Best Desserts in Salt Lake City: 10 Local Favorites

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If you’re anything like the Female Foodie team, you love long walks, newborn puppies, and sugar after every last meal. We find few things more satisfying than topping off an already delicious lunch or dinner (or even breakfast!) with a sweet, decadent dessert of some sort. Please enjoy our list of the best dessert in Salt Lake City!

Disclaimer: we have two separate posts focusing on chocolate shops and bakeries. For further information please check out both of these posts on our favorite chocolate shops in Salt Lake City and our favorite SLC bakeries.

SEE ALSO: 10 BEST BAKERIES IN SALT LAKE CITY

10. Donuts: Banbury Cross

The best donuts in Salt Lake City are from Banbury Cross, on 7th East. Kids love it, adults love it, cops love it (not kidding)- there’s a reason why Banbury Cross is constantly packed and major bonus points for a killer drive-thru. We haven’t met a donut here that we don’t like, but our favorite is the “crumb” donut, a fluffy, glazed donut covered in a cinnamon sugar coating. Become the best version of yourself and treat your co-workers, family, and friends to a Banbury dozen. 

Banbury Cross Donuts

705 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, 801-537-1433

9. Waffles: Bruges Waffles & Frites

There are a decent handful of spots for waffles in the Salt Lake valley, but Bruges Waffles & Frites makes the best authentic Belgian waffles in the state. The Liege waffles have amazing flavor and texture no matter what you pair it with. You have plenty of menu options to choose from here but we recommend getting the Liege waffle with cream and fresh berries. Promise you’ll die and go to heaven.

Bruges Waffles & Frites

336 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-363-4444

8. Gelato: Capo Gelateria Italiana

Owned by the creators of Settebello, this is the best gelato you can find in the city of Salt Lake. Period. Come here to find pans of delicious frozen concoctions including stracciatella (pictured), raspberry sorbetto, sweet cream, and coconut. They’ll graciously allow you to sample of any of flavors as you swoon over everything in the case. Capo is the perfect dessert spot after pizza next door or on a hot summer evening- one of the absolute best desserts in Salt Lake City.

Capo Gelateria Italiana

260 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-322-3556

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7. Cookies: RubySnap

Owner Tami Steggell knows how to make a perfect cookie that tastes just as delicious as it looks! Head over to their location on 300 west and 700 south for some of the best cookies you will have in Salt Lake City including The Mia (vanilla bean sugar cookie with buttercream beet frosting), The Penelope (peanut butter truffle cookie dipped in chocolate), or a Female Foodie favorite, The Ricki (Coconut dough cookie filled with soft coconut, almonds, and semi-sweet chocolate). We love you, Ruby.

RubySnap Fresh Cookies

770 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-834-6111

6. Pie: The Dodo

The Dodo without question serves some of the best desserts in Salt Lake City, namely pie. They list their daily rotating pie flavors on a chalk board in the restaurant, and the servers here are always happy to tell you what their personal favorites are. But regardless of rotating specials The Dodo always serves their Tollhouse Pie and it’s always a home run! The classic chocolate chip cookie dough baked in pie crust is a definite Salt Lake City must try. Other amazing pies include their key lime, chocolate mousse, and banana cream. #gimme

The Dodo

1355 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 801-486-2473

5. Cookie Delivery: Chip Cookies

Giant chocolate chip cookies and cookie delivery are all the rage in Salt Lake City these days, and our favorite of them all is the OG, Chip Cookies. Chip Cookies serves delicious (and enormous) warm chocolate chip cookies in their brick and mortar location and via delivery, making one of the best desserts in Salt Lake City. Every order is a minimum of four cookies and you can always purchase a glass of cold milk to wash down all of the chocolatey deliciousness. Follow them on Instagram to check out their monthly specials!

Chip Cookies

155 East 900 South #101, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 801-889-2412

4. Custard: Nielsen’s Frozen Custard

There’s nothing better than creamy, thick, homemade custard. Nielsen’s has this art mastered and makes the best custard around. This frozen treat comes great as it is, but if you’re needing a step up from a simple scoop or cone, be sure to try a concrete. Concrete = a very thick shake that you eat with a spoon. Some of our favorites are the caramel cashew, chocolate cookie dough, chocolate almond, and chocolate raspberry (notice a theme??). Nielsen’s also has a great selection of ready-made pints and quarts of their delicious custard to go. 100% one of the best desserts in Salt Lake City

Nielsen’s Frozen Custard

3918 S Highland Dr, Holladay, UT 84124 801-277-7479

3. Cake: The Chocolate

A list of the best desserts in Salt Lake City would be incomplete without mention of The Chocolate. Truly the best slice of “not homemade” homemade cake we have ever had. The Chocolate does a fantastic job of making you feel like you’re sitting at your mother’s kitchen table eating a slice of fresh-out-of-oven goodness. We are over the moon for The Husband, a classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting, or the Kitty Katrina. Check out their locations in Orem or West Jordan for the best slice of cake you ever did try.

THE CHOCOLATE, a dessert cafe

9120 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84088 801-566-5330

2. Soft Serve: Normal® Ice Cream

There’s ice cream and then there’s Normal® Ice Cream, a soft serve ice cream truck in Salt Lake City (brick and mortar opening soon!) that serves homemade ice cream that will truly blow your mind. Owner Alexa Norlin and her team are constantly shaking things up with different flavors every month for both their standard soft serve cones as well as their regularly rotating composed cones. Composed cone toppings are always fantastically outrageous and have ranged from homemade cotton candy to carrot cake to homemade honeycomb to chestnut ganache. Not into toppings? The classic soft serve cone is still worth a visit.

Normal® Ice Cream

525 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 385-800-1367

1. Everything: Hatch Family Chocolates

Our overall top pick for the best desserts in Salt Lake City is Hatch Family Chocolates. They have a wide variety of fantastic desserts and the locally beloved location in the avenues gives it the best feel ever. This place is a true gold mine for chocolate lovers. Try the chocolate covered raspberries, frozen (or regular) hot chocolate, rice krispy treats, Aztec salted caramels, homemade ice cream, pot de creme, and (wait for it . . . ) their chocolate brownie sundae made with a homemade brownie, homemade ice cream, and topped with homemade hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. Come to mama.

Hatch Family Chocolates

376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 801-532-4912

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  1. Hi Brooke,
    Today on channel 13 you mentioned that your mom has a recipe for the Dodo’s “Toll House Pie” . I would absolutely LOVE to have that recipe! Would you be so kind to share it with us all? Thanx Brooke, I’m excited to try all your recommendations, I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite websites- Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!

  2. Add The Baking Hive in East Millcreek to your bucket list. Quaint shop, all of the desserts are delicious and the owner is delightful! Sticky toffee cake and jaguar bars…you can also buy cake by the slice there:)