It’s never too early for holiday cookies


The Woodmoor Pastry Shop has already generous selection of holiday cookies at its Silver Spring store. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

Holiday cookies!

The Food section, of course, has its annual cookie issue planned for December, but to prime your appetite (and help you achieve your season-driven pudge, so perfect for New Year’s resolutions), we have started to scour local bakeries for holiday confections. Here’s what we found: While some bakeries have yet to get into the Christmas spirit (good for them, I say), there are some cookies already peeking through glass display cases.


Woodmoor Pastry Shop's gingerbread beast. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

A number of other bakeries I checked — Flip It on Georgia Avenue, Marchone’s and Chicago Bakery in Wheaton, and Le Caprice DC in Columbia Heights — had no holiday cookies for sale yet. But an employee at Le Caprice told me its bakers were already sweating for Santa, cranking out cookies in the shape of candy canes, Christmas trees and St. Nick. The bakery expected to have them ready this afternoon.


Whole Foods Market on P Street NW and its winter wonderland of sweets. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

Now it’s your turn: What bakeries have you visited that are already hawking yuletide sweets? Let us know in the comments, so we can start adding the seasonal poundage as soon as possible.

Further reading and viewing:

* 25 holiday cookie recipes

* Video: Bringing Christmas cookies to life with Gail Dosik

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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