If youve ever wanted this job as The Telegraphs restaurant critic, you might want to stop reading now. This review covers every type of cookie, pastry, doughnut and cupcake made at the venerable Wilsons Bakery in Warner Robins. And it was delicious.
We visited just before lunch time on a Tuesday -- not prime time for a shop that sells doughnuts and cupcakes -- and there was a constant flow of customers from the time we walked in to the time we left. A postal worker looking for a creme horn fix, a mom buying a dozen Cookie Monster sandwich cookies for a birthday party, an older man and his son getting the last two pineapple empanadas.
Considering that a special trip has to be made to this sprawling shopping center in the middle of Watson Boulevard, Wilsons seems to have a healthy customer flow.
Wilsons is known for their nut fingers and sells hundreds of them every day, even more during the holidays. They also sell tons of doughnuts and iced cookies, but what makes them shine as an accomplished bakery are their more interesting items.
The specialty cupcakes show a flair for interesting combinations. The salted caramel has just enough salt to showcase the sweet caramel icing, with a tiny twisted pretzel on top. The icing on the Oreo cupcake mixes in cookie bits in the icing, with a bit of cookie at the apex. Of course, they have the red velvet, carrot cake and Black Forest, along with the regular yellow cake cupcake with the delicate icing flower atop it.
The Hostess and the Choc-a-holic cupcakes are a fun throwback to the commercial cakes of yesteryear. The Hostess is a chocolate cupcake filled with fluffy vanilla creme with a triple swirl indicating its flavor. The Choc-a-holic takes the same design but fills it with chocolate creme and puts a brownie chunk on top.
Their bar cookies are interesting as well. The pecan pie bars have a crunchy base with a super sweet pecan topping. The date squares were my favorite: The gooey date filling is not too sweet and balances well with the oatmeal base and topping. The lemon bars were not as good as the kind the ladies at church make (these have a more congealed filling).
The cookies really showcased Wilsons willingness to experiment. The mounds cookie was my favorite, filling a chocolate blob with a creamy coconut concoction. The divinity cookie was my second favorite, with a meringue-textured base sprinkled with pecans. The brownie thins and the peanut butter Reeses were also very good. Oh, and they have doggy cookies, too.
With a store-brand bakery in every Publix and Kroger, it is a testament to Wilsons Bakerys value to its community that it has been open and vibrant for 60 years in Warner Robins. Summer is a great time to come try it.
Address: 1719 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins
Hours: 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $1-$25
Rating: 3.5 stars