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9 Killer Winter Desserts to Try Right Now in MPLS

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There are still 4 days left before the New Year. And that means there are still 4 days left in 2013 to indulge in dessert before kale casseroles and wheat grass juices take center stage as New Year's resolutions begin. From peppermint to sweet potato to butterscotch, these are the desserts to scarf down before hopping on the treadmill as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. So without further ado, 9 desserts to try right now in the Twin Cities, mapped in roughly geographic order for your dessert-noshing pleasure.

Will you be trying another spectacular seasonal dessert around town before the New Year? Let us know in the comments.


Lucy Nieboer

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honey & Rye Bakehouse

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4501 Excelsior Blvd
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
(612) 844-2555
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Butterscotch Meringue Pie: This new bakery is already establishing a reputation as a go-to spot for handcrafted breads, but with a buttery crust, sweet toffee filling, and golden toasted meringue topping, the Butterscotch Meringue Pie may give this cozy spot a pie rep as well.

2. Tilia

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2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 354-2806
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Sweet Potato Bread Pudding: This modern Linden Hills spot sticks to its clever New American style by taking a classic savory ingredient, sweet potatoes, and reinventing them in a dessert. Sweet potatoes play into a doughy bread pudding for a rich treat.

3. Broders' Pasta Bar

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5000 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 925-9202
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Pomegranate Cheesecake: The distinctly tart, autumnal fruit makes its way into the smooth, creamy cake with a dark swirl of red filling. The creamy indulgence with a slight bite is a satisfying finish to a meal, if you have room after pasta.

4. Lucia's

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1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-1572
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Pumpkin Quince Cake: This classic Uptown spot mixes the spiced pumpkin flavors that have become so popular over the years into a fluffy cake topped with an even lighter frosting.

5. Icehouse

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2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 276-6523
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Pumpkin PIe Jar: This Eat Street spot, known for their late night menu and music has a rotating selection of deconstructed desserts that are presented in glass jars. This no-bake dessert includes a pumpkin panna cotta filling and milk chocolate ganache and is topped with a toasted pumpkin seed garnish.

6. Union Fish Market

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731 Hennepin Avenue, Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Lefsa Layer Cake: This downtown spot's recent menu update included the addition of this cake made of the delicate Norwegian flapjacks known as lefse or lefsa, complete with buttered potato ice cream and tart lingonberry sauce.

7. Victory 44

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2203 44th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 588-2228
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Chocolate Finale This snow white beauty seemingly escapes its name. Light hue and all, it's actually full of chocolatey goodness. A white chocolate dome sitting on a plate dusted with cranberry sugar encases a white chocolate meringue piled with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream and a garnish of cranberry coulis.

8. The Mill Northeast

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1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 315-2340
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Apple Kuchen: Crumbly, sweet topping sits on a bed of spiced apples with a scoop of Surly ice cream. This simple dessert pops with an unexpected flavor combo.

9. Cafe Latte

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850 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-5687
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Candy Cane Peppermint Buttercream: This chic cafe on Grand Avenue is a good spot to indulge in one last candy cane goody—this time in a grown-up peppermint layer cake with a dark chocolate ganache.

1. Honey & Rye Bakehouse

4501 Excelsior Blvd, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
Butterscotch Meringue Pie: This new bakery is already establishing a reputation as a go-to spot for handcrafted breads, but with a buttery crust, sweet toffee filling, and golden toasted meringue topping, the Butterscotch Meringue Pie may give this cozy spot a pie rep as well.
4501 Excelsior Blvd
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

2. Tilia

2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding: This modern Linden Hills spot sticks to its clever New American style by taking a classic savory ingredient, sweet potatoes, and reinventing them in a dessert. Sweet potatoes play into a doughy bread pudding for a rich treat.
2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

3. Broders' Pasta Bar

5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Pomegranate Cheesecake: The distinctly tart, autumnal fruit makes its way into the smooth, creamy cake with a dark swirl of red filling. The creamy indulgence with a slight bite is a satisfying finish to a meal, if you have room after pasta.
5000 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

4. Lucia's

1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pumpkin Quince Cake: This classic Uptown spot mixes the spiced pumpkin flavors that have become so popular over the years into a fluffy cake topped with an even lighter frosting.
1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

5. Icehouse

2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Pumpkin PIe Jar: This Eat Street spot, known for their late night menu and music has a rotating selection of deconstructed desserts that are presented in glass jars. This no-bake dessert includes a pumpkin panna cotta filling and milk chocolate ganache and is topped with a toasted pumpkin seed garnish.
2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

6. Union Fish Market

731 Hennepin Avenue, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Lefsa Layer Cake: This downtown spot's recent menu update included the addition of this cake made of the delicate Norwegian flapjacks known as lefse or lefsa, complete with buttered potato ice cream and tart lingonberry sauce.
731 Hennepin Avenue, Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

7. Victory 44

2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Chocolate Finale This snow white beauty seemingly escapes its name. Light hue and all, it's actually full of chocolatey goodness. A white chocolate dome sitting on a plate dusted with cranberry sugar encases a white chocolate meringue piled with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream and a garnish of cranberry coulis.
2203 44th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

8. The Mill Northeast

1851 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
Apple Kuchen: Crumbly, sweet topping sits on a bed of spiced apples with a scoop of Surly ice cream. This simple dessert pops with an unexpected flavor combo.
1851 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN

9. Cafe Latte

850 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Candy Cane Peppermint Buttercream: This chic cafe on Grand Avenue is a good spot to indulge in one last candy cane goody—this time in a grown-up peppermint layer cake with a dark chocolate ganache.
850 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

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