It’s the gifting season, and if you’re fresh out of ideas for all those people you need to show your affection and appreciation for, you’ve come to the right place. Sweets make a great present, and, thankfully, there are some wonderful bakeries in in Ventura. (But, if you want to go with homemade, we can also hook you up with some great holiday cookie recipes!)
Get your scrumptious baked goods at these highly-regarded Ventura bakeries:
There’s a reason this small-batch bakery is so popular and why they tend to run out of some items by noon: the goods are just that good! (Note to self: Come early for the best selection!) If you don’t want one of their delicious traditional bakery items, like sticky caramel buns or peanut butter chocolate muffins, you’ll be happy to see they also have a selection of both vegan and gluten-free stuff.
Whether you’re just coming to this French café and bakery for coffee while out shopping or you’re stopping in for brunch, be sure to save room for one of their incredible almond croissants. Order a few for a new friend and they’re sure to become a BFF.
Pick up a custom cake, grab a bunch of cookies for a holiday gathering, or choose from a daily menu of tasty cupcake flavors at one of the favorite bakeries in in Ventura. Hot tip: Come on a Wednesday for the chocolate salted caramel. Yum!
Plan your day around lunch so you can dig into their delectable chicken walnut salad, and leave with some buttery cookies and flaky pastries. They’ll make the perfect gift for teachers and neighbors.
Best holiday cookie recipes
Want to bake the cookies yourself? No need to go to bakeries in in Ventura. Choose from some great recipes that your friends and loved ones will enjoy as much as you do.
“These familiar cookies have crispy edges (thanks to superfine sugar) and a slightly soft middle,” said Food Network. “The small amount of baking powder ensures that they puff just a little without spreading too much—so they’re perfect for cut-outs in all your favorite holiday shapes.” This recipe is listed as easy, with about 45 minutes of active prep and bake time, so you can gather the whole fam for this fun activity.
Using another sugar cookie recipe as the base, this idea takes it a step further to create a fancy display of edible Christmas trees. Cut out three different sizes of cookies so they can be stacked to form the trees. This is another relatively easy recipe that you can knock out quickly, but you will have to have some decent piping skills.
“The classic combination of chocolate and peppermint make these dark chocolate candy cane cookies the perfect treat for the holidays,” said Liv for Cake. “These Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies are super simple to make. It’s a fairly standard cookie though, with the exception of one unique ingredient: black cocoa powder.” Don’t they just look like Christmas?! These are definitely going to be a hit!
We should start out with a bit of a disclaimer here: This recipe came from the “10 Boozy Cookies to Land You On The Naughty List” category, although they only use an itty bit of the alcoholic stuff; specifically, they use amaretto liquor instead of extract to infuse the almond flavor into the cookie. These are bound to be the hit of any cookie party!
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