While plenty of bakeries have orange-and-black cupcakes or ghost-shaped cookies this time of year, no one does deliciously whimsical holiday goodies quite like Bouchon Bakery. But no matter how cute they are, these treats are pretty adult.
The bakery's "TKO's," or "Thomas Keller Oreos"—salty, buttery chocolate cookies sandwiching a white chocolate ganache filling—are re-shaped as Bat TKO's ($3). Ethereally light and vanilla-scented Marshmallow Ghosts & Goblins ($3.50) are delicate and not too sweet, less chewy than commercial varieties. Spider Cupcakes ($5.25)—cupcakes in scale only, really—are a rich devil's food with a core of silky peanut butter cream and an anchor of buttercream, their candy corn-styled fangs actually marzipan.
And what might be best of all, the Dirt Pie Parfait ($7) layers all the best elements from above—food cake, milk chocolate mousse, TKO crumbs. And a house-made gummy worm, perhaps the only element not elevated by Bouchon's cheffy touch.