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Emporium Pies' McKinney location.
Emporium Pies' McKinney location.
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Pumpkin Lovers Unite: Eat These Gourd-Flavored Things Right Now

Embrace your affinity for this seasonal gourd with ice cream, dessert pizza, souffles, and more.

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Emporium Pies' McKinney location.
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Cane Rosso Blumpkin

The Blumpkin. [Photo: Cane Rosso Fort Worth]

Pumpkin spice latte lovers have become a much-maligned fall stereotype, but there's no shame in embracing the tasty seasonal gourd. PSL's don't actually contain any pumpkin, though, so consider foregoing the $5 latte and trying one of these locally made pumpkin treats instead.

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1. Cane Rosso Fort Worth

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815 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 922-9222
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Much ado has been made about the name of this dessert creation on CRFW's Facebook page, but questionable origins aside, the Blumpkin is a pumpkin lover's dream: roasted pumpkin mascarpone, toasted marshmallows, and Nutella unite for a sweet and gooey finale.

2. Swiss Pastry Shop

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3936 W Vickery Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 732-5661
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The home of the illustrious Black Forest cake is now serving up pumpkin cannoli, and you probably don't need an explanation as to why that's an awesome idea. Call ahead and check stock before driving over to prevent potential disappointment.

3. Emporium Pies

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314 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 206-6126
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The Drop Dead Gourdgeous isn't your grandmother's pumpkin pie. Megan Wilkes and Mary Sparks' version is spiced just right and perched on a zingy gingersnap crust, and best of all, you can pop in for a single slice after dinner in Bishop Arts. (Do note there's also a second outpost in McKinney's quaint downtown square.)

4. Sprinkles Cupcakes

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4020 Villanova St
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 369-0004
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Sprinkles' pumpkin cupcake is moist, slightly spiced, and topped with just the right amount of sweet, cinnamon-y cream cheese frosting. Available Wednesdays and Fridays only. If you must gild the lily, pop by the ice cream shop next door and get it in a ridiculous cupcake sundae (or shake, for that matter) with butter pecan or salted caramel ice cream. You can also stop by the cupcake ATM for an after-hours fix.

5. Rise No. 1

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5360 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 366-9900
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Get fancy with a baked-to-order pumpkin souffle at this charming Inwood Village staple. Fluffy, piping hot, and drenched with creme anglaise just before devouring, it's the envy of all the pumpkin spice lattes.

6. Casa Rubia

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3011 Gulden Ln #116
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 513-6349
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Even Spanish wonder Casa Rubia can't resist the siren song of autumnal pumpkin desserts. Their new pan calatrava is a dreamy combination of pumpkin flan, apple-almond bread pudding, cinnamon ice cream, and sea salt caramel.

7. Kate Weiser Chocolate

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3011 Gulden Ln - Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 326-6419
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Kate Weiser's new chocolate shop at Trinity Groves has some of the best damn French macarons in town, including a so-very-seasonal pumpkin flavor. Weiser also shows off her serious chocolate skills with these molded chocolate pumpkins, which you can get filled with pumpkin truffles.

8. Glazed Donut Works

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2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-2275
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Deep Ellum's friendly neighborhood doughnut shop always keeps up with the seasons, and fall is no exception: They're currently featuring a pumpkin old-fashioned that makes an ideal breakfast paired with a cup of steaming hot coffee (or a late-night drunk treat on the weekend).

9. MELT Ice Creams

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954 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 886-8365
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Kari Crowe's friendly ice cream shop recently began serving a lineup of autumn-appropriate flavors including The Great Pumpkin, which gets added depth from Avoca coffee. Considering getting a double scoop and pairing it with another fall flavor like the sweet potato-maple This is My Yam.

10. Reverie Bakeshop

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1930 North Coit Road, #140
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 402-8855
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The vegan and gluten-free crowds need look no further than this Richardson bakery for seasonal items like gluten-free mini pumpkin pies or a raw vegan pumpkin orange tart.

11. Tart Bakery

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5219 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(469) 335-8919
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Four words: Pumpkin. Cheesecake. Cake. Balls. Another item of note are the soft and chewy Pumpkin Spice whoopie pies with spiced sweet cream filling.

12. Wild About Harry's

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3113 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-3113
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'Tis the season for super-rich pumpkin pie custard at this Knox-Henderson favorite. Get it in a waffle cone or dress it up with a plethora of sundae toppings like Nilla wafers and caramel sauce.

13. Kitchen LTO

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3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 377-0757
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New LTO chef Blythe Beck has a pumpkin latte-inspired dessert on her menu that involves pumpkin custard, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate. City of Ate says, "It's like eating pumpkin pie filling out of a latte cup, with none of that pesky pie crust to get in your way."

14. Hypnotic Donuts

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9007 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 668-6999
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Always on the forefront of unusual doughnut flavors, Dallas' original weirdo doughnut purveyor is currently frying up a pumpkin spice version with cream cheese icing. (Stay tuned for more seasonal flavors: They'll roll out pecan pie, sweet potato, and cranberry-orange flavors in November, with peppermint and gingerbread varieties to follow in December.)

15. The Blind Butcher

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1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-0000
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Blind Butcher's new fall menu includes an oh-so-seasonally-appropriate mini pumpkin cheesecake -- but in true Blind Butcher style, it's built on top of a gingersnap bacon crust.

1. Cane Rosso Fort Worth

815 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Much ado has been made about the name of this dessert creation on CRFW's Facebook page, but questionable origins aside, the Blumpkin is a pumpkin lover's dream: roasted pumpkin mascarpone, toasted marshmallows, and Nutella unite for a sweet and gooey finale.
815 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104

2. Swiss Pastry Shop

3936 W Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
The home of the illustrious Black Forest cake is now serving up pumpkin cannoli, and you probably don't need an explanation as to why that's an awesome idea. Call ahead and check stock before driving over to prevent potential disappointment.
3936 W Vickery Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107

3. Emporium Pies

314 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
The Drop Dead Gourdgeous isn't your grandmother's pumpkin pie. Megan Wilkes and Mary Sparks' version is spiced just right and perched on a zingy gingersnap crust, and best of all, you can pop in for a single slice after dinner in Bishop Arts. (Do note there's also a second outpost in McKinney's quaint downtown square.)
314 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208

4. Sprinkles Cupcakes

4020 Villanova St, Dallas, TX 75225
Sprinkles' pumpkin cupcake is moist, slightly spiced, and topped with just the right amount of sweet, cinnamon-y cream cheese frosting. Available Wednesdays and Fridays only. If you must gild the lily, pop by the ice cream shop next door and get it in a ridiculous cupcake sundae (or shake, for that matter) with butter pecan or salted caramel ice cream. You can also stop by the cupcake ATM for an after-hours fix.
4020 Villanova St
Dallas, TX 75225

5. Rise No. 1

5360 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
Get fancy with a baked-to-order pumpkin souffle at this charming Inwood Village staple. Fluffy, piping hot, and drenched with creme anglaise just before devouring, it's the envy of all the pumpkin spice lattes.
5360 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

6. Casa Rubia

3011 Gulden Ln #116, Dallas, TX 75212
Even Spanish wonder Casa Rubia can't resist the siren song of autumnal pumpkin desserts. Their new pan calatrava is a dreamy combination of pumpkin flan, apple-almond bread pudding, cinnamon ice cream, and sea salt caramel.
3011 Gulden Ln #116
Dallas, TX 75212

7. Kate Weiser Chocolate

3011 Gulden Ln - Ste 115, Dallas, TX 75212
Kate Weiser's new chocolate shop at Trinity Groves has some of the best damn French macarons in town, including a so-very-seasonal pumpkin flavor. Weiser also shows off her serious chocolate skills with these molded chocolate pumpkins, which you can get filled with pumpkin truffles.
3011 Gulden Ln - Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75212

8. Glazed Donut Works

2644 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Deep Ellum's friendly neighborhood doughnut shop always keeps up with the seasons, and fall is no exception: They're currently featuring a pumpkin old-fashioned that makes an ideal breakfast paired with a cup of steaming hot coffee (or a late-night drunk treat on the weekend).
2644 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

9. MELT Ice Creams

954 W Rosedale St, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Kari Crowe's friendly ice cream shop recently began serving a lineup of autumn-appropriate flavors including The Great Pumpkin, which gets added depth from Avoca coffee. Considering getting a double scoop and pairing it with another fall flavor like the sweet potato-maple This is My Yam.
954 W Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104

10. Reverie Bakeshop

1930 North Coit Road, #140, Richardson, TX 75080
The vegan and gluten-free crowds need look no further than this Richardson bakery for seasonal items like gluten-free mini pumpkin pies or a raw vegan pumpkin orange tart.
1930 North Coit Road, #140
Richardson, TX 75080

11. Tart Bakery

5219 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
Four words: Pumpkin. Cheesecake. Cake. Balls. Another item of note are the soft and chewy Pumpkin Spice whoopie pies with spiced sweet cream filling.
5219 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

12. Wild About Harry's

3113 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
'Tis the season for super-rich pumpkin pie custard at this Knox-Henderson favorite. Get it in a waffle cone or dress it up with a plethora of sundae toppings like Nilla wafers and caramel sauce.
3113 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

13. Kitchen LTO

3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108, Dallas, TX 75212
New LTO chef Blythe Beck has a pumpkin latte-inspired dessert on her menu that involves pumpkin custard, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate. City of Ate says, "It's like eating pumpkin pie filling out of a latte cup, with none of that pesky pie crust to get in your way."
3011 Gulden Ln Ste 108
Dallas, TX 75212

14. Hypnotic Donuts

9007 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Always on the forefront of unusual doughnut flavors, Dallas' original weirdo doughnut purveyor is currently frying up a pumpkin spice version with cream cheese icing. (Stay tuned for more seasonal flavors: They'll roll out pecan pie, sweet potato, and cranberry-orange flavors in November, with peppermint and gingerbread varieties to follow in December.)
9007 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

15. The Blind Butcher

1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Blind Butcher's new fall menu includes an oh-so-seasonally-appropriate mini pumpkin cheesecake -- but in true Blind Butcher style, it's built on top of a gingersnap bacon crust.
1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

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