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8 Must-Try Holiday Desserts

Have the best dessert table around with these locally made, delicious goodies

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Staying true to the classic adage of “the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach,” we’re celebrating the Christmas season with a sack full of treats. Cakes, chocolates, cookies, custard – these delicious desserts are what we find so appealing about this most glorious time of festive feasting.


With a frosting made of white chocolate that creates a beautiful blank canvas to create, these pleasantly soft and chewy sugar cookies from Sweet Lorraine’s Candy Shoppe hit the spot. Each are beautifully decorated with a different theme that make them almost too beautiful to eat. 211 Waseca Ave., Barrington. 401-694-1128.

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Dark chocolate is hard to pull off, but Jennifer’s Chocolates works wonders with their dark chocolate peppermint bark. The smooth cocoa flavor melts across the tongue while a subtle peppermint tinge helps keep the bitterness at bay. One staff member remarked, “This would be fantastic with a cup of coffee,” while another said, “It’d make a perfect gift.” 160 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 783-8423.

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This perfect-for-dunking gluten-free cookie from Eva Ruth’s is highlighted by its different textures of plump raisins, oatmeal, chocolate chips and sweet frosting. One of our staff members commented how oatmeal cookies remind her of the holidays. Well, ‘tis the season for eating cookies. 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-619-1924.

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The amount of joy brought about from sinking teeth into Colvitto’s gingerbread cookies cannot be expressed enough. Each one individually decorated, the cookies are soft, somewhat chewy, providing a sensual experience made all the better by the creamy frosting. 91 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett. 783-8086.

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Snowflakes aren’t just reserved for the outdoors anymore. Now you can bring Provender Fine Food’s chocolate pepper snowflake cookies inside. With a nice cocoa flavor, not too strong hints of black pepper and a nice chewy texture, these are oversized and big enough to share... if you want to. 3883 Main Road, Tiverton. 401-624-8084.

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With meringue mushrooms and butter cream leaves, Sweet Cakes’ bûche de Noël is as delicious as it is attractive. All at once moist, soft, light and fluffy, this seasonal treat brings forth a decadent dark chocolate mousse that complements the inherent sweetness of the Yule Log’s chocolate angel food cake. 1227 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. 789-5420.

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This festive gingerbread cookie from Seven Stars Bakery is actually available year-round, and for good reason. It is what a gingerbread cookie should be: chewy with a hint of real ginger that is not overpowering. And to top it off it is shaped like a star, perfect for the top of a cookie holiday tree. Rumford Center, 20 Newman Ave., Rumford. 401-521-2200.

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Accompanied by a deliciously spiced gingerbread man, Vesta Bakery’s eggnog creme caramel offers lush, velvety textures and a smooth eggnog-infused custard. After digging through the rich whipped cream and layer of dark rum, there lies at the bottom a crunchy sugar cookie, adding a satisfying bite to what already is a fantastic dessert. 47 Railroad Ave, Westerly. 348-7055.