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.

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

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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.

See also: First Look: Piccione Pastry

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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.

See also: Happy Hour at the Feasting Fox

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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.

See also: I Scream Cakes Gets a Second Wind

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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.

See also: A Look Inside Insomnia Cookies' New Central West End Storefront

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Living Room's Peanut-Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookie: A Flourless Treat to Go With Your Coffee

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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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Living Room's peanut-butter chocolate-chip cookie. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Since opening in mid-December, Living Room (2808 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-306-7626) has taken care in pairing small-batch roasted, single-origin coffees from around the world with a variety of from-scratch baked goods. The sweets selection varies by day and includes everything from cinnamon rolls and quick breads to baker Nate Larson's personal favorite: his peanut-butter chocolate-chip cookie.

See also: A Look Inside Living Room, A New Coffeehouse in Maplewood

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Stimulus Baking Company's Pad-Thai Cupcake: A Unique Vegan-Friendly 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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Stimulus Baking Company's Pad-Thai cupcake. | Photos by Mabel Suen
"The general vision I've always had is to offer sweet treats that are vegan, but not typical. Or boring. Stimulating, you might say. Pushing ideas. Pushing flavors," says baker Lauren Holste, who started Stimulus Baking Company five years ago as an excuse to share her innovative desserts to the masses.

For years her home creations found their way to south-city events, and into the hands of family and friends. Thanks to Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand; 314-357-7717), where Holste works as a line cook, the general public can now get a taste of Stimulus' sweets nearly any day of the week. Choose from cake flavors such as "Root-Beer Float" and "Salted-Caramel Cashew," or keep an eye out for the one that really put a signature spin on it all: the "Pad-Thai Cupcake."

See also: First Look: Lulu's Local Eatery

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La Bonne Bouchée's Strawberry-Mousseline Cake: A Fruit-Filled Local Favorite

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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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La Bonne Bouchee's strawberry-mousseline cake. | Photos by Mabel Suen
"If I lined up each strawberry-mousseline cake we've made over the years end to end, they'd probably stretch all the way around the world!" says chef-owner Olivier Leguet in a charming French accent. Since 1981, Leguet has crafted this delicate yet decadent dessert in the kitchen at La Bonne Bouchée (12344 Olive Boulevard; 314-576-6606) -- French for "the good bite" -- and the demand never lets up. With a staff of 40, he creates a brimming pastry case every day in his Parisian patisserie, using at least 800 pounds of strawberries every week to fill and top his trademark cake.

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