As temperatures dip and the holidays draw near, our thoughts turn to sweet treats from petit fours to profiteroles.
Simply irresistible, Café Julie’s stollen, a traditional German holiday bread, is baked with nuts, spices, and dried fruit. A filling of rich almond paste is added to the center.
Whether entertaining at home or going out on the town, exquisite desserts from three of our favorite cafés and bakeries are sure to dazzle your holiday guests.
Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery
Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery has a huge local following. Since 1999, customers have flocked to its door for the pies and cakes, pastries, and breads. But you may not be aware of its impressive legacy.
The Boonzaaijer family has been baking for five generations. The earliest baker in the family dates back to the Netherlands in 1772, and the current manager, Stephen Boonzaaijer, takes pride in carrying on that legacy with quality ingredients and good workmanship.
The pumpkin cheesecake kicks off the season at the end of September. What makes it so special is the buttery Dutch crust made with a proprietary blend of speculaas spices. With a brown sugar–pecan streusel topping, it’s nothing short of addictive.
Over the holidays, the Dutch butter cookies are the single best seller. Order a holiday assortment, and you’ll enjoy melt-in-your-mouth treasures, shaped like Christmas trees, holiday ornaments, and wreaths, all sprinkled with red and green sugar.
The tradition of spice-filled, Dutch windmill cookies goes back hundreds of years. Thin and crisp, the cookies are pressed in the shape of a Dutch windmill.
For a Dutch holiday treat, order the Oliebollen—available only on Saturdays. These deep fried, golden brown nuggets of flavor are filled with raisins, currants, and apples and then rolled in powdered or cinnamon sugar. Traditionally, the Oliebollen are sold in Dutch street stands and served warm with a sugar coating.
Passionate about carrying on his family tradition, Stephen Boonzaaijer is always conscious of standing on the shoulders of his father and his grandfather and the generations who came before them.
Café Julie’s, The Broadmoor
Enter Café Julie’s on a cold, snowy day, and you’ll be captivated by this European-inspired French pâtisserie and café. Lines of glass cases filled with breakfast pastries, gelatos, petit gâteaux, and luxury chocolates invite you to linger.
Enjoy a café mocha and begin your journey with the top holiday seller: the panettone, a classic Italian holiday bread. Fiori di Sicilia (orange flower essence) imparts an enticing aroma, and the addition of dried fruits and nuts makes this a perfect morning bread.
For a new twist on a holiday favorite, you can’t pass up Café Julie’s mini Bûches de Noël. Whether you choose banana caramel with coffee and cinnamon–infused cremeux and dark chocolate or raspberry and cranberry with a chocolate mousse, your guests will be delighted.
The elegant Bourdaloue pear tart, filled with almond frangipane and poached pears, is another classic holiday dessert.
Visually stunning, the Black Forest verrine, encased in a decorative glass jar, offers layers of brandied cherries, chocolate mousse, Kirsch panna cotta, and vanilla whipped cream.
For the ultimate in decadence, take home a selection of Café Julie’s exquisite, handcrafted chocolates in an elegant, jewel-like box. Each tiny treasure—from salted caramels to honey hazelnut bonbons—is a work of art.
To truly experience the magic of Café Julie’s peek inside the window of the chocolate room as Executive Baking & Pastry Chef Adam Thomas and his team enrobe chocolate, make bonbons, and build dazzling chocolate sculptures.
Marigold Café and Bakery
For more than 30 years, the Marigold Café and Bakery has set the gold standard for its gourmet French cuisine and world-class bakery.
Head Pastry Chef José Aguilar, and his talented team create French pâtisserie–style desserts and bakery items with such elegance and flair that they have consistently won Best of the Springs awards as well as a legion of devoted customers.
The pumpkin cheesecake, a fluffy blend of cream cheese, whipped cream, pumpkin purée, and spices, is in such demand that sales begin in October. But don’t ask for the recipe; the spices are top secret.
Marigold’s fresh fruit tart offers the perfect ending to any holiday meal. With its butter-filled pastry crust, silky Bavarian cream filling and glistening crown of fresh berries, it is a true masterpiece.
The triple chocolate mousse cake will satisfy even the most ardent chocolate lover. This moist dark chocolate cake is layered with bittersweet, white, and milk chocolate mousse, covered in chocolate ganache and topped with white chocolate shavings.
Looking for an elegant assortment of pastries to wow your guests? Choose the Napoleon, chocolate éclair, tiramisu, and apple tart. Your guests will feel as though they have stepped into a Parisian pâtisserie.
December first, Marigold’s takes orders for its show-stopping Yule Logs. You can choose either dark chocolate mousse with dark chocolate cake or raspberry mousse with vanilla cake. Topped with chocolate ganache, each Yule Log is beautifully decorated with meringue mushrooms, foil-wrapped chocolate pieces, and tiny toy Santas and Christmas trees.