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These Desserts Are Great for Grownups, Too

Oreos, peanut butter cups, and ice cream bars for adults

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Wanting to grow up faster is the hallmark of childhood. But seriously, kids don’t know how good they have it. Sure, it’s great not having to pay bills, argue about politics, or commute to work via Metro every morning. And who doesn’t love a long day of splashing in the pool, a princess tea party, or a rousing game of tag?

But the real M.V.P. of childhood is the amazing desserts.  There were Oreos, Nutter Butters, Twinkies, sno balls, marshmallow Fluff, oatmeal creme pies, and the list goes on and on. That’s not even counting all the loot from the ice cream truck, like Creamsicles and Strawberry Shortcake Bars.

It just doesn’t seem fair that grown-ups are stuck with taxes AND desserts that have to be eaten with a fork. Thankfully, chefs in the city are cutting adults some slack: they’re creating slightly more sophisticated versions of childhood desserts. Whether it’s the addition of a compote, a bit of booze, or feuilletine, there’s no danger of social ridicule when enjoying these elevated kid-inspired mainstays.

Here are 18 recreations of childhood treats from local chefs. Get ready for a wave of nostalgia.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 701 Restaurant

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701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-0701
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Most of 701’s desserts look like abstract art, and their take on a Creamsicle ($9) is no exception. The display includes vanilla parfait, orange sherbet, orange pieces, and crispy meringue.

2. Alta Strada

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465 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 629-4662
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For those who like to pull apart their Oreo cookies and eat the filling first, Alta Strada’s Mascarporeos ($10) are the perfect solution. This Italian version of the sandwich cookie is chocolate shortbread served with a dipping bowl of vanilla mascarpone filling.
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3. America Eats Tavern

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1700 Tysons Blvd
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 744-3999
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The Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar has an unmistakable flavor that brings back memories of the ice cream truck’s looping tune. America Eats has managed to recreate that flavor in their Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar ($8), which is made with strawberry sherbet, cream ice cream, and strawberry crumb.

4. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

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1308 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 809-5565
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While it’s not exactly a dessert, the PB&J sandwich is a quintessential part of childhood for most. Astro Doughnuts takes this lunchbox staple and puts it into doughnut form. The strawberry-filled treat is topped with peanut butter glaze and crushed peanuts.

5. Black's Bar & Kitchen

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7750 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-5525
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The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is already irresistible, but Black’s serves their housemade version ($11) with vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate tuile, and candied peanuts for an even more decadent dessert.

6. Bonfire

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1132 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C.
As their name implies, Bonfire has no shortage of s’mores ($6) on the menu. In addition to the classic iteration, there are also several creative variations, such as the blueberry lemon s’more with shortbread, Chinese five spice ganache, blueberry compote, and a lemon marshmallow; and the toasted coconut s’more with graham cracker, coconut marshmallow, and dark chocolate ganache. The marshmallows and graham crackers are made in house daily.

7. Buttercream Bakeshop

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 735-0102
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Instead of battering and frying their Oreos, Buttercream Bakeshop turns them into colorful gems. Mini Oreos are packed into gem molds, coated with white chocolate, and swirled with custom colors to create a geometric gemstone look. They are $2.65 each when available a la carte at the store, or $63.50 for a 24-piece custom order.

8. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 626-0015
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Have a break with Michel’s Chocolate Bar ($11), which is often compared to a KitKat. It’s a crispy layer of feuilletine and hazelnut paste, topped with a layer of chocolate mousse, and served in a hazelnut sauce with crispy chocolate pearls.

9. Clyde's of Chevy Chase

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5441 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 951-9600
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Most kids would take a Fluffernutter sandwich over a PB&J any day. Clyde’s of Chevy Chase makes a Fluffernutter Bar ($7.50) with peanut butter mousse, homemade marshmallow cream very similar to Fluff, peanut butter cookie crust, strawberry jam, and whipped cream.

10. Del Campo

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777 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 289-7377
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Del Campo has reimagined the Hostess Twinkie in the best way. Their Tres Leches Twinkies ($10) are soaked, Twinkie-shaped cakes with a line of meringue on top and passion fruit sorbet to go with it.

11. DNV Rooftop Lounge

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1155 14th St NW Fl 14
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 379-4366
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No pool day is complete without an ice pop from the concession stand, so DNV decided to offer their guests adult versions of the frozen treat. An order of Selfie Sticks ($15) includes three boozy popsicles in rotating flavors like red sangria, white sangria, and dark rum with coffee.

12. Masa 14

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1825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 328-1414
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Masa 14’s new chef’s table tasting menu is eight to thirteen courses of innovative and artful creations presented tableside. One of the courses on the current menu includes a Nutter Butter reimagined with a foie gras filling. The homemade peanut butter and foie cookie is presented on a bed of peanuts inside a ceramic peanut.

13. Milk Bar

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1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(855) 333-6455
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Perhaps the most coveted recreation of a childhood favorite is Christina Tosi’s cereal milk and fruity cereal milk soft serve ($5). Just ask the masses standing in line for hours. The ice cream is made to taste like the milk left after a bowl of cornflakes or fruity pebbles.

14. Radiator

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1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 742-3150
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Dunking a cookie in milk is one of childhood’s greatest pleasures, so Radiator grants that pleasure to diners with their Milk and Cookies dessert ($9). The rich Heath Bar cookies are accompanied by a slightly tart yogurt panna cotta, which is the right consistency for dipping or eating with a spoon.

15. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 332-3234
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When the Choco Taco isn’t available at Room 11, opt for Paisley Fig’s Throwback Dessert Trio ($9) instead. It features a “Watchamacallit” Bar, a Raspberry Cream Sno Ball, and a Toasted Oat Brown Butter Whoopie Pie. The bar is a grown-up take on the classic Hershey’s Bar; the Sno Ball is inspired by Hostess Sno Balls; the whoopie pie is a cross between the Maine favorite and Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Creme Pies.

16. Southern Efficiency

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1841 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 316-9396
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Southern Efficiency’s new summer cocktail menu takes guests to a whiskey-focused adult summer camp, Camp Iwannawhiskey. Moonrise Milk Punch ($12) is like a s’more with a glass of milk…and some whiskey. It’s made with One Eight White Whiskey, High West Campfire Whiskey, crème de cacao, toasted marshmallow syrup, milk, and salt.

17. Ted's Bulletin

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1818 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-8337
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Of course, this list has to include the Ted’s Bulletin’s take on the Pop-Tart. The dessert standby comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, salted caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon, blueberry cheesecake, and rotating seasonal options.

18. WK Hearth

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130 Purcellville Gateway Dr, Purcellville
VA, 20132
(540) 751-9919
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Fig Newtons might not have been any kid’s favorite snack, but WK Hearth has upgraded the cookie with fresh figs ($7). Their creation is an orange-cinnamon farmhouse soft dough wrapped around a compote of macerated figs and sugar.

1. 701 Restaurant

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Most of 701’s desserts look like abstract art, and their take on a Creamsicle ($9) is no exception. The display includes vanilla parfait, orange sherbet, orange pieces, and crispy meringue.
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

2. Alta Strada

465 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Michelle Goldchain
For those who like to pull apart their Oreo cookies and eat the filling first, Alta Strada’s Mascarporeos ($10) are the perfect solution. This Italian version of the sandwich cookie is chocolate shortbread served with a dipping bowl of vanilla mascarpone filling.
465 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. America Eats Tavern

1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102
The Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar has an unmistakable flavor that brings back memories of the ice cream truck’s looping tune. America Eats has managed to recreate that flavor in their Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar ($8), which is made with strawberry sherbet, cream ice cream, and strawberry crumb.
1700 Tysons Blvd
McLean, VA 22102

4. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

1308 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
While it’s not exactly a dessert, the PB&J sandwich is a quintessential part of childhood for most. Astro Doughnuts takes this lunchbox staple and puts it into doughnut form. The strawberry-filled treat is topped with peanut butter glaze and crushed peanuts.
1308 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. Black's Bar & Kitchen

7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is already irresistible, but Black’s serves their housemade version ($11) with vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate tuile, and candied peanuts for an even more decadent dessert.
7750 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

6. Bonfire

1132 19th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
As their name implies, Bonfire has no shortage of s’mores ($6) on the menu. In addition to the classic iteration, there are also several creative variations, such as the blueberry lemon s’more with shortbread, Chinese five spice ganache, blueberry compote, and a lemon marshmallow; and the toasted coconut s’more with graham cracker, coconut marshmallow, and dark chocolate ganache. The marshmallows and graham crackers are made in house daily.
1132 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C.

7. Buttercream Bakeshop

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Instead of battering and frying their Oreos, Buttercream Bakeshop turns them into colorful gems. Mini Oreos are packed into gem molds, coated with white chocolate, and swirled with custom colors to create a geometric gemstone look. They are $2.65 each when available a la carte at the store, or $63.50 for a 24-piece custom order.
1250 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Have a break with Michel’s Chocolate Bar ($11), which is often compared to a KitKat. It’s a crispy layer of feuilletine and hazelnut paste, topped with a layer of chocolate mousse, and served in a hazelnut sauce with crispy chocolate pearls.
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

9. Clyde's of Chevy Chase

5441 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Most kids would take a Fluffernutter sandwich over a PB&J any day. Clyde’s of Chevy Chase makes a Fluffernutter Bar ($7.50) with peanut butter mousse, homemade marshmallow cream very similar to Fluff, peanut butter cookie crust, strawberry jam, and whipped cream.
5441 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

10. Del Campo

777 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Del Campo has reimagined the Hostess Twinkie in the best way. Their Tres Leches Twinkies ($10) are soaked, Twinkie-shaped cakes with a line of meringue on top and passion fruit sorbet to go with it.
777 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. DNV Rooftop Lounge

1155 14th St NW Fl 14, Washington, D.C. 20005
No pool day is complete without an ice pop from the concession stand, so DNV decided to offer their guests adult versions of the frozen treat. An order of Selfie Sticks ($15) includes three boozy popsicles in rotating flavors like red sangria, white sangria, and dark rum with coffee.
1155 14th St NW Fl 14
Washington, D.C. 20005

12. Masa 14

1825 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Masa 14’s new chef’s table tasting menu is eight to thirteen courses of innovative and artful creations presented tableside. One of the courses on the current menu includes a Nutter Butter reimagined with a foie gras filling. The homemade peanut butter and foie cookie is presented on a bed of peanuts inside a ceramic peanut.
1825 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

13. Milk Bar

1090 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Perhaps the most coveted recreation of a childhood favorite is Christina Tosi’s cereal milk and fruity cereal milk soft serve ($5). Just ask the masses standing in line for hours. The ice cream is made to taste like the milk left after a bowl of cornflakes or fruity pebbles.
1090 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

14. Radiator

1430 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Dunking a cookie in milk is one of childhood’s greatest pleasures, so Radiator grants that pleasure to diners with their Milk and Cookies dessert ($9). The rich Heath Bar cookies are accompanied by a slightly tart yogurt panna cotta, which is the right consistency for dipping or eating with a spoon.
1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

15. Room 11

3234 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
When the Choco Taco isn’t available at Room 11, opt for Paisley Fig’s Throwback Dessert Trio ($9) instead. It features a “Watchamacallit” Bar, a Raspberry Cream Sno Ball, and a Toasted Oat Brown Butter Whoopie Pie. The bar is a grown-up take on the classic Hershey’s Bar; the Sno Ball is inspired by Hostess Sno Balls; the whoopie pie is a cross between the Maine favorite and Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Creme Pies.
3234 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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16. Southern Efficiency

1841 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Southern Efficiency’s new summer cocktail menu takes guests to a whiskey-focused adult summer camp, Camp Iwannawhiskey. Moonrise Milk Punch ($12) is like a s’more with a glass of milk…and some whiskey. It’s made with One Eight White Whiskey, High West Campfire Whiskey, crème de cacao, toasted marshmallow syrup, milk, and salt.
1841 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

17. Ted's Bulletin

1818 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Of course, this list has to include the Ted’s Bulletin’s take on the Pop-Tart. The dessert standby comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, salted caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon, blueberry cheesecake, and rotating seasonal options.
1818 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

18. WK Hearth

130 Purcellville Gateway Dr, Purcellville, VA, 20132
Fig Newtons might not have been any kid’s favorite snack, but WK Hearth has upgraded the cookie with fresh figs ($7). Their creation is an orange-cinnamon farmhouse soft dough wrapped around a compote of macerated figs and sugar.
130 Purcellville Gateway Dr, Purcellville
VA, 20132

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