If you’ve hung out around here for more than 5 minutes, you know I love desserts. Simple homemade treats, to decadent bakery specialties, a week (ok let’s be real, a day), doesn’t go by where I’m not enjoying a treat. Sweet over salty any day—who’s with me? Or the best is a chocolate chip cookie with Maldon sea salt sprinkled on top. While part of my life’s mission is to discover the world’s best chocolate chip cookies, I do expand my dessert repertoire to explore beyond this classic.
I think desserts are so much more than an indulgence or ending to a meal—they can make for a thoughtful gift, an unexpected surprise, a condolence, a celebration, a sentiment of love, a gesture of hospitality—you get it. I’m convinced that sweets can be nothing short of a spiritual experience and should not be something people think of as a “special treat” or feel shame for if you have a few.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff. I’ve racked my brain, notes, and photos for the best bakeries in Austin. Is it cookies you’re looking for? Your new Saturday morning cinnamon roll? The best birthday cake? The best cookie delivery to send to a friend? The best dessert to send on Valentine’s Day? I’ve compiled and categorized my favorite bakeries for all kinds of occasions. Read on and enjoy some of the happiest foods with me later!