This holiday season, as we all come together over shared dinners, cozy up in front of roaring fireplaces, and express our appreciation for one another, it’s the perfect time of year to indulge in some seriously tasty sweet desserts. Edible items can also make unique gifts for those who are hard to shop for and are a welcome addition to holiday meals.

Now, there are plenty of places where you can find tasty sweets for sale in this town. Some restaurants boast well-stocked display cases full of cakes and pies for their dine-in customers. Many retail outlets offer advent calendars and candy canes that remind us of childhood. But what about sweets for discerning adults? Where are the decadent, beautifully crafted dishes that make our hearts sing?

Well, fear not, fellow sweet tooths, I’ve got a list for you. These are some of my favorite local shops and vendors for tasty sweet treats that you can buy and take to go. Bring them to your friends and family, or take them home to treat yourself in the cozy confines of your own home.

Saint Germain Bakery
Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. or (470) 823-4141
From left: Baba au Rhum “Rum Cake” – $4.35; Pecan Tart – $4.95; Apple and Almond Tart – $4.95

710 Ponce De Leon Ave. or (470) 875-5856
Chocolate Chip Cookie – $2 each
Apple Galette – $4

1230 Caroline St., Station B110 or (404) 343-0805
Winter’s Dusk – $7.63

Alon’s Bakery & Market
1394 North Highland Ave. or (404) 872-6000
From left: Thumbprint Cookies – $15.99/lb; Speculos – $15.99/lb; Pumpkin Cheesecake – $5.49; Gingerbread Cookies – $15,99/lb; Hazelnut Shortbread – $15.99/lb; Sugar Cookies – $15.99/lb

Greene’s Fine Foods
141 East Trinity Place, Decatur or (404) 378-2001
Clockwise from left: Non Pareils – $21/lb, Chocolate Fudge Pop – $3 each, Jumbo Truffles (pictured L-R milk chocolate coffee, dark chocolate) – $3 each, Peanut Clusters (pictured here L-R milk chocolate and dark chocolate) – $21/lb

Crave Pie Studio
3107 Main St, Duluth, GA 30096 or (678) 485-7198
Maple Pecan, Lemon Chess, and Chocolate Chess Pies – $4.75 each

Isadora Pennington

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.