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Welcome, readers, to your weekly Johnson County Top Picks List.
This time, we asked readers for their top recommendations for baked goods in Johnson County. And boy, they, uh, rose to the occasion.
As the sugar rush of the holiday season approaches, be sure to stop by one or all of these stores for a pick-me-up, especially if you’re looking for last-minute gifts. Many of these places also have Christmas themed goodies!
Here we are…
Sincerely, Boulangerie & Café
This local bakery in south-central Overland Park is called “America’s best kept secret,” according to their website. But Post’s customers and readers alike need to be in the know, because Best Regards came out on top as the # 1 pick this week!
“So difficult to choose just one item! Said Post reader Julie Elfving. “Cherrie and Robert Duensing started this bakery over 20 years ago with the goal of providing customers with authentic baked goods made from scratch using only high quality ingredients custom designed for picky people like me. . “
For Elfving, his favorite “guilty treat” is chocolate eclair, a traditional choux pastry filled with custard and covered in chocolate. The bakery also offers cinnamon buns, coffee cakes, cream puffs, etc. The iced sugar cookies and the cranberry orange cookies were highly recommended by Post readers.
Don’t forget their cooking menu, including grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as seasonal items like fresh ice cream and hot soups. The article’s reader, Barbara S. King, also recommends the Gooey Butter Cake.
Located at 6759 W. 119th St., Best Regards Bakery & Café is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Kitchen opening hours on weekdays are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A mainstay of The Shops of Prairie Village, Dolce Bakery is very popular among Post readers. Cakes often need to be ordered in advance. Come early and call ahead!
Dolce Bakery describes itself as “a warm, artisanal scratch-off bakery”. Christmas orders have already closed, but goodies will be available in the shop daily from now until early afternoon on Christmas Eve.
Try the freshly baked cookies and cupcakes, or the delicious items from the breakfast menu. Or, if you’re like Instagrammer katiej0y57, just order “Anything from Dolce! “
Located at 3930 W. 69th Terrace, the Dolce Bakery is open 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am to 4 pm Saturday. Check ahead for vacation hours next week.
Brian’s Bakery and Restaurant
Readers of articles make this Mission bakery a regular stopover when looking for a tasty treat. Located downtown on Johnson Drive, Brian’s Bakery & Eatery sells a ton of Christmas-themed cookies, hot chocolate bombs, cake balls, and other delicious treats.
Shelby Exposito message reader says to try Brian’s Bakery if you haven’t already.
“Brian’s Bakery in Mission scones and iced sugar cookies are the two best desserts in the county,” Exposito said. “There are over a dozen flavors of scones, and they’re all fantastic, for breakfast or for dessert. Our friends ask us to bring the sugar cookies to every holiday event – they’re big enough to share and have really unique frosting.
Don’t forget the restaurant! Come here for a bowl of hot peppers or other savory items on the lunch menu.
Located at 5622 Johnson Drive, Brian’s Bakery & Eatery is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
André’s Swiss Confectionery
Refined, upscale Swiss chocolate and cuisine, Confiserie Suisse d’André is family-owned and operated, with literally something for everyone looking for candy.
With two locations in Overland Park and Kansas City, Missouri, this shop is known for its traditional Swiss Christmas tea cookies, according to its website.
“The Buche Noel (Yule Log) from André’s Swiss Confectionery in Leawood is a Christmas favorite,” said Sara Koulen, Post reader, Leawood. “So succulent and difficult to make yourself, so this is definitely an item to get from a real baker. Andre’s has a great selection of cakes and cookies, but Buche Noel stands out.
André’s is ready for Christmas, with plenty of on-the-go gifts and treats ready to go.
The Johnson County location is 4929 W. 119th St. at Hawthorne Plaza. Retail hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The tea room’s lunch hours are 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Coffee and pastries are served before and after lunch.
Clock Tower Bakery and Cafe
This British-inspired bakery in downtown Overland Park is definitely the place to go for Post readers about the baked goods and afternoon tea market.
From cakes and croissants to savory items like hot sandwiches and pizzas, there’s something for everyone at this boutique.
Overland Park post reader Alice Capson especially likes the sweet treats at Clock Tower Bakery.
“They make great brownies,” Capson said. “I love their chocolate croissants, but order them plain a day or more in advance. When I go to the OP Farmers Market I usually have one of these treats although they have a lot more of them. I hope to try their afternoon tea one day; you have to book in advance.
Located at 7911 Santa Fe Drive, Clock Tower Bakery is open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.