In Search of Holiday Desserts

If your holidays are anything like mine, you’re scrambling around too much to worry about lovingly crafting the perfect baked goods in your own kitchen. Not that I’m knocking those people who have the ability to fashion fondant into festive shapes – quite to the contrary, I am really glad those people are around. I’m just not one of them. This is why I am glad that there are so many great places around town selling tasty holiday desserts.

I set out to find the best places to buy holiday desserts with these three caveats:

* The desserts have to be delicious. Really, without this factor, what else matters?

* The desserts have to be quick to purchase – I don’t want to go on a waiting list to buy holiday desserts. I just want to walk in, pay, and walk out.

* The desserts have to be reasonably priced. I’d rather not put a second mortgage on my house in order to present spectacular desserts to my guests, thank you very much.

After spending a lot of time eating a lot of desserts all over town, I have three recommendations for you if you’re going to buy some desserts for the holidays.

FarmHouse Café & Bakery

The baked good display hits you the moment you walk into this place. Cakes, cookies and alarmingly large cinnamon rolls are just a few of the offerings sitting there whispering, “Hey, you! Buy me! I’m delicious!” Or, at least, that’s what I imagined they whispered…if baked goods could whisper.

I asked manager Kim what she would consider her best seller for the holidays and without hesitation she suggested I try their White Wedding Cake. This is a white cake with fresh strawberries and a substantial – yet not overbearing- white frosting. The presentation and taste are both impressive, and the moistness of the cake suggested freshness.

There was no lengthy wait for my slice of cake; I asked for a slice, she grabbed one for me, and I was on my way. Kim also tossed a cinnamon roll in my bag to try because she said these are pretty big holiday sellers too. If you’re looking for some cinnamon rolls that are going to wow your houseguests, the FarmHouse Café & Bakery is a good place to consider.

www.farmhousecafe.com

3461 South 84th Street

Mon – Sat 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday 6 a.m. – 3 p.m

Jones Bros. Cupcakes

I realize I’m being a bit predictable by suggesting Jones Bros. for holiday desserts, but I do have reasoning behind my decision. Have you ever brought some Jones Bros. baked goods to a meeting or social gathering? People go nuts over this stuff. Show up with a box of cupcakes from Jones Bros. and people are happy.

The other reason is the ease of obtaining these treats. They do a good job of staying stocked in cupcakes, so chances are good if you show up and ask for a dozen cupcakes, you won’t have to wait long. Of course, call ahead if you’re looking for massive quantities or if there is one particular flavor you want. I suggest buying an assortment of cupcakes, but if you can manage to stop by on a Friday you can buy my personal favorite: Chocolate Mint.

www.jonesbroscupcakes.com

2121 South 67th Street

Mon-Thurs 7 a.m. – 9.pm.

Fri, Sat 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Sun 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Frank’s Pizzeria

I was a little worried when I told the man at the counter that I’d heard they had the best cannoli in town because he laughed. I wasn’t sure if I had been led astray by all the people who assured me that I needed to try the cannoli or if maybe “cannoli” was code word for something else, but when he presented me with the cannoli it quickly became apparent that his laughter was more of a delighted response than anything else.

Frank’s Pizzeria makes really good cannoli. Though the shells aren’t made on-site, the filling is crafted in their kitchen using a ricotta-based blend. He explained to me that this is the more traditional way to fill a cannoli and also told me that many places offering cannoli on their menus don’t use ricotta at all. The crunch of the powdered sugar-dusted shell combined with the smooth filling was amazing and would certainly make for a nice addition to a holiday gathering. The price is quite reasonable too.

You may need to call ahead if you’re buying a large quantity, but if you just need a dozen or so you’ll probably be able to just show up, pay, and go.

www.franksnewyorkpizza.com

711 North 132nd Street

Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sun 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

posted at 11:22 pm
on Monday, December 10th, 2012

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