Where to Find Holiday Treats in Orange County

Cafe Gratitude DIY Holiday Cookie Kits
DIY Cookie Kits (plant-based and gluten-free) from Cafe Gratitude in Newport Beach.

Photo courtesy Cafe Gratitude.

Café Gratitude

Café Gratitude’s DIY Cookie Kits include high quality ingredients, are plant-based and gluten-free, and are free of artificial coloring and shortening. Their unique frostings are colored red with beets and green with matcha powder. The restaurant also offers Holiday Pies and Sides, which can be ordered now through December 21. Desserts include raw and gluten-free pumpkin pie, chocolate coconut cream pie, and baked apple pie. Newport Beach, cafegratitude.com

Gracias Madre

The plant-based restaurant has their holiday tamales, along with canned cocktails and holiday sides available for pre-order. Their offerings include: poblano rajas tamales, jackfruit tamales, guajillo tamales, pesto Brussels sprouts, Trio braised beans with kale, roasted yams, and more. Don’t forget to add on zero-waste canned cocktails with four-pack offerings of mezcal, paloma, and margarita. Order now through December 21st. Newport Beach, graciasmadre.co

Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee

Their seasonal doughnuts include eggnog & black walnut and “Pumpkin Pie and Everything Spice.” They join the current lineup of classis flavors as well as huckleberry, celebration cake, dulce de leche churro, and lemon poppyseed. Available in 6 or 12 packs with their Seasonal Boxes. Costa Mesa, sidecardoughnuts.com

Frosted Cupcakery

Enjoy their gingerbread cake cupcake with lemon buttercream frosting, scattered with rainbow sugar crystals and topped with a milk chocolate gingerbread person. Starting December 11th through December 31st, you can enjoy their eggnog cupcake with eggnog buttercream, rimmed with holly berry sprinkle mix. Huntington Beach, frostedcupcakery.com

Friendly Donuts

This month, Friendly Donuts introduced their new mochi flavors. Enjoy the holiday season with vanilla bean matcha, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, original glazed, blueberry pebbles, apple cider, white chocolate guava, Abuelita hot cocoa, and ube, as well as holiday-themed traditional doughnuts decorated with reindeer, snowmen, gingerbread men, and more. Orange, instagram.com/friendlydonuts

Baking Betty’s

Their holiday cookies include double chocolate peppermint bark, gingersnap, gingersnap with icing, and gingerbread men. They also offer fresh-made ice cream sandwiches with any of their cookies. You can order these gourmet cookies online or in store. Newport Beach, bakingbettys.com

The Straw: Modern Milkshakes

Inspired by the nostalgia of the 1950s, The Straw offers the classic ice cream treat in unique flavors and the optional addition of booze. Available this month, enjoy the winter mint chocolate chip milkshake made with candy canes and Japanese mochi, and dressed with wearable jewelry candy and cotton candy. Costa Mesa, thestrawoc.com

Salt & 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, and The Great Cookie Swap (vegan). The Holiday Series is available now in shops and online for nationwide delivery. Anaheim, saltandstraw.com

Bluetree Cafe

Joyful holiday drinks are here at Bluetree Cafe: cloudy candy cane cold brew, peppermint matcha, chili hot chocolate latte, white chocolate mocha latte with peppermint bits, and the new mint mocha latte made with Andes chocolate, cacao, and finished with their signature blue. Anaheim, bluetreejuice.com

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles Holiday Boutique is back. Available through December 26, enjoy their fresh baked holiday cupcakes, layer cakes, cookies, and brownies. Cupcake flavors include Christmas cookie, Snow Cute vanilla, chocolate peppermint, gingerbread, Santa Baby red velvet, and gingerbread Oreo. Other holiday menu items include red velvet cookie, gingerbread layer cake, and chocolate peppermint layer cake. Newport Beach, sprinkles.com

A Little Something Sweet

Place your 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. Lake Forest, alittlesomethingsweetdesserts.com

Sugar Blossom Bake Shop

This local bakery offers dozens of holiday treats for pickup or delivery. Adorn your Christmas table with a cranberry wreath cake, Dutch apple pie, pumpkin pie, or cinnamon roll wreath, or order a baking kit to make gingerbread people, a sugar cookie tree, or French macarons. You can even have your order delivered by the Grinch. San Clemente, sugarblossombakeshop.com

Little France Bakery

Here you’ll find 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, instagram.com/littlefrance.bakery

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