinner spread!
A charming home bakery in Mason, Fat Ben’s Bakery is known in Cincinnati for being the “realest.” The creations from Fat Ben’s are impressively realistic! Grab a Cincinnati Famous “mostly crust” pie or divulge in homemade pastry pockets this holiday season.
The Macaron Bar is a fun Cincy biz serving up bright and colorful sleeves of everyone’s favorite French cookies. Stop by one of the shop’s locations in OTR or Hyde Park for some winter inspired flavors like gingerbread and egg nog.
Fun fact: macarons make a great sweet treats for gluten free needs!
Mon Petit Choux
Looking to add something new to the Christmas menu this year? Mon Petit Choux’s known for its mouth watering cream puffs and eclairs. Although the puffs take the cake, (pun intended) Mon Petit Choux has beautiful and delicious cakes, cookies and so much more. If you’re lucky you may find Santa Hat cookies, including a delicious sweet tart, vanilla pastry cream, fresh strawberries, strawberry gelee and delicate meringue finish.
Graeter’s Ice Cream
Probably best known for its French pot ice cream, Graeter’s is a Queen City classic. The local ice cream and bakery chain caries fun seasonal treats like caramel apples, holiday pies and more. And of course, you’ll find some winter-flavored ice cream dishes on the menu as well, we love the peppermint stick and egg nog ice cream!