Also try the cookies and cream, sprinkled with homemade cookies called Joy-reos, or the CinnaBrownie with a brownie puck tucked inside cinnamon ice cream. The flavor of the month highlights a quirky concoction, such as a king cake with a baby hidden in the middle.
In addition to ice cream sandwiches, the patisserie sells macarons in 12 flavors, including cookie dough, salted caramel and honey lavender.
Joy Macarons started as a hobby that spun out of control, Lanier says. Despite simple ingredients, macarons are notoriously hard to make.
“They’re temperamental,” she says. “It takes a lot of time and preciseness. We make so many every day, and there are still days that you’re like, ‘What happened?’ Everything has to go according to plan.”
Lanier kept practicing and sold them at pop-ups and area farmers markets. In 2015, she opened her first shop in Oak Cliff, followed by a location on Lower Greenville in 2017.
“I have a huge sweet tooth, but I didn’t always want a slice of cake or a cupcake,” Lanier says. “It’s kind of a lot. The macarons are small and hit the spot without doing too much damage. The ice cream sandwiches are different. You have to be committed. The macarons on the outside are a great pairing, and they’re not overly sweet. They let the ice cream shine through.”