Six options to satisfy the sweet tooth of your holiday-party guests

Hosting holiday parties can be more stressful than fun. But don’t freak out. You can have both your holiday spirit and your sanity by calling in reinforcements to help with dessert. These six local bakeries offer catering options that are sure to leave your guests in blissful sugar comas – and relax your nerves.

Best Regards Bakery & Café
6759 West 119th Street, Overland Park
913-912-7238 |

For 20 years, Robert and Cherrie Duensing have been baking yummy cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, breads and big gooey cinnamon rolls.

Best Regards offers about 10 types of cookies, each weighing a quarter-pound (if you really want to spoil your guests). A slightly smaller size makes up the one- and two-dozen-cookie party platters. Cookies to choose from include the thick and soft apple pie, cranberry-orange, oatmeal toffee winter, chocolate avalanche, oatmeal raisin, decorated sugar and signature chocolate chip. The Duensings make each cookie an experience.

The Classic Cookie & Cafe
409 West Gregory Boulevard
816-444-1933 |

Classic Cookie owner-baker Leslie Stockard and her team have perfected their chocolate-chip cookie recipe. Stockard’s cookies are chewy, chocolatey favorites.

The Classic Cookie also bakes chocolate chocolate chip, chocolate chip nut, peanut butter, ginger (a nostalgic seasonal favorite), snickerdoodles, chocolate peanut butter chip (the best of two worlds), oatmeal scotchies, oatmeal raisin chip, oatmeal raisin nut, and white chocolate chip. And the bakery does a 12-inch, party-ready cookie. If you’re looking for something a bit smaller for gift giving, the Classic Cookie sells small and large tins of cookies. You can pick up an order in-store or take advantage of the delivery service.

Milk & Honey

Pastry enthusiasts Karina Parreño and Casey Conner are masters of the “it” cookie: the French macaron. Their macarons are locally sourced, handcrafted, all-natural and gluten-free.

Following a 32-step process, Parreño and Conner create flavors such as salted caramel, hazelnut mocha, pistachio, bananas Foster, lavender vanilla bean, pumpkin spice, chai and apricot almond. These puffy little tastebud temptations feature a light, crunchy outer layer with a soft, chewy center.

Milk & Honey macarons are available by custom order as well as at the Roasterie, 3 Women & an Oven, Chez Elle, Cosentino’s and Nordstrom Café.

Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott
4745 Central
816-960-7096 |

Since 2005, Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott has become a sweet tradition in Kansas City, offering French pastries (croissants and cream puffs), handcrafted desserts (pies and tarts), cookies (two dozen varieties) and mouthwatering signature cakes.

Led by mother-daughter team Vicki and Natasha Goellner, Natasha’s catering has a little something on the menu for everyone. Their sweets are created with silky buttercream, decadent chocolate, light-as-air meringue and heavenly cake layers.

Look for their French macarons and other goodies at Dean & DeLuca and Parisi Café.

Sugar Mamma’s Bakery/Café
4173 North Mulberry Drive
816-437-8044 |

This Northland bakery is ready for custom orders of cookies, cakes, pies, cake balls and cupcakes. It offers 30 cupcake varieties, with holiday favorites such as red velvet, dulce de leche and spumoni. On the cookie front, the bakery has a variety, including the traditional chocolate chip and snickerdoodle and the not-so-traditional iced red velvet.

Sugar Mamma’s version of cake balls – the trendy, bite-sized cake roundies dipped in icing – come in different flavors on different days, including chocolate and vanilla and, for the more adventurous, German chocolate and strawberry champagne.

Swoon Cookie Crafters
1668 Jefferson
913-687-6233 |

A family recipe using only natural ingredients takes on new life in the creative hands of Swoon founders Sofia Varanka Hudson and Lauren Wendlandt. Their tasty iced and sprinkled cookies are available by the dozen for parties or can be individually packaged as a sweet parting gift for guests. Gluten-free cookies are available by request.

The regular and deluxe Christmas cookie assortments feature confectionary masterpieces shaped and designed as trees, candy canes, stockings and wreaths. The winter cookie collection of snowflakes, snowmen, hats and mittens will warm your heart. Swoon also makes Hanukkah and New Year’s cookies. They are pieces of art that fit in your hand – and your mouth.