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Create-Your-Own Cookie Tin: KC Holiday Sweets + Treats

Remember that metal tin full of sugar cookies your grandma kept on the kitchen counter? It’s time to take a bite and make your own, KC-style.


A little bite of delicious nostalgia tastes best in a tin box.

Photo via Pexels, Graphic by the KCtoday team

There’s lots of things to celebrate during the holidays — friends, family, health, wealth, and most of all: the unspoken understanding that we get to gorge ourselves on as much food + sweets as possible before New Year’s resolutions kick us in the butt. Or is that just me?

Luckily all of our KCtoday readers ended up on the nice list this year, meaning we can prepare your present early. It’s time to Create-Your-Own Cookie Tin.

Browse these 12 local bakeries and their tasty offerings, choose four of your favorites in this survey + we’ll share the most popular sweet selections.


I don’t need my presents wrapped, just iced.

Photo via Blackhole Bakery

Blackhole Bakery | Featured: Mochi Donuts | 5531 Troost Ave., KCMO | Come for the fabulous French pastries, stay for some of the Midwest’s best Mochi donuts. Pre-orders are closed, so stop by in person to swipe up their chocolate babka or brioche orange buns.

Bootleg burbon balls

This one’s for all our bourbon lovers.

Photo by Bootleg Bourbon Balls

Bootleg Bourbon Balls | Featured: Bourbon Balls | Pick-up only | Need your holiday treats packed with something special? How about these chocolate-y confections made with high-proof spirits from regional distilleries.


Try the Grinch-themed cookie on the left, and maybe your heart (and stomach) will grow a few sizes.

Photo via Brown Suga

Brown Suga | Featured: Cookies | Pick-up or delivery | Spark a sense of “everyday celebration” with these soft, fresh-baked cookies from a local Black + woman-owned business.


Two of Cupcake A La Mode’s seasonal flavors.

Photo via Cupcake A La Mode

Cupcakes A La Mode | Featured: Cupcakes | Multiple locations | Is it too late to add 20 different flavors of gourmet cupcakes and made-from-scratch icing to my wish list?

Dolce Bakery

The greatest cupcake of them all.

Photo by Dulce Bakery

Dolce Bakery | Featured: Chocolate Espresso Tortes| 3930 W. 69th Ter., Prairie Village, KS | With beautifully decorated cakes, cookies, gingerbread and more — you better wrap these treats up quick or they won’t make it through the car ride home.


Fruit never looked so festive.

Photo via Elvira’s Cakes

Elvira’s Cakes | Featured: Chocolate-covered Strawberries| 3838 Independence Ave., KCMO | Elvira’s specializes in specialty decorated cakes with a delicious selection of Mexican pastries + desserts.


You had me at butter brandy.

Photo via Heirloom Bakery & Hearth

Heirloom Bakery & Hearth | Featured: Stollen Bread | 401 E. 63rd St., KCMO | This bakery offers garden-fresh food alongside their collection of sweet treats. Their holiday offering? Traditional German Christmas treat, Stollen bread — full of marzipan, candied almonds and brandy butter.


The 12 cookies of Christmas

Photo via McClain’s Bakery

McClain’s Bakery | Featured: Butter Cookies| Multiple locations | Get your holiday version of this bite-sized Kansas City classic.


This looks like enough for one evening, right?

Photo via Scola’s Italian Cookies

Scola’s Italian Cookies | Featured: | 8002 N. Oak Trfy. Suite 105, KCMO | If you’re craving the best lobster tails the metro has to offer, head on over to Scola’s for original Italian cookies + pastries.


Keep up with their yummy assortment of seasonal flavors.

Photo via Slow Rise

Slow Rise | Featured: Donuts | Pop-up | Keep an eye on its calendar, this mouth-watering, Lawrence-based sourdough donut bakery stops into the West Bottoms from time to time.


Christmas cookies have never looked so cute.

Photo via Anna Petrow

Sweet Petites KC | Featured: Sugar Cookies | 108 E. Missouri Ave., KCMO | Create your own cookies with their virtual Holiday Cookie Workshop for decorating tips, recipes and everything else you need to make cookies are almost too good-looking to eat. Almost.


Alongside their cranberry pecan pie, they also offer gingerbread cookies + pecan pie granola.

Photo via The Upper Crust

The Upper Crust | Featured: Cranberry Pecan Pie | 7943 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, KS | Sure, it may be hard to fit in a cookie tin but what’s to stop us from trying? This shop bakes fresh pies daily, but stop in soon — they plan to be all sold out before Saturday.

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