By Bridget Reilly

Do you have an upcoming celebration that needs to be sweetened? Whether it’s a graduation, birthday, or anniversary, look no further than your local bakeries to deliver the goods you need to honor any of your friends or family. With personal custom goodies everyone is bound to enjoy and by supporting the small business around you it a delicious win- win!

2022 was nothing short of another tasteful year when it came to cookies, cakes, croissants, and muffins. You name it! Here are our favorite bakeries in Hunterdon County.

A baker showing off St. Patrick’s Day treats at Chocolate in the Oven in Milford. Credit: Chocolate in the Oven

Assorted Hand Made Pastries and More

Chocolate in the Oven located in Milford does way more than just putting chocolate in the oven. From custom cakes to made from scratch goodies, such as Italian pastries and ice cream, this shop will be there for you for any occasion or a casual drive-by.

53 Bridge Street, Milford, NJ 



Cookie Monster’s Haven

The blue friend from Sesame Street certainly wouldn’t miss out on  Cookie Maven in Lebanon for one (or many) of their specialty-made cookies from scratch. Look no further than this spot for hamantaschen, a gluten-free cookie, or a classic chocolate chip cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

431 US Hwy 22 East, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889


Freshly Baked Bread, What More Could You Ask For?

Christie’s Artisan Bread & Pastry Shop in Clinton is dedicated to bringing hand-kneaded bread back into the kitchen, while also concocting house-made pastries and custom cakes. One can smell it in the air that everything is made on the premises and for the delight of all of their customers. 

27 Leigh Street, Clinton, NJ 08809



The Home of the Cheesecakes

40 years ago the original Maddalena cheesecake recipe was developed and is still used today at Maddalena’s Cheesecake and Catering in Ringoes. Now, the cheesecake has taken on 12 flavors from black forest to key lime,  along with gluten-free and keto options. Outside of cheesecakes, the bakery also serves oven-prepared meals and other treats such as a cheesecake on a stick!

415 Route 31 North, Ringoes, N.J.  08551



From Pizza to Dessert, It’s Italian Tradition

Rosemarie’s Cucina in Clinton is serving fine Italian cuisine all handmade on the property. There are a number of notable desserts such as a pineapple coconut cake, biscotti, and of course, an Italian snowball. They also serve many delicious Italian dishes that can be followed by any one of the special treats for dinner to end on a great note.

10 East Main Street, Clinton NJ 08809



A Quick Trip to Paris 

Sweet Melissa Patisserie in Lebanon is taking you straight to a French bakery near the Effiel Tower, baking a number of classics you could find in your next trip to Paris. From a layered buttery croissant to carefully decorated cakes, Sweet Melissa is just that, sweet, and would love to share its love for pastries with you. 

56 Payne Road

Lebanon, NJ



Featured image credit: Sweet Melissa Patisserie

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