Christmas cookies, logs and more at six Cape Cod bakeries
Memories are created when several generations gather around the kitchen counter for baking and decorating holiday cookies shaped like Christmas trees, Santas and snowflakes.
But what if you want a T-Rex dinosaur in a Santa hat? Or a cookie in the shape of a snowball with another biscuit painted in the center? Or do you just need more buttery goodness?
Cape Cod has it covered.
Here are the six bakeries Cape Cod Times readers picked as the locations for their favorite holiday treats, along with a rundown of what’s available this season.
Address: 941 Route 28, Yarmouth South
Contact: 508-694-5665; https://www.scapicchiosbakery.com/
Hours: from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday
To note : Owner Matthew Scapicchio learned his trade decades ago working with a baker in Boston’s North End. After 25 years of no baking, he – with the help of his family – opened his own restaurant in South Yarmouth three years ago.
Here the bread and desserts are so good that you don’t have to wait for Christmas, but if you do, you will find holiday specialties such as Mostaccioli Napolitani, Christmas cookies from Naples that are rolled and cut into diamonds. and covered with chocolate. They are $ 1.75 each. There are Yule logs and Italian cookies ($ 14 a pound) or Italian macaroons (Amaretti) at $ 16 a pound. Hand-filled cannoli ($ 2.95 each) are made to order with ricotta, yellow cream or chocolate cream; add chocolate chips or pistachios for 25 cents.
Address: 780 Main Street # 6a, Dennis
Contact: (508) 385-4700; https://theundergroundbakery.com/
Hours: From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, closed on Sundays and Mondays
To note : A centerpiece of Underground Bakery’s expansive vacation menu is the Heirloom Cookie Platter ($ 44.95) that feeds about 10 people. The cookies come from recipes that owners / bakers Ian Sullivan and Laurie DeCost have collected from friends and family and include: bourbon balls, Russian tea cakes, palm trees (with puff pastry), pfeffernuesse and gingerbread. Order today for a pickup on December 23 or 24.
Last week, bakers were also making Yule logs, gingerbread houses, gingerbread men and decorated sugar cookies, including T-Rex dinosaurs sporting Santa hats and baubles. with cookies in the center.
Address: 1254 Main Street, Osterville
Contact: 508-428-1005; https://amiebakery.com/
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, closed Monday
To note : AMIE’s Favorite Christmas Cookie Tray ($ 38) at AMI Bakery features three dozen 3-inch cookies in six flavors. There is also a Yule Log ($ 45) which is described on the website as “Our Yule Log begins with a delicious chocolate sponge cake, filled with chocolate ganache and chocolate whipped cream, and topped with Christmas decorations. “.
Owner / pastry chef Amie Smith said the Chocolate Caramel Cream Pie ($ 42) with dulce de leche, Valrhona caramelia milk chocolate pudding and chocolate whipped cream is also a popular holiday choice. . Order today for pickup before 1 p.m. on December 24.
Cape Cod is fortunate to have traditional European bakeries on the Lower Cape, Middle Cape, and Upper Cape.
Pain D’Avignon Restaurant Bakery
Address: 15 Hinckley Road, Hyannis
Contact: Telephone: 508-778-8588; https://www.paindavignon.com/
Hours: For the bakery, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day
To note : Founded in 1992, Pain D’Avignon’s philosophy is to create artisan breads using recipes and baking techniques from yesteryear. Neither breads nor desserts contain preservatives. If you want holiday treats with ingredients like unbleached, unbrominated flour, plus a list of nutritional values, Pain D’Avignon is the place to shop. In addition to gluten-free chocolate cookies and delicate shortbread or Breton cookies from Normandy for Christmas, Pain D’Avignon offers raspberry streusel to cut made from pecans and oats; pain au chocolat and savory croissants.
Address: 267 Main Street, Falmouth
Contact: 774-255-1855; https://www.facebook.com/Maison-Villatte-229967110466868
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday, closed on Monday
To note : If you visit Maison Villatte to collect sachets of buttery Christmas cookies, treat yourself to a ham and cheese sandwich on a buttered baguette. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, which gives every ingredient a chance to shine. Christmas specialties include several types of Christmas Mouths, or Yule Logs, at $ 39.95 for a small and $ 54.95 for the large. Flavors include chocolate orange, passion fruit, espresso, salted caramel and gluten-free chocolate crÃ¨me brÃ»lÃ©e as well as a traditional Christmas log with dark chocolate mousse or La Buche de NoÃ«l with pistachio, raspberry and white chocolate. Order Christmas pastries before December 21.
PB Bakery Bistro
Address: 15 Lecount Hollow Road, South Wellfleet
Contact: 508-349-1600; https://pbboulangeriebistro.com/
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day
To note : This quaint Wellfleet cabin often has people in line buy part of the 1000 croissants (https://www.capecodtimes.com/story/entertainment/dining/restaurant-reviews/2020/10/15/cape-cod-restaurants-pb-boulangerie-bistro-keeps-takeout-fancy/11437570) baked daily. (Smart shoppers order online and pick up in-store.)
PB Boulangeries sells a full line of French pastries. A few that stand out especially for the holidays: Dark Chocolate Cranberry Bread ($ 5.35), Sand Chocolate Creme ($ 3.25), Creme Brulee Brioche ($ 3.75); madeleines from a traditional French recipe, (three for $ 7.85) and a gluten-free chocolate bomb ($ 7) as well as vegan blueberry and pecan pies at $ 6 each.