Mail order cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweet treats are better (and more prolific) than ever, and that’s a good thing this holiday season. We rounded up some of the best desserts you can order online, whether you’re looking for a delicious gift or an easy way to end your holiday dinner.
It seemed like a great idea at first: Desserts are a must on the holiday table so why not bake a couple from scratch? But you still have to run out and do some last minute shopping. And you’re definitely going to hit the grocery store a few more times (it doesn’t help that your nephew decided to go full keto recently). Oh, and now the oven is acting up.
Sometimes it’s best to play it safe and let someone else handle the heavy lifting. We’ve rounded up a bunch of sweet standouts that can be ordered directly to your door. It’s pie season, so we’ve included several of those as well as great mail order cookies, cakes, and even some non-baked ice cream additions because when it comes to dessert, the more the merrier.
Send them to someone you love, or have them delivered to your own house to help save your sanity this holiday hosting season.
This article is intended to bring some relief to the holiday cooking and/or gift-giving process, but let’s be honest, trying to decide which incredible dessert to order from Four & Twenty Blackbirds can be stress-inducing. The Brooklyn-based bakery has a number of delicious options including their famed Salty Honey Pie.
But for Thanksgiving, this option takes the traditional pecan pie you know and love to the next level with a generous dose of chocolate ganache and tons of roasty toasty pecans.
Stamped with Oprah’s seal of approval last year, this gorgeous pie packs all the sweet, sticky, fruity flavor of caramel apples into a tender, cinnamon-speckled crust with a judicious hint of salt to make everything pop.Buy Now
Having a small Thanksgiving gathering this year? These single-serve bread puddings are the perfect pie alternative. With blonde chocolate, pumpkin, and dulce de leche-soaked pan de mie, these rich, bready bites are a nice break from tradition that still capture the seasonal flavors you’re craving. This heavenly bakery is anchored in New York with three locations across Brooklyn and Manhattan but delivers their sweets nationwide.Buy Now
For those looking to go beyond classic pie offerings during the holidays, Ovenly’s Vanilla Salted Caramel Cake will fit the bill. The key is a double dose of caramel, whipped into the buttercream and drizzled on top that makes this sweet treat an absolute showstopper. But don’t miss their perfect pumpkin olive oil loaf either.Buy Now
Need something super sophisticated that’s also super delicious? A mille crêpe cake from Lady M will wow, whether it’s one of their classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate, or a seasonal treat like their chestnut version. The delicate layers of tender, lacy-edged crepes (at least 20 in each cake) and pastry cream or custard look incredible, and taste just as good too. In addition to their signature striped sweets, you’ll find impressive checkerboard cakes and cheesecakes, including a limited edition Pumpkin Nuage that beats plain old pie any day.Buy Now
If, however, you remain staunchly Team Pie, you certainly can’t go wrong with serving up a slice of Southern hospitality. This particular pecan pie features a delightfully gooey center and is topped, of course, with a crunchy layer of homegrown Georgia pecans. Buy Now
This New York bar and bakery had an instant hit when it introduced its Instagram-worthy S’mores Pie. A graham cracker crust and creamy chocolate filling provide the foundation to a roasty, toasty marshmallow topping that is oh so addictive. They also have a Bourbon Ginger Pecan Pie for those who want a bite firmly anchored in fall.Buy Now
Straight out of North Carolina, this autumnal assortment from Southern Sugar Bakery are mini works of edible art. Along with fall colored leaves, the collection includes plaque cookies with the message “Happy Fall Y’all” to help reinforce that these were indeed baked in the south. Buy Now
The dessert formerly known as Crack Pie is the signature offering from Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar and for good reason. This sinfully sweet and salty creation is housed in an oat cookie crust and finished off with a light dusting of powdered sugar. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser at your holiday gathering provided there aren’t any dentists at the table.Buy Now
Amy Bouchard has been making whoopie pies for over two decades. In fact, her company Wicked Whoopies has produced over 30 million of the beloved hand-held delight. Wicked’s pies come in a variety of flavors but their maple version featuring rounds of syrup-infused cake filled with fluffy cream is a favorite for the holidays. Buy Now
Kermit’s Key Lime Pie is the best in Key West, or anywhere else for that matter. Local key limes are the key (oh, dad puns!) to a bright, tart filling that complements the pie’s signature graham cracker crust. A ring of whipped cream offers just the right touch of sweetness. Buy Now
The Smothers Family knows a thing or two about apple pie. Not only do they continue to run the Julian Pie Company, the Southern California institution which they founded over 32 years ago, they even bought their own apple orchard. Not surprisingly, apples find their way into nearly all of the bakery’s pies, but the Dutch version, which features a crunchy crumb topping, is a standout. Buy Now
There is no occasion that won’t be improved by chocolate chip cookies, and these beauties from Maman bakery are packed full of dark chocolate chunks and a blend of salted nuts for crunch. They were Oprah-annointed in 2017 and are still a delicious contender for best chocolate chip cookie in NYC—but you can order them from anywhere in the continental U.S.Buy Now
An extra-thick layer of creamy pumpkin pie filling is topped off with fluffy whipped cream. It’s a classic, but even more of it than usual, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You can also order a gluten-free pumpkin pie, though it’s not deep dish.Buy Now
If you’re not familiar with the Hoosier Pie, it might just be the best thing to come out of Indiana aside from Larry Bird and David Letterman. It doesn’t get much better than My Sugar Pie’s version which keeps things traditional with the trinity of butter, sugar, and cream. It’s the kind of slice that after taking one bite you’ll be asking, “Where have you been all my life?” Buy Now
Though not technically a baked good, Mochidoki’s ice cream stuffed rice cakes are sure to provide a sweet end to any holiday meal. Flavors run the gamut from Black Honey Walnut to Vegan Lychee, but if you want a taste of the holidays, Pumpkin & Cookies can’t be beat. This seasonal mochi features pumpkin spice ice cream studded with chocolate and vanilla creme cookies for the ultimate two-bite dessert. For now, shipping is only available around the eastern United States so cross your fingers and make sure your state is on the list. Buy Now
Who says ice cream is only for summer? Vanilla is a classic for topping pies, but you’ll find plenty of delicious seasonal fall and winter flavors from several ice cream companies that ship nationwide, including California favorite McConnell’s. Their ultra creamy pints are always made from grass-fed milk and cream, and this one is swirled with roast pumpkin puree warmly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and molasses.Buy Now
If you truly can’t decide on your favorite holiday dessert, there’s always the modern classic/monstrosity that is the PieCaken. You get pumpkin pie, pecan pie, spice cake, cinnamon buttercream, and apple pie filling all in one towering Turducken of sweets. (Fingers crossed for the return of the Christmas PieCaken later in the season.)Buy Now
For more great gift ideas, see our Gourmet Food and Drink Gift Guide, and our Best Kitchen Gadgets, Tools, and Appliances Gift Guide.
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