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15 Destinations for Holiday Sweets in NYC

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The holiday season is in full swing, and after shopping for gifts and groceries, who has time to bake? This year, treat yourself, your hosts, your friends, or your guests to a selection of baked goods and sweet treats from New York's finest bakeries and shops. There's something for every palate, including jelly doughnuts from Breads Bakery; chocolate gelt from Jacques Torres; a dense citrus stollen from Bien Cuit; and a vibrant matcha custard pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, pictured above. (Shops are listed in alphabetical order; for large orders or special requests, call ahead to confirm order and pick-up date and time.)

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This month at both of Baked's locations (Brooklyn and Tribeca) find cookies, bars, and cakes dressed up for the holidays. For a festive dessert to finish off a grand holiday meal consider the wintermint cake, pictured below: a chocolate layer cake with peppermint chocolate ganache iced with vanilla peppermint buttercream, ($45 to $75, depending upon size). Also available is the shop's chocolate stump de noel, an American take on the French bûche de Noël, or Yule log. [Photo: Baked/Facebook]

Bien Cuit

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Stop by Bien Cuit to try the shop's new latke tartine, an elegant exercise in carb-loading. For a take-home treat, consider picking up a loaf of baker Zachary Golper's now cult-famous citrus stollen. And on the holiday menu this month are two new bûches de Noël: A pomegranate pistachio version and one flavored with mango and candied cashews.The cakes are $35 each, the stollen is $18 a piece, and pre-orders are recommended for both. [Photo: Bien Cuit/Facebook]

Breads Bakery

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It's sufganiyot season, and Breads makes some of the best versions of these jelly doughnuts in flavors like chocolate with chocolate pearls, strawberry, vanilla, and dulce de leche. The chocolate babka — which has something of a cult following — would please any host or brunch guest. [Photo: Breads/Instagram]

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

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Dominique Ansel's Cronut may still draw lines, but his Christmas morning cereal is the best breakfast cereal money (specifically $15.50) can buy. (NOTE: The cereal is only available at Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo.) This year at DAK, Ansel is offering three different kinds of bûches de Noël: gluten-free chocolate, chestnut, and cherry almond gingerbread. Each serves between six and eight people and costs $42. Pre-orders are required; see all of the holiday offerings at Dominique Ansel's online shop. [Photo: Dominique Ansel/Official]

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

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Order ahead to snag one of Four & Twenty's unique holiday pies, including a vibrant green matcha custard (pictured); sage honey; cranberry sage; egg n' grogg (an eggnog custard); salted caramel apple; or bittersweet chocolate pecan. Whole pies are $40 each. Stop by the shop for a slice; daily selection by the slice varies. [Photo: Four & Twenty Blackbirds/Facebook]

Honeybee Pâtisserie

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This Bensonhurst bakery may be off the beaten path, but the shop churns out lovely French-style pastries every day. For Christmas, the shop will be offering bûches de Noël in three flavors: mango, chestnut, or chocolate. Cakes must be pre-ordered. They cost $54 each, and serve eight people. [Photo: Honeybee/Facebook]

Jacques Torres Chocolate

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Consider stocking up on something sweet for Hanukkah: There's chocolate gelt (pictured below, $10.50) and menorahs in milk or dark chocolate ($12) to give as gifts or enjoy after a hearty holiday feast. (All Jacques Torres products are certified kosher.) Of course, there are chocolate Santas and fully trimmed Christmas trees too. [Photo: Jacques Torres/Official]

Lafayette

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In addition to bûches de Noël (buckwheat-gingerbread cake, chocolate mousse, ganache, meringue mushrooms; serves six for $48), pastry chef Jen Yee is making souches de Noël (banana cake, cream cheese icing, meringue mushrooms; serves eight for $64); peppermint macarons, and a delightful stacked cream puff — called a Religieuse in French — flavored with cranberry that Yee calls Ms. Cranberge. Orders may be placed online, and require two days notice. [Photo: Lafayette/Official]

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

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You're going to be attending a few holiday parties this month, and you're going to need to bring a gift. Forego the boring bottle of wine and order instead Mah-Ze-Dahr's hostess gift: a bright box filled with banana bread, a toasted coconut loaf, sweet fruit hand pies, chocolate chip cream scones, and a bag of Intelligentsia coffee. Are you hosting a holiday brunch? Order it for yourself ($100). [Photo: Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery/Official]

Maman is dressing up for the holidays in a big way. Here's what you'll see in the pastry display case and what's available for special order: white chocolate-cranberry financiers ($2); dulce de leche cannelle ($2.50); maple madeleines ($2); grilled pineapple & vanilla brioche ($3.75); gingerbread loaf, by the slice ($3.75); and for a party: a poached pear & almond tart (pictured below; $5/slice; $40 whole). [Photo: Maman/Facebook]

Momofuku Milk Bar

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Christina Tosi is busting out a triple threat for the holidays this year: Her Gingerbread cranberry cake combines the best of a gingerbread cake with the best of a cranberry pie. Plus, it’s topped with cream cheese frosting and cranberry milk crumbs. A six-inch cakes feed eight to 12 people and cost $42; if you want it shipped, the cake costs $48. A 10-inch cake is also available, and the same flavors in this cake are available as cake ball truffles. Visit milkbarstore.com for more details. [Photo: Milk Bar/Official]

Here's a gift to give to yourself or one to ship to family far from home: Ovenly's holiday gift box is full of house-baked treats, including boozy fig blondies, candy-cane brownies, and Stumptown shorties ($45, ships nationwide). [Photo: Ovenly/Official]

Patisserie Tomoko

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Pastry chef Tomoko Kato is putting out two different kinds of bûches de Noël this year: One made from a chocolate cake enhanced with the brightness of red berries, and one flavored with green tea. The green tea is a lovely pale green color thanks to the addition of matcha. They come in two sizes: six-inch cakes serve four to six people and cost $40; 10-inch cakes serve six to 10 people and cost $55. Orders must be placed three days in advance. [Photo: Patisserie Tomoko/Facebook]

Petee's Pie Company

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Pie baker Petra Paredez is pulling out all the stops this month. Find a whole menu of new pies and sweets at the Lower East Side shop, including a mince pie with fresh and dried fruit (it's also vegetarian; made with spiced browned butter in lieu of beef suet; $7 slice; $40 whole, $3.50 for a mini pie); apple cider butterscotch meringue pie ($7 slice, $40 whole); spiced eggnog custard ($5 slice; $30 whole); and Nesselrode pie, a long lost pie made from chestnut and dried fruit pudding ($7 slice; $40 whole). For the first time, Petee's will also be offering julekake — a Norwegian Christmas bread with raisins, citron, and cardamom — with a side of gjetost, a fudgy cow and goat cheese made with caramelized milk. Grab a slice for breakfast or take a whole loaf home. [Photo: Petee's/Facebook]

Two Little Red Hens

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One of the UES’s most beloved bakeries will bring back its gingerbread this month. Stop in for a square of the rich, warmly flavored bread ($3.75). [Photo: Richard Berg/Flickr]

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Baked

This month at both of Baked's locations (Brooklyn and Tribeca) find cookies, bars, and cakes dressed up for the holidays. For a festive dessert to finish off a grand holiday meal consider the wintermint cake, pictured below: a chocolate layer cake with peppermint chocolate ganache iced with vanilla peppermint buttercream, ($45 to $75, depending upon size). Also available is the shop's chocolate stump de noel, an American take on the French bûche de Noël, or Yule log. [Photo: Baked/Facebook]

Bien Cuit

Stop by Bien Cuit to try the shop's new latke tartine, an elegant exercise in carb-loading. For a take-home treat, consider picking up a loaf of baker Zachary Golper's now cult-famous citrus stollen. And on the holiday menu this month are two new bûches de Noël: A pomegranate pistachio version and one flavored with mango and candied cashews.The cakes are $35 each, the stollen is $18 a piece, and pre-orders are recommended for both. [Photo: Bien Cuit/Facebook]

Breads Bakery

It's sufganiyot season, and Breads makes some of the best versions of these jelly doughnuts in flavors like chocolate with chocolate pearls, strawberry, vanilla, and dulce de leche. The chocolate babka — which has something of a cult following — would please any host or brunch guest. [Photo: Breads/Instagram]

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Dominique Ansel's Cronut may still draw lines, but his Christmas morning cereal is the best breakfast cereal money (specifically $15.50) can buy. (NOTE: The cereal is only available at Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo.) This year at DAK, Ansel is offering three different kinds of bûches de Noël: gluten-free chocolate, chestnut, and cherry almond gingerbread. Each serves between six and eight people and costs $42. Pre-orders are required; see all of the holiday offerings at Dominique Ansel's online shop. [Photo: Dominique Ansel/Official]

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Order ahead to snag one of Four & Twenty's unique holiday pies, including a vibrant green matcha custard (pictured); sage honey; cranberry sage; egg n' grogg (an eggnog custard); salted caramel apple; or bittersweet chocolate pecan. Whole pies are $40 each. Stop by the shop for a slice; daily selection by the slice varies. [Photo: Four & Twenty Blackbirds/Facebook]

Honeybee Pâtisserie

This Bensonhurst bakery may be off the beaten path, but the shop churns out lovely French-style pastries every day. For Christmas, the shop will be offering bûches de Noël in three flavors: mango, chestnut, or chocolate. Cakes must be pre-ordered. They cost $54 each, and serve eight people. [Photo: Honeybee/Facebook]

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Consider stocking up on something sweet for Hanukkah: There's chocolate gelt (pictured below, $10.50) and menorahs in milk or dark chocolate ($12) to give as gifts or enjoy after a hearty holiday feast. (All Jacques Torres products are certified kosher.) Of course, there are chocolate Santas and fully trimmed Christmas trees too. [Photo: Jacques Torres/Official]

Lafayette

In addition to bûches de Noël (buckwheat-gingerbread cake, chocolate mousse, ganache, meringue mushrooms; serves six for $48), pastry chef Jen Yee is making souches de Noël (banana cake, cream cheese icing, meringue mushrooms; serves eight for $64); peppermint macarons, and a delightful stacked cream puff — called a Religieuse in French — flavored with cranberry that Yee calls Ms. Cranberge. Orders may be placed online, and require two days notice. [Photo: Lafayette/Official]

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

You're going to be attending a few holiday parties this month, and you're going to need to bring a gift. Forego the boring bottle of wine and order instead Mah-Ze-Dahr's hostess gift: a bright box filled with banana bread, a toasted coconut loaf, sweet fruit hand pies, chocolate chip cream scones, and a bag of Intelligentsia coffee. Are you hosting a holiday brunch? Order it for yourself ($100). [Photo: Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery/Official]

Maman

Maman is dressing up for the holidays in a big way. Here's what you'll see in the pastry display case and what's available for special order: white chocolate-cranberry financiers ($2); dulce de leche cannelle ($2.50); maple madeleines ($2); grilled pineapple & vanilla brioche ($3.75); gingerbread loaf, by the slice ($3.75); and for a party: a poached pear & almond tart (pictured below; $5/slice; $40 whole). [Photo: Maman/Facebook]

Momofuku Milk Bar

Christina Tosi is busting out a triple threat for the holidays this year: Her Gingerbread cranberry cake combines the best of a gingerbread cake with the best of a cranberry pie. Plus, it’s topped with cream cheese frosting and cranberry milk crumbs. A six-inch cakes feed eight to 12 people and cost $42; if you want it shipped, the cake costs $48. A 10-inch cake is also available, and the same flavors in this cake are available as cake ball truffles. Visit milkbarstore.com for more details. [Photo: Milk Bar/Official]

Ovenly

Here's a gift to give to yourself or one to ship to family far from home: Ovenly's holiday gift box is full of house-baked treats, including boozy fig blondies, candy-cane brownies, and Stumptown shorties ($45, ships nationwide). [Photo: Ovenly/Official]

Patisserie Tomoko

Pastry chef Tomoko Kato is putting out two different kinds of bûches de Noël this year: One made from a chocolate cake enhanced with the brightness of red berries, and one flavored with green tea. The green tea is a lovely pale green color thanks to the addition of matcha. They come in two sizes: six-inch cakes serve four to six people and cost $40; 10-inch cakes serve six to 10 people and cost $55. Orders must be placed three days in advance. [Photo: Patisserie Tomoko/Facebook]

Petee's Pie Company

Pie baker Petra Paredez is pulling out all the stops this month. Find a whole menu of new pies and sweets at the Lo