If you live in the Mokena area, chances are you've heard of this bakery. If you aren't from the area I can give you three reasons to go now: cheese danish, apple danish, and true German/Czech kolaczkis. Fleckenstein's has been around since 1977, so while they aren't going anywhere, the pastry displays aren't full forever!
Fortunately, the day a baseball tournament brought us to Mokena they still had a decent selection left: cookies (even Stanley Cup Champions decorated cookies!), danishes, apple slices, and real (not the cookie version) sweet dough kolaczkis.
One bite and my son proclaimed his cheese danish the "best he's ever had." My daughter made the same declaration about her apple danish. I can only confirm that the crumbs they left for me to sample were delicious.
I didn't really care about their danishes, though, because I was happy in my own little slice of heaven with their kolaczkis. Most bakeries carry cookie kolaczkis, but very few carry the kind I remember from my childhood- true German & Czech sweet dough versions in a variety of flavors: including my favorite raspberry, cheese, and apricot.
How popular are Fleckenstein's baked goods? Their building is about 4000 sq. feet with 3100 sq. feet dedicated to on-site baking, the rest is for retail sales. Need a cake for a special ocassion? They do that. Need a tray of muffins, bagels, and danishes for your morning meeting? They do that too. Just want a perfect pastry? They definitely do that!
Check out Fleckenstein's website for hours and baked goods options. Make sure you save a kolaczki for me.
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19225 LaGrange Rd.