December Specials

Bread of the Month

Cake of the Month

Holiday Sweets

This traditional German Christmas bread has been a highlight of the holidays at Zingerman’s Bakehouse for more than two decades. And no wonder. It has a symphony of great ingredients: sweet butter, Bacardi® white rum, cinnamon sugar, toasted almonds, Red Flame raisins, fresh eggs, organic flour, candied orange and lemon zest, dried cherries, citron, real vanilla, and fresh orange juice. The whole precious loaf is brushed with rum butter not once, not twice, but three times and dusted with powdered sugar. The colors and flavors are very festive. Just the thing to slice and serve with a pot of tea, best enjoyed by a crackling fire with the ones you love. This is one of our signature holiday gifts.

Walnut Beigli
Beigli is a Christmas staple in every house in Hungary. Buttery yeasted dough is lovingly hand-rolled around a sweet walnut filling. Hiding inside the crackled mahogany crust you’ll find its trademark swirl. ‘Tis the season to share a slice and the tradition.

Chocolate Babka
There’s a lot going on in our babka. We start with a rich buttery brioche dough, paint it with dark chocolate, sprinkle it with chocolate crumble and orange syrup-soaked raisins, twist it up, and carefully place that work of art in the pan. The loaf is baked to a golden brown with a fragrant cinnamon-sugar top. We’ll go a long way for full flavor! A slice of our dark chocolate raisin babka is great for morning coffee, evening dessert, afternoon tea time, or any time. Warming it up a little would be nice too. Enjoy!

Olive Oil Cake
Just one bite and you’ll shout “Olive it!” Made with extra virgin olive oil, orange liqueur, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon zest, and toasted almonds. It might look simple, but it sure is full of flavor.

New Deli Crumb Cake
An innovative take on an American standard, great with coffee or tea. Enjoy a moist cake made with lots of sweet butter and topped with a flavorful crumb top. For inspiration, we took our cues from the subcontinent and devised a crumb recipe that’s imbued with the flavors and aromas of India: pistachio, cardamom, ginger, clove, and even a little coconut. Great for dessert, too! Serve it warm with gelato or whipped cream.

Buche de Noel (Yule log)
Our version of a traditional French holiday dessert: a light vanilla cake filled walnut rum buttercream and covered in chocolate buttercream. It’s decorated with handmade edible fondant mushrooms and holly and freshly fallen sugar “snow.”

Strawberry White Chocolate Chiffon Cake
A more delicately textured cake for your holiday dessert table. It’s lovely layers of fluffy yellow chiffon cake, filled with our own vanilla bean pastry cream and strawberry preserves, covered in vanilla buttercream and white chocolate shavings. It looks a little like a winter snowfall. It tastes heavenly.

Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookies
An elegant blue and silver snowflake gift box of handmade German-inspired cookies: mandelpläzchen almond cookies and pfeffernüsse spice cookies. Opening up this cookie box of these warm holiday flavors makes any friendly get together or work meeting instantly better.

Pfeffernüsse Cookies
A fun red and green reindeer sweater gift box filled with spiced cookies. Pfeffernüsse in German translates to pepper nut in English. It’s fun to say either way. We bake these cookies with the same great ingredients that make all our cookies merry: sweet cream butter, organic muscovado brown sugar, and fresh eggs. But they also get a dash of Christmas spices like nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, anise, and even a pinch of black pepper. Each handmade cookie is then dusted with powdered sugar, reminiscent of a winter snowfall. 

Jewish Cookies
Our zingy purple and orange Zingerman’s cartoon box filled with hand-made pastries makes a great gift!
Rugelach—Tasty fillings folded up in a tender cream cheese and butter pastry. Try the classic pair of apricot preserve and currant walnut fillings.
Mandelbread—A pound of twice-baked cookies, biscotti’s Eastern European cousin, with toasted almonds and fresh lemon and orange zest.