Top 10 International Holiday Baked Goods

Berolina's lussekatter
Berolina's lussekatter
K. Robbins

Though we love red and green frosted sugar cookies as much as your average Christmas-crazed six year-old, given our fair city's bounty of ethnic eats, it would be a shame to let our holiday dessert dining become, well, too cookie-cutter.

For a trip around the world in festive sweet treats, turn the page for our list of L.A.'s top ten international holiday baked goods.

Emil's stollen
Emil's stollen
K. Robbins

1) Stollen from Emil's Swiss Bakery

Emil's version of the traditional yeast bread, laden with dried fruit and covered with a dusting of powdered sugar, is lighter and subtler than most of its brethren. Sweet but not cloying. Solid but not leaden. Complex without the citrus peel bitterness that plagues lesser stollen. The bakery is celebrating its 50 anniversary. Here's to many more.

Eagle Rock Italian's lemon balls
Eagle Rock Italian's lemon balls
K. Robbins

2 and 3) Lemon Ball Cookies and Panettone from Eagle Rock Italian Bakery and Deli

Eagle Rock Italian does a bustling sandwich and deli business year round, but at the holidays it's all about the baked goods, including an array of Christmas cookies. (Try the bite-size rainbow cakes.) The real standouts, though, are the soft sugary lemon balls (available in 1.5-pound trays) and the housemade panettone, sweet and fruity on its own but over-the-top good in a holiday bread pudding.

rosca de reyes from La Monarca
rosca de reyes from La Monarca
K. Robbins

4) Rosca de Reyes from La Monarca Bakery

Topped with crystallized sugar and colorful strips of dried fruit, La Monarca's rosca de reyes is a massive oval of sweet cakey bread with a taste and texture similar to Danish pastry. Though the cake, complete with a figurine of the baby Jesus hidden inside, is traditionally eaten in early January for Candelaria, La Monarca sells its version by the slice starting December 15. Whole loaves can be pre-ordered at any of the locations beginning on December 26.

Rockenwagner's leckerli
Rockenwagner's leckerli
K. Robbins

5) Basler Leckerli from Rockenwagner Bakery

The uber-stylish German bakery has superior versions of a handful of European Christmas pastries, including excellent lebkuchen, but we're particularly taken with Rockenwagner's leckerli. Like stollen, these Swiss-German spice cookies are fragrant with citrus zest and are chock full of nuts, but they have a wonderful chewy texture and light sugar glaze. ($4.95)



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