802 E. 10th St.
Ferdinand Indiana 47532United States
The beautiful setting includes a church nicknamed the castle on the hill, but the poorly stocked Simply Divine Bakery isn't worth a special trip.
Founded in 1867, the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand is one of the nation's largest Benedictine communities of women. Its Simply Divine Bakery offers classic recipes, such as springerle cookies, that reflect the community's strong German-Catholic heritage. The cookies, which were recently juried into the Indiana Artisan program, are made with centuries-old recipes and local ingredients, such as mint grown in the monastery garden. The monastery itself is worth a stop, especially for a tour of the soaring church nicknamed "the castle on the hill." (Call ahead for tour times, or you might find the place locked up.) But don't come just for the cookies: You'll find only a small, poorly stocked rack in the monastery gift shop. A better bet: Order the cookies from the bakery's website, where even seasonal flavors are available year-round.