10 Best Places for Dessert in Arizona By
What’s your favorite dessert? Are you a fan of cookies, cupcakes and ice cream? What about s’mores, doughnuts, or brownies? These local Arizona dessert spots have you covered. The following eateries have a variety of mouthwatering desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Check out one of these local spots and let your taste buds do the rest.
Urban Cookies might just be the perfect dessert spot. Led by a husband and wife duo, this locally-owned shop has been churning out decadent desserts to Valley residents since 2005. All of their cookies and cupcakes are made from scratch using natural ingredients free of additives and preservatives. That doesn’t get in the way of flavor, however. Urban Cookies has over mouthwatering cookies, dessert bars, baked doughnuts, and of course, cupcakes. Their cupcakes are so good that they won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2011.
Tucson residents know all about 4th Ave Shopping District. This lively strip is filled with quirky shops and restaurants. At the heart of 4th Ave lies Chocolate Iguana on 4th. This beloved dessert spot has a cozy atmosphere, wide ranging menu, and of course, delicious treats. They carry made from scratch and freshly baked items like cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, croissants, and scones. You can wash them down with a fresh brewed espresso or tasty ice cream shake. Chocolate Iguana on 4th also has a tree-shaded patio, a perfect place to enjoy your dessert.
Three words: ice cream sandwiches. The Baked Bear has taken over the Southwest’s dessert scene by dishing up some seriously tasty (and refreshing) treats. Baked Bear perfected the art of ice cream sandwiches by putting their own unique spin on the genre. You can load up your sandwich with any of 13 flavors of ice cream or 11 types of toppings, like Fruity Pebbles or Nutella. You can also customize your sandwich by making its outer layer with a cookie, brownie or doughnut.
You can taste the creations of a classically-trained pastry chef at Tammie Coe Cakes. This local start up is the brainchild of Tammie Coe, a renowned local baker. Her signature cakes, big cookies, bars and breakfast pastries are the things of local legend. Really, though, Tammy Coe is all about cupcakes. Her red velvet and ooey gooey cupcakes are as dense as they are delicious. Want seconds? You can order her items online, at local Whole Foods, AJs, and even the Sky Harbor airport.
Café a la Cart is a neighborhood breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot located in Tucson’s historic 1865 Stevens House. It has old-timey charm, a garden patio, and of course, delicious desserts. Café a la Cart’s in-house pastry chef makes legendary creations like the mixed berry buttermilk cake and chocolate bomb.
Churn is the kind of place that fills you with nostalgia. This Phoenix dessert spot beckons childhood memories of old-school ice cream parlors. They carry throwback candies and toys. They have dozens of ice cream flavors available to satisfy your sweet tooth. They also have every type of ice cream treat imaginable: sundaes, floats, shakes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and root beer floats. Take a trip and you’ll feel like a kid all over again.
How do you know Mozelle’s Downtown Bakery is a good dessert spot? For one, they’re known for making lavish custom cakes and wedding cakes. Mozelle’s isn’t just a go to spot for a special occasion. They also make a number of treats good for any occasion. They’re a Flagstaff favorite thanks to their made from scratch cheesecakes, cupcakes, and pastries. You can also order made to order custom cookies or a fresh baked pie from one of over a dozen flavors.
You probably expect delicious desserts at a place named “Fatty Daddy’s.” What you might not expect, however, is a commitment to fresh local ingredients. Fatty Daddy’s handcrafted ice creams are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, GMO, and refined sugars. They serve up some of the finest gourmet ice cream in Arizona, available in a variety of rotating flavors. Fatty Daddy’s is also known for their cookie cups, which come with ice cream scoops, a toasted marshmallow, and a fresh macaroon.
Marshmallows are an underrated dessert. They’re often overshadowed in hot cocoa, s’mores, and other extravagant desserts. That’s not the case at Toasted Mallow. This Gilbert store is dedicated to serving up all things marshmallow. Their handcrafted gourmet marshmallows come in over 35 flavors. You’ll find stuffed marshmallows, chocolate dipped marshmallows, and marshmallow whipped fluff for sale. Toasted Mallow, formerly known as Fluff It Marshmallows, also has a large selection of kosher and gluten free marshmallows available.
Forget about a cheat day. Nami is the go-to Arizona dessert spot for health-conscious foodies. They serve up a variety of gluten-free and vegan desserts. You’ll find vegan doughnuts, pastries, and fritters on their menu. Nami’s signature item, a tSoynami, is vegan soy soft serve made with cakes, cookies, peanut butter and more. Most of Nami’s ingredients are also organic. You can eat well and feel good doing it at Nami.