It's no secret: I love baked goods! I make a point to visit local bakeries when I visit a new city or even just locally, plotting my plan of attack before I even leave my house to make sure I can fit in as many sweet stops as possible. I'm always looking for new shops and was lucky enough to stumble upon Sugar Sweet Bakery (thanks to Facebook) in Tucson where I went to college (go Wildcats!). Last month when visiting my family in the area for my niece's 3rd birthday, I stopped by the newly opened shop to see what they had to offer.
Sugar Sweet Bakery opened its door this July in a charming little dining and shopping district just East of the U of A campus. This boutique bakery is packed with thoughtful touches like a giant hand lettered chalkboard wall, hanging mason jar light fixtures, clean modern lines, and even a few vintage touches-check out the door fixtures and you'll see what I mean. Add to it the mouth watering display of cookies on display on the counter and cakes in the fridge (offered by the slice) as well as unique tchotchkes for sale, and this bakery has a charming atmosphere that begs you to come back for more.
On my first visit, I picked up a chocolate number (along the lines of a death by chocolate variety) and lemon cookie. Being a chocolate girl, I was sprung after my first bite of this rich cookie! And the lemon was just as pleasing with a sweet hint of real lemon, not an over the top extract type of flavor you find from large scale bakeries. Like their description promises, these goodies offer "a truly homemade experience. Our comforting baked goods are made from scratch in small batches using simple, high-quality ingredients and traditional techniques." You can taste the handmade, small batch love in every bite. The best part for me, being a chewy texture kind of gal, is that these cookies are soft yet firm (because that makes total sense, right?!) and oh so chewy. I love it when I find a treat that meets all my needs!
I was so hooked after my first time that this past weekend I had to make another stop. Lemon made its way into my tummy again as did the chunky monkey which is probably one of the most amazing cookies I've ever tasted! Chocolate chips, banana, and walnuts make this tasty guy top of my list and will be the reason I will keep going back every time I'm in town.
If you happen to be in Tucson, add Sugar Sweet Bakery to your list of visits. And stop back to tell me what you think!