Before Sicilians perfected Italian baked goods, monstrous baked bads terrorized the Old World, smashing windows replacing café patrons’ paninis with knuckle sandwiches. Savor a sweet-natured treat with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of Italian baked goods and more at Cookies Fresco in Elmhurst.
The talented pastry chefs at Cookies Fresco transform preservative-free flour, butter, sugar, and eggs into custom-made cakes and a dizzying array of Italian goodies baked from Old World recipes. A kaleidoscope of Italian classics from the tomato-woven focaccia ($5.09 for a 9”) to the ricotta-ripe cannolis ($2.54 each) transports chewers to the mozzarella-paved streets of Italy. Frosting fanatics can introduce sweet teeth to a trio of cupcakes ($3.05+) in Oreo, root-beer float, and red-velvet flavors. A bevy of breakfast stuffs, including apricot-raisin muffins ($1.78 each) and lemon poppyseed bunts ($1.78 each) help working stiffs fuel up before a long day at the mannequin-parts factory.
The family-owned bakery also bakes a selection of diabetic-friendly goodies, such as sugar-free cookies and pizelles. Cookies Fresco is also well equipped to whip up a cake for any celebration, from a 40th birthday to a 40th eviction from story hour at the public library.
Bakers at Cookies Fresco draw on Old-World recipes to craft creative, Italian-inspired confections from fresh eggs, nuts, sugar, and butter. Carefully selected packaging preserves the crisp crunch of cookies by the pound, including buttery biscotti and authentic peach, apricot, and nutella kolachky. Confectioners can also customize cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and black-tie refrigerator warmings and concoct sugar-free items upon request.