Santa isn’t the only one who deserves a treat this season. Here are eight local bakeries serving up some of the best cookies, whether you want to fill your plate with new seasonal flavors or reliable classics.

Dozen Bakery

All I want for Christmas is Dozen Bakery’s 2021 holiday menu. Their impressive seasonal selection includes gingerbread and cranberry orange galettes, sticky date pudding with caramel sauce, butterscotch pecan pie, cranberry pistachio paté, gruyere and herbed oil focaccia, and so much more. Of course, they have cookie plates, too. There are four different assortments, from a trio of madeleines (lemon, chocolate cardamom and apple cider) and a trio of sandwich cookies (linzer, ginger lemon and double chocolate) to a plate that has a little bit of everything, including classics, like chocolate chip, oatmeal cranberry, peanut butter and ginger. If you need a fun project for the kids (or creative adults!), check out the Decorated Sugar Cookie Kit. $35 gets you a dozen sugar cookies, four colors of icing, sprinkles and piping bags. Orders are open until Dec. 19.

HiFi Cookies

HiFi Cookies started taking holiday preorders earlier this week, and while they often sell out, you may still have some time to grab a couple of boxes of their seasonal selections, including red velvet brownies topped with cream cheese frosting and the Jingle Jangle cookie sandwich, with creamy egg nog buttercream sandwiched between two chewy, perfectly spiced gingerbread cookies. HiFi also has tree-shaped cookie cakes decorated with all the trimmings, and their day-to-day offerings include even more festive fun. Christmas in Hollis is a milk chocolate crinkle cookie loaded with malted milk balls, and Sleigh Ride is a funfetti cookie with white chocolate gingerbread crumbs.

Pink Door Cookies

Pink Door Cookies’ cookie menu is always full of bright colors and playful flavors, but this month, pastry chef Mathew Rice has transformed his small bakery into an especially vibrant winter wonderland. The shop’s seasonal selection includes Buddy’s Breakfast, an Elf-inspired treat packed with M&Ms, crushed Pop-Tarts, noodles and maple syrup and the Pink Peppermint, a chocolate chip cookie upgraded with green mint chips, pretty pink buttermint frosting and tiny candy canes. Pink Door’s beloved brownie and funfetti cookies got a holiday makeover, too; both are finished off with frosting and loads of festive green, red and white holiday sprinkles.

The Christie Cookie Co.

The holidays just aren’t the holidays without a tin of Christie Cookies, whether you’re giving them as a hostess gift or a last-minute addition to the office cookie swap. (There is no shame in buying your cookies for the cookie swap. It's a busy time of year!) Just last week, Christie Cookie announced a new flavor, too: a collaboration with Bang Candy Company. A gooey chocolate cookie is packed with chocolate chips, crushed peppermint candy and marshmallows, inspired by the best cup of hot cocoa you’ve ever had. It’s only available at their 12South shop while supplies last. Don’t have time to stop by the bakery? You can order a tin of all your favorite flavors online, and they’ll ship it straight to Santa or, you know, whomever.

Hey Sugar!

West Nashville’s frozen custard and cookie shop Hey Sugar! bakes all the classic cookie flavors: sugar cookie with buttercream, snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, lemon shortbread, and salted toffee chocolate chip, to name a few. But the real fun is to be had with their seasonal DIY cookie decorating kits. Each box comes with plain, holiday-shaped sugar cookies and all the icing and sprinkles you need to make them shiny and bright. Visit their website for ordering info, or call 615-946-0600 to learn more.

Five Daughters Bakery

Everyone knows Five Daughters Bakery is a great spot for decadent doughnuts, but this month, the home of the 100 Layer Donut is getting in on the cookie game. They’ve created a limited edition Christmas Cookie Box featuring four cookie-inspired doughnuts: gingerbread (filled with gingerbread pastry cream and dipped in molasses glaze), chocolate macaroon (with toasted coconut buttercream, coconut glaze and chocolate drizzle), sugar cookie (topped with an actual sugar cookie) and spiked eggnog (filled with, you guessed it, rum and eggnog buttercream). Surely Santa won’t mind this sweet switch-up this year. Christmas Cookie Boxes can be ordered online for pickup Dec. 22-24 while supplies last.

Baked on 8th

Baked on 8th is still closed to in-person shopping and dining, but the bakery’s same-day ordering system makes it easy to put together an impressive — even if last-minute — selection of fresh-baked cookies. All the classics are there: ginger molasses, snickerdoodle, oatmeal cream pie, peanut butter and chocolate chip. And this season, they also have some holly jolly flavors, including Pink Peppermint Pretzel, loaded with white chocolate peppermint and pretzel pieces, and Thick Mint, a chunky chocolate cookie made even chunkier with Andes mint chips and Oreo pieces. Need something for under the mistletoe? Grab a few Peanut Butter Kiss cookies, too.

Little Gourmand

Instead of setting out a plate of cookies, why not leave Santa a whole cookie tree? Little Gourmand has fully edible chocolate macaron trees. The small tree ($99) holds 19 cookies, while the larger tree ($199) holds 43. You just have to choose which flavors of macarons you’d like — they have more than a dozen, including lemon, chocolate, coconut, raspberry, pistachio, blueberry and lavender — and then assemble it by placing the cookies in chocolate rings that stack on top of one another to form a Christmas tree shape. Speaking of fancy French pastries, the Melrose location also has two different flavors of bûche de Noël: vanilla and lemon, and chocolate and pear. Preorder online by Dec. 15.