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10 Best Holiday Desserts in Houston to Eat This Season

Get these adorable frosted sugar cookies at Tiny's while it's cold! Ish.
Get these adorable frosted sugar cookies at Tiny's while it's cold! Ish. Photo by Tiny's Milk and Cookies











The season of holiday cookies and eggnog is upon us. Here are some of the hottest spots to get seasonal treats this year:

click to enlarge The current seasonal sundae features maple butter pumpkin spice caramel ice cream with chocolate shell, granola, candied walnuts and cranberry sauce. - PHOTO BY ERIKA KWEE
The current seasonal sundae features maple butter pumpkin spice caramel ice cream with chocolate shell, granola, candied walnuts and cranberry sauce.
Photo by Erika Kwee

Maple butter with pumpkin spice caramel ice cream at Cloud 10 Creamery: Maple butter has been a Cloud 10 seasonal standard since they opened, but every year, pastry chef Chris adds a twist. This year, he added a thick swirl of pumpkin spiced caramel to the already buttery maple flavor. Add to that exquisitely crunchy candied walnuts, a tangy dollop of cranberry sauce, freshly whipped cream and a dark chocolate magic shell, and you have a sundae that's expletive-level good. If the Rice Village location is a little far for you to venture (although no place should be too far for this sundae), check out the second Cloud 10 location, newly opened in the Heights.

click to enlarge The Holiday Platter at Mostly Chocolate features their popular goat cheese truffles among other treats. - PHOTO BY MOSTLY CHOCOLATE
The Holiday Platter at Mostly Chocolate features their popular goat cheese truffles among other treats.
Photo by Mostly Chocolate

Holiday platters from Mostly Chocolate: This December, the Lebanese-family owned business is serving up beautiful holiday platters that would serve as beautiful holiday gifts for the office, friends or family. Normally $80, the platters are currently on sale for $55 and feature their popular goat cheese truffles, chocolate salami, golden almonds (enrobed in edible gold) and more. Looking for more options? There are also deluxe or standard gift baskets, or you can pick up a simple box of gingerbread truffles for $2.50 each. Call ahead or stop by their Galleria location.

click to enlarge Cupcake toppers at Ooh La La include reindeers, candy canes and break-dancing Santas. - PHOTO BY DRAGANA HARRIS
Cupcake toppers at Ooh La La include reindeers, candy canes and break-dancing Santas.
Photo by Dragana Harris

Christmas Cupcakes from Ooh La La:
Ooh La La never fails to deliver on holiday cheer—check out the red and green cupcakes topped with festive piped wreaths, sprinkles and toppers like classic candy canes, cute reindeer, or break-dancing Santas. Mini cupcakes are $3.75 each, minis are jumbo, $39.95/doz jumbo OR $1.75/mini, $18/doz mini.

click to enlarge The seasonal bourbon pecan pie features 7 carefully arranged layers of pecans. - PHOTO BY NOT JUS' DONUTS
The seasonal bourbon pecan pie features 7 carefully arranged layers of pecans.
Photo by Not Jus' Donuts

Bourbon pecan pie from Not Jus' Donuts: The Not Jus' Buddy's Pecan Torte is a 10" stunning behemoth of a pie inspired by Buddy's "Cake Boss" Valastro with seven layers of hand-placed pecans covered in a caramel bourbon glaze made with Texas 1835 bourbon. The $30 creation must be ordered at least 2 days in advance. If you're a boozy cake fan however, don't miss the drunken rum cake with a garnishing of nuts and a thorough soaking of rum.

click to enlarge Poached pumpkin monkey bread with burnt honey caramel from Underbelly—need we say more? - PHOTO BY UNDERBELLY
Poached pumpkin monkey bread with burnt honey caramel from Underbelly—need we say more?
Photo by Underbelly

Poached pumpkin monkey bread from Underbelly: Underbelly pastry chef Victoria Dearmond constantly switches up the dessert offerings at the Montrose restaurant. Don't let this winter slip away without trying the fluffy poached pumpkin monkey bread, coated in a deliciously complex burnt honey caramel. If pie is more your style, there's a seasonal hand-sized pecan fried pie, or a sweet potato cheesecake laced with marshmallows and sweet sherry.

click to enlarge This pear and almond tart from Bare Bakery is gluten, dairy and egg-free as well as vegan and paleo. - PHOTO BY BARE BAKERY
This pear and almond tart from Bare Bakery is gluten, dairy and egg-free as well as vegan and paleo.
Photo by Bare Bakery

Spiced Pear & Almond Tart with Bourbon Glaze from Bare Bakery: If you have any family members allergic to gluten or eschewing grains and refined sugar, look no further than local bakery Bare Bakery, which specializes in gluten-free, naturally sweetened desserts. The seasonal pear and almond tart—spiced crust filled with organic, poached pears and soft almond filling topped with bourbon glaze—would be a hit at any gathering, and just happens to be gluten, dairy and egg-free as well as vegan, and paleo. This tart is $52 and you can place an order for one of these tarts at [email protected].


click to enlarge Get these adorable frosted sugar cookies at Tiny's while it's cold! Ish. - PHOTO BY TINY'S MILK AND COOKIES
Get these adorable frosted sugar cookies at Tiny's while it's cold! Ish.
Photo by Tiny's Milk and Cookies

Sugar Cookies from Tiny's Milk and Cookies: Tiny Boxwoods shot its classic chocolate chip cookies to irresistible cookie fame, but the array at the newer bake shop in Rice Village goes far beyond the humble chocolate chip cookie. Made-in-house ice cream, snickerdoodle bread, doughnuts, brookies (a cookie/brownie hybrid)—and don't forget perfectly iced sugar cookies for all occasions. With the upcoming holidays, you can find beautifully frosted sugar cookies shaped like snowflakes, Christmas trees and gloves—perfect for holiday gatherings.

click to enlarge The plum and almond galette from Killen's STQ. - PHOTO BY DRAGANA HARRIS
The plum and almond galette from Killen's STQ.
Photo by Dragana Harris

Plum & Almond Galette from Killen's STQ: Winter calls for cozy pies and a melting scoop of ice cream. This free-form galette at Killen's STQ features deeply roasted plums piled atop a rich almond cream. Topped with a scoop of rum, buttermilk and dulce de leche ice cream, this is the perfect way to wrap up a night at Killen's STQ.


click to enlarge Petite Sweets is decking out its treats in holiday cheer. - PHOTO BY PETITE SWEETS
Petite Sweets is decking out its treats in holiday cheer.
Photo by Petite Sweets

Holiday funfetti cake from Petite Sweets: As if you needed a reason to love funfetti even more, Petite Sweets is decking out some of its regular cake flavors like funfetti in gorgeously festive colors—available by the slice or by pre-order as a whole cake for a holiday party. For even more holiday cheer, try their seasonal cupcake, macaron and ice cream flavors like peppermint, chocolate peppermint, and honey apple. And don't forget the unicorn hot chocolate, a true sprinkle-infused unicorn of beverages.

The large, fluffy gingerbread men from Three Brothers are an essential holiday cookie. - PHOTO BY ERIKA KWEE
The large, fluffy gingerbread men from Three Brothers are an essential holiday cookie.
Photo by Erika Kwee

Gingerbread men from Three Brothers Bakery: Is there anything more satisfying than biting the head off a fluffy gingerbread man from Three Brothers? Their giant, thick, soft cookies have an extremely mild flavor, slightly caramelized, cracked edges and a generous dose of sprinkles in the middle. Pick up a few cookies from any of the three locations around town in Braeswood, Washington Ave or off I-10 near the Beltway.

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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.