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Miami's Best Christmas and Hanukkah Treats

Christmas-inspired frozen delights at Dasher & Crank.
Christmas-inspired frozen delights at Dasher & Crank. Courtesy of Dasher & Crank
click to enlarge Christmas-inspired frozen delights at Dasher & Crank. - COURTESY OF DASHER & CRANK
Christmas-inspired frozen delights at Dasher & Crank.
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'Tis the season for sweets. Whether you're a traditionalist who craves sugar cookies or an out-of-the-box eater ready to sate your sweet tooth with something unique, Miami's purveyors of sugar are going all out for the holidays.

So scrap the ho-hum fruitcake and give yourself something worth the calories. From coquito ice cream to candy-cane doughnuts, Miami's most festive treats await.
click to enlarge Hanukkah-inspired frozen delights at Dasher & Crank. - COURTESY OF DASHER & CRANK
Hanukkah-inspired frozen delights at Dasher & Crank.
Courtesy of Dasher & Crank

Dasher & Crank

2211 NW Second Ave., Miami
305- 213-1569
dasherandcrank.com

The team at Dasher & Crank dishes out some outrageous flavors, and the holidays are no exception. From a Hanukkah latke treat made with sour cream–flavored ice cream, apple sauce, and a crisp latke, to eggnog custard bedizened with zesty gingerbread and a candy-cane crumble, these holiday must-haves cost $5 apiece.
click to enlarge Santa's cookie cupcake at Dbakers. - COURTESY OF DBAKERS
Santa's cookie cupcake at Dbakers.
Courtesy of Dbakers

Dbakers Sweet Studio

3501 NE Second Ave., Miami
786-310-8763
dbakers.us
The Midtown bakery is offering a slew of holiday treats. Choose from an assortment of festive cupcakes such as Santa's Cookie — an adorable confection crowned with vanilla buttercream, sprinkles, and a bite-size Christmas cookie. Other must-try flavors are the Nutella gingerbread — a Nutella-fudge-filled cupcake festooned with gingerbread frosting. A box of six costs $18.50.
click to enlarge At Ember, indulge in a heavenly slice of maduro pie served with a dollop of Coquito ice cream. - COURTESY OF EMBER
At Ember, indulge in a heavenly slice of maduro pie served with a dollop of Coquito ice cream.
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Ember

151 NE 41st St., Miami
786-334-6494
embermiami.com

Brad Kilgore's haute eatery might not be an obvious choice for holiday treats, but Ember's maduro pie is the embodiment of Christmas in Miami. Crafted with layers of brown-buttered maduros (sweet plantains) and toasted coconut meringue, this decadent masterpiece is served with a dollop of coquito ice cream. Grab a slice for $12.

click to enlarge Night Owl's ooey-gooey coquito cookie. - COURTESY OF NIGHT OWL COOKIES
Night Owl's ooey-gooey coquito cookie.
Courtesy of Night Owl Cookies

Night Owl Cookies

10534 SW Eighth St., Miami
786-360-5011
nightowlcookieco.com

If you crave unadulterated extravagance, Night Owl's indulgent coquito cookie is a must. Made with the bakery's signature chocolate chip cookie dough, this colossal cookie bursts with coquito ganache, crushed Spanish nougat, and a creamy coquito drizzle ($3.75).
click to enlarge Festive Doughees blanketed in holiday sprinkles. - COURTESY OF M DOUGH W
Festive Doughees blanketed in holiday sprinkles.
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M Dough W

doughees.com

Jazz up Santa's cookie plate with these adorable sugar-cookie morsels, blanketed in cookies and cream chocolate and multicolored sprinkles. Create an assortment of a dozen with additional flavors such as chocolate peanut butter and snickerdoodle fused with toffee and gingerbread cookie for $49.99 online.
click to enlarge White chocolate peppermint doughnuts from the Salty Donut. - COURTESY OF THE SALTY DONUT
White chocolate peppermint doughnuts from the Salty Donut.
Courtesy of the Salty Donut

The Salty Donut

50 NW 23rd St., Miami
305-639-8501
saltydonut.com
Order ahead and give yourself all three of the Salty Donut's holiday flavors. This year's collection includes a cane-shaped white chocolate peppermint doughnut showered with crushed peppermint candy ($3.25); a 24-hour brioche doughnut adorned with a ginger cookie and Swiss buttercream ($4); and a strawberry sufganiyot — a jelly doughnut typically enjoyed during Hanukkah — erupting with jam and powdered sugar ($2.25).
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Attorney by day, foodie by night, Elena Vivas is a regular food and beverage contributor for Miami New Times. She was also an expert columnist for Foodable TV and a food editor for tropicult.com.
Contact: Elena Vivas