MOUNT BAKERY CAFÉ & BAKERY
Definitely a mountaintop experience. Revel in this devilishly sticky unraveling of a treat nicknamed “cinnamon snail” in Danish pastry. Mount Bakery’s spiral-layered roll recipe originated with a Belgian grandmother from a family of master bakers. The uniqueness: hand-formed, laminated croissant dough — a switch from challah — and baked in a large-cup muffin pan. Slathered in butter, sprinkled sparsely with raisins, topped with a blanket of cream cheese, and with unusual crispy edges from caramelization, this roll rates Eighth Deadly “Sinamon” consideration. Recently, Mount Bakery introduced French toast made from day-old leftover cinnamon rolls when available. Be still, my heart.
1217 Harris Ave. and 308 W. Champion St. # C, Bellingham
360.715.2195 | mountbakery.com
2. BARB’S PIES & PASTRIES
The creator took five years of “fussing with it” to come up with what she calls “Jumbo.” Barb’s half-pound roll tops out in the use of butter on a scale of 1-to-Paula Dean. They’re hand-rolled from scratch each morning, as all Five Faves here are. Choose from cream cheese, old-fashioned white icing, or caramel topping with nuts.
5679 3rd Ave., Ferndale
3. CALICO CUPBOARD
From five selections, the cinnamass (a gut-bombing 15 ounces!) and the cinnamess (the sticky shtick of Caramel Nut or Maple Bacon) jump out. But the traditional is pick-of-the- litter, lavishly capped with pure cream cheese. Owner Linda made these with her grandmother.
Locations in Anacortes, Mount Vernon, La Conner
360.293.7315 | calicocupboardcafe.com
4. THE DAISY CAFÉ
Daisy’s is different. Mainly because it’s plain in looks and content, yet extraordinarily distinctive in taste. This roll departs from the basic square, in a shape more like a large dinner roll, and its secret lies in its simplicity. No icing. No extravagances. It’s simply a damn good cinnamon roll.
114 W. Magnolia St., Bellingham
360.733.8996 | thedaisycafe.com
5. LYNDEN DUTCH BAKERY
Glazed, please. No, the cream cheese. Oh, wait — the caramel is tempting. OK, feeling decadent — all three, please. That’s your dilemma at this 111-year-old legendary stop worth traveling to. Old-world family recipe, naturally. Sticky-bun rating: 3 Napkins.
421 Front St., Lynden
360.354.3911 | lyndendutchbakery.com