SFoodie Advent Calendar, Day 13: Cookies and More Cookies!

Categories: Holidays
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Jonathan Kauffman
Destination Bakery's gingerbread girl.
The SFoodie Advent Calendar counts down the days before Christmas/Nondenominationalwinterholiday, one treat at a time.

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SFoodie has learned over the past three weeks that sugar cookies decorated to OCD standards aren't as common in this city as we expected. We've hit perhaps a dozen bakeries looking for showpiece snacks like this or this, and the most elaborate royal-icing artworks we found were at Citizen Cake ― check out the ornament cookie we took a picture of for a previous advent calendar post.

That's not to say that local bakeries abstain from doing Christmas cookies. Oh, no.

For example, Glen Park's Destination Baking Co. (598 Chenery, 469-0730) is making individual gingerbread boys and girls like the one above ― soft and gingery ― as well as Christmas cookie plates with things like meringue stars and jam thumbprints. Stop by to take a look at the sample plate on the counter, and try to resist the urge to swipe it when they're not looking.

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Ginger shortbread from Arizmendi.
Arizmendi Bakery (multiple locations ― this one's from the Inner Sunset shop at 1331 Ninth Ave.) sells small bags of a half-dozen different varieties of cookies, including gingerbread children and "dirty snowballs," or cocoa-and-nut tea cookies rolled in powdered sugar. We picked up this lovely ginger shortbread. Shockingly, it contains butter.

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Fillmore Bakeshop's gingerbread tree.
Fillmore Bakeshop (1890 Fillmore, 923-0711) opened in the old Patisserie Delanghe space just in time for the holiday season. This crisp gingerbread tree is cute enough to present to your kids' teachers or leave for the postal carrier when you're too cheap to drop a $20 in the mailbox.

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DeLessio's spritz cookies and Mexican wedding cookie.
DeLessio Bakery (multiple locations ― we bought these at 302 Broderick, 552-8077) sells a few of its cookies by the piece, but they're mostly packaged into $10 bags and boxes. Con: You can't make up a mixed cookie plate to down while watching Elf for the 45th time share with loved ones. Pro: It's easy to empty a box onto a plate and claim them as your own.
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