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The best sweet treats and desserts to indulge in this Christmas

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Christmas in Hong Kong is a magical occasion. Even in these uncertain times, we can still enjoy festive elements of the holiday season. And what better way to brighten up the day than with luscious cakes, sweet treats, and desserts made by the city's best bakers, patisseries, chocolatiers, and more. Whether you’re looking for a centrepiece for your Christmas dinner or looking to gift someone who truly deserves it – perhaps that someone is you! – we've got just the thing to sweeten up your holiday. By Fontaine Cheng and Kate Lowe

RECOMMENDED: For more sweet ideas this Christmas, check out what The Peninsula Boutique has going on, or opt for festive-themed cakes from Ms B's Cakery. Plus, you can eat well and do good this year with the 12 Days of Christmas charity campaign.

The best Christmas treats and desserts to indulge in

Cookie Vission
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Cookie Vission

Online cookie store Cookie Vission has a vision indeed – cookie eaters should get to celebrate Christmas with a yule log too. The yule log cookie ($65) blows any typical cookie out of the water, sitting on matcha sponge cake 'moss' and espresso chocolate crumble 'soil', next to a meringue mushroom. It comes in two flavours: chocolate dough with cacao nibs, raspberry compote, and raspberry ganache glaze, or spiced dough loaded with hazelnut, raspberry compote, and praline.

For those who want more variety, the cookie gift box ($320) might be a better deal with eight cookies in the flavours of oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip pecan, epic chocolate, Portuguese egg tart, spiced s’mores, Nutella hazelnut, along with two Christmas specials: the matcha vanilla cranberry cookie, with white chocolate ganache filling infused with Madagascar vanilla and cranberries, and the gingerbread eggnog cookie, filled with eggnog pudding and topped with parmesan cheese crumble. Or pick up the Christmas specials on their own ($50). 

Order them online here

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  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Central

If life is like a box of chocolates, then Christmas most certainly is too. Godiva’s holiday chocolates for 2020 include a whole host of delectable flavours including pecan praline milk chocolate, cocoa dark chocolate, and a striking raspberry white chocolate dusted with pink edible glitter, just to name a few. Perfect for gifting, find them in a variety of gift boxes, including an impressive 42-piece holiday chocolate luxury box ($1,969), a 15-piece truffle gift box ($618), or the holiday chocolate gift box (available with 30 pieces; $888, 18 pieces; $498, 10 pieces; $348, or 4 pieces $158). For something that will last, go for the Holiday Horse Keepsake Carre ($198). Their early bird offer is on until December 13 which offers a 10 percent discount on any purchase of two or more holiday collection gift boxes.

Visit the full list of Godiva stores and counters here.

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Butter
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Butter

Hearty quality is an essential element to look for in American cuisine, and cake brand Butter really nails it. Popping up at Landmark in Central from December 2020 to May 2021, the store will have nine of Butter’s most popular desserts available by the slice, just in time for the festive season. While international superstar desserts such as apple pie ($80), cherry pie ($80), and New York cheesecake ($90) are on the menu (and they come highly recommended), Butter is keen to introduce Hong Kong diners to slightly harder-to-find American classics like banana cream pie ($90), Tennessee whiskey caramel pecan pie ($90), and pineapple upside-down cake ($90).

In a bid to start a new Christmas tradition, Butter will also be offering a red velvet candy cane cake ($90) from mid-December, which you can wash down with a classic root beer float ($70) made from their homemade small-batch root beer, a drink we argue has a place in the Christmas spiced drink pantheon.

Grab a slice of happiness at their six-month pop-up, which will be held at Shop 239, 2/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Rd C, Central, or head to their online website to order the whole cake here.

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  • Central

The tannic balance offered by tea can make for a next-level dessert. Tea WG is offering a series of patisseries infused with their own teas for Christmas, including the Earl Grey chocolate brûlée ($360), a creme brûlée with an almond streusel base and chocolate mousse infused with French Earl Grey and decorated with mini chocolate log cakes.

For something smaller, check out their mini cakes ($48), which include the yuzu and roses cream cheese madeleine, infused with bain de roses tea and topped with mango; the sakura black forest, a chocolate sponge topped with Sakura! Sakura! tea-infused chocolate mousse, cherry filling, vanilla kirsch liquor mousse and chocolate shavings; and the coconut passionfruit madeleine with vanilla bourbon cream puff.

All items are available from December 1 for takeaway at Tea WG salons and boutiques, or dine-in at Tea WG Salons and Boutiques in IFC and Festival Walk. You can also order in advance for delivery or pick-up here.

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  • Bakeries
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Gifting (or indulging in) something sweet this Christmas has never been so easy thanks to venues such as Butterfly Patisserie. Offering festive items from mulled wine dark chocolate Christmas balls to classic or creative yule logs, gingerbread and pear entremet, and even a full-on gingerbread house, there is something for every sweet tooth out there. They also have a range of handmade chocolates, assorted cookies, gingerbread, panettone, and more on offer to keep you sweet over the holidays.

Order online from the Butterfly Patisserie shop here.

Charbonnel et Walker
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Charbonnel et Walker

Charbonnel et Walker is a storied London-based chocolatier whose many claims to fame include being one of the few chocolatiers to the Queen. They’ll be offering Christmas chocolates at The Landmark Christmas Market and online from November 4, including the peppermint cookie Christmas truffles, made from cookies and peppermint coated in dark chocolate and cookie pieces, gingerbread Christmas truffles made from milk chocolate infused with real ginger and rolled in milk chocolate and biscuit crumbs, and eggnog Christmas truffles, a white chocolate truffle with an eggnog centre infused with brandy, vanilla and nutmeg (all $228). If you’re looking to give a gift, go for the Winter House Selection Gift Box ($528), which includes a variety of milk and dark chocolate and truffles.

Head to The Landmark Christmas Market at Shop 308 & 312-314, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, Central or shop online here

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  • Causeway Bay

The Cakery is dreaming of a more inclusive Christmas: their festive offerings are crafted so that people with dietary restrictions don’t have to miss out on all the indulgence. Their limited-edition Christmas cookie box ($398) is a welcome vegan alternative to the Christmas fixation on shortbread. It features soft-baked cookies in the flavours of chocolate chip pecan, chocolate peanut butter, and raspberry white chocolate, as well as biscotti and gingerbread men and trees. The Christmas log cake ($720-1280) feeds four to eight with a chocolate base and dairy-free whipping cream, decorated with logs and finished with raspberry, blueberries and rosemary. Gluten-intolerant diners should check out the gluten-free Christmas macarons ($30) or their X’mas Cupcakes ($45-48) topped with red currant, fondant, gingerbread, and more, both of which are available gluten-free, vegan, organic, or keto.

Visit one of their stores or counters directly or order online here.

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  • West Kowloon
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The Ritz Carlton is offering several elegant, shareable desserts this Christmas, perfect as an after-dinner centrepiece. Consider the vanilla rum chestnut log available as a 2lb ($880) or 1lb ($440) dessert, playful Santa Sphere ($880) –which is exactly what it sounds like – or the Dresden almond stollen ($400) for a taste of Germany. Their signature Ritz Panettone ($720) is a classic Italian enriched bread loaded with candied peel and rum-soaked raisins that takes three days to create and is definitely worth considering, as a gift, or simply to get yourself in the festive mood.

Cakes and bread require a minimum of 24 hours advance purchase before the requested pick-up. Check out their online store here for more info.

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  • Bakeries
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

You could mistake the cake selection at this Harbour City bakery for a meal cobbled together from every different restaurant on a Hong Kong street, with cakes in the shape of pineapple bun, baguette, thousand-year egg, and soup dumpling (complete with an edible bamboo steamer basket). For Christmas, they’re determined to continue confusing your tastebuds with their candy cane cake ($580), a guava and strawberry-flavoured cake that looks like a giant peppermint candy. They’re also offering the Christmas Pastry Duo Set ($133), featuring the Red Nose Reindeer, a religieuse (French pastry with filling in between two choux pastry cases) filled with chocolate creme, strawberry jam, and Valrhona Dulchey whipped ganache, and When You Wish Upon a Star, a mont blanc fashioned after a Christmas tree, with chestnut chantilly and pistachio mascarpone on a pistachio chocolate feuilletine base. 

Order Dang Wen Li's Christmas sweet treats online here.

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  • Central
  • price 4 of 4

A go-to for traditional but expertly made Christmas desserts, the Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop is offering items such as traditional stollen ($169), a candied fruit bread coated in icing sugar; classic panettone ($148); mince pie ($30); and a tempting yule log cake ($468) available as a chocolate biscuit rolled in dark chocolate buttercream, or white chocolate mousse, wild berry compote, and biscuit versions. Pastry fans, however, will likely enjoy the dark chocolate soufflé tart baked in shortcrust; the Linzer Torte, with raspberry filling in a crumbly cinnamon dough; or the traditional pecan pie, with caramelised nuts baked in shortcrust (all $628). The Mandarin Oriental is also offering intricately designed smaller cakes, and we’re particularly taken with the chocolate Santa Claus ($628) made from 66 percent dark chocolate and the frankly adorable Christmas teddy bear English fruit cake ($1,088), with a white chocolate bear sitting on a snowy chimney. We’re resisting the urge to give him a name.

Order the Mandarin Oriental's Christmas desserts online here

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