Baked goods are serious business in my book. A gooey in the middle but crunchy on the sides cookie or a buttery yet flaky croissant can brighten my day. When done right, the perfect balance of so many ingredients mixed together far outweigh all the calories. There are a lot of bakers doing things right in Overland Park, and a few stand out for their consistent quality, atmosphere, and extra special touches.
Locals know and love McLain’s for their baked goods, coffee, breakfast, and lunch menus, but they actually started in 1945 as a family owned bakery. They have been expanding and carving out a special place in Kansas Citians’ hearts ever since and have not forgotten their roots. Some of the best baked goods in the metro can be found here. They are known for their cup cookies, coffee cakes and pastries, but my personal favorite are their sugar cookies with whipped frosting which I get every visit.
The Upper Crust has been holding down the pie scene in the KC Metro for years. Started by two sisters who love the smell of butter and making people smile, this Downtown Overland Park pillar is adorable, cheeky, and delicious. They have all the classic flavors like apple, cherry, and pecan and add seasonal and more experimental flavors too. The thing to behold at the Upper Crust is their pie flights like “Pie Felicia” and “Yippee Pie Yay” where you get to try three flavors, which happen to pair well with wine.
The big draw to Mud Pie is that they are 100% vegan. They are committed to “saving lives one treat at a time.” Their cause is backed by their tasty baked goods and coffee and it works. Their ever-popular cheesy chorizo biscuits are well worth a visit, and other go-to’s are their donuts and bundt cakes.
Best Regards Bakery is a family owned gem on 119th St. They are famous for their cookies which were featured on The Food Network, but the delicious-ness train doesn’t stop there. The owner and head chef is a masterful “food engineer” who is always experimenting and perfecting his new recipes. They make virtually everything they serve (including their sandwich breads) from scratch and you feel like family when you visit.
Clock Tower Bakery in Downtown Overland Park makes their pastries and cakes throughout the day from scratch, so they are always fresh when you visit. Their carrot cake is to die for, and they’re also known for their macaroons and English Afternoon Tea packages which include little mini scones, cheesecakes, cookies and tea sandwiches.
If your sweet tooth drives your decisions like mine does, be sure to try one of these KC|OP favorites on your next visit. Want more ideas? We have a sweets and treats page just for you.