Too Busy for Holiday Baking? Check Out These Local Spots


By Cindy Arora

For some, the day after Halloween begins the greatest season of all — baking season. 

Cookie cutters are taken out of the cupboard, butter and cinnamon are stocked in bulk and those old beloved family recipes are dusted off as home bakers put together their holiday dessert menus. 

But for those who are short on time or who simply don’t know their way around a spice rack — fear not! San Dimas has a number of local businesses happy to put on an apron and bake those cookies, pies and cakes for your holiday festivities. 

We put together a list of local businesses that have created holiday menus to help during the whirlwind of potlucks, office parties, cookie exchanges and family brunches.

Get your orders in early and support these San Dimas businesses.

Palermo Cafe & Bakery
This charming Via Verde bakery and café has everything you need to get through the holiday season. From traditional pumpkin and pecan pies for Thanksgiving to custom-designed sugar cookies, Black Forest cakes, tiramisu and Christmas cannolis, Palermo is a one-stop shop for all things holiday. For those looking to leave the cooking to someone else this year, Palermo also offers a savory menu including full Thanksgiving meals for two to 20 people, prime rib dinners and Italian family-style dinners. Palermo Cafe & Bakery, 1124 Via Verde Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773,

Pumpkin pies from Palermo Cafe & Bakery, 1124 Via Verde Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773. Photo courtesy: Palermo Cafe & Bakery

Twisted Sage
Found along Foothill Boulevard, this local favorite has been wowing locals with their biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos and oversized burgers. If you want to impress your family with a breakfast dessert they won’t forget this holiday season, try this spot’s “twist” on the classic bread pudding made with croissants and caramel and topped with crunchy bits of candied maple bacon. This homage to comfort food will become a holiday favorite. Twisted Sage, 433 E. Foothill Blvd., San Dimas, CA 91773, 

Candied Bacon Bread Pudding from Twisted Sage, 433 E. Foothill Blvd., San Dimas, CA 91773. Photo: Phil Ebiner

Wildflower Honey Coffee
This indie traveling coffee company serves up cold brew and Shark Attack lemonades (grenadine and gummy sharks) at the San Dimas Farmers Market in the summertime. But this holiday season, Wildflower Honey Coffee turns cold coffees into cozy hot ones with its line of holiday cocoa bombs. Wildflower offers  a traditional chocolate bomb made with a chocolate shell and filled with cocoa and marshmallows; a salted caramel bomb that brings chocolate, caramel and marshmallows into one; and The Mean One, a grinchy, green-shelled cocoa bomb filled with marshmallows and red candy hearts, which could make your heart grow three sizes after one sip. Wildflower Honey Coffee,

Hot cocoa bombs from Wildflower Honey Coffee, Photo courtesy: Wildflower Honey Coffee

Butter Cafe & Bakery
This quintessential neighborhood bakery is the perfect place to pick up a baker’s dozen of everything from cinnamon rolls to coffee cake, muffins, brownies and oversized cookies. The pastry case is filled with eye-catching desserts that will make you the star of the company holiday potluck or the favorite at the cookie exchange. Order ahead to beat the long lines that make this one of San Dimas’ favorite breakfast spots. Butter Cafe & Bakery, 671 E. Bonita Ave., Suite F, San Dimas, CA 91773,

Cinnamon rolls from Butter Cafe & Bakery, 671 E. Bonita Ave., Suite F, San Dimas, CA 91773. Photo: Phil Ebiner

Donut Club
The holiday hero of every office is the one who arrives with the pink box of doughnuts. This doughnut store is found in a shopping center along Arrow Highway and has a local following of folks who have discovered their delicious maple bacon tiger tails and chocolate cake doughnuts. Stop by here for a baker’s dozen of holiday happiness and splurge on their frosted doughnuts with the red and green holiday sprinkles — your coworkers will thank you. Donut Club is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Donut Club, 861 W. Arrow Hwy., San Dimas, CA 91773,

Assorted doughnuts from Donut Club, 861 W. Arrow Hwy., San Dimas, CA 91773. Photo: Phil Ebiner


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