From pastries to sundaes, we explore the best desserts in South Jersey | Food and drink

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Ventnor No. 7311: When the local small-batch bakery you’re thinking of stopping by is owned by someone named “Cookie,” you know you’re on the right track. When the “Cookie” in question is none other than local legend and restaurateur Cookie Till, you can expect nothing less than perfection. Such is the case at Ventnor No. 7311, a place beloved by connoisseurs for its incredible range of tasty treats. “We do a lot of blueberry muffins, scones, and of course fruit pies,” says Till, whose blueberry pies are a beauty. “We also offer many gluten-free and paleo options, which are very popular simply because they taste so good,” says Till.

And while the treats here are sweet, flavor really is key. “You have to be subtle with the sugar. You have to let the ingredients speak for themselves, says Till. “Softness is only the transference.” Till is quick to pass much of the credit to Kim Richmond, the on-site partner you’ll likely meet if you stop in for a visit to Ventnor #7311. “She’s my work partner, and she’s there every days, and she’s an incredible baker! Ventnor No. 7311 is located at 7311 Ventnor Ave. at Ventnor. Go to Ventnor7311.com.

Baker Burger Co.: Baker Burger Co. is the new kid on the block in Margate, which just opened its doors last spring. A one-of-a-kind shopping experience, this combo burger and dessert heaven serves up amazing burgers, crab cakes and chicken sandwiches, but the desserts here are anything but an afterthought. Their amazing ice cream sandwiches – your choice of cookies or brownies – created considerable buzz, as did the list of baked goods, including various specialty pies, cakes and cookies, including The Big O, the Dream of a sweet tooth consisting of two chocolate chip cookies with an Oreo baked inside. A range of fall options are currently on the menu, including a snickerdoodle sundae, Jewish apple cake, Bourbon pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger cookie crust. Her mini vanilla buttercream cupcakes alone are worth the detour. Baker Burger Co. is located at 7903 Ventnor Ave. at Margate. Go to BakerBurgerCompany.com.

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