Wisconsin’s Holiday Cookie Trail is the Winter Tradition Your Family Needs

By Christina Lorey

November 6, 2022

12 bakeries. 3.5 hours. Up for the challenge?

Lifestyle website Only in Your State mapped out the perfect road-trip for holiday cookie lovers: a winding path along the eastern side of the state that leads you to some of Wisconsin’s best bakeries.

You can find an editable version of this map here(Google only allows for 10 addresses at once, so the map starts in Wauwatosa and ends in De Pere, but you’ll need to direct it to the specific bakeries once you start driving!)

Stop #1: La Tarte Bakery
6742 W Wells St.

Order: Festively-Frosted Cut-Out Cookies 
BONUS: Call ahead, and the bakery will put together a custom gift box (a great hostess gift for a holiday party!)

Stop #2: Peter Sciortino Bakery
1101 E Brady St.

Order: Italian Butter Cookies (sold by the pound, to-go)

Stop #3: Mila’s European Bakery
239 N. Main St.

Order: Cream Cheese Almond Cookies
BONUS: The cream cheese bars, in flavors like Apple Walnut, Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry, are addicting!

Stop #4: Boulangerie du Monde
W62 N588 Washington Ave.
Order: Chocolate Chip Cookies and Perfectly-Chewy Parisian Macarons

Stop #5: Daily Baking Company
211 N. Franklin St.
Port Washington

Order: Key Lime, Chocolate Cherry Pecan, and/or Molasses Spice Cookies 

Stop #6: Johnston’s Bakery
1227 Superior Ave.

Order: Sugar Cookies with Seasonal Sprinkles (with a hot mocha mint—a customer favorite)
BONUS: If you pack a cooler, you can take home frozen cookie dough!

Stop #7: Oostburg Bakery
16 N. 10th St.

Order: Frozen-Themed Cookies (we recommend the ones with Olaf!)

Stop #8: French Creek Bakery
205 S. Packer Dr.
Francis Creek

Order: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake (served whole or by the slice)
BONUS: The bakery’s cinnamon rolls are as big as your head AND taste just as impressive.

Stop #9: Simple Simon Bakery
218 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Order: “Ugly Sweater” Cookies

Stop #10: Manderfield’s Home Bakery
W3176 Springfield Dr.

Order: Pumpkin Nut and Iced Cut-Out Holiday Cookies
BONUS: With more than 100 different cookie cutters and stencils, you can call ahead, and bakers will customize a cookie for you.

Stop #11: Alpha Delights Bakery 
143 N. Wisconsin St.
De Pere

Order: Florentines, Tea Cookies, and/or Snickerdoodles (anything from the bakery’s Christmas corner is delicious!)

Stop #12: Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe 
1840 Dickinson Rd.
De Pere

Order: Double Doozies (a cookie/icing sandwich) 
BONUS: Take home a Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle— it has more than 1,400 5-star reviews and was named the Best Kringle in North America!


  • Christina Lorey

    Christina is an Edward R. Murrow-winning journalist and former producer, reporter, and anchor for TV stations in Madison and Moline. When she’s not writing or asking questions, you can find her volunteering with Girls on the Run, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various mental health organizations.

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