10 Best Desserts to Eat This Winter in Houston

It's never too cold to get your sugar fix on — now that the cold front has finally hit Houston, treat yourself to one (or maybe all) of these seasonal desserts around Houston before they disappear.

Peppermint Doughssants
at Morningstar: This winter, run, don't walk, to Morningstar — on weekdays, doughnut offerings include peppermint "doughssants," which are flaky chocolate croissants that are fried and coated in peppermint sugar.

Decorated Sugar Cookies at Michael's Cookie Jar: Last year we told you where to buy the best holiday cookies. Michael's Cookie Jar remains one of the best spots to procure both beautiful and delicious-tasting cookies that will bring anyone holiday cheer.

Sweet Potato Caramel Ice Cream at Petite Sweets: The sweet, mildly earthy-tasting, marshmallow-studded sweet potato caramel is a unique flavor that's worth a sample this winter. If eating ice cream bundled in jackets isn't quite your style, Petite Sweets also offers several seasonal macaron flavors — think candy cane.

Spiced Apple Empanadas at Roost: Roost's spiced apple empanadas are a take on a fried pie, with lavender icing, pecans and apple cider sorbet from Cloud 10 Creamery. The filling is composed of Granny Smith apples, raisins, cherries and spices, which provides the perfect level of sweetness to complement the slight tartness of the sorbet.

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Erika Kwee is a freelance food writer, photographer and contributor to the Houston Press who particularly enjoys exploring the many unique sweet spots around Houston. She is constantly on the hunt for exceptional pad thai, vegetarian dumplings and pancakes.