By Nick Dekker
Posted On: Dec 12, 2021
Nothing beats the warm and welcoming smells of an old school bakery, especially around the holidays. Hundreds of bakeries across the Buckeye State, new and old, pump out colorful cakes, donuts, pastries, cookies, pies, and other confections. We rounded up a few highlights that have stood the test of time.
Schneideris Bakery in Westerville
Schneider's has been a favorite of quaint Uptown Westerville since 1954. From their corner bakery they whip up donuts, breads, coffee cakes, cookies and a variety of specialties. Around the holidays they offer unique styles of cookies like pfeffernusse, springerle, date pinwheels, almond drops and orange blossoms. It's also hard to beat their signature Davy Crockett - a maple glazed cinnamon fry.
Vera's Bakery in Cleveland
For over 40 years, Vera's has been serving visitors to Cleveland's West Side Market. Guests line up for fresh Jewish rye, Hungarian white bread, sourdough, baguettes, and their signature Blossom Breads (try the onion and asiago!). This time of year they bake up trays of colorful fruitcake, puffy panettone and other delights.
Wixey Bakery in Toledo
Wixey Bakery is where Toledo goes for all their favorite baked cookies. The small bakery hand-makes everything from cakes to donuts to breads and rolls. And in the holidays they kick it into high gear with fruitcakes, cookies, donuts and other specialties. They'll even sell pre-packaged cookie dough for you to bake at home!
Johnnie's Bakery of Canton
Johnnie's is a Canton original, serving locals since 1946. They'll do custom cakes, donuts and cookies. Around the holidays they create specially decorated sugar cookies and slices of cake, mini pies, rolls and breads.
Evan's Bakery in Dayton
Evan's Bakery in Dayton crafts a number of holiday favorites, from giant, intricately decorated gingerbread men cookies, to European classics like Polish kolachi, Swedish Lussekatter and Hungarian butter cookies. They also create beautiful wreath pastries, plus standards like donuts, rolls and breads.
Kolache Republic in Columbus
While Northeast Ohio tends to have more kolache bakeries, this Columbus bakery has carved out a niche making those puffy, square-shaped Czech pastries with fruits, nuts and other sweets tucked in their center. They make plenty of holiday flavors, plus breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, cookies, French toast bakes, and savory specials filled with spinach artichoke, pepperoni and cheese, or ham and Swiss.
Busken Bakery in Cincinnati
Busken is a Cincinnati institution, family-run since 1928. They started in Hyde Park and have grown to four locations plus a seasonal walk-up window. They produce all sorts of breads, donuts and for the holidays they offer loads of yeast-raised donuts, trays of coffee cakes, iced cookies, cupcakes. One of their signatures is the schnecken, a buttery pastry that resembles a cinnamon roll, glazed with caramel and raisins.