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Great LI bakeries for Christmas

The croquembouche is a conical tower of cream

The croquembouche is a conical tower of cream puffs held in place by caramel. Fiorello Dolce in Huntington has been making it every Christmas season since it opened in 2006. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

It’s a bakery time of year. Whether a showstopping professional dessert is one of your Christmas traditions (one of my colleagues refuses to celebrate Christmas without a croquembouche from Fiorello Dolce in Huntington) or you’ve just realized that you are not going to have time to make your own cookies, Long Island bakeries are here to help. Here are a dozen of our favorites, all of whose cases are chock-a-block with holiday specialties.

Alpine Pastry Shoppe

59 Route 111, Smithtown, 631-265-5610

Blondie’s Bake Shop

90A Washington Dr., Centerport, 631-424-4545

Copenhagen Bakery

75 Woodbine Ave., Suite A, Northport, 631-754-3256

Dortoni Bakery

3264 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-796-3033

Fiorello Dolce

57 Wall St., Huntington, 631-424-0803

Front Street Bakery

51 Front St., Rockville Centre, 516-766-1199

Malverne Pastry Shop

253 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, 516-599-3087

Marzullo Bakery & Cafe

1586 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park, 516-352-2859

Ms. Michelle’s Urban Gourmet (Gluten Free)

572 Middle Rd., Bayport, 631-472-2524

Saint Honore Pastry Shop

993 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington, 516-767-2555

Spiga Bakery

2685 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, 516-557-2688

Torta Fina

11 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack, 631-858-1940; 80 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-669-0824

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