Iowa December 13, 2018
Iowa’s Christmas Cookie Trail Is The New Holiday Tradition Your Family Needs
The holidays are a great time to spend extra hours with your family, and if you’re looking for a great new tradition, pack up the car and take this road trip to track down the best Christmas Cookies in Iowa. You and your family will have a blast trying these classic Iowa bakeries.
Hit the road for the sweetest trip you'll take all year.
Start off at Storm Lake Bakery.
Storm Lake Bakery is one of Iowa's best bakeries, and one of the oldest in the state. Every December, you'll find some of the tastiest Christmas cookies in Iowa behind this historic storefront.
Address: Storm Lake Bakery, 616 Lake Ave N., Storm Lake, IA 50588
Next, head to Van Hemerts Dutch Oven Bakery in Ames.
Van Hemert has a location in Boone and in Ames, and both are excellent bakeries. For this trip, you'll stop by the Ames shop. Pick up a big bag of cookies to take with you on the road, or a tray for your next holiday party. These classic butter cookies will remind you of your childhood.
Address: Van Hemert's Dutch Oven Bakery, 219 Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Sweet to Eat, one of Iowas best cake shops, is your third stop!
Sweet to Eat is hiding in the Fletcher Kitchen & Bar in Ankeny. This award winning bakeshop is known for their cakes, but their holiday sugar cookies are just as gorgeous as they are delicious! These treats are sure to impress, as a gift or as a way to spoil yourself.
Address: Sweet To Eat Bakery And Cake Shop, 1802 N Ankeny Blvd #100, Ankeny, IA 50023
Nan's Nummies is next!
This cheekily named bakery is a full blown sweet shop! Pick up old fashioned candy alongside your fresh-baked holiday treats. The sugar cookies and butter cookies here are classics, and no holiday table is complete without a dozen.
Address: Nan's Nummies, 501 Elm St, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Time to try out Strudl Haus before you leave Des Moines.
Strudl Haus is a interesting bakery and cafe where you can grab a savory meal before indulging in sweet European treats. While these aren't the typical italian butter cookies, they're fruity and traditional, and definitely worth bringing home with you.
Address: Strudl Haus, 1951 Indianola Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315
Vander Ploeg Bakery in Pella is a hidden gem that you will love.
Vander Ploeg Bakery is a new player in the Iowa Bakery scene, but their treats are really making a name for themselves. Order some Christmas classics and get ready for a variety of treats from which to choose.
Address: Vander Ploeg Bakery, 711 Franklin St., Pella, IA 50219
Finally, visit the iconic Jaarsma Bakery for the final stop of your cookie tour.
No christmas cookie road trip would be complete without a visit to Jaarsma! Fill up on Dutch holiday classics at this iconic, legendary bakery in Pella. There's nothing like fresh baked goods from Jaarsma!
Address: Jaarsma Bakery, 727 Franklin St., Pella, IA 50219
Each of these iconic bakeries makes the freshest Christmas cookies in Iowa, and you’ll have plenty to snack on after you bring home a box of cookies from each! What’s your favorite bakery in Iowa?
If you’re looking for another great Christmas road trip in Iowa, check out
The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Iowa That’s Nothing Short Of Magical.