Pastries of Denmark's Petit Fours: Bite-Size Confections From Copenhagen to Creve Coeur

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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An assortment of petit fours from Pastries of Denmark. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since 1988, Pastries of Denmark (12613 Olive Boulevard; 314-469-7879) has offered residents of Creve Coeur a variety of eats and sweets in its European-style cafe. Chef-owner Kristian Vesth -- a fourth-generation baker -- whips up everything from authentic Danish pastries and breads to cheesecakes, pies and cupcakes. The dessert most true to his roots, however, is the petit four, a miniature confection he brought with him all the way from Copenhagen's landmark Hotel D'Angleterre.

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Lucky Buddha's Five-Spice Crème Brûlée: A Spice-Infused Rendition of a Classic Dessert

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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Lucky Buddha's five-spice crème brulee. | Photos by Mabel Suen

At Lucky Buddha (3701 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-833-4568), chef Rene Cruz offers up his own twist on Asian cuisine, borrowing concepts from tried-and-true traditions and fusing them into his own contemporary creations. His five-spice crème brûlée is a perfect example of this approach, taking a familiar dish and giving it a personal spin.

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Amy's Corner Bakeshop's Scones: A Simple Family Recipe For a Versatile, Perfected Pastry

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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Cranberry-orange scones. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Amy's Corner Bakeshop (4476 Chouteau Avenue; 314-371-2253) is as traditional as it gets for a homegrown American bakery. The Grove cafe opened in 2013 and offers the best of owner Amy Verkamp-McArthy's family recipes. Each week, her grandmother even comes in to bake a classic cake, available by the slice.

Alongside cinnamon rolls, muffins, cookies, coffee cake and gooey-butter cake, one special item always makes it into the pastry case every time the shop opens its doors: scones, made with a recipe perfected over the years by Verkamp-McArthy's mother.

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Vincent Van Doughnut's "Mini Vinnies": Fun, Flavorful Doughnut Holes From Scratch

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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The latest "Mini Vinnie": a gooey-butter filled doughnut hole dipped in chocolate and topped with ganache. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since rolling out its artisanal doughnuts in November 2013, Vincent Van Doughnut has made tracks all over town, offering its from-scratch treats on the streets, at Straub's Markets and even paired with ice cream for breakfast. On March 14, the food truck set roots in Clayton with its first brick-and-mortar storefront at 40 North Central Avenue in Clayton.

On any given day, visitors can look forward to a rotating set of around a dozen offerings including one of chef-owner Vincent Marsden's ongoing series of creations: "Mini Vinnies," or doughnut holes with decadent fillings or dips.

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Piccione Pastry's Sfogliatella Riccia: A Flaky, Orange and Ricotta Filled Italian Pastry

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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The sfogliatella riccia at Piccione Pastry. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since opening in 2013, Piccione Pastry (6197 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-1355) has offered some of the best desserts in town. Six days a week, choose from a variety of Italian-style confections available at its Delmar Loop storefront including ten different kinds of cannolis, cookies by the pound, rum-infused cakes and perhaps most notably, its signature treats made fresh each morning: the sfogliatella riccia.

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The Feasting Fox's Warm Apple Strudel: A Simple and Comforting European-Style Dessert

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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The Feasting Fox's apple strudel. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Some desserts simply stand the test of time, and the warm apple strudel at the the Feasting Fox (4200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-352-3500) is no exception. Chef Joe Feltmann, who has headed up the kitchen the German-themed restaurant for fourteen years, says this classic has held its spot on the dessert menu for as long as he can remember.

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I Scream Cake's "I Scream Sammys": Artisan Ice Cream Between Vincent Van Doughnut Treats

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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I Scream Cakes' blueberry-cheesecake ice cream paired with Vincent Van Doughnut's blueberry-cheesecake doughnut. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since opening in 2011, I Scream Cakes (2641 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5758) has offered picture-perfect ice cream cakes using its own from-scratch, all-natural ice cream. Chef and owner Kerry Soraci, who moonlights as a tattoo artist at Iron Age Tattoo, makes one-of-a-kind, award-winning treats including everything from intricate, fully edible sculptures to gluten-free drumsticks, garlic ice cream, beer floats and even frozen treats for pups.

Her latest novelty creation features a collaboration with artisan pastry makers Vincent Van Doughnut: the "I Scream Sammy." Every Saturday morning starting at 11 a.m., you can create your own ice-cream sandwich by pairing a doughnut with a scoop of your choice.

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LuciAnna's Pastries' Chocolate-Mousse Cheesecake: A Dreamy Destination Dessert

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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Chocolate-mousse cheesecake from LuciAnna's Pastries. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Adventurers willing to take the drive to check out new Alton, Illinois, businesses, including the Old Bakery Beer Company and Spoon Baking Company, can find even more excuses to explore the area with this worthwhile destination dessert: LuciAnna's Pastries' (212 State Street, Alton, Illinois; 618-433-9395) decadent chocolate-mousse cheesecake.

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Spoon Baking Company's "Spoon Cookie": An Oat, Coconut and Walnut Infused Treat

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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Spoon Baking Company's signature treat, the "Spoon Cookie." | Photos by Mabel Suen

Spoon Baking Company (4 East Broadway; Alton, Illinois; 618-374-6098) opened on December 22, fulfilling the long-time dream of Alton resident Diana Schuler, who co-owns the business with her husband Ryan. The bite-size, 350-square-foot bakery is reminiscent of a homey Martha Stewart set piece, featuring a bright white interior accentuated with fresh flowers, dainty bows and a small counter top filled with from-scratch baked goods. Among them is the shop's namesake specialty, the "Spoon Cookie."

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Insomnia Cookies' S'mores Deluxe: An Ooey, Gooey Reminder of the Campfire

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Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

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Insomnia Cookies' "S'mores Deluxe" Cookie. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Sugar lovers seeking warming comfort ought to sink their teeth into one of Insomnia Cookies' best-sellers: the "S'mores Deluxe." The late-night bakery chain opened its first St. Louis location in the Central West End (226 North Euclid Avenue) last November. Last month came an additional location in the Delmar Loop (6301 Delmar Boulevard), serving up warm, American-style cookies seven days a week.

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