Holiday Treats and Sweets in Orange County

Celebrate with these seasonal goodies.
Gingerbread doughnuts from Oliboli. Photograph by Andra Graham

Oliboli Donuts 

Try the oliebollen made with yeast dough with golden raisins, currants, cinnamon sugar, and powdered sugar on top. There’s also a butterscotch doughnut with brown butter glaze topped with homemade butterscotch pudding, whipped sour cream, and salted caramel. Other holiday doughnuts include chocolate peppermint, Monte Cristo, gingerbread, and cinnamon crumb. Wash them down with a peppermint latte or a peppermint mocha both topped with house-made vanilla whipped cream and peppermint candy sprinkles. Tustin, instagram.com/olibolidonuts 

Sidecar Doughnuts 

Try the peppermint mocha crafted with house-made chocolate syrup, house-made peppermint syrup, and their premium house-blend espresso. Pair it with a seasonal pecan pie and brioche doughnut, a braised brioche doughnut dipped in a bourbon and brown sugar glaze filled with homemade pecan pie filling, topped with a dallop of maple whopped crème fraiche, and sprinkled with brown butter pecans. Costa Mesa, sidecardoughnuts.com 

Dough & Arrow 

Stop by for this month’s seasonal Christmas Crack cookie with melted white chocolate glaze, Chex Mix topping, and powdered sugar. While you’re there, pick up a s’more latte to wash it down. Costa Mesa, doughandarrow.co 

Pop Pie Co. 

Savory veggie pot pies and red chile pork tamale pies are back this season, along with new winter specials eggnog cream pie, grapefruit custard pie with maple mascarpone whip, and vegan pear huckleberry pie with chai spice crumble. Costa Mesa, poppieco.com 

The Straw: Modern Milkshakes 

Inspired by the nostalgia of the 1950’s, The Straw offers the classic ice cream treat in unique flavors and the optional addition of booze. Available this month, enjoy the brand-new Christmas shake Minter Wonderland, made with candy cane, marshmallow, mint chip ice cream, and a Pop Rocks-encrusted whipped cream. Costa Mesa, thestrawoc.com 

Salt and Straw 

The ice cream shop’s Holiday Series has five new artisan flavors for all to enjoy: Dwanta’s Teremana Spiked Eggnog, Peppermint Cocoa, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Gingerbread Cookie Dough, and The Great Cookie Swap (vegan). Anaheim and Costa Mesa, saltandstraw.com  

Sunbliss Cafe 

Get your hands on the cloudy candy cane cold brew with house-made peppermint syrup and topped with a creamy velvet cloud and crushed peppermint candy; the banana bread latte made with espresso, milk, sweet banana, and spiced flavors topped with cinnamon sugar; and the white chocolate mocha latte with house-made vanilla syrup, white chocolate, espresso, and milk. Anaheim, sunblisscafe.com 

Sprinkles Cupcakes 

Available through December 26, cupcake include Christmas cookie, Snow Cute vanilla, chocolate peppermint, gingerbread, and Santa Baby red velvet. Other holiday items include a Joy Dozen, Seasonal Dozen Box, Holiday Bake Box, and Santa’s Cookies Frost-A-Roos. Newport Beach, sprinkles.com 

A Little Something Sweet 

Place your holiday orders now through December 14 to pick up Christmas treats on the 23rd or 24th. Choose from holiday cakes, cinnamon rolls, paint-your-own and frost-your-own cookies, pies, hot cocoa bombs, snowman Oreos, chocolate bark, and more. On December 10, there will be photos with Santa and an elf from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lake Forest, alittlesomethingsweetdesserts.com 

Sugar Blossom Bake Shop  

This local bakery offers dozens of holiday treats for pickup or delivery. Try their cupcake of the month, Cookie Butter. Adorn your Christmas table with Clara’s Christmas cake, snowflake cupcakes, a Santa Baby cake, holiday cupcakes and cookies, a cinnamon roll wreath, and more. You can even have your order delivered by the Grinch. San Clemente, sugarblossombakeshop.com 

Little France Bakery 

Here you’ll fund Christmas yule logs in three flavors available for pre-order: Red Berry, with milk chocolate mousse, red berry crème brûlée, raspberry filling, and chocolate sponge; Exotic, with coconut mousse, coconut sponge, exotic crème brûlée, and caramelized pineapple; and Samba, with dark chocolate mousse, coffee light cream, caramelized hazelnut, and hazelnut sponge. Two sizes are offered: for 6 to 8 people or for 10 to 12 people. Mission Viejo, littlefrance.co 

Gelato Paradiso 

Gelato Paradiso is serving up two brand-new flavors for the month of December. Peppermint Cocoa is a creamy peppermint cocoa gelato with candy cane crumbles and dark chocolate peppermint bark Gingersnap is a spicy gingersnap cookie gelato with caramel and cookie crumble swirl. Laguna Beach, instagram.com/gelatoparadiso 

High Tide Coffee 

High Tide Coffee is serving up five holiday drinks for the month of December: the Merry Mint Mocha, the Merry Mint Tea Latte, the Buddy the Elf Latte (sweetened condensed milk, maple syrup, spices, steamed milk poured over espresso, foam, and holiday sprinkles), the Gingerbread Spice Latte, and The Grinch (organic matcha, organic vanilla sweetener, oat milk, cranberry foam). Laguna Niguel and San Clemente, hightidecoffee.com  

Handel’s Ice Cream 

Handel’s Ice Cream has three new holiday flavors for the month of December. Try Peppermint Stick made with peppermint ice cream and red and green peppermint pieces, Peppermint Bark made with peppermint ice cream and peppermint pieces mixed with chocolate chips, or Egg Nog. Multiple locations, handelsicecream.com 

Coffee Importers 

Coffee Importers has an entire holiday menu dedicated to the month of December. Some of their featured menu items include a peppermint mocha, crème brûlée latte, gingerbread latte, apple cider, and more. Dana Point, coffeeimporters.com