Fournos Bakery is undoubtedly one of Joburg's most loved spots for cookies and coffee. Over the Christmas period, their ovens pump out hundreds of traditional Greek and Italian biscuits a day. Get your hands on buttery, sweet Greek shortbread or Melomakarona - spicy Greek biscuits dipped in honey. Or, embrace the Dutch heritage and gobble down a few Speculaas biscuits. While these may be more suited to European cold Christmases, they are still perfectly enjoyable in the summer heat. You can also leave a few for Santa under the Christmas tree!

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De Backery 

Now that you have sampled a taste of divine Dutch Christmas cookies, visit De Backery in Edenvale, a proud Dutch bakery that has been in operation as a family business since 1963. With a range of imported Dutch sweets and the best raisin bread in Joburg (we dare you to deny this), De Backery is the perfect place to shop for all your Christmas time treats. Their variety of cookies includes, Bokkepootjes, Butter Biscuits, Honey Biscuits, Ginger Biscuits, Amsterdammetjes, Bitterkoekjes and savoury Cheese Straws. These are addictive to say the least!

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Schwaben Butchery 

We know what you must be thinking. Christmas cookies from a butchery? But, the Schwaben Butcher in Meadowdale is about a whole lot more than just smoked sausages and cured meats. This home of traditional German foods goes all out for Christmas, offering imported German sweets, sauces and baked goods. They also make their own biscuit hampers, ideal as gifts for friends and family. This quaint deli is a must-visit over the festive season, so make your way there as soon as possible.

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A Little Something

If its perfectly piped Christmas cookies you are after, then look no further than A Little Something in Fourways. Their expert baker is a whizz at crafting characters, iconography and the prettiest flowers on their most delicious little butter biscuits. Think sparkly snowflake cookies and merry Santa Clauses all made out of neat sugar work. A Little Something can also whip up the good old favourites for your Christmas table. We love their jam centre biscuits, lightly dusted in icing sugar. Or, go all out and order a gingerbread nativity scene! Either way, you are sure to have the sweetest Christmas ever.

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Lovesome Cupcakes and Biscuits

Sometimes all you need is a classic cookie made just the way Grandma used to bake them. For the best biscuit gift boxes filled with traditional and gourmet cookies, check out Lovesome Cupcakes and Biscuits. Our top pick for Christmas is the Sugar and Spice box - jam-packed with Ginger Chewies, Lemon Ginger Slices, Cinnamon Pinwheels, Toffee Slices and Date Balls. After all, nothing says Christmas like the delightful marriage of sweet and spicy. But, if that isn't enough to fill your stockings, then order a Fruity Tuti biscuit box, filled with Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies, Lemon Ginger Squares, Florentines, Flake and Almond Slices, Cranberry Nut Biscuits and White Chocolate Biscuits!

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Sugarbear Bakery 

Have you been dumped with an office or family Secret Santa who you know next to nothing about? Sugarbear Bakery is here to save the day with their corporate Christmas Cookie Boxes. Delightful sugar cookies piped with royal icing will have your colleagues brimming from ear to ear. You can order individually wrapped cookies to hand out to as many people as you like, or have them stacked into a cute jar complete with red ribbon. However, we think that the Festive Square Box is the ideal gift - four Christmas biscuits hidden inside a neat box. Who wouldn't want that?

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Black Forest Bakery 

We all know how impossible it is to make good gingerbread in Joburg summer weather. Instead of a crisp snap, you get soggy ginger cake. So, rather than slave over the oven this Christmas, pop into Black Forest Bakery - a German bakery which believes in making all their products from scratch, using German engineering to bring you the very best pastries, breads and biscuits. Their Christmas range features a variety of German baked goods, including aniseed biscuits, gingerbread and almond cookies, Bunter Teller and coconut macaroons. However, if you are daring enough to brave the gingerbread challenge, they also stock a Do It Yourself Gingerbread House.

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Harck & Hearts 

Or why not have beautifully decorated Christmas cookies delivered right to your door? Harck & Hearts offers a wide range of Christmas cookie goodness, from at-home cookie DIY kits in a range of designs (a perfect festive season activity for you and your loved ones to enjoy); edible and oh-so tasty Christmas tree decorations; lovely gift jars and gift packs perfect for spoiling your family and friends; and of course, let's not forget about their ready-baked Gingerbread House, all you have to do is have fun is assembling it! Sounds like loads of fun!

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Do you know of any other bakeries in Johannesburg that supply Christmas cookies? Let us know about them!

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