Holiday Party Guide: Desserts
Picture this: You have thrown the ultimate party: The halls are decked, the egg nog is flowing, the holiday playlist is banging, and everything seems right in the world. But, wait a second… what is that on the food table? Weird cookies and some hard candy? Officially worst party ever.
Desserts hold the key to party domination. So lets get our treat games right with our holiday party guide and the best desserts from the ‘Burgh.
Pittsburgh has a fine selection of bakeries with excellent cookie options. But you need the best of the best for your party, so here are the top three choices in cookies:
The Oakmont Bakery in Oakmont is an absolute star in the cookie world. And the best cookie they offer? The butter stars. Buttery cookies, shaped kind of like snowflakes (hey season appropriate heyyy), are topped with a fudgey icing dollop. A true crowd-pleaser. The sugar cookies are unbeatable as well. And in fun holiday shapes, they have done all of the baking work for you!
Food Glorious Food in Highland Park is a gem on Bryant Street. You can buy a variety of cookie classics (chocolate chip, madeleine cookies), or mix it up and get some Jewish Pizza — which is a fruit packed biscotti-type cookie. Worth a try. Although not a cookie, their signature White Lily Cake is super hard to resist.
And don’t forget to scoop some of the best cookies in Pittsburgh, or on the planet… or the universe. Head to Nancy B’s in Homestead and order up the chocolate chip cookies. With a hint of peanut butter and a heap of magic, these cookies are easily some of the best things we’ve ever had in our mouths.
Chocolates. Chocolates. Chocolates.
There is only one place you even need to think about when in comes to chocolate: Sarris. Sarris is in Canonsburg, and it is GLORIOUS (it even inspires ridiculous video montages). Hundreds of chocolate options, from shapes of snowmen and penguins to chocolate covered pretzels to peanut butter beltways and pecan truffles and… be still my heart! A selection of both milk and dark chocolates await. Plus, if you visit the retail store, you can see the enormous chocolate castle.
Get FANCY with your sugar.
Looking to really impress? Go crazy and buy a treat that is all dressed up! Gaby et Jules in Squirrel Hill offers a variety of holiday French pastries that wow. Try a Buche Du Noel (Christmas purse), which is a fancy cake that sometimes looks like a satchel and ALWAYS looks beautiful. They ALMOST look too pretty to eat. This year’s offerings include the following flavors: caramel, chocolate and raspberry, and cherry.
While you are at Gaby et Jules, you might as well pick up some macarons too (they are too good to resist!). What’s a macaron? It is an almond-flour based cookie that comes in many flavors and many colors. They will add a pop of color to your table!
Skip the fruit cakes. Buy Pittsburgh’s best cake.
The Burnt Almond Torte from Prantl’s is a classic and has even been dubbed the best cake ever by some, and we have to agree. This cake is masterful.
The not-too-sweet frosting, coated in almonds, covers a delicate white cake with creamy custard goodness in the middle. If you aren’t in the Pittsburgh area, you can even have it shipped to you. If this delicious confection is on your holiday table, you cannot lose.
Now that you have all the good desserts you need, commence partying!
Need more party planning help? Check out these posts:
Holiday party guide to hostess gifts
Holiday party guide to drinks
Holiday party guide to snacks
Holiday dinner party do’s and dont’s