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.
Spiked Hot Chocolate at The Grove: Warm up inside and out at The Grove, where spiked hot chocolates are on offer again this winter — Nutella fans should definitely get their hands on the Nutella-spiked hot chocolate. Other tempting desserts are on offer alongside the hot chocolate, including a warm apple and chestnut cake served with goat cheese gelato (a gluten-friendly version is available).
Pumpkin-Persimmon Tiramisu at Ritual: Persimmons are perhaps one of the most underrated fruits in the dessert scene: Ritual is paying persimmons their rightful attention with its pumpkin-persimmon tart garnished with cinnamon chantilly and candied ginger. For another option, the pear-cranberry bread pudding is also spiked with seasonal fruit and topped with rum anglaise.
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Pie at Ooh La La: It's still pie season, so go sample all the pies at Ooh La La. Bread pudding pie, blueberry cobbler pie, apple pie, Reese's pie, chocolate pecan pie...there's just not enough time to sample them all, though you can certainly try (the cutie pies offer the same deliciousness in a smaller package).
Seasonal Alfajores at Sweets by Belen: Belen turns out tons of authentic Peruvian and Peruvian-inspired desserts at her tiny bakery on Hillcroft. Try the seasonal flavors of melt-in-your-mouth alfajores — chocolate and pecan make great holiday gifts — or expand your horizons and try a few of her more exotic desserts, like the purple corn pudding (chicha morada), lucuma mini tarts or cherimoya crunchy cakes.
Sweet Potato Latte at Southside Espresso: While not technically a dessert, the gorgeous sweet potato latte at Southside is the perfect, lightly sweet concoction to sip on while you're enjoying, say, one of the iconic treats from Fluff Bake Bar showcased in the display case. Bonus: If you order the latte to enjoy in the shop, your spoon will likely come garnished with a charred marshmallow.
Apple Pecan Cupcake at Common Bond: Trust the seasonally changing desserts at Common Bond to always be delicious — a recent visit yielded some apple pecan cupcakes frosted with cinnamon maple buttercream and garnished with pecans. For more wintry flavors, Common Bond always carries a varied selection of macarons with several seasonal flavors.