C is for Cookie
Tracking the tastiest holiday cookies. Plus, a well-known Dover restaurateur opens a high-end burger joint, and more.
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There’s no way around it, waistbands: Cookies are an integral part of the holidays, and your family fiesta or office gathering will thank you to leave it to the pros. So put away the cookie press and hit up one of our local cookie monsters.
Recently relocated, Just Desserts Cafe (330 Kennett Pike, Suite 111, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 507-8028, justdessertscafe.com) does big holiday business on the strength of cookie trays loaded with white chocolate-cherry chunk, oatmeal raisin and sugar cookies.
Holiday nostalgia is alive and well at Sweeney’s Bakery (2068 Naamans Road, Wilmington, 475-5884, sweeneysbakery.com), thanks to shaped sugar cookies and gingerbread houses.
Dolce Bakery (36 N. Walnut St., Milford, 422-5760, dolcebakery.com) might be famous for its from-scratch pumpkin rolls, but traditional, hand-decorated sugar cookies and thumbprints are big sellers.
What’s a chrusciki? Find the airy Polish sweets at Serpe and Sons Bakery (1411 Kirkwood Hwy., Elsmere, 994-1868, serpesbakery.com) this month, as well as trays stuffed with assorted cookies and pizzelles.
Bakers at Bing’s Bakery (253 E. Main St., Newark, 737-5310; 10 W. Green St., Middletown, 449-1500, bingsbakery.com) decorate their homemade butter cookies as well and as festively as their prized cakes.
Shimmy past the salami inside Touch of Italy (33 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-1500) and straight to the tangy Italian wedding cookies, almond macaroons, and sfogliatelle.
What else but traditional Italian cookies—pizzelles, amaretti and pine nut-studded pignoli—at Papa’s Pastry Shop (600 N. Union St., Wilmington, 777-0877, papaspastry.com)? Get them by the 2-pound tin. —Matt Amis
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