It is the holidays and a time for decadent pastries, yummy sweets and amazing confections. A beloved poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” rejoices as the children dream of “visions of sugar plums [that] danced in their heads.” For adults, embrace that inner child with these decadent desserts to delight your palate as you celebrate the end of the year before heading into the New Year.

Wine Berry Shortcake

Wine Berry ShortcakeOne of the restaurants of the late rock ‘n’ roll chef Kerry Simon, Executive Chef Eugene Santiago of Carson Kitchen has put his spin on a traditional dessert with the trendsetting infusion of lavender. The Wine Berry Shortcake, served with lavender cream and streusel, combines the tartness of berries with the sweetness of a streusel. While some might think of lavender as an aroma, it adds to the dessert with a hint of a spice that is both familiar and new. Carson Kitchen, located in the redeveloped John E. Carson Hotel, is part of the revitalization downtown Las Vegas. If going for lunch or dinner, sit at the counter and observe open kitchen.

Carson Kitchen
124 S. 6th St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

New York Style cheesecake

New York Style cheesecakeGrimaldi’s Pizzeria offers an extensive dessert menu along with its entrees and full bar. Along with cannoli and tiramisu, its New York Style Cheesecake is a must-try dessert. Its signature cheesecake is made daily in house by master bakers. With a smooth, creamy cheesecake on hand-pressed graham cracker crust and garnished with a raspberry sauce, it’ll simply melt in your mouth. Grimaldi’s is a casual, family-oriented restaurant featuring pizza using handmade mozzarella cheese and dough, its own sauce recipe and a variety of toppings on a crispy and smoky thin crust. With five locations including two on the Las Vegas Strip, two in the northwest and one in Green Valley, it is a great place to hang out with out-of-town company, family and friends.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Red Velvet Rocks

red velvet rocks How about indulging in dessert and giving back to the community? Shake Shack, now open in Downtown Summerlin, has added something special to its menu: Red Velvet Rocks, vanilla custard on top of a slice of Gimme Some Sugar red velvet cheesecake. Five percent of sales of the Red Velvet Rocks dessert will be donated to Community in Schools, a nonprofit organization with a mission to support and empower students to stay in school and achieve in life. Shake Shack team members will also volunteer at events run by the organization. Featuring comfort food such as 100 percent all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard and crinkle cut fries, Shake Shack is also located in New York New York Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Shake Shack
Downtown Summerlin
Dining Arroyo
10975 Oval Park Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89135