Everyone knows the best part of Thanksgiving is the final course, so leave it to the experts this year and pick up a luscious dessert from one of these Boston bakeries.
For a limited time, 7ate9 is serving up every fall lover's dream dessert: pumpkin cheesecake. The filling is made with local pumpkins from Dick’s Farm in Lunenburg, so the flavors is as fresh as it gets. The pumpkin cheesecake yumminess sits atop a gingersnap pecan crust, adding a little crunch. In fact, the pumpkin cheesecake is one of their bestselling desserts, so run over and grab a slice before they’re gone. 199c Highland Ave., Somerville, 781.218.9361, 7ate9bakery.com
Go the nontraditional route this year and pick up a chocolate babka from Bakey. In case you didn’t know, Babka is a sweet braided bread or cake that originates from the Jewish communities of Poland and Ukraine, usually with some kind of delectable filling. The ooey-gooey chocolatey inside of this pastry will have you going back for seconds and maybe even thirds. 151 Tremont, bakeybabka.com
Clear Flour Bread
Bostonian’s line up every year outside Clear Flour Bread Bakery’s doors during Thanksgiving week to make sure they score one of the 12 specially made desserts. Owners Nicole Walsh and Jon Goodman use simple ingredients and mixes made from scratch to craft their daily pastries. This holiday, be everyone’s favorite guest when you walk into the party with their creamy chocolate whiskey cake or bourbon pecan tarts. 178 Thorndike Street, 617.739.0060, clearflourbread.com
Bite into a slice of the Piefecta to get the perfect combination of savory and crumbly. Your tastebuds will thank you after trying one layer of pecan pie, one layer of pumpkin pie and one layer of brown sugar whipped cream all wrapped up into one perfect bite. It even has a festive flare with maple leaf cookies and pecans sprinkled on top. Multiple locations, flourbakery.com
Every Thanksgiving, Bostonians give thanks for Granny Murphy’s secret recipes passed down to Chef Dermot Quinn of Greenhills Bakery. The traditional Irish baked goods include 12 pies that will make your mouth water just looking at them. Try one of their pies—we recommend the blueberry—or order one of the other desserts like gooey apple squares or fresh cream cupcakes. 780 Adams St., Dorchester, 617.825.8187, sites.google.com/view/greenhillsbakery
Hi Rise Bread Company
High fives all around for Hi Rise Bread Company’s cranberry crumble. Their most popular tart is back for Thanksgiving in two sizes, a six-inch and eight-inch; we recommend the eight-inch because you’re going to want seconds. Underneath the buttery, sugary, crispy crumble is a delectable filling made with local cranberries from Carver, Massachusetts. Don’t forget to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for an extra treat. 208 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617.876.8766,hi-risebread.com
Thanksgiving dinner is all about keeping your eyes on the pie, specifically the apple, maple pecan and pumpkin pies Lulu Green is baking this year. Executive Chef Brian Corbley uses local, organic ingredients to elevate the fruity flavors, buttery crusts and warm fall spices. Oh, and did we mention all three pies are vegan and made in-house from scratch? 246 W. Broadway, 617.420.4070, lulugreen.com
South End Buttery
If fruity, juicy goodness describes your preferred dessert, South End Buttery has got you covered. For those who prefer tart treats, pick up the mixed berry frangipane tart with blueberries, blackberries and raspberry. Or, maybe the sweet apple frangipane tart is more your taste with caramel sauce, poached apples and candied almonds encompassed by a flaky shortbread crust. Finally, don’t forget to add on a tub of homemade whipped cream for the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert. 314 Shawmut Ave., 617.482.1015, southendbuttery.com
Sugar Bakery Co.
Cupcakes are the Goldilocks of desserts—not too big, not too small and come in every flavor one could want. They’re also the ideal treat for Thanksgiving because you can bring an assortment of flavors, meaning no one will get left out. For example, try Sugar Bakery Co.’s best-selling oreo cupcake adorned with a white chocolate-dipped oreo cookie, or the tasty black magic cupcake with chocolate pudding and dipped in chocolate ganache. 1884 Centre St., West Roxbury, 617.327.8427, sugarbakery.net
Booze and pies combined, what could be better than that? The pumpkin pecan pie at Tatte Bakery is a showstopper every year. Roasted pumpkin filling infused with bourbon illuminates the rich, savory flavor while streusel and pecans add a crunch. We could never forget the crisp apple pie either. Bostonian’s wait in anticipation every fall for Tatte’s double-crusted traditional apple pie with tart Granny Smith apples to hit the bakery case. 399 Boylston St., 617.366.1555, tattebakery.com
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