Crunchy, tender, salty, sweet — Kevin McCormick’s kouign-amann is such a pleasure to eat that he could just stock Good Ambler’s display case with the buttery Breton pastry and drop the mic. But the exquisite viennoiserie is just one thing the Northfield-bred pastry chef and chocolatier, who has worked at North Pond and other spots around town, brings to the table at our favorite new bakery. There are also treats like pretty little financiers, delicate alfajor cookies, and jewel-toned tarts, to say nothing of the impressive array of bonbons (the making of which is a highly challenging discipline unto itself). Everything in McCormick’s broad range is technically meticulous — but most important, it’s perfectly delicious. From $2. 216 N. Peoria St., West Loop — Cate Huguelet


Three More New Baked Goods That Blew Our Minds

1 Chocolate French Fry Pie at Sugargoat

Stephanie Izard’s bonkers new bakery grew out of a single item: an homage to the Wendy’s chocolate Frosty. She adds fried potato sticks to a shortbread crust, fills it with silky malted chocolate, and sprinkles chocolate-coated potato sticks on top. $32. 820 W. Randolph St., West Loop — Carly Boers

2 Kouign-Amann With Brie and Apple Butter at Au Levain

If you’ve ever wished you could mash up a cheese plate with French pastry, head to Angel Chavez’s Sunday pop-up at Bistro Campagne to try his take on a kouign-amann. The pastry chef loads up this flaky treat with Brie and housemade apple butter. $5. 4518 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square — Amy Cavanaugh

3 Chocolate Cream Pie at Honeypie Bakeshop

It used to be that if you wanted this confection, you had to head to Milwaukee. Then, in the spring of last year, the restaurant Beard & Belly opened with an outpost of the bakery, a boon to anyone who loves chocolate cream pie. This one is exceptional, thanks to its rich but not-too-sweet custard atop a buttery graham cracker crust. $40. 6155 N. Broadway, Edgewater — Katherine Shady