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Jaarsma Bakery

727 Franklin St. (On the town square), Pella, IA - (641) 628-2940
The most famous things made at Jaarsma Bakery are Dutch letters – giant-size pastries in the form of the alphabet. Here you also will find sunny-yellow angelfood cakes made into circles and loaves, as well as cases filled with dozens of beautiful pastries, many with such enchanting names as krackelings, goat’s legs, almond bankets, and figure 8s.
100% Approval Rating (11 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
cinnamon bread
Dutch letters
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Goat Legs
Krackling
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Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (2)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Probably the most famous things made at Jaarsma Bakery are Dutch letters – giant-size pastries in the form of the alphabet. They’re swell, and no one should visit Pella without eating at least a monogram; but Dutch letters are only a hint of the glories to be found on ..."   [Read More]
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Becky Schultz
December 27, 2007
"I grew up near Pella and try to get to Jaarsma whenever I can. The pastry cases are piled high with traditional favorites you won't want to miss. The Dutch letters are my favorite. They come in only one letter, an "S." Flaky pastry surrounds a delicious almond ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

727 Franklin St. (On the town square), Pella, IA
(641) 628-2940

http://www.jaarsmabakery.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Dessert
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:Yes
Takeout Counters:Yes
While we thoroughly enjoy eating Dutch letters, we sometimes wish they came in other letters besides ''S.''
"While we thoroughly enjoy eating Dutch letters, we sometimes wish they came in other letters besides ''S.''"
Cliff Strutz





A tray of apple bread loaves:  We guess you could slice one with a knife, but we much prefer to tear a loaf into sweet, crumbling shreds.
"A tray of apple bread loaves: We guess you could slice one with a knife, but we much prefer to tear a loaf into sweet, crumbling shreds."
Michael Stern


Goat legs are crispy almond cookies, dipped in chocolate on both ends.
"Goat legs are crispy almond cookies, dipped in chocolate on both ends."
Cliff Strutz


The nice lady who waited on me at Jaarsma Bakery described kracklings as tasting like pie crusts with sugar sprinkled on top.
"The nice lady who waited on me at Jaarsma Bakery described kracklings as tasting like pie crusts with sugar sprinkled on top."
Cliff Strutz


The glass cases full of delicious looking baked goods goes on and on...
"The glass cases full of delicious looking baked goods goes on and on..."
Cliff Strutz


Unless you call ahead of time, the only Dutch letter Jaarsma Bakery typically carries is the letter
"Unless you call ahead of time, the only Dutch letter Jaarsma Bakery typically carries is the letter "S". The delicious looking chocolate and almond cookie above is called a goat's leg. (Photo and caption by buffetbuster.)"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The ladies who work behind the counter at Jaarsma Bakery wear traditional Dutch bonnets.
"The ladies who work behind the counter at Jaarsma Bakery wear traditional Dutch bonnets."
Cliff Strutz


Jaarsma opened in 1899, and has been in this location on the town square in Pella since 1948.
"Jaarsma opened in 1899, and has been in this location on the town square in Pella since 1948."
Michael Stern



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