Treat Yourself to These Holiday Sweets

Place your orders now for snickerdoodle, gingerbread, chocolate-peppermint and jelly-filled goodness from these local shops.
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Arlington bakeries and sweets shops have plenty to offer when it comes to holiday treats, including Hanukkah doughnuts from Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. (Photo by Scott Suchman)

The holidays are about taking a break from our regular routine and spending some quality time with the ones we love. But let’s face it—they’re also about loading up on sugar. These bakeries and sweet shops around Arlington have added some winter magic to their menus, from candy cane shards to gingerbread goodness.

Artisan Confections

The Christmas truffle collection at Artisan Confections features three pieces (because one simply isn’t enough) of each seasonal flavor, including cranberry-orange, candy cane and Mexican hot chocolate ($31-$59). And if you’d like some additional sweets in your cart, pick up some chocolate-dipped orange slices ($14), chocolate Santas ($22) or peppermint bark ($10). // 1025 N. Fillmore St., Suite H, Arlington (Clarendon)

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The Christmas truffle collection at Artisan Confections includes cranberry-orange and candy cane truffles. (Photo courtesy of Artisan Confections)

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Dive into some seriously seasonal doughnuts at this Falls Church eatery, with flavors including Christmas cookie, s’mores (made with graham-cracker crumble) and red velvet with holiday sprinkles ($3.95-$4.25 each). You can also pick up a Hanukkah mini doughnut box, loaded with jelly, creme brulee and Hanukkah cookie doughnuts ($32). // 7511 Leesburg Pike #103, Falls Church (Idylwood Plaza)


Bakeshop is carrying a Grinch macaron this season that will make you pucker. (Photo courtesy of Bakeshop)


Nothing like a sweet treat to cure a case of the bah-humbugs. Bakeshop is whipping up a Grinch macaron this season, filled with sour cherry ($2.75 each). You can also find candy cane cake made with crushed candy canes ($75, serves 15), a chocolate-mint whipped cream cake ($65, serves 10), Biscoff cupcakes ($3.50 each) and more, including vegan and gluten-free goodies. Through the month of December, they’ll be offering specials on macarons and cupcakes: Buy 11 macarons and get one free, or purchase four cupcakes and get the fifth free. // 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington (Clarendon) and 100 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church City

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Winter doughnuts at Good Company come in a variety of tantalizing flavors, such as bourbon-berry-basil and snickerdoodle glaze. (Photo courtesy of Good Company Doughnuts)

Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe

Doughnuts, the glorious goodies that masquerade as a breakfast food. Find holiday varieties galore at this Ballston bakery, including sufganiyot for Hanukkah and seasonal flavors such as bourbon-berry-basil, gingerbread cake and snickerdoodle glaze. Order individually ($3.50), by the half-dozen ($19) or dozen ($30). // 672 N. Glebe Road, Arlington (Ballston)

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

Serving traditional European fare since 1975, this Arlington bakery carries an array of treats, from petit fours ($2.75 each) to loaves of Dresdner or marzipan stollen ($16.95+). If you’re a fan of marzipan (or a “marzifan,” if you will), you might also toss some marzipan Santas or “good luck” pigs in your cart. Order by Dec. 18. // 2150 N. Culpeper St., Arlington 

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Stollen is a traditional German bread served at Christmas time, typically loaded with dried fruit, nuts and spices. Find it this season at Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe. (Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash)

Neighborhood Provisions

Whether you’re looking to gift some sweets, decorate goodies at home or just grab a fork and devour something decadent straight out of the box, this catering outfit from Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Rustico, Buzz Bakery, B Side) likely has what you want. Choose from ginger orange cake ($32), the holiday cookie box ($35), a Christmas cookie decorating kit ($20), take-and-bake cinnamon rolls ($30) and more. Order for delivery or pickup by Dec. 22. // See website for pickup and delivery information.

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Enjoy mini holiday cookies, glazed gingerbread loaf and more from Northside Social. (Photo by Alyssa Hackbarth)

Northside Social

Good luck choosing from the host of sugary concoctions at this all-day cafe and coffee shop. Sink your teeth into glazed gingerbread loaf ($10), mini holiday cookies ($25 for a baker’s dozen), chocolate-peppermint cupcakes ($17 for 6 minis) and other temptations. And if you’d rather do the baking, scoop up an order of cinnamon buns ($27.85) or chocolate chip cookie dough ($15.75) that you can finish preparing at home. Order at least 48 hours prior to pickup. // 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon) and 205 Park Ave., Falls Church City

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Ginger snaps are among the scores of seasonal sweets you’ll find at Pastries by Randolph. (Photo by @terynashley)

Pastries by Randolph

Stock up on sweets galore at this Arlington mainstay. Choose from dozens of Hanukkah and Christmas goodies, including Star of David butter cookies ($22.50 per pound), a Hanukkah gingerbread house ($75), yule logs ($48+), reindeer cakes ($89+) and ginger snaps ($8 per bag). Order by Dec. 16 for shipping orders and by Dec. 20 for store pickup. // 4500 Cherry Hill Road, Arlington (Lee Heights Shops)

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You might be tempted to frame these picture-perfect cookies from Village Sweet. (Photo courtesy of Village Sweet)

Village Sweet

Head to Westover for a box of these decidedly Insta-worthy Christmas cookies ($4 per cookie) or a 9-inch holiday dessert, such as flourless chocolate cake with espresso ganache and coconut-cranberry cake ($30 each). The shop also carries a variety of festive loaves in flavors like chocolate-peppermint and eggnog latte. Place orders by Dec. 19 to ensure they’re ready for pickup on Dec. 24. // 5872 Washington Blvd., Arlington

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