Sweet Spots in Baltimore to Satisfy Dessert Cravings

From delivery cookies to Instagram-worthy waffles, these are the top spots for a sugar rush.

Baltimore may be known for savory specialties like blue crab, but it also has a sweet side. After all, the city is the birthplace of the fudgy Berger cookie, sold at Lexington and Cross street markets, and Domino sugar. Since 1921, the refinery’s bright red sign has become an iconic waterside symbol, with the mill now processing 14 percent of the U.S.’s total glucose needs. several shops in Baltimore claim a piece of that pie, too, from show-stopping bakeries to an eclectic ice cream parlor. Here’s how locals satisfy cravings for delectable desserts.

Charm City Cakes

TV star Duff Goldman’s cakery has been enticing fans since 2002. In addition to ordering fantastic creations, find cakes in jars, cupcakes and fan gear at both the original and the Harbor East outpost. 2936 Remington Ave., 410.235.9229; 618 President St., 410.235.9229

Charm City Cakes Harbor East

Dangerously Delicious Pies

While fronting local band The Glenmont Popes, Rodney Henry hocked his handmade pies, even trading them for lodging. Today, his pies earn raves from rockers and dessert fans alike. 2839 O’Donnell St., 410.522.7437

Dangerously Delicious Pies

Waffie Waffle

This dessert shop seems born for Baltimore’s quirky Hampden neighborhood. Owners Minje Suh and Tommy Choe elevate the humble breakfast staple to Instagram-worthy status with waffles like the “S’more” topped with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, chocolate “drizzle” sauce and marshmallow fluff. The menu also allows for DIYers to get creative with “coatings” like chocolate Oreos and rainbow sprinkles, and sauces like hazelnut and caramel. 839 W. 36th St., no phone

Waffie Waffle

Pitango Bakery & Cafe

This Washington, D.C.-based gelateria’s Baltimore outpost takes up a sunny spot on the waterfront, across the way from the swanky Sagamore Pendry hotel. In addition to house-baked goods, sandwiches and salads, diners satisfy sweet cravings with gelato Italians can get behind. 903 S. Ann St., 443.676.6447

The Charmery

House-made ice creams with out-of-the-ordinary flavors like Old Bay Caramel and Black Sesame draw crowds of locals and visitors alike to Laura and David Alima’s Hampden parlor. Fun fact: the plastic spoons change color when they come into contact with all that frozen goodness. 801 W. 36th St., 410.814.0493

The Charmery

Insomnia Cookies

Cookie lovers in Baltimore can satisfy cravings for red velvet chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter cup and s’mores cookies practically any time. Insomnia’s many local locations deliver the good stuff till 3 am. 3301 N. Charles St., 410.305.7198; 1059 S. Charles St. 410.469.8752; 812 S. Broadway, 410.690.7643

Insomnia Cookies

Cup Love

For a healthier take on sweet treats, you can’t go wrong with fro-yo. This Canton cafe swirls Greek-style frozen yogurt in a wide range of lip-smacking flavors like salted caramel and cake batter with fewer calories. This shop also gilds the lily by offering a full slew of house-made cupcakes, too. Find more than two dozens tastes including red velvet and Butterfinger. 2928 O’Donnell St., 443.627.8955

Sweet 27

Sugar fiends
with dietary restrictions get their fix at this multi-cultural restaurant’s gluten-free bakery, which offers cookies, cupcakes, pies and more. 127 W. 27th St., 410.464.7211

Sweet 27

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