Banana Pudding ($4.75 for 12 ounces)
Perhaps the second most well-known sweet from Magnolia Bakery is their thick and decadent Banana Pudding. Why this isn't the first, I'll never know. The ultra-creamy texture of the pudding is interrupted with small chunks of banana and, best of all, Nilla Wafers that turn to tender cake after bathing in the pudding for a day or two.
Peanut Butter Toffee Bar ($2.50)
This is the dessert for people who enjoy eating peanut butter straight from the jar. It's a step above a plain peanut butter cookie thanks to a nice chewy base and the delightful crunch from the peanuts and crispy toffee sprinkled on top.
Classic Ice Box Cake ($4.50 for a slice)
Another old-school classic in the same vein as the Banana Pudding, the Classic Ice Box Pie tastes like chocolate vanilla swirl soft serve, but has more texture thanks to the chocolate wafer cookies that disintegrate into the whipped cream. In a bakery full of rich desserts, this classic is a welcome visitor from the lighter side.
Snickers Icebox Pie ($4)
An airy and creamy filling is layered with peanut butter and a crumbly chocolate cookie crust reminiscent of Oreos. The last few bites of all of the above, plus a few squares of Snickers that are sprinkled along the crust, are the epitome of going out with a bang.
Apple Crumb Pie ($4)
I usually don't care for firm apples in a pie since they necessitate clumsily slicing through them with the side of my fork, but these apples are instead cut into chunks, making for easy eating. The crisp apples combined with the crunchy pebbles of crumb topping make for a satisfying textural explosion. And the crust is flaky and tender, but strong enough to hold up to the moist filling.
Banana Cream Pie ($4)
It would be easy for Magnolia to fill a pie shell with their banana pudding, slap some whipped cream on top, and call it Banana Cream Pie. But this pie filling is less sweet and so much lighter than the pudding that it blends seamlessly into the whipped cream topping. The two combine into a cloud-like filling held in a crumbly, buttery crust that retains its crisp texture unlike those Nilla Wafers.
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake ($6)
You might think this cheesecake would be the "boring vanilla" option for the less adventurous sweet lovers among us, but this is no ordinary cheesecake. Minuscule flecks of vanilla seeds lend a strong vanilla flavor with a welcome hint of lemon. The crust is nutty and thick enough to support the dense filling, which surprisingly doesn't coat your tongue, making it all too easy to polish off an entire cake by yourself.
Red Velvet Cheesecake ($6)
The red velvet flavor in this beet-red cheesecake is spot on: deeply chocolaty in filling and crust, with a nice balancing tang. Barely sweetened whipped cream takes the place of the usual cream cheese frosting, and it valiantly tries to lighten up a heavy dessert. The few bites with enough whipped cream make for a satisfying combination of textures, but I found myself wishing for just a little bit more so there would be enough for every bite.
Cracked Sugar Cookie ($1)
If you're pining away for Christmas already, this mildly sweet cookie has all the buttery richness of shortbread, with a unique soft and chewy texture that will easily tide you over.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie ($1)
Another old fashioned classic done perfectly, the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie has a chewy center with a slightly crunchier edge and an abundance of both raisins and spices.