Cinnaholic’s rolls can be customized with a variety of toppings. Photo by Deb Lindsey

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Cinnaholic

We needed this. About three months into the pandemic, a Cinnaholic—where you can create your own cinnamon rolls—debuted in Downtown Crown, and the lines haven’t stopped since. The “Old Skool,” a plain cinnamon roll topped with vanilla frosting, is a hit, but the signature items, such as the “Caramel Apple Pie” roll (topped with caramel frosting, fresh apples, a caramel sauce drizzle, pecans and pie crumble) and the “Cookie Monster” roll (covered in flavored cream cheese frosting and homemade cookie dough, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce), are just a bit more exciting. For the little ones, try the mini buns, a tiny version of the plain cinnamon roll served with a side of vanilla frosting. The menu goes beyond cinnamon rolls: Cookie dough scoops include the “Mocha Madness” (a dollop of dough with coffee frosting, chocolate sauce and a sprinkling of coffee dust), or you can grab an 8-ounce tub of plain cookie dough—and good luck putting it down. Everything at Cinnaholic is vegan and dairy-free.

Cinnaholic, 230 Crown Park Ave., Gaithersburg, 301-963-1200, cinnaholic.com


Crumbl

Sometimes big—or huge—is the way to go when you’re craving something sweet, and the cookies at Crumbl in Rockville’s Federal Plaza deliver a mega dose of sugary goodness. The treats, roughly 4½ inches in diameter, are more dessert indulgence than snack, and come in a pretty pink box (great for a friend that needs a pick-me-up). The first Maryland outpost of the Utah-based chain opened in October and sells six flavors of cookies a day, each for $3.88. You can always get warm chocolate chip or chilled sugar cookies. Depending on the week, you might find a chocolate cookie with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting, a caramel orange roll cookie, or a s’mores brownie cookie with a toasted marshmallow on top. Small tubs of ice cream in flavors such as churro (vanilla ice cream with churro bits and cinnamon) and “Buckeye Brownie” (chocolate ice cream with brownie chunks and peanut butter) are also available, but it’s the cookies—displayed alongside single-serving containers of milk—that we can’t resist.

Crumbl, 12266 Rockville Pike, Suite K, Rockville, 240-406-7655, crumblcookies.com