October 18, 2019

20 Over-the-Top Dessert Shops in Cincinnati For When Your Sweet Tooth Strikes

From cookie dough by the scoop to candy cocktails, ooey gooey cookies or bakeries specializing in cheesecakes, cannolis and brownies — Cincinnati is home to plenty of outrageous options for when that sweet tooth strikes.
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Donna’s Gourmet Cookies
10796 Montgomery Road, Montgomery
This cookie shop serves up massive, gooey cookies in addition to pecan bars, brownies, decorated sugar cookies and more. Donna’s also caters events. 
Photo via Facebook/DonnasGourmetCookies

Donna’s Gourmet Cookies

10796 Montgomery Road, Montgomery
This cookie shop serves up massive, gooey cookies in addition to pecan bars, brownies, decorated sugar cookies and more. Donna’s also caters events.
Photo via Facebook/DonnasGourmetCookies
OTR Candy Bar
1735 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
The shop feels a bit like the candy store from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, chock full of sticky sweets, and an entire table devoted to out-of-the-box candies. Then there’s an actual bar upon which a sharply dressed candy barista will make you a float using the vintage soda of your choice, dressed with a piece of old-fashioned candy. They also offer boozy, candy-clad cocktails like the Sour Patch Kids Martini: Gin, sweet and sour mix, DeKuyper Grape Pucker, pineapple juice and Sour Patch Kids garnish.
Photo: Izzy Viox

OTR Candy Bar

1735 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
The shop feels a bit like the candy store from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, chock full of sticky sweets, and an entire table devoted to out-of-the-box candies. Then there’s an actual bar upon which a sharply dressed candy barista will make you a float using the vintage soda of your choice, dressed with a piece of old-fashioned candy. They also offer boozy, candy-clad cocktails like the Sour Patch Kids Martini: Gin, sweet and sour mix, DeKuyper Grape Pucker, pineapple juice and Sour Patch Kids garnish.
Photo: Izzy Viox
The Cheesecakery
4901 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville
The bakery features over 75 different flavors of cheesecake and all are available in a signature cupcake size, as well as in cheesecake pops and minis. There are three different categories for the cheesecake flavors — signatures, candies and marbles. Flavors all have Cincinnati-themed names and include 75 South Key Lime, Bengal Tiger Turtle and the Mt. Adams Milky Way.  
Photo: Adam Doty

The Cheesecakery

4901 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville
The bakery features over 75 different flavors of cheesecake and all are available in a signature cupcake size, as well as in cheesecake pops and minis. There are three different categories for the cheesecake flavors — signatures, candies and marbles. Flavors all have Cincinnati-themed names and include 75 South Key Lime, Bengal Tiger Turtle and the Mt. Adams Milky Way.
Photo: Adam Doty
Del Gardo’s
18 E. Fifth St., Covington
Steve Del Gardo claims he can make a cannoli from any flavor imaginable. The menu at his Covington shop, which opened in 2018, reflects that ambition with flavors ranging from birthday cake batter to French toast to bourbon eggnog. During CityBeat’s Brunched event, Del Gardo’s offered a bloody mary-inspired cannoli.
Photo via Facebook/DelGardosCannoli

Del Gardo’s

18 E. Fifth St., Covington
Steve Del Gardo claims he can make a cannoli from any flavor imaginable. The menu at his Covington shop, which opened in 2018, reflects that ambition with flavors ranging from birthday cake batter to French toast to bourbon eggnog. During CityBeat’s Brunched event, Del Gardo’s offered a bloody mary-inspired cannoli.
Photo via Facebook/DelGardosCannoli
NoBaked
5655 Deerfield Blvd., Mason
Flavors including peanut butter, red velvet, brownie batter chip, cookies n’ cream and more can be found on the shop’s menu, not to mention a variety of toppings like Nutella, M&M’s and marshmallows. For those really looking to go all-out in feeding their sugar addiction, the dough can be ordered in a waffle cone, topped with ice cream or as part of a sundae or milkshake.
Photo via Facebook/NoBakedCinci

NoBaked

5655 Deerfield Blvd., Mason
Flavors including peanut butter, red velvet, brownie batter chip, cookies n’ cream and more can be found on the shop’s menu, not to mention a variety of toppings like Nutella, M&M’s and marshmallows. For those really looking to go all-out in feeding their sugar addiction, the dough can be ordered in a waffle cone, topped with ice cream or as part of a sundae or milkshake.
Photo via Facebook/NoBakedCinci
Buckabee Brownies
4756 Cornell Road, Blue Ash
Buckabee Brownies is a bakeshop that specializes in brownies and blondies, offering a wide variety of flavors plus a specialty brownie of the day. Don’t miss their raspberry and white chocolate, root beer float or their salted caramel brownies.
Photo: Paige Deglow

Buckabee Brownies

4756 Cornell Road, Blue Ash
Buckabee Brownies is a bakeshop that specializes in brownies and blondies, offering a wide variety of flavors plus a specialty brownie of the day. Don’t miss their raspberry and white chocolate, root beer float or their salted caramel brownies.
Photo: Paige Deglow
streetpops
4720 Vine St., St. Bernard
Grown-up ice pops made from unique combinations of fresh ingredients and unexpected flavors, like peach tea, Thai basil lime, Vietnamese coffee, lemon lavender and more. Find them in your grocer’s freezer or local pop-up markets and events.
Photo via Facebook/Streetpops

streetpops

4720 Vine St., St. Bernard
Grown-up ice pops made from unique combinations of fresh ingredients and unexpected flavors, like peach tea, Thai basil lime, Vietnamese coffee, lemon lavender and more. Find them in your grocer’s freezer or local pop-up markets and events.
Photo via Facebook/Streetpops
Buzzed Bull Creamery
1408 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
The chemistry behind Buzzed Bull’s frozen, alcohol-infused desserts seems like magic. Liquid nitrogen is an odorless, colorless, safe-to-eat element that freezes the ingredients it comes into contact with, including alcohol. They serve alcoholic flavors like honey bourbon, margarita and whiskey sour, but there are plenty of non-alcoholic options, too. Try a flight to enjoy a variety of their tasty offerings.
Photo via Facebook/BuzzedBullCreamery

Buzzed Bull Creamery

1408 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
The chemistry behind Buzzed Bull’s frozen, alcohol-infused desserts seems like magic. Liquid nitrogen is an odorless, colorless, safe-to-eat element that freezes the ingredients it comes into contact with, including alcohol. They serve alcoholic flavors like honey bourbon, margarita and whiskey sour, but there are plenty of non-alcoholic options, too. Try a flight to enjoy a variety of their tasty offerings.
Photo via Facebook/BuzzedBullCreamery
Brown Bear Bakery
116 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati pastry artist Blair Fornshell uses all-natural ingredients to create so-beautiful-you-almost-feel-bad-about-eating-them desserts, such as salty chocolate chip cookies, gooey cinnamon rolls and a variety of matcha-infused baked goods like their Matchadoodle cookie. The OTR bakery and café space is the perfect blend of old and new and has a very Lower Manhattan vibe. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Brown Bear Bakery

116 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati pastry artist Blair Fornshell uses all-natural ingredients to create so-beautiful-you-almost-feel-bad-about-eating-them desserts, such as salty chocolate chip cookies, gooey cinnamon rolls and a variety of matcha-infused baked goods like their Matchadoodle cookie. The OTR bakery and café space is the perfect blend of old and new and has a very Lower Manhattan vibe.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pendleton Parlor
1218 Broadway St., Pendleton
Helmed by the Ganims, Cincinnati’s royal family of soft serve. Pendleton Parlor is their third ice cream shop overall and their first downtown — they also own the Mt. Washington Creamy Whip and Old Milford Parlor. Pendleton Parlor’s big draw is their “Side by Side” dish, which is a scoop of edible raw cookie dough (available in four flavors, but core offerings always include chocolate chip cookie and sugar cookie with sprinkles) alongside some ice cream; simple and sweet all year long. Those seeking out a caffeine buzz alongside their sugar rush can also order from a small menu of espresso drinks.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pendleton Parlor

1218 Broadway St., Pendleton
Helmed by the Ganims, Cincinnati’s royal family of soft serve. Pendleton Parlor is their third ice cream shop overall and their first downtown — they also own the Mt. Washington Creamy Whip and Old Milford Parlor. Pendleton Parlor’s big draw is their “Side by Side” dish, which is a scoop of edible raw cookie dough (available in four flavors, but core offerings always include chocolate chip cookie and sugar cookie with sprinkles) alongside some ice cream; simple and sweet all year long. Those seeking out a caffeine buzz alongside their sugar rush can also order from a small menu of espresso drinks.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger