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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/27/2012

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)
Perhaps you have, some five days after the holiday, finally sweated off the 2,000 extra calories packed into that Taftian, bathtub-enlarging spread known as Thanksgiving dinner. If so, it’s time to consider the next assault on your dietary will:

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)
The Woodmoor Pastry Shop in Silver Spring has the early jump on the competition, based on my random wanderings through local bakeries this morning. The shop has a number of holiday-themed tea cookies (some of which it makes, some it doesn’t), not to mention gingerbread men (more like beasts, really) and cute little cookies decorated with polar bears in Santa hats (see photo above).

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)
Naturally, the Whole Foods Market on P Street NW had a whole floor display of holiday cookies and gingerbread houses, as if the corporate elves ordered the spectacle the second after you put down your fork on Thanksgiving. While none of the sweets are made on premise, the store expects to have its in-house bakery in full holiday mode soon.

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

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