Bakeries bail out Santa with last-minute sweets

News-DemocratDecember 22, 2013 

Run out of time to make that batch of holiday cookies? Need a stollen to take to Christmas brunch or coffeecake for a visit to a favorite aunt?

Have no fear of being empty-handed. Area bakeries have their ovens working overtime to accommodate last-minute shoppers.

From fruitcake in O'Fallon to red velvet cake doughnuts in New Baden, here is a list of bakeries that will be open on Christmas Eve day (and in some cases Dec. 23, too):

10th Street Baking, 1021 W. Main St., Belleville -- Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24.

You'll always find a half-dozen or so flavors of gooey butter cake for $7.86. Doughnuts (90 cents to $1.25), coffeecakes ($6.39), small, round frosted cakes and pies also are available. Don't miss the assorted holiday cookies and bar trays, a 40-piece tray for $26 and a 60-piece one for $38. 618-236-3937

Wood Bakery, 115 W. First St., O'Fallon

-- Open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.

Snowmen, reindeer, ornament and springerle cookies are just some of the two to four dozen holiday cookie varieties (on top of the usual big list) offered at Wood. Prices are 75 cents to $1.50 each, with smaller cookies 30 cents each or $3.50 a dozen. Springerle are $7.25 a dozen. Christmas stollen ($6.50) and homemade fruitcake ($17.25 large/$4.49 muffin size) are offered, too. 618-632-5070

Kruta Bakery, 300 St. Louis Road, Collinsville

-- Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24.

Bohemian pastries are the holiday specialty: a folded-over pillowy square filled with fruit and nuts and cheese (85 cents) and sprinkled with powdered sugar. A 1-pound tray of holiday cookies is $12. Or, pick up a round loaf of sweet holiday yeast bread studded with golden raisins. Plus, you'll find doughnuts, nut and poppyseed rolls and stollens. 618-344-1115

A Little Slice of Heaven, 219 Hillsboro Ave., Edwardsville

-- 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24.

While cheesecake is the specialty, you'll find 8-inch square dessert cakes ($8), big holiday cookies for 80 cents each and four kinds of pie ($14.95). The seasonal cheesecake is peppermint bark. Cheesecake is sold by half ($15.50) and full ($35). The business is under new ownership since September, so stop in and say Merry Christmas to Christina and Robert Hohn. 618-659-8569

Berkemann's Bakers Dozen, 115 W. Hanover St., New Baden

--4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

Owner Paul Berkemann and his staff are working like Santa's elves to make sure there are enough red velvet cake doughnuts to go around on Christmas Eve day. Look for lots of holiday sprinkles on other pastries. Plus, pick up a 2-pound tray of holiday cookies (gingersnaps, chocolate dips and more) for $15.72 or a 1-pound box for $7.85. Springerles are $6.65 a pound. While you're there, pick up a pie or a Christmas stollen ($4.70). 618-588-4233.

Ahne's Bakery, 201 W. Mill St., Waterloo

-- Open 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and Dec. 24.

You'll find holiday stollens to feed a crowd: a large wreath-shaped one with fruit, nuts or both, is $28; a smaller rectangular version is $17.98. Plus, a variety of coffeecakes cost $4 to $5. There ae also pies, bread and buns. 618-939-3131

Just cupcakes

The Cup, 1057 Century Drive, Edwardsville

-- Open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24.

If you need just cupcakes, this is the place to go. Not only will you find Peanut Butter Fluff, Raspberry Beret, Cup of Coffee and other flavors, holiday choices include Peppermint Stick, Gingerbread and Black Forest. Priced $2.75 to $3.25. 618-656-2287

Sweet Katie Bee's Cupcakes & Coffee Bar, 212 E. State St., O'Fallon

-- Open 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24.

Regular cupcakes $3 each/$30 dozen; mini cupcakes $1.50 each/$15 dozen/$30 two dozen. Look for oh-so-cute reindeer and Christmas tree treats and Peppermint Bark and other holiday cupcakes. 618-622-9930

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