by Mabel Suen
Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.
Nourish by Hollyberry (10037 Manchester Avenue; 314-835-9196) opened in Warson Woods on April 1, bringing a newfound cafe and grab-and-go market aspect to chef-owner Holly Cunningham's catering company. The longtime from-scratch cook has her roots in sweets, originally kicking off her brand as a baked-good business in 1998. While things have grown and changed over the years, one simple, sweet staple on her menu has stayed the same for more than a decade, and patrons can still get it today: a Hollyberry cookie, paired with a cold mug of milk.
"We started the company featuring our cookies and dessert bars, and we are still known for them today," Cunningham says. "We use the original recipes we started with seventeen years ago because they are too good to touch."
Cunningham got her start in the kitchen growing up with three home bakers -- her mother, grandmother and aunt. These days, she has a team of pastry chefs to bring those classic recipes to life. Hollyberry cookies are made in small batches, hand-scooped for an array of offerings. Outside of getting paired with a cold beverage at the cafe, the treats also come packaged individually as well as frozen in dough balls for at-home baking.
Perhaps the most quintessential choice is "Dave's Double Chip," named after a family friend who wrote the recipe. The chewy cookie is filled with semi-sweet and white-chocolate chips, made with simple ingredients including vanilla, butter and sugar. Besides cookies, Nourish by Hollyberry offers an array of homestyle desserts including grasshopper cake and strawberry tarts. Have some in house or enjoy it in your own home. Either way, be sure to wash it down with a cold mug of milk for posterity's sake.
Previously on Sugar High: - Clementine's Liege Waffle Sundaes - Gus' Pretzels' Cinnamon-Sugar Pretzels - Fitz's Berry Pomegranate Soda - Smalcakes' Wedding Cake Cupcake - Pastries of Denmark's Petit Fours - Lucky Buddha's Five-Spice Crème Brûlée - Amy's Corner Bakeshop's Scones - Vincent Van Doughnut's "Mini Vinnies" - Piccione Pastry's Sfogliatella Riccia - The Feasting Fox's Warm Apple Strudel - I Scream Cake's "I Scream Sammys" - LuciAnna's Pastries' Chocolate-Mousse Cheesecake - Spoon Baking Company's Spoon Cookie - Insomnia Cookies' S'mores Deluxe Cookie - Living Room's Peanut-Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookie - Stimulus Baking Company's Pad-Thai Cupcake - La Bonne Bouchée's Strawberry-Mousseline Cake - Pie Oh My's Pumpkin-Maple Pecan Pie - Annie Moons' Banana-Split Muffins - Cyrano's Carrot Cake - Whitebox Eatery's Cheese Pastry - Comet Coffee's Mousse Cakes - Whisk's Apple-Cinnamon "Pop Tartlets" - The London Tea Room's Blueberry-Lemon Cake - Corner 17's Fluffy Ice - The Fountain on Locust's "Banana Bourbon" Sundae - Vinnie's Pinwheel Baklava - Red Fox Baking & Catering's Lemon Tart - Sugarfire Smokehouse's Crack Pie - Russell on Macklind's Coconut Cake - The Kitchen Sink's Sweet Potato Fries - Giovanni's Kitchen's Panna Cotta Trio - Crepes Etc.'s Crepe Cake - Cafe Ventana's Beignets - Frida's Raspberry-Chocolate Avocado Mousse - India Palace's Gulab Jamun - Melt's "Violet Beauregarde" Waffle - Brevan's Patisserie's "Brendan" - Winslow's Home's Chocolate Cake with Espresso Meringue - La Patisserie Chouquette's Eclair - Black Bear Bakery's Raspberry Oat Bar - Gelateria's London Fog Gelato - 4 Seasons Bakery's German Cheesecake - Libertine's "Candy Bar" - Cleveland-Heath's Old Fashioned Cherry Pie - Schlafly Tap Room and Bottleworks' Sticky Toffee Pudding