This unique holiday cookie trail will take you to some of the best shops in Wisconsin serving up holiday cookies galore. If you’ve had a hankering for some holiday sweets this year and don’t know where to go, check out this spectacular cookie trail. This trail only takes about three and a half hours to complete and if you won’t drive that far for 12 bakeries, what will you drive it for?
1. La Tarte Bakery - Wauswatosa
These cut out cookies are delightfully decorated and the cookie itself melts in your mouth. This newer neighborhood shop will become one of your favorites and it's a bright way to start this trip. Located at 6742 W Wells St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213.
2. Peter Sciortino Bakery - Milwaukee
To save room and keep from giving everyone a sugar rush before sitting in the car for a few hours - and also because you'll want to have some of these babies to savor for days to come - I'm going to recommend you get a couple of pounds of these delectable Italian delights to go. You'll get an assortment that includes about 20 cookies per pound and you'll love having these buttery, delicious delights to enjoy throughout the week. Sciortino's has been around for seventy years and there's a reason there's still a line out the door most weekends. Located at 1101 E Brady St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.
3. Mila's European Bakery - Thiensville
For nearly forty years these folks have been recreating the flavors you remember making with your grandma. The delightful cookies here are old school in the best possible way. Located at 239 N Main St., Thiensville, WI 53092
4. Boulangerie du Monde - Cedarburg
For some fancier holiday cookie action, check out this wonderful spot that feels like it's right off the streets of Paris. The macarons come in all kinds of flavors and have that perfect, chewy, melt in your mouth texture. Located at 239 N Main St., Thiensville, WI 53092.
5. Daily Baking Company - Port Washington
These folks are more well-known for their bread and you definitely should plan to grab some of that to take home, but you'll also find spicy, wintery gingerbread treats here to put you in the Christmas spirit. Located at 211 N Franklin St., Port Washington, WI 53074.
6. Johnston's Bakery - Sheboygan
With nearly 70 years of baking experience, it's easy to see why you would want to stop here for a treat. You know them for their brat buns, but to ignore their sweet treats is to really miss out. Located at 1227 Superior Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081.
7. Oostburg Bakery - Oostburg
Who can resist a bakery that puts out a cookie spread like this? You'll find all the cookies you remember from your childhood and you'll be supporting an amazing family-owned small business that's using the same recipes they had when they started in 1929! Located at 16 N 10th St., Oostburg, WI 53070.
8. French Creek Bakery - Manitowoc
Spicy gingerbread, gorgeous cut out cookies and more make this a must-stop on your cookie trail. Located at 205 S Packer Dr., Manitowoc, WI 54220.
9. Simple Simon Bakery - Appleton
These delicate little delights sit alongside some fabulously decorated ugly sweater cookies and you'll have a hard time deciding which one is better! Located at 218 E Wisconsin Ave., Appleton, WI 54911.
10. Manderfield's Home Bakery - Appleton
Manderfield's just might be the gold standard for Wisconsin bakeries. With 84 years experience and some of the most delicious, beautiful pieces you've ever seen and tasted, any bakery trip would be incomplete without a stop here. Located at W3176 Springfield Dr., Appleton, WI 54915
11. Alpha Delights Bakery - DePere
The assortment of old world and new school cookies here is delightful, from florentines and tea cookies to snickerdoodles and decorated butter cookies. Located at 143 N Wisconsin St., De Pere, WI 54115.
12. Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe - De Pere
This place puts amazing spins on traditional delights but has also mastered the old school stuff that carries all the nostalgia of making Christmas cookies when you were younger. Do yourself a favor and grab a kringle to go, as well. Located at 1840 Dickinson Rd., De Pere, WI 54115.