(credit: La Brea Bakery)

(credit: La Brea Bakery)


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Orange County, and these special desserts help to put the finishing touches on your holiday meal. To put a little excitement into your holiday, don’t miss these unique holiday dessert offerings, exclusive to Orange County.

(credit: Harlow's Kitchen & Craft Bar)

(credit: Harlow’s Kitchen & Craft Bar)


Apple Pie Creme Brûlée
Harlow’s Kitchen & Craft Bar
31111 Rancho Viejo Rd.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 240-8100
www.harlowskitchen.com

Executive Chef Aaron Anderson utilizes locally sourced and naturally produced ingredients for every entree he serves at Harlow’s Kitchen & Craft Bar in San Juan Capistrano. Even his holiday desserts, including the new Apple Pie Creme Brûlée, are made with care. The delicacy, served with vanilla creme brûlée, is topped with roasted apples in caramel and streusel. The homemade pumpkin cheesecake served with fresh whipped cream and pomegranate molasses is another best bet.

(credit: FIG & OLIVE)

(credit: FIG & OLIVE)


Dessert Crostini
FIG & OLIVE Fashion Island
151 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005
www.figandolive.com

Fig & Olive at Fashion Island offers sophisticated diners the chance to enjoy the flavors and delights of the holiday season with their special dessert “crostini” featuring Amarena cherries, mascarpone, and pistachio shortbread with micro-basil. The festive looking dessert evokes the rich flavors of the season, and is the perfect end to a day spent shopping for family gifts and presents.

(credit: Baking Betty's)

(credit: Baking Betty’s)


Iced Ginger Snaps
Baking Betty’s
401 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-2253
www.bakingbettys.com

Unique OC bakery boutique Baking Betty’s is serving up freshly made treats and goodies this year including offering up a wide selection of holiday cookie flavors perfect for your parties and holiday get togethers. Try these holiday varieties, available now through December 31, 2014: Pecan Pie, Red Velvet Peppermint Bark, Mint Chip, Gingersnap, and Gingersnap with icing. Special party platters are available.

(Credit: Waffle Affair)

(Credit: Waffle Affair)


Pumpkin Spice & Gingerbread Waffles
Waffle Affair
1064 Bayside Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
www.thewaffleaffair.com

Opening December 1st, The Waffle Affair will feature over 21 types of sweet and savory waffles that range from traditional to exotic. For the holidays, try either of their Pumpkin Spice or Gingerbread waffles, both infused with bold holiday flavors incorporated right into the batter with no toppings required. Made fresh to order, don’t miss these limited-time holiday delights.

(credit: La Brea Bakery)

(credit: La Brea Bakery)


Pecan Tart
La Brea Bakery
1556 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 490-0233
www.labreabakery.com

Located in the festive environment at Downtown Disney, La Brea Bakery Café is serving up a unique variety of hand-crafted holiday treats and sweets this holiday season. Delicious options include a Pecan Tart and a Spiced Yam and Pumpkin Pie, topped with maple shortbread cookies in the shape of pie slices. Take home a Salted Caramel Pecan Loaf or Cranberry Walnut Loaf, perfect for making French Toast or leftover sandwiches.

(credit: The Melting Pot)

(credit: The Melting Pot)


Pumpkin Pie White Chocolate Fondue
The Melting Pot
2646 Dupont Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 955-3242
www.meltingpot.com

For a festive and interactive end to your meal, consider The Melting Pot in Irvine where you can gather your closest friends and family and warm yourself by the fondue fire. Finish your meal with their White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Fondue, perfect for the festive season, or their classic chocolate fondue that pairs perfectly with an assortment of dipping desserts.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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