Whether you’re a sugar cookie connoisseur or a gingerbread architect, Christmas is synonymous with cookies. But if you’re not much of a baker (or if your royal icing always looks less like a chilly snowman and more like a hot mess), it might be better to outsource your sugary cheer.

Whatever the case, don’t sweat over those sprinkles; Denver is filled with fellow cookie lovers who are more than skilled with sugar and spice. Here are some go-to bakeries to satisfy your sweet tooth—just get your orders in on time so you don’t show up to your next celebration empty handed.

Gingerbread cookie from the Urban Cookie. Photo courtesy of the Urban Cookie
Gingerbread cookie from the Urban Cookie. Photo courtesy of the Urban Cookie

The Urban Cookie

Nestled on the corner of Colfax and York Street, the Urban Cookie is a small business that’s big on sweets—literally, the cookies are huge.

The bakery’s lineup of larger-than-life cookies includes popular flavors like snickerdoodle and chocolate chunk and chip. For the holidays, owner Denon Moore serves up ginger molasses and hand-decorated gingerbread men, plus mystery flavors that rotate weekly. We’d like to tell you what’s on the mystery menu, but it’s under (gift) wraps.

If you’re worried that your eyes are a little too big for your stomach, Moore offers orders of smaller-size cookies, too, at $12 per dozen with a three-dozen minimum for each order.

Order by: December 21
2260 E. Colfax Ave.
720-532-8100

Victory Love & Cookies

For the 13 years Victory Love & Cookies has been in business, one cookie has been a standout: ginger. “Although I think of it as a winter cookie, I tried to take it off the menu early on in the summer and got constant complaints,” says owner Kristy Greenwood. “It’s chewy, molasses-y, [and] full of organic crystallized ginger and spice. My desert island cookie.”

Place any bulk orders (of ginger or any of the other scrumptious cookies like oatmeal raisin or Lemon Lucy) by December 15, which is when VLC will also start selling gingerbread dough for at-home baking and decorating. You can also pop in anytime to grab a small selection of cookies.

Order by: December 15
3200 Irving St.
303-455-7194

Gnarly Mountain Cookies

Three words: butterscotch popcorn cookies. Gnarly Mountain Cookies offers this and eight other unique bites as part of its seasonal menu. With local delivery and national shipping, the Winter Gnarly 9 box is the perfect way to sample the company’s flavors. Or, if you just want to get your mittens on the Peanut Butter and Mountain Jelly cookie or the Craft Beer Snacks cookie (made with Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout grains), you can order flavor-specific boxes of six.

Order by: December 12 for out-of-state orders, December 15 for in-state orders
Online orders only: info@gnarlymountaincookies.com

Make, Believe Bakery

Operated under the same umbrella as Watercourse Foods and City O’ City restaurants, Make, Believe Bakery specializes in vegan and allergy-friendly baking using organic ingredients. Along with cakes, pies, breads, and pastries, the bakery boasts a variety of plant-based cookies. Chocolate chip sea salt, snickerdoodle, and ginger molasses treats are $38 for a dozen, and you can also purchase Scout Cookies, a vegan take on the Girl Scouts samoa recipe, for $24 per dozen.

Order by: December 21
214 E. 13th Ave.
303-318-9843

The Flour Shop

Whether you want fresh cookies delivered to your door or to ship a box across the country to long-distance family members, the Flour Shop has you covered. Along with year-round favorites like Lemon Lavender (a lavender sugar cookie topped with lemon buttercream frosting and lavender sugar) and the Kitchen Sink (a cookie concoction of oatmeal, peanut butter, pretzels, butterscotch, and chocolate chips), the seasonal Peppermint Hot Cocoa cookie (a brownie cookie topped with marshmallows and crushed candy canes) is a must for munching.

Order by: December 23
2400 Curtis St.
720-671-1610

 

Sugar Bakeshop

Filled with iced sugar cookies, sandwich cookies, brownies, fudge, and more, the holiday cookie boxes at Sugar Bakeshop are too sweet to pass up. Choose from four sizes—mini, small, standard, and large. The smallest serves one to two people (at $18) and the large is big enough for your office holiday party, feeding 24–30 cookie lovers (for $70).

You can also pick up two decorating kits for a fun night with the fam, or choose another special like the winter whoopie pie or buche de Noel (a hot cocoa Yule log cake), to indulge in.

Order by: TBA
277 Broadway, Unit B.
720-458-5432

Gateaux

Gateaux is home to mouth-watering pastries and custom-made cakes for weddings and birthdays, but the bakery is also the place for classic Christmas cookies. Owner and pastry chef Michelle Rasul offers specialty (and locally famous) iced shortbread tea cookies in eight festive designs for the holidays, including candy canes, snowmen, Christmas trees, and stockings. You can get individual cookies for $2 each and order in two-dozen increments for shipping.

Order by: December 15
1160 Speer Blvd.
303-376-0070

Cookies from Gateaux. Photo courtesy of Gateaux
Cookies from Gateaux. Photo courtesy of Gateaux

Maggie and Molly’s Sweet Life

The Christmas options at Maggie and Molly’s Sweet Life are limitless. Take your pick from a multitude of cookie trays of beautifully decorated sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies, plus festive cookie cakes and decorating kits for at-home fun. But a special can’t-miss treat for the holidays is the bakery’s assortment of seasonal goodies, including candy cane brownies, cranberry-orange slice cookies, and snow top chocolate cookies.

Order by: December 17
2908 East 6th Ave.
720-328-4073