Decorated Christmas cookies are a beloved holiday tradition. Many families gather together to bake and decorate hundreds of cookies that they give to friends. Fluff Bake Bar has also embraced the holiday tradition, but with a slight twist.
The Midtown bakery has added ugly Christmas sweater cookies to the usual array of snowmen, snowflakes and reindeer. They're decorated versions of the bakery's classic sugar cookies.
"Somebody saw a sweater cookie cutter online. I was, like, 'Let’s make ugly sweaters,'" Fluff chef/owner Rebecca Masson tells CultureMap. "I mean ugly sweaters are such a part of Christmas. How many ugly sweaters has your grandma given you?"
Pastry cook Kim Zapata is responsible for the designs, which range from the cheeky "Happy Birthday, Jesus" to more sedate fare. Masson says they tried to work in a "Santasaurus Rex," but the dinosaur's head kept falling off the rest of the cookie.
The cookies are available now for $4 each. Those seeking more than a few at a time should probably call ahead to order.
For a more traditional option, Fluff will also be selling the generously sized stump de noel ($46): a six-inch tall, six-inch in diameter twist on the classic buche de noel made with devil's food cake and salted caramel buttercream. Diners may also want to consider purchasing the pistachio cake topped with whipped marscapone that Masson served at Sunday's fundraiser for popular foodie Liz Fenton.
Perhaps Masson and Zapata have started a trend. On Wednesday, Montrose restaurant Paulie's posted a few ugly sweater cookies of their own to Instagram. Regardless of who's baking them, ugly sweater cookies are one holiday tradition anyone can enjoy.