Sure, the Thanskgiving turkey typically gets all the attention and recognition but let's be honest: The real MVPs of the day come in the form of sugary-sweet desserts and pies that make saving room worth it. Whether you're hosting or just contributing to the cause, skip the ordinary supermarket finds and let one of Bergen County's desserteries make your Thanksgiving feast look uniquely good -- and taste even better. Be sure to put in your orders early as these spots are hot and sure to sell out quick.
Pies & Quiches, Park Ridge For the freshest Thanksgiving pies made with quality ingredients, look no further than Pies & Quiches, which has a number of options for the big day. Choose from flavors including Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, Coconut, Blueberry, Cherry or their infamous Apple Crumb made in 6-inch and 9-inch options. All holiday orders should be placed in advance, as these pies are super popular and sell out quickly.
Sprinklez, Hillsdale The local ice cream shop has officially broken out of their (chocolate) shell to present tasty offerings in the form of special order pies and more. Some seasonal options starting this week through at least Christmas include the Cannoli Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Mixed Berry Pie, Peanut Butter Pie, Coconut Cream Pie and more. Plus, they're baking up baklava, zucchini bread and Italian Cheesecake, in addition to their classic ice cream sammies and custom-order cakes. All items are made from scratch.
L'Arte della Pasticceria, Ramsey Thanksgiving dessert is anything but ordinary with L'Arte della Pasticceria's special holiday menu, which takes seasonal ingredients to a new level. Choose from items such as the Pumpkin Cheesecake, creamy Dolce Autunno or one of their Italian Sweet Pies such as Apple Crumb, Cioccolato E Pere or Ricotta and Cherries. Serve it up with their Pumpkin Spice Gelato for the perfect fall combo.
Raw Roots Café, Northvale This plant-based café known for their healthy, natural ingredients is offering dessert trays in a variety of sizes for turkey day. Order an assortment of their mini-sized treats, including the Pumpkin Cinnabun, Caramel Apple Bar, Good Bar, Chocolate PB Brownie, Carrot Cake Bar and Pumpkin Pie Bar. All treats are served in bite-sized portions so you can sample one -- or all.
Bourbon Street Beignet, Westwood Beignets may not be what initially comes to mind when thinking about Thanksgiving, yet this Westwood spot will quickly have you changing your tune. Try one of their dessert croissant flatbreads, such as the Nutella and Marshmallow, or grab some of their new frosted and sprinkled beignets for a sweet surprise. The Croissant Crumb Cake is also the perfect twist on a Thanksgiving favorite.
Abma's Farm, Wyckoff For no frills, farm-fresh flavors, check out Abma's Farm's holiday menu. Their bakery items include fresh breads, such as Pumpkin Spice, Zucchini Walnut and Apple Cinnamon Crumb (including a sugar-free apple option), Pumpkin Cheesecake, Almond and Chocolate Pudding Babka, plus 13 different flavors of seasonal pies, from Coconut Custard to Pumpkin Walnut.
Mimi's Cookies, Waldwick Dessert doesn't just taste good, it looks beautiful, with the addition of Thanksgiving/Autumn-themed cookies from Mimi's Cookies. Choose from a fall-themed Cornucopia Platter, box up some leaves and pumpkins, take a slice of a Thanksgiving cookie "pie," or even present a "paint your own" turkey cookie to keep the kids entertained and satisfied, and leave you feeling thankful.