The Rolling Pin, 3170 E. Sunshine St., Suite 1, Springfield, 417-493-6599
These sugar cookies feature always-perfect lettering and some of the neatest, smoothest and shiniest royal icing work we’ve seen. Recently we’ve loved seeing the combination of the sweet llamas and friendly, prickly cacti. They are almost too pretty to eat.
When to Order Them: When you are in charge of the potluck dessert, and you aim to impress.
La Galette Berrichonne, 143 E. Main St., Fordland, 417-738-2112
These cute cream puffs are made with tender choux pastry and so much not-too-sweet cream filling that the top of the choux sits on it like a jaunty little beret. It’s absolutely darling.
When to Order It: When you’re feeling French.
Milk and Honey
Progress, 2144 E. Republic Road, Suite B101, Springfield, 417-799-9388
First of all, this dessert just looks interesting: a smooth and clean square of creamy whiteness sits beside a sleek quenelle of rich shininess, all topped with a meticulously placed sprinkle of crunchiness. It looks curious and tastes amazing. It’s made up of a honey semifreddo, milk jam and almond streusel, which—it turns out—were made for each other.
When to Order It: When you’re taking out-of-town guests to dinner.