Give the gift of food.
With the holiday season upon us, you’ll likely find yourself shopping for gifts—hostess gifts, teacher gifts, coworker gifts and the like. Instead of another trinket or lotion—or the dreaded fruitcake—how about a delicious taste of the holidays made locally with lots of love (and probably butter!)? Here are four gift-worthy treats from around the valley.
Winter Cookie Assortment pictured above
The winter cookie assortment from Bubble & Brown Bakery includes two dozen of the bakery’s most popular artisan cookies in a decorative tin suitable for display. Inside, you’ll find the spicy Mayan chocolate cookie, the chewy ginger molasses cookie, the melt-in-your-mouth matcha green tea shortbread, the butter biscuit with caramel and sea salt and the vegan and wheat-free coconut snickerdoodle. It’s a perfect gift for families and coworkers.
Orders can be placed online via the Bubble & Brown Bakery holiday shop Dec. 2-20, for pickup on Thursday, Friday or Saturday only. A limited number are available for purchase at the Winter Market at Rio Grande on Saturday, Dec. 9, 16 and 23.
Bubble & Brown Bakery
925 Jefferson St., SLC
Les Madeleines chef and owner Romina Rasmussen is particularly excited about her housemade panettone this season, which comes in mini and regular sizes. “We have a new-to-us starter [levito] from Spain that is more than 40 years old and what a difference it makes in the flavor and texture,” she explains. Les Madeleines also candies their own orange peel and offers several flavors: orange and Valrhona chocolate chip and the traditional orange and raisin.
Both sizes of panettone are in stock throughout the holidays. Larger quantities should be special ordered one week in advance. The mini versions make great corporate or hostess gifts while the regular size are perfect for sharing.
216 E. 500 South, SLC
The connection between Christmas and stollen dates back to the 14th century in Germany. And Vosen’s Bread Paradise keeps the tradition alive each year by making loaves and loaves of this special Christmas fruit bread. The seasonal favorite is filled with raisins, almonds and spices, which are baked together and then rolled in butter and covered with powdered sugar for just the right amount of sweetness.
Its special preparation helps it stay fresh for shipping to out-of-state relatives or picking up in advance of a party. Christstollen can be ordered online or purchased in-store at Vosen’s throughout the holiday season.
Vosen’s Bread Paradise
328 W. 200 South, SLC
Farm Girl Pies
Who doesn’t love homemade pie? The bakers at Urban Farm & Feed whip up fresh fruit and cream Farm Girl pies daily. From French apple pie with a crumb crust to silky chocolate-cream-and-pecan pie to tangy key lime—plus a dozen other varieties—each handmade option will satisfy a whole family or group of coworkers in one sitting.
Six-inch deep-dish options and traditional 9-inch pies are sold at the farm store in Sandy and also at The Store in Holladay. To guarantee the flavors you want, place a special order through Urban Farm & Feed.
Urban Farm & Feed
8767 S. 700 East, Sandy