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Let These 14 Maine Bakeries Handle All Your Holiday Needs

Satisfy that seasonal sweet tooth.

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Packed with frequent potluck parties and overnight guests, the holidays demand the finest sweets. Whether it's simple sugar cookies to leave out for Santa and his reindeer or eggy Challah bread to make French toast for a late breakfast, finding the right baked goods is paramount this season. Head to these 13 bakeries (and one restaurant) throughout Maine to find outstanding versions of must-have traditional treats. Pro tip: Many of these establishments have an order-by date of December 21st or earlier, so don't delay.

Note: map points are ordered south to north.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Cherie's

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Kennebunkers love this bakery for owner Cherie Davis' fruit pies, and the holidays bring a special menu of cookie platters, cheesecakes, and tea breads. There's also a wide selection of brunch baked goods like cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, and danishes.

Fernleaf Bakery and Coffee House

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This downtown Saco bakery and coffee shop offers fruit pies, cakes, and cheesecakes, as well as baked treats for brunch and dinner rolls. The adorable Christmas tree cupcakes or yule logs will surely be the most talked-about desserts at the potluck.

Scratch Baking Co.

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Look for a steady expansion of this popular bakery's holiday menu throughout December — the latest roll out is a buttermilk chess pie topped with cranberries and Chantilly cream. And if you're looking to win best host of the year, brave the cutthroat, early morning scene at the shop for some of its fresh-baked bagels.

The Standard Baking Co.

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In addition to its regular craveable treats, this classic Portland bakery offers a holiday menu of apple galettes, chocolate hazelnut torts, bundt cakes, and more. Definitely don't miss the soft yeast rolls to accompany your holiday dinner.

Piccolo

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Chef Damian Sansonetti and pastry chef Ilma Lopez, the couple behind this Italian restaurant, are offering outrageous-sounding holiday baked goods this year. Call to order maple pie, brown butter sugar cookies by the half-pound, s'mores pie (graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow, and hazelnuts), or chocolate amaretto "tronco di natale," "kind of like an Italian version of a yule log," Lopez explains.

Two Fat Cats Bakery

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While this India Street bakery is best known for its fruit pies, the holiday menu offers a wide variety of desserts, from the traditional yule log to platters of cookies, whoopie pies (the best in town), and bars.

Katie Made Bakery

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This diminutive bakery turns out big flavor for the holidays in its cakes, pies, and cheesecakes. The sweet holiday sugar cookies are sure to brighten any party and the cranberry walnut scones are lovely for lazy brunches.

Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe

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Why stop at dessert when you can order a whole holiday dinner from this bakery in Brunswick's Tontine Mall? From comforting chicken pot pie to vegan eggnog pudding with chia seeds, you're sure to find something to please all of your guests.

Italian Bakery

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It's no surprise that cannolis reign supreme at this traditional Lewiston bakery; other Italian favorites like tiramisu, limoncello cake, and Sicilian bread round out the holiday menu.

Atlantic Baking Company

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This Main St. shop in Rockland is churning out holiday specials daily, from gingerbread men to cranberry eggnog bread. Midcoast foodies recommend the stollen, a traditional rum-soaked German Christmas bread, and the tourtière, French-Canadian meat pie.

Frank's Bake Shop

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Bangorians with a sweet tooth stop by Frank's, a 70-year-old institution, for some of the area's best cakes, cookie baskets, and even gluten-free fruitcakes.

Cherie's

Kennebunkers love this bakery for owner Cherie Davis' fruit pies, and the holidays bring a special menu of cookie platters, cheesecakes, and tea breads. There's also a wide selection of brunch baked goods like cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, and danishes.

Fernleaf Bakery and Coffee House

This downtown Saco bakery and coffee shop offers fruit pies, cakes, and cheesecakes, as well as baked treats for brunch and dinner rolls. The adorable Christmas tree cupcakes or yule logs will surely be the most talked-about desserts at the potluck.

Scratch Baking Co.

Look for a steady expansion of this popular bakery's holiday menu throughout December — the latest roll out is a buttermilk chess pie topped with cranberries and Chantilly cream. And if you're looking to win best host of the year, brave the cutthroat, early morning scene at the shop for some of its fresh-baked bagels.

The Standard Baking Co.

In addition to its regular craveable treats, this classic Portland bakery offers a holiday menu of apple galettes, chocolate hazelnut torts, bundt cakes, and more. Definitely don't miss the soft yeast rolls to accompany your holiday dinner.

Piccolo

Chef Damian Sansonetti and pastry chef Ilma Lopez, the couple behind this Italian restaurant, are offering outrageous-sounding holiday baked goods this year. Call to order maple pie, brown butter sugar cookies by the half-pound, s'mores pie (graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow, and hazelnuts), or chocolate amaretto "tronco di natale," "kind of like an Italian version of a yule log," Lopez explains.

Two Fat Cats Bakery

While this India Street bakery is best known for its fruit pies, the holiday menu offers a wide variety of desserts, from the traditional yule log to platters of cookies, whoopie pies (the best in town), and bars.

Katie Made Bakery

This diminutive bakery turns out big flavor for the holidays in its cakes, pies, and cheesecakes. The sweet holiday sugar cookies are sure to brighten any party and the cranberry walnut scones are lovely for lazy brunches.

Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe

Why stop at dessert when you can order a whole holiday dinner from this bakery in Brunswick's Tontine Mall? From comforting chicken pot pie to vegan eggnog pudding with chia seeds, you're sure to find something to please all of your guests.

Italian Bakery

It's no surprise that cannolis reign supreme at this traditional Lewiston bakery; other Italian favorites like tiramisu, limoncello cake, and Sicilian bread round out the holiday menu.

Atlantic Baking Company

This Main St. shop in Rockland is churning out holiday specials daily, from gingerbread men to cranberry eggnog bread. Midcoast foodies recommend the stollen, a traditional rum-soaked German Christmas bread, and the tourtière, French-Canadian meat pie.

Frank's Bake Shop

Bangorians with a sweet tooth stop by Frank's, a 70-year-old institution, for some of the area's best cakes, cookie baskets, and even gluten-free fruitcakes.