There are certain things we associate so closely with the holidays that the season wouldn’t seem right without them… displays of Christmas lights, holiday parades, and most importantly – baked goods.
Baking cookies and other sweet treats is an annual tradition at our household. But if you’re not married to my wife – or someone else who gets regular use out of their Kitchen-Aid mixer – there are plenty of options throughout the state to slake your sweet tooth.
If there’s one treat I associate with the holiday season, it’s pizzelles, the Italian cookies that look like they’re stamped in a waffle iron. My grandmother made them annually, and my wife makes them now. Just Pizzelles in Cortland offers them in a variety of flavors – from traditional ones like vanilla and anise to more, uh, daring ones like tiramisu and Mountain Dew. And they ship.
Jack Frost Donuts
It wouldn’t be the holidays in Cleveland without “A Christmas Story,” the movie filmed in Cleveland that’s now taken on a life of its own on cable. Jack Frost offers a collection of donuts frosted to represent scenes from the movie, including a decoder donut (with a gold-flecked Oreo “decoder”), a leg lamp donut and the “pink nightmare.”
Another Cleveland-area bakery, Rudy’s Strudel, offers a more-savory homage to “A Christmas Story,” with the “Meatloaf, Smeatloaf, Double Beefloaf” pierogis containing meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy and herbs and spices. You’ll also find yummy strudels and a variety of other sweet baked goods.
This Springfield bakery, which bills itself as “The home of homemade,” has been satisfying sweet teeth for more than 80 years. It has a variety of Christmas-themed cookies, including melted snowmen and frosted trees, wreaths and candy canes. (Rumor has it that their gingerbread men are to die for.)
A schnecken (the German word for “snail,” because of its shape – NOT its ingredient!) is a sticky bun that was a common weekend treat in German households. It’s no surprise that it’s an annual tradition in the Cincinnati area, home to a significant population of German descent. Busken Bakery, a regional chain, offers schneckens for a limited time in the holiday season.
Baking on your own is labor-intensive, but if you want some of the fun without all the work, this Lima-based bakery has cookie decorating kits featuring 18 cutout cookies with packages of red, white and green frosting and a variety of sprinkles.
No matter what corner of Ohio you’re in, you’re never far from a sweet treat for the holidays – or any other time of year.
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