10 Metro Phoenix Desserts to Pre-Order for Thanksgiving

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Dayvid LeMmon
Sweet buttermilk pie from Shelley's Specialty Desserts
Turkey, stuffing, countless side dishes, dinner rolls -- you have enough on your plate to make for Thanksgiving. By ordering dessert from an expert baker, you free up some time to relax on the holiday, are ensured that the final course won't leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth, and save yourself from disappointment when half the crowd is too stuffed to enjoy the homemade creation you slaved over. Plus, you get to support local businesses, and who doesn't like to do that?

See also:
- Chow Bella's Thanksgiving Dining Guide: Where to Dine Out in Metro Phoenix
- Don't Want to Spend Thanksgiving Day in the Kitchen? Where to Buy Ready-Made Dishes

Shelley Au's Sweet Buttermilk Pie

Southerners craving a taste of home will weep with joy after sampling this buttermilk pie ($15). This perfectly balanced pie is a dessert that everyone can fall in love with at first bite. The filling, with a generous helping of sugar and butter, tastes rich without being as heavy as a crème brûlée. Served with warm caramel sauce, this pie is so good it might make your relatives forget all about the pumpkin or pecan -- which you can also pick up from Shelley's Specialty Desserts in downtown Glendale if you want to serve a classic Thanksgiving selection.

Roasted Pear Brown Sugar Shortbread from Urban Cookies Bakeshop

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Kate Crowley
There's one in every family: the person who claims not to like sweets, who chooses plain shortbread over chocolate chip cookies. Wow them -- and everyone else too -- with this seasonal baked bar ($31.89/dozen). It's rich with buttery flavor, has hints of deep caramel, and is topped with thinly sliced roasted pears. They're a more manageable size than a slice of pie, and it'll be lighter on your already-full stomach too. In case pear isn't your thing, we also recommend the holiday ginger molasses bread ($10.74). Both are available through December 31; call 602-451-4335 to order.

Tracy Dempsey's Red Hot Chile Pepita Cranberry Brittle

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Tracy Dempsey Originals
If your family isn't that into dessert -- or is so into dessert that you put out sweets to snack on while prepping the big meal -- this unique brittle is a must-have. It packs some heat thanks to the chile flakes, but the cranberries (and what's Thanksgiving without cranberries?) will offset the heat with tart sweetness. Afraid of the spice? Try her bacon-pecan brittle instead. Tracy Dempsey Originals products can be found at Smeeks, Arcadia Farms, Wedge & Bottle, and Changing Hands Bookstore, and orders can be placed by calling 602-376-9021.

Location Info

Urban Cookies and Bakeshop

4711 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tammie Coe Cakes

610 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ticoz Resto-Bar

5114 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bertha's Cafe

3134 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Farm at South Mountain

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Farm Kitchen

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Tolteca

1205 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Arcadia Farms

7014 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Changing Hands Bookstore

6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Wedge & Bottle

4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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So excited you mentioned Shelley's. Love her, love her lemon bars.


I haven't tried it yet, but I'm excited to order from www.classiccakesandconfections.com; I met Lisa at the Scottsdale Farmer's Market this past weekend and those pies look delish! :)


I always get Beckett's Table's Fig & Pecan pie - TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!


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