Slideshow: Best Sweets We Ate In January

Banana Roti in Bangkok
Banana Roti in Bangkok
"One of the best parts about wandering the streets of Bangkok is passing all the banana roti vendors. Whenever I spotted one, I'd walk directly over to it and stand there, mesmerized by the the flipping and stretching of dough, which then fell into a vat of sizzling oil. The vendor cracks an egg directly into the frying dough along with some banana slices, and folds it all up like a little present. This was a present I gifted myself several times when in Thailand. Very important is the deluge of sweetened condensed milk that's drenched on top. Chopstick up each slice, even when it burns your tongue, because it will and you won't care because it's just too good."—Erin Zimmer, National Managing Editor

[Photograph: Erin Zimmer]

Watalappan at San Rasa
Watalappan at San Rasa
"A few weeks ago I started eating my way through the Sri Lankan food available on Staten Island. Everything was tasty, but this dessert at San Rasa was awesome: coconut milk boiled down with smoky palm sugar, then baked into a brick of custardy pudding. Imagine a créme brûlée where the entire custard tastes like the caramelized sugar topping. Then imagine that flavor suffused with fresh coconutty sweetness and the twang of molasses. That's this dessert."—Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Homemade Meyer Lemon Tart
Homemade Meyer Lemon Tart
"Our San Francisco photographer, Wes Rowe, brought me a bag of Meyer lemons he picked in Napa, and I set to work making this lemon-honey tart from Bon Appetit. It was in an article about salting your sweets, but the end result really wasn't at all salty, just tangy and fresh and tart, plus super easy to make since you just press the crust into a springform pan—no dough-rolling required!"—Maggie Hoffman, Drinks Editor

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Granola Oatmeal Cookie at Greens To-Go, San Francisco
Granola Oatmeal Cookie at Greens To-Go, San Francisco
"This vegan and gluten-free cookie may sound like the most boring thing on earth but it actually hit the cookie trifecta of hearty, moist, and well-spiced. In fact the gf hazelnut brownie from the same bakery was my runner-up best sweet, so they must be doing something right."—Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor.

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Apple Cider Doughnut Holes from Terroir
Apple Cider Doughnut Holes from Terroir
"When a bunch of my friends wanted to go to a wine bar after dinner in the East Village, I internally whined. I like my friends, but I don't like alcohol. Thankfully, at Terroir I could order a dessert—my after-dinner foodstuff of choice—while my friends ordered wines and beers. And so I very happily dug into a plate of fresh, glazed apple cider doughnut holes. ...And only kind of felt like a five-year-old at a table of grown-ups."—Robyn Lee, AHT Editor and Photographer

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Salted Caramel Sundae at ABC Kitchen, NYC
Salted Caramel Sundae at ABC Kitchen, NYC
"Leandra and I went to ABC Kitchen earlier this month and had an epic meal which ended with the ultimate dessert. It was a sundae with salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The chocolate sauce covered the bottom of the bowl and we couldn't help but bathe our spoons in it."—Jen Weinberg, Ad Sales Director

[Photograph: JMoranMoya via flickr]