Treating yourself is a dish best served hot, and we want to help you with that. These are some of the best warm desserts that Philly has to offer, collected for your convenience.
Monkey Bread at Co–Op
This monkey bread is essentially what would happen if Cinnabon and Dunkin Donuts' munchkins had a baby. No need to sugarcoat it—it’s exactly what you’d expect. The pastry isn’t sticky despite the glaze on top, but that doesn’t mean it’s not packed with cinnamon flavor. It’s the perfect post–brunch dessert to savor if you’re looking to begin your day with something sweet. It’s chewy and sugary, but not overwhelmingly so. You’ll be fighting to claim the last bite–sized piece of it.
TL;DR: This cinnamon bread isn’t monkeying around.
Location: 20 S 33rd Street
Monday–Sunday: 7:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Apple Crostata at Little Nonna’s
Little Nonna’s is a quintessential, date–ready Italian restaurant. Just make sure to stay for dessert, which comes in the ideal sharing size after a hefty dinner. Their apple crostata is incredible, with tender apple chunks stacked generously inside thick, chewy crust. The caramel sauce glazed over the flaky surface of the pecorino crust only further amplifies the cinnamon flavor. However, the whipped cream on top is completely unremarkable in comparison, an unnecessary complement to a dish that stands perfectly on its own.
TL;DR: Your (perhaps imaginary) Italian grandma’s indulgent apple crostata
Location: 1234 Locust Street
Monday–Thursday: 11:45–2:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Fri-Sat 11:45–2:45 p.m., 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 5:00 p.m.–10p.m.
Sticky Bun at Bakeshop on 20th
This glossy, gooey treat is at its best when served straight out of the oven. As the heaviest dessert of this roundup, the sticky bun is thoroughly saturated with cinnamon and syrup, embedded with plump raisins and walnuts that round out the intense flavors. Enjoy it with a bitter cup of coffee and try one (or a lot) of this cozy shop’s other baked goods.
TL;DR: Don’t want none unless you got these buns, hun
Location: 269 S 20th Street
Monday–Tuesday: 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday–Saturday: 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Nutella–Stuffed Hot Cookie Skillet at Butcher Bar
Yep, you read that right. In a cast–iron skillet too hot to touch, Nutella is poured into the center of a decadent deep–dish chocolate chip cookie that easily puts Insomnia to shame. Break into the crispy cookie exterior for a spoonful of gooey, chocolate hazelnut spread. The scoop of vanilla ice cream on top balances out the rich flavors. The restaurant also provides the perfect atmosphere for dessert and drinks: you know what to do.
TL;DR: The cookie that’s melting hearts (and ice cream)
Location: 2034 Chestnut Street
Monday: 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Friday–Saturday: 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.–2:30 pm, 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.