Better or Bust: Magnolia Bakery’s Holiday Desserts

“Sex and the City” was right—these desserts are good!

We recently tasted a number of Magnolia Bakery’s holiday offerings and were delighted with them (they get a rating of “better”). We particularly loved the red velvet mini-cheesecakes with a chocolate cookie crust ($6.50 each, over-the-top rich and generally to-die-for), the “famous” banana pudding—a stunner, totally deserving of its title ($4.75 for 12 oz.), and the gingerbread cupcakes with light-as-a-feather vanilla bean meringue frosting ($3.50 each).

Here’s a list of Magnolia’s other holiday offerings. Note: Some people (including us) find the buttercream frosting on some of Magnolia’s cupcakes to be too sweet—we prefer the meringue frosting for this reason. But, we’re betting your children wouldn’t notice a difference …

Happy Holidays!

Note: Magnolia Bakery is located on the first floor of Block 37, at 108 N. State St. in downtown Chicago.

Holiday Cupcakes ($3.50 each)
Christmas Cupcakes – available beginning December 19 (available for pre-order now)
Hanukkah Cupcakes – available beginning December 19 (available for pre-order now)
Winter Cupcakes – now available

All of the above cupcakes are available in vanilla or chocolate, topped with vanilla buttercream and edible odes to the holidays.


Holiday Cookies ($7 per bag; 6 cookies per bag, unless otherwise noted)
Sno-ball Cookies – Delicate and delicious pecan cookies gently rolled in powdered sugar.
Crinkle Cookies – Rich and chocolaty, with crinkled tops dusted lightly with powdered sugar.
Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Mini versions of the extra large chocolate cookie with white chocolate chunks, dried cranberries and toasted pecans. (5 in a bag).
Shortbread Cookies – Lemon shortbread dipped in chocolate (yum!) or rimmed with a holiday border.

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons
– $1.50 each
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with rich coconut macaroons, dipped in smooth, semi-sweet chocolate.

Cupcake Ornament Box, $24 (MINIS)
A festive assortment of mini chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with Christmas colored icing, topped with sugar ornaments.

Hanukkah Dreidel Box, $24 (MINIS)
The kids (and grown-ups) will love this freshly baked assortment of vanilla and chocolate mini cupcakes, topped with buttercream and edible dreidels.

New Year’s Eve Cupcakes, $3.75 each
2012 is right around the corner. These festive and elegant New Year’s cupcakes pair well with champagne and will make your dessert table sparkle. Place party orders early.