Christmas trees and holiday carols may be staples of the season, but if there’s one holiday tradition we look forward to most it’s the surge of holiday goodies filling our homes and our stomachs (even if we feel guilty for it later). As much as we’d like to spend our days wafting the smells of freshly baked snickerdoodles and ginger snaps creeping out of the kitchen, there are holiday cards to be mailed, gift-buying to be done, decorations to be hung. What’s a harried parent to do? Consult Red Tricycle’s list of bakeries that will help you roll out good cheer to your family and friends. Shop for your fresh-baked goodies, return home, put on some holiday music, mix and mingle, and voilà: instant holiday cheer!

San Francisco:

Frog Hollow
Frog Hollow, that divine organic dream of café at the Ferry Building, offers whiskey pecan pie, caramel pumpkin pie, and holiday crostatas with seasonal pears, apples, and orange zest. Order a cup of espresso and you’re ready to jingle all the way! Don’t forget to check out their gorgeous gift sets to make your friends and family extra merry.

1 Ferry Building Marketplace, Shop #46
San Francisco, Ca

Thorough Bread and Pastry
This shop offers a veritable smorgasbord of holiday choices for your loved ones to indulge and choose from: gibassier, stollen, Christmas cookies, nougats, pate de fruit, cheese straws, Buche de Noel, and holiday pies. Your kids will marvel at their wonderful window displays.

248 Church Street
San Francisco, Ca

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company
This place is famous for their cinnamon rolls, but this holiday season they have a great deal more to offer: chocolate peppermint cake (chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and crushed peppermint), Gingerbread men, and frosted shortbread cookies in festive holiday shapes. Enjoy a cup of peppermint hot chocolate with your children before you go. For special orders, allow one day advance notice.

3876 Noriega Street
San Francisco, Ca

Schubert’s Bakery
This long-time local favorite, has a lovely, ever-popular Buche de Noel and Christmas cookies in a variety of shapes including Santa, soldiers, reindeer, snowflakes, trees, and snowmen. If you pop in after 5:00 pm, you can often save on items on sale.

521 Clement Street
San Francisco, Ca

East Bay

Sweet Adeline Bake Shop
Sweet Adeline Bake Shop is filled with an assortment of decorated shortbread in inventive shapes like polar bears, peace doves, and trees. They even have three kinds of fruitcake: English, Jamaican, and German. Little elves won’t be able to resist nibbling their chocolate-hazelnut Buche de Noel, truffles, rum balls, and pies.

3350 Adeline Street
Berkeley, Ca

South Bay

Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe
If visions of sugar plums are dancing in your head, Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe will fulfill your fondest holiday wish. They offer an extensive list of holiday pastries, (like decorated petit fours, Gingerbread houses, Christmas cakes and cupcakes) and of course their Scandinavian specialties.

1216 Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame, Ca


Sweet Life Bakery & Cafe
This cafe recently opened to great fanfare in San Anselmo. With French baker Jerome Tessier in the kitchen, you may sample his cranberry apple tart, stollen, Buche de Noel, Gingerbread men, various pies, and Christmas cookies.

101 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, Ca

Baking Supplies

If you want to host a baking/ cookie-decorating party or just bake with your children, these tried-and-true baking supply shops are here to help.

Sugar ‘n Spice
Sugar ‘n Spice is a funky shop that has been around since 1973. It’s a fantastic resource for all your baking kneads. They also offer classes and a Kids Culinary Camp for your budding young chefs.

2965 Junipero Serra Boulevard
Daly City, Ca

Cake Art
Cake Art Supplies is an inviting shop in San Rafael that has everything you’ll need to fulfill your baking agenda. The friendly staff will walk you through the process with helpful baking tips and they even host classes and parties for both adults and kids.

1512 5th Avenue
San Rafael, Ca

Gaby’s Cake Supplies
Owned and operated but a pastry chef with over 10 years in the industry, Gaby has just about everything you need to create your own confectionary treats, even when it’s not the holidays. During Christmas time, don’t miss her gingerbread building kits–they are both delicious and the kit is filled with everything you need to make your own edible creation.

179 San Marin Dr
Novato, Ca

For your canine friends: Don’t forget to indulge your little canine buddies who may beg for a treat. TrickDog Treats are lovingly prepared with all-natural ingredients in tasty flavors like Peanut Butter Oatmeal Stars and Harvest Moon (pumpkin, cranberry, whitefish, and chia). Your dog will thank you.

What are your favorite holiday treats? Do you bake them yourself or do you have a favorite local spot you rely on for your holiday goodies?

— Nicki Richesin

Photo credit: Frog Hollow Farm Facebook page, Devil’s Teeth Baking Company facebook page, Frog Hollow facebook page, Copenhagen Bakery facebook page, Sugar n Spice facebook page