Slideshow: Six Piñon Sweets We Love in Santa Fe

SPAT from Chocolatesmith
SPAT from Chocolatesmith
Piñon gets a fancy treatment in these tasty caramels ($12.00 for 4), which start with pan toasted tamari piñon. The nuts sit on a bed of buttery handmade caramel, all dipped in dark chocolate. What does "SPAT" stand for? After (wrongly) believing for many weeks that it was Square Piñon And Tamari, it's actually named for its resemblance to shoe spats.
Chocolatesmith
851 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map) (505) 473-2111; chocolatesmith.com
Piñon Brittle from C.G. Higgins
Piñon Brittle from C.G. Higgins
Warning: you may never eat peanut brittle again after sampling piñon brittle! This crunchy stuff is punctuated by tasty piñon nuts which add a mellow and totally rich flavor. They don't overpower the candy coating, though, so you really get an interesting, nuanced flavor.
C.G. Higgins
847 Ninita Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map) (505) 820-1315; cghiggins.com
Chocolate Decadence Topped with Caramel and Piñon from Kakawa Chocolate House
Chocolate Decadence Topped with Caramel and Piñon from Kakawa Chocolate House
If a deep, dark, fudgy chocolate cake is your style, you should run, not walk, to Kakawa Chocolate House to sample this dessert. Their chocolate decadence cake is a miracle in its own right, but it gets even better with a generous, buttery caramel coating, which is beautifully complemented by piñon.
Kakawa Chocolate House
1050 East Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map) (505) 982-0388; kakawachocolates.com
Atolé Piñon Hotcakes at Tecolote Cafe
Atolé Piñon Hotcakes at Tecolote Cafe
These salad plate-sized pancakes ($4.60 each) are perfectly fluffy while also managing to be fat and substantial. Atolé (blue corn), a common ingredient in New Mexico, adds a wonderful nuttiness to the pancake, which is generously studded with piñon which all but evaporates in a delicious puff when bitten into. It's the type of pancake that makes you want more, but really, one is quite enough.

Tecolote Cafe: 1203 Cerillos Road, Santa Fe NM 87505 (map); (505) 988-1362; tecolotecafe.com

Pumpkin Piñon Bread from Intergalactic Bread Company
Pumpkin Piñon Bread from Intergalactic Bread Company
For a lightly sweet treat, check out the inimitable Pumpkin Piñon flatbread by Intergalactic Bread Company. Available at the Saturday version of the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, this bread is like the best-textured pizza crust you've ever had, but instead of having cheese and sauce on top, it's got a lightly sweet pumpkin topping and a generous smattering of piñon, which gives it a decadent and rich flavor.

Intergalactic Bread Company: Available at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe Railyard, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map); (505) 983-4098; santafefarmersmarket.com/