Charlotte Cupcakes & Cookies Season. The Best of CLT and LKN Just in Time for Your Holiday Table

Tis the season for gift-giving, cookie exchanges and traveling. Instead of stressing about what to make, let these folks do the baking for you. From alcohol-infused cupcakes to cookie trays (and all the treats in between), here’s where to satisfy your sweet tooth around Charlotte and Lake Norman this holiday season.

(Looking for Chocolates to share this season? Our Round Up of favorites is HERE. And local bakeries, not just for sweets? HERE.)



Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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Nona’s Sweets Bakery | 1520 Overland Park Lane, Suite 1-107

Expect a variety of sweet treats handmade by a mother-daughter team, including:

Cookies ~ Colorful spumoni cookies (pictured), traditional butter, jam shortbread, jumbo linzer, Italian wedding and more classic takes. View all current offerings here.
Cupcakes ~ Tap into your inner-baker at their Cupcake Bar where you can choose from eight standard and one featured cake flavor as well as multiple buttercream options.


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Copain Gatherings | Online ordering

Ahead of opening their retail location in SouthPark, Copain Gatherings is ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with cookies available by the dozen. Try traditional gingerbread, oatmeal scotchies, oatmeal cream pies, chocolate chip and more. View all offerings here.


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The Blushing Bake Shop | Just outside 485 on South Tryon

This bakery has been offering sweet treats in Charlotte since 2009. Ask about their gluten-free, vegan, eggless or reduced sugar options.

Cookies ~ A go-to for custom sugar cookie orders and more.
Cupcakes ~ Over 80 flavors to choose from, each baked-to-order. Options include: Snickerdoodle, Hummingbird, Salted Caramel Brownie, Cherry Cheesecake, Hot Cocoa and about 20 alcohol-infused cupcakes like Champagne White Russian, Irish Car Bomb, Rum Chata.


Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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Fumanchu Cupcakes | Central Crossing Shopping Center

Owner Andy Jackson finds cupcake inspiration in music, alcohol and fresh ingredients – so it’s fair to say this is your go-to for one-of-a-kind flavors.

Cupcakes ~ Try alcohol infused cupcakes like an Irish Car Bomb, Blueberry Moonshine, Lemon Drop Shot, Black Out Chocolate Stout, Old Fashioned, White Russian, Margarita and more. Non-alcoholic cupcake flavors include salted caramel bacon, French toast and sriracha.
Cookies ~ They also offer oatmeal raisin and sea salt chocolate chip cookies. For a twist, order the Oatmeal Raisin Sandwich: two cookies with a Kahlua, Amaretto & Frangelico frosting filling.


Suarez Bakery | Park Road Shopping Center

A Charlotte staple for festive sugar cookies and other delectable treats. Stop by before heading to the in-laws or an office get-together to become the talk of the gathering.

Cookies ~ Holiday themed hand-iced or sugar-coated sugar cookies, along with other classic and specialty flavors: shortbread thumbprints, almond horns, ginger molasses, coconut macaroons and more.

Cupcakes ~ Seasonal variations include peppermint marshmallow, salted caramel macchiato, snow cap and egg nog, plus classics like vanilla fudge, red velvet, chocolate and vanilla.


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Milk Mustache Cookies | Online order or at Nostalgia Hollow in Kannapolis. 

Order these delectable treats online for easy pick-up or shipping. They have a seasonal specialty and year-round flavors like fruity pebbles, coco-choco almond, Nutella crunch and more. They also have cakes where oversized cookies are stacked with layers of buttercream.


Amélie’s French Bakery | Four locations in Charlotte and Rock Hill

Cookies ~ In addition to their seasonal and classic macarons, Amelie’s winter menu offers a variety of festive cookies: vanilla bean espresso sablé cookies, Mona Lisa Pâte Sucrée cookies (complete with royal icing sunglasses) and raspberry linzer cookies.


Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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Tizzerts | 4209-F Stuart Andrew Blvd.

Cupcakes ~ In addition to everyday favorites, try seasonal flavors like ginger cookie blizzard, chocolate peppermint, “winter wonderland” with meringue buttercream, white chocolate chips, and crystalized sugar and “let it snow” with blue buttercream and sugar snowflake sprinkles.


Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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Sunflour Bakery |  Four locations (3 in Charlotte and 1 in Harrisburg)

This favorite for everything from cheddar biscuits to bakery treats also offers the following cookie and cupcake variations:

Cookies ~ Classic flavors, plus the fleur de sel dark chocolate cookie loaded with bittersweet chips, topped with sea salt, chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookies and rotating varieties.

Cupcakes ~ Mocha latte, French toast, almond raspberry, carrot cake and more, plus mix and match ready-to-eat layered cupcakes in shippable containers.


Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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Nova’s Bakery | Four locations as well as a Farmer’s Market booth

A family-run shop that’s expanded across Charlotte.

Cookies ~ View all the classic flavors like gingerbread, M&M and red velvet plus the ingredient list, here.


North of Charlotte

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Patisserie Cafe | Two locations in Mooresville

In Mooresville, Patisserie Cafe serves up a healthy menu of bakery treats, including the following traditional cookie flavors:

Cookies ~ Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar, Holiday Sprinkle Cookie, Spanish Wedding Cookies.


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Cyn Tucci’s New York Style Bakery | Mooresville

Cookies ~ Cookie trays of all sorts, however their specialty is butter cookies that are available in one, two, three, or four pound sizes.


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The Bakery Shoppe | 9606 Sherrill Estates Rd., Huntersville

Whether you’re looking for a special treat “just because” or need a party tray full of crowd-pleasing favorites, start your search at Huntersville’s The Bakery Shoppe. You’ll find:

Cookies ~ Crescent cookies, brownie cookies, cutout cookies, fliparoos, peanut butter chocolate, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin and even giant cookie cakes.
Cupcakes ~ Create your own by choosing a cake flavor, icing, a mousse for filling and even a chocolate-covered strawberry on top.


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Heart 2 Heart Bakery | 18409 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius

Cookies ~ Expect your favorite go-to flavors like oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter and lemon.
Cupcakes ~ Call ahead to see which specialty flavors are available: 704.765.1068.


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Dough New York Style Bakery | 360 Exchange St. Suite 111, Concord

Cookies ~ Cranberry white chocolate, chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, espresso chip, gourmet black and white, gourmet lemon blueberry, gourmet garbage cookie and more. View all tasty options.
Cupcakes ~ Flavors include mint chip, oreo, raspberry dream, s’mores, Italian creme and more. View all specialty cupcake offerings.


East of Charlotte

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Daphne’s Bakery | 7609 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill
Cupcakes ~ Look for flavors like coconut pecan, carrot cake, almond wedding cake, Boston cream pie and more. Tempt your sweet tooth with all of their cupcake offerings here.

South of Charlotte

Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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Cupcrazed | Now with two locations, Rock Hill and Charlotte off of Park Road

Cookies ~ Everyday flavors are peanut butter, chocolate chip and funfetti. “Crazy” cookies are uniquely designed as pictured above.
Cupcakes ~ Everyday flavors are double vanilla, vanilla chocolate, double chocolate, chocolate buttercream, carrot cake and red velvet. Specials include apple pie, triple-salted caramel, cinnamon roll, gingerbread and more.


Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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Cupcake Delirium | 219 Main St., Pineville

Cupcakes ~ Expect fun and unexpected flavors like animal crackers, golden Oreo, vanilla funfetti, black bottom, strawberry fields, French toast blueberry, death by chocolate, snickerdoodle and about 20 more! Check out the full specialty line-up here.



West of Charlotte

Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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Queen Bee Bakery | 108 South Main St., Mount Holly

Cookies ~ Look for flavors like cookie cup, Heath bar, key lime cooler, lemon crinkle, M&Ms, pecan shortbread, seven-Layer Cookie, shortbread, sugar, white chocolate macadamia nut and more.
Cupcakes ~ Your sweet tooth will never get bored with flavors like banana peanut butter, blackberry, blackberry lemonade, blueberry lemonade, Boston cream, butter pecan, cherry lemon Sundrop, Andes mint chocolate chip and more.


Charlotte cupcakes and Charlotte cookies
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BW Sweets Bakery | 5821 E WT Harris Blvd. 

Cookies ~ Freshly baked flavors include red velvet, chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, macadamia nut, Reese’s cup and oatmeal raisin.
Cupcakes ~Look for flavors like vanilla, chocolate, coconut, cookies and cream, strawberry, lemon, key lime, almond and more. Plus, alcohol-infused flavors like pink champagne, key lime patron, Bailey’s chocolate, orange mimosa, Hennessy and pina colada.




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