Denver's ten best dessert spots

Categories: Best of Denver

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We might be able to sate our sweet tooth with a piece of fruit in the summer, but in the dead of winter, nothing but a dessert made with plenty of cream and sugar will do. And with Valentine's Day right around the corner. whether we're drowning our romantic sorrows or celebrating finding true love, you'd better believe that dessert will be on the menu.

In anticipation of the February 14 holiday as well as the upcoming Best of Denver® 2012, which hits the streets on March 29, we've revisited our list of Denver's five best dessert spots and expanded it to ten -- because you can never have too much of a good thing. Here, in no particular order, are Denver's ten best dessert spots:

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A sugar-spackled scone with clotted cream and jam.
Tres Jolie Tea & Champagne Lounge
This Littleton shop is half cafe, half purveyor of pretty things, which makes it an ideal stop for a girly afternoon tea, an occasion that -- let's be honest -- is basically just an excuse to cram your face full of confections. Order the tea at this spot, and you'll get a tiered platter of adorable fruit tarts, frosted cookies, scones with clotted cream and jam, squares of chewy caramel coated in chocolate, and peach bombes. Or make a beeline for the pastry case, where selections change daily. Our favorite is the Sunny, a dense, buttery cookie loaded with sunflower seeds and chocolate chips. Since the cafe closes at 4 p.m., you might need to eat dessert first at Tres Jolie -- but there's nothing wrong with that...

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Linger
Linger
We're paralyzed with indecision every time we look at the dessert menu at Justin Cucci's joint at the edge of Highland, mostly because just about everything that pastry chef Samm Sherman creates sets our hearts aflutter. As with the rest of Linger's menu, nothing on this dessert list is simple -- and everything is surprising. How about a peanut butter cup with bruleed bananas and cabernet jelly coulis? Or Mississippi mud pie made with miso-butterscotch and powdered-sugar-dusted Italian doughnuts served with espresso mousse and lemon espuma?

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Colt & Gray
A summer version of the chocolate ellie.
Colt & Gray
We frequently have a nightcap at Colt & Gray, where we're almost always talked into a dessert, too. Highlights of Jenna Hodges's board of after-dinner sweets include excellent classics -- like sticky toffee pudding and potted cheesecake glazed with salted caramel -- and some creative, delicious twists. Concord-grape jelly doughnuts with peanut brittle ice cream, for instance. Or lemon bread pudding drizzled with white chocolate and sided with a scoop of pink peppercorn ice cream.


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7 comments
Aries9
Aries9

Just because a place is a dessert bar doesn't mean they put out quality pastries. The desserts at crave are some of the worst I've ever tasted.

Jessehall
Jessehall

It is a crime that frasca did not make this list

LB
LB

Much love for the shout-out to Danielle @ BIttersweet. She's been killing it ever since she's been over there!

lipster
lipster

Honestly, I think that sweets need a little more air (or word?) time here at Cafe Society.  Every other day includes a post about green chile, but you can only squeeze out two measly dessert posts within a span of 7 months?  As a local dessert professional (both in creating and eating them...ha!), I know for a fact that there are FAR more desserts worth taking note of in the Denver metro than the 10 you've listed here!  

RockyMountainOyster
RockyMountainOyster

Agree 100% with ChoLon and Colt & Gray. 

Definitely disagree with Linger being on list; I thought both their peanut butter cup and mud pie desserts (mentioned in article) were completely boring. 

My votes: creme brulee at Opus, red velvet cupcake at Euclid Hall, and doughnuts at Salt. 

Neil
Neil

How could you forget the sopaipillas at Casa Bonita?

Gary Peck
Gary Peck

Aion in Boulder has great croissants and pastries.

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