There is still time to get something sweet for the holidays, or if you are like me, whenever the need arises. So I've put together a list of bakeries and pastry shops that are located west of that food city called Portland, Oregon. First up is a bakery I've enjoyed this year, Decadent Creations.
It's been fun trying a number of different cookies and sweets from Decadent Creations. Both the salted chocolate chip cookies and salty dog brownies are favorites. They are also known for creating beautiful and fun cakes. I definitely recommend the macarons too. Carmel corn, pumpkin spice and pecan pie were around for November and December flavors include peppermint, gingerbread and my favorite cranberry orange which is great with a cup of tea. In warmer weather Decadent Creations can be found at many of the local farmers markets. With the colder weather Mindy Simmons has opened up her kitchen on Fridays for pick-ups and purchases. Hopefully it won't be too long before their shop in Hillsboro will open in 2016. Information about ordering and their open kitchen can be found at their website: http://www.decadentcreations.com/
While Farina Bakery is actually located in SE Portland, we are lucky that the Beaverton Town Square Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe carries their delicious pastries and cookies. I'm a dedicated macaron fan of theirs and always checking out the latest flavors like candy cane, gingerbread and Mexican hot chocolate which had a bit of spice to it! While they don't stock a lot of product there are always some cookies, brownies or other treats there. Farina Bakery's website is http://farinabakery.com/ and the address for the Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe is 11705 Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005.
A new bakery in the area isn't that new. Grand Central Bakery has opened a shop and it's very popular. While their focus is bread and offering soup, salads and sandwiches in the shop, they do have pie, muffins and cookies like peppermint crunch shortbread, fig rugelach, and cocoa nib shortbread. Grand Central Bakery's website is http://grandcentralbakery.com/ and the new bakery is located at 12595 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97229, just north of Beaverton.
I keep forgetting there is another good place to get macarons in the area. La Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie at Progress Ridge. While it's a busy restaurant there they also sell their pastries to walk in customers. I've enjoyed their macarons which included these chocolate covered ones I found at Petite Provence at PDX Airport. La Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie website is http://provencepdx.com/ and the Progress Ridge address is 15151 SW Barrows Rd, #153, Beaverton, OR 97007.
If you are at the far west side of Washington County you are in luck because Sugar Momma's Bake Shop is there. Known for amazing custom cakes and more, there is always something delicious to be found there. I really enjoyed this boston cream cupcake and other goodies they make. Not only that but you can get hearty breakfasts there. Sugar Momma's Bake Shop website is http://sugarmommasbakeshop.com/ and they are located at 1714 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
Of course there is the bakery with a 90 year history. Beaverton Bakery is well known for their cakes, cookies and more. I've enjoyed a few treats from there including this berry tart. They have baked up a lot of holiday cookies, fruit cakes and more for the holidays. Beaverton Bakery's website is http://beavertonbakery.com/ and they are located at 12375 SW Broadway Beaverton, OR 97005.
If you are looking for something different, here are three other popular places to buy pastries and more.
The Dessert Tray, http://www.thedesserttray.com/default.html, has traditional along with some vegan pastries and desserts. They are a smaller shop that has some items available at their counter and more for ordering. They are located at 11950 SW Broadway St. Beaverton, OR 97005.
Karam Lebanese Deli not only has Middle Eastern food but also sweets and pastries like baklava along with more traditional desserts. I've enjoyed a few of their offerings. Their website is http://lebanesedelikaram.com/ and they are located at 2800 Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard, Beaverton, OR 97005.
This last place I have not visited but it's very popular. La Espiga Dorada is known as the place to get Mexican pastries. I could not find a website but they are located at 18350 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97006.
I know there are more out there. If you have any recommendations of places to be added please feel free to comment.