Pastry Shop in Conroe and Spring, Texas Offers Creative Cookies & More

Nelia Shehaj, owner of Luliet Bakery in Spring.

With locations at 3625 FM 2920 in Spring and 3600 FM 1488 in Conroe, Luliet Bakery, which first opened in October 2019, has quickly become a staple of these areas just north of Houston. Now, with a freshly instituted delivery system, owner Nelia Shehaj is looking to introduce the rest of Houston to her team’s confections. 

Shehaj founded Luliet as a home bakery, and, after five years of growth, decided that it was time to open a storefront in Spring. Originally, the pastry shop only occupied about half of its current space. In 2021, Shehaj leased the neighboring spot, which allowed for a larger prep area, additional counters and a private rental space that is occasionally used for classes and community events.

I visited the storefront in Spring, and found that it has an industrial feel and is sparsely decorated. Two pastel murals, along with the sweets, provide most of the color in the main room, while the party/rental room is vibrantly decorated. 

Macaron assortment at Luliet.
Macaron assortment at Luliet. Photo by Ryan Baker.

Luliet’s biggest strength is the sheer variety of sweet treats available: cookies, cupcakes, macarons, ice cream and more. The display counter, which spans about three-quarters the width of the shop, has something for everyone.

Ordering cookies online can be tricky. The website has a list of options, but no descriptions. In many cases, such as the Snickerdoodle, Birthday Cake and red velvet, the names are self-explanatory. That being said, a guide would be handy when deciphering the difference between, the standard, double and triple chocolate chip cookies, or knowing exactly what is in Campfire, which turns out to be a sticky combination of chocolate and marshmallow — my personal favorite. The cookies are firm but not crumbly, and most of the flavor of the dough comes from the sugar, making the cookies best when laden with a greater variety and volume of toppings.

A box of cookies from Luliet.
A box of cookies from Luliet. Photo by Ryan Baker.

Luliet also offers several types of cookie pies — two cookies sandwiching a layer of cream. The classic chocolate-coated, marshmallow-stuffed Moon Pie is one of the shop’s headliners, with rows of individually packed pies, ready to grab and go. Additionally, Luliet sells oatmeal creme (like the Little Debbie snacks), red velvet and chocolate chip sprinkled. Last and most definitely not least, the Carrot Cake Pie, featuring two cookies, with a fudge brownie-like consistency, is my favorite item in the entire shop.

There are still more cookies, as the shop sells packages of vanilla, pecan and chocolate-pistachio shortbread treats, as well as alfajores (dulce de leche sandwich cookies).

The diversity of the selection at Luliet is most evident in the macarons and ice cream, as there are more than 20 types of each. Macarons range from classics such as toasted almond, pistachio and vanilla to fun choices like cookies & cream or salted caramel. And then, the shop gets adventurous with Fig & Goat Cheese, Peep, King Cake and Coconut Lime. With the variety of fun flavors, the macarons, much like the cookies, are good but could be improved. In some cases, like the salted caramel, the flavor was not potent enough to make it identifiable or distinguish its flavor from the others. In the case of the toasted almond, there was a distracting, astringent quality.

Moon Pie at Luliet.
Moon Pie at Luliet. Photo by Ryan Baker.

Shehaj’s creations shine brightest when it comes to ice cream. The expansive freezer sections take about half of the counter space and feature fan-favorites such as chocolate, butter pecan, salted caramel, vanilla and Oreo (in both chocolate and vanilla varieties), as well as progressive, more-interesting flavors like Earl Grey Blackberry, Oatmeal Creme Pie, Honey Lavender and Raspberry Cheesecake. None of the flavors sampled (chocolate Oreo, salted caramel and Oatmeal Creme Pie) were overly sweet, and the mix was exceptionally creamy.

The Spring area dessert shop is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Conroe shop is open Tuesday to Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Online orders are available on the website.

The writer personally purchased all items discussed in this article. 

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