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Visions of Sugar

Though cookies and candy canes abound this time of year, seek specialty treats at dessert-only destinations to satisfy your sweet tooth. At Capogiro (locations include 119 S. 13th St., 215.351.0900), artisanal flavors of gelato and sorbetto are inspired by the season and change daily; tastes might include cranberry and heirloom apple or sweet potato with pecan praline. Decadent desserts have a retro vibe at Brown Betty Dessert Boutique (722 N. Second St., 215.629.0999), where cakes and pies are inspired by the owners’ family-heirloom recipes. Whether studded with spices or draped with fruit (like the cheesecake shown here), these sweets are simply divine. Along East Passyunk Avenue, Belle Cakery (1437 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.271.2299) creates sophisticated confections with names like ”Indulge” (dark chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline) and ”Sunshine” (poppyseed genoise with lemon curd), as well as beautiful baked goods and pastries like profiteroles and French macarons.