Ooh La La Dessert Boutique is offering the most lavish Oreo you'll ever taste this Halloween season.

Candy may be king during Halloween season, but while you’re overloading on sugar, why not diversify your binge? Through rigorous personal research, I have found that I am actually able to eat more candy if I take a break between mini-Kit Kats to nibble on some baked goods. #lifehacks

This year, Houston bakeries are definitely bringing their A-game. Below are my picks for the best spooky and sinfully delicious confections around town.

A bevy of spirited goodies are available at Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, including some almost-too-cute-to-consume Jack-O-Lantern cupcakes, but it's the Spidey Cookies ‘n’ Cream macarons whose delicate design and intense flavor (think ultra-gourmet Oreos) most tickles my palate.

In addition to vending some of the best pasta in town, Paulie’s has also mastered the art of the decorative sugar cookie. Years of working with neurosurgeons have definitely influenced my primary gustatory cortex, because I can’t get enough of Paulie’s flesh-pink frosted brain cookies.

Sometimes, but not all the time, I feel a wee bit piggish when I finish one of The Dessert Gallery’s colossal cake slices. My Halloween trick to prevent this situation is to feast on its festive petit fours adorned with images of witches and pumpkins. A dozen or so more than equals a slice of cake in mass, but somehow their smaller individual statures curtail my guilt reflex.

Though far more sophisticated desserts both in terms of flavor and design are the norm at Three Brothers Bakery, in the days leading up to Halloween I'll be noshing on its ginormous cookie sandwiches. Definitely not equal parts cookies and icing, the sandwiches are composed of two of the bakery’s famous, slightly crispy chocolate chip cookies in between a two-inch layer of vanilla buttercream.

Another sweet spin on a traditional savory snack can be found The Chocolate Bar, which, for a limited time, is selling a different type of pie: a Halloween chocolate pizza topped with candy corn, garish skulls, and spider web frosting.

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The Chocolate Bar

$$ Dessert Multiple Locations

Willy Wonka himself might be envious of the confections here. On one side of the store patrons enjoy hot chocolate, ice cream and massive slices of cake, and...

Three Brothers Bakery

$ Bakeries, Café, Dessert Multiple Locations

This outpost of the legendary Jewish bakery—now under its fifth generation of family leadership—has the expected hamantaschen, challah, bagels, and marble ry...

Dessert Gallery

$ Dessert 3600 Kirby Dr.

Passion shines through brightly with a dizzying array of sweets here. Cakes, cookies and brownies, all of which can be customized, are the specialties, but d...

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Paulie’s

$$ Italian 1834 Westheimer Rd.

Second-generation restaurant owner Paul Petronella has taken Paulie’s on Westheimer near Shepherd from a pleasant Italian cafe to a highly recommended dining...

Ooh La La Dessert Boutique

$ Dessert Multiple Locations

Vanessa O’Donnell’s three Houston-area boutiques offer entire menus devoted to the holidays. Pick up everything from pumpkin pies and cranberry-orange cookie...

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