Just Desserts

Sweet secrets for after you eat. Or before.

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L

et us praise Ruth Graves Wakefield. She’s the Whitman woman who, in 1937, invented the chocolate-chip cookie at her Toll House Restaurant—proving yet again that all good things come from Massachusetts. Alas, Graves sold all rights to the “Toll House” name to Nestlé and the restaurant burned down on New Year’s Eve in 1984. But we still get to enjoy our cookies. Here are 14 delicious cookie secrets,including other historic confections, pastries that will drive you nutty, vegan varieties, and Italian sweet treats from a North End bakery (no, not that one) open all night:

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A bakery with food both fresh and famous
 

2


A great bakery in a surreal setting
 

3


A nut-box pastry that will drive you nutty
 

4


A fancy restaurant where dessert is half price—if you know when to go
 

5


A pie shop that’s a chocolate lover’s dream
 

6


Cupcake heaven? Yup. And you won’t believe where
 

7


An Italian bakery vegans—and the rest of us—can love
 

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A well-known bakery that still is cooking up some secrets
 

9


A North End bakery that serves it up all day—and night
 

10


A neighborhood bagel favorite you didn’t know also has cookies
 

11


A hidden Irish bakery that’s a taste of the old country
 

12


A bakery whose treats are always just out of the oven
 

13


A neat, petite treat that takes the cake
 

14

A cake bakery you never knew was there
 
 

15

A sweet surprise you’ll really like
 
 

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A New England dessert that’s in a class by itself
 

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