20 Over-the-Top Dessert Shops in Cincinnati For When Your Sweet Tooth Strikes
By CityBeat Staff
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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10796 Montgomery Road, Montgomery This cookie shop serves up massive, gooey cookies in addition to pecan bars, brownies, decorated sugar cookies and more. Donnas also caters events.
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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 theres 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.
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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.
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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 CityBeats Brunched event, Del Gardos offered a bloody mary-inspired cannoli.
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5655 Deerfield Blvd., Mason Flavors including peanut butter, red velvet, brownie batter chip, cookies n cream and more can be found on the shops menu, not to mention a variety of toppings like Nutella, M&Ms 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.
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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. Dont miss their raspberry and white chocolate, root beer float or their salted caramel brownies.
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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 grocers freezer or local pop-up markets and events.
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1408 Main St., Over-the-Rhine The chemistry behind Buzzed Bulls 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.
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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.
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1218 Broadway St., Pendleton Helmed by the Ganims, Cincinnatis 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 Parlors 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