Holiday International Treats

Finding the best holiday baked goods with international inspiration

You can find Bouche de Noël, a traditional French holiday dessert, at Le Rendez Vous Bakery in Colebrook.

Santa's sleigh arcs over the globe, lit by moonlight and the stars, to visit children in every country of the world, and in each destination special cookies and confections are being prepared. Here in New Hampshire, we can make that journey with Santa. Our international bakeries are hard at work making special treats to keep spirits merry and bright for the holidays. Follow the sleigh bells...



German John's Bakery
5 W. Main St.

German Christmas Specialties Lebkuchen (Christmas cookies made with honey), stollen (sweet bread with nuts and fruit), pfeffernusse (spiced cookies) and anisplatzchen (frosted anise seed cookies) are made with natural ingredients and no preservatives.

Tip: Buy one of their warm, soft German pretzels for Rudolf.


Le Rendez Vous Bakery
121 Main St.

Bouche de Noël


A luscious yule log traditionally served in French homes on Christmas Eve, which is a rolled layer of sponge cake spread with frosting and shaped to resemble a log in the forest. This chocolate fantasy serves 8 and is made by Parisians who opened a cozy French bakery and café in the North Country.

Tip: Only available the week of Christmas.


Café Nostimo
Madison Village
73 Mirona Rd.

Greek Holiday Cookies

Finikia (cinnamon orange cookies dipped in syrup then rolled in crushed walnuts) and kourbiethes (crescent-shaped almond butter cookies rolled in powdered sugar) are specialties at this authentic Greek bakery.

Tip: You'll eat most of them on the way home, so better buy extra.


Lala's Hungarian Pastry and Restaurant
836 Elm St.

Candied Turkish Delight Fruitcake

A light-colored fruitcake full of chopped Turkish Delight jewel-colored jellies, this holiday treat is a rare find. Lala's is also whipping up more than 30 types of festively decorated Christmas cookies and making his walnut, poppy and chocolate loaf cakes for the season.

Tip: He's really an elf.


Pao Brazilian Café and Bakery
170 Main St.


Tapioca pearls are marinated in red wine, then cooked in red wine, sugar and cinnamon until the mixture almost reaches the jam stage, then it is topped with a vanilla custard for this traditional Brazilian holiday-themed dessert.

Tip: Add their crystallized fruitcake and dense honey cake to your sleigh for gifts.



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