Seasonal

10 Metro Phoenix Desserts to Pre-Order for Thanksgiving

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

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.

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Dominique Chatterjee