The holidays are a busy time. You have gifts to buy, lights to put up and trips to plan all on top of your regular responsibilities. If you're feeling like you won’t have the time to bake cookies for Santa (or that fourth holiday potluck you’ve been invited to), then we have just the solution! 

We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite locally-made cookies. Sandy Springs is home to several cafes and bakeries that have delicious treats everyone will love. Santa will be thrilled to see any of these cookies next to a glass of milk on Christmas Eve, and you won’t have to clean up the kitchen! 

Macarons from Café Vendome

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These light and fluffy French confections are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Café Vendome makes them in an assortment of flavors including pistachio, raspberry, lemon and coffee. Not only are they delicious, but they are also a colorful addition to any holiday meal. Luckily, Café Vendome has two locations in Sandy Springs.

Low Carb and Gluten-Free Cookies from Zambawango

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Looking for something a little healthier than the usual holiday desserts? Zambawango specializes in low carb and gluten-free desserts. They make a variety of cookies and pastries using almond and coconut flours, 99 percent pure chocolate, all-natural plant-based sweeteners and other natural ingredients. Zambawango desserts are baked in-house daily, and the menu changes frequently to include seasonal ingredients.

Shortbread Cookies from Henri’s Bakery and Deli

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This metro Atlanta institution can be your one stop shop for all of your holiday desserts. They offer a large selection of festive treats including adorable shortbread cookies and gingerbread. You can even order a decorating kit for your gingerbread! They also have classic cookie flavors like chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, M&M, and peanut butter. Order your holiday desserts at one of their three locations, including the one in Sandy Springs. All orders require 48-hours notice.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Breadwinner Café

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Okay, Breadwinner Café & Bakery is really known for its homemade breads. It’s in the name after all! And while those make excellent gifts (the cranberry-orange bread made Oprah’s list y’all), we really love their cookies, too. Their gigantic chocolate chip cookies will be the perfect midnight snack for Santa! 

Candycanesnaps from Susansnaps

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This family-owned bakery is dedicated to one particular type of cookie, the gingersnap. Susansnaps was founded by the mother- daughter team, Laura and Susan Stachler. After Susan was diagnosed with cancer, her mother Laura realized that ginger was the perfect stomach soother for chemo. That led them down the path of opening their own bakery and writing the book “The Cookie Cure.” You can find the gingersnaps that started it all at their store in Sandy Springs, along with delicious variations like the festive Candycanesnaps. The cookies can also be ordered and shipped if a trip to the shop isn't possible. 

Go the Extra Mile with Sugar Shanes' Cookies

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If you want to flip the script and get a gift for Santa that he's never had before, get him a couple of Sugar Shanes' cookies! When we say these aren't your average cookies, we aren't lying. These thing are humongous and come in a wide variety of flavors that vary depending on the week. You can bet there will be some holiday-themed options for you to enjoy!

Pick any if these options and Santa will definitely keep you off the naughty list next year.

If you need some gift ideas to put on Santa's list, check out the blog below for some inspiration. Happy holidays from the Visit Sandy Springs team!