Craving for something that will satisfy that sweet tooth? North Texas isn’t lacking in dessert shops and bakeries, where you can indulge in everything from delicious cookies and delicate petit fours to perfect-for-summer frozen treats. Check out our picks for the best local spots to get your sugar fix.

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6025 Royal Lane, Ste. 125
Dallas, TX
(214) 265-5572
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Even non-dessert fans will be tempted to move to the dark (but oh-so-sweet) side after a visit to Crème de la Cookie, which has two locations in Dallas. From cupcakes and brownies to their homemade whoopie pies, everything in this cozy dessert shop is made fresh from the finest ingredients like Valrhona chocolate and dried Michigan cherries.

Treat to try: Fans rave about their famous cake balls (especially the Red Velvet), and their “OMG Chocolate Chip Cookie,” but we recommend their gluten-free “Sparkling Fudgies,” flourless chocolate cookies made with ground almonds.

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This popular bakery, which opened in 2003, is not only known for their moist cupcakes (which many will argue are the best in Dallas) and artistically created wedding cakes, but also for their contributions to the community (a portion of their sales from cakes, cupcakes and petit fours go to charities such as the Red Cross and the Greater Dallas Boys and Girls Club). The only complaint? They close early–5:00pm Monday to Thursdays and Saturday, and 6:00pm on Fridays.

Treat to try: We love the vanilla and chocolate petit fours, and the Italian Cream cupcake. But next time, we’re heading straight to the Bread Pudding whoopie pie, which has been described as “out of this world.”

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This quirky shop in the Bishop Arts District is a must for chocolate lovers.  But prepare to be overwhelmed by the wide variety of funky concoctions, including the “Fungus Amongus” (dark Colombian chocolate with porcini mushrooms and roasted pumpkin seeds), the “Albatross” (chocolate with blue cheese and sea salt), and a lineup of alcohol-infused chocolate drinks.

Treat to try: If you love bold-tasting chocolate, try the “Crack in a Box,” a blend of dark chocolate and pure cocoa beans with hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia and soy nuts. Feeling adventurous? Try the tequila-spiked chocolate drink called “One Night Stand.”

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Is there anything that brings back memories of a childhood summer better than a delicious ice cream sandwich? There’s just something about fresh ice cream squeezed between two cookies. And family-owned Sweet Sammies does it perfectly. With a dozen cookie options (made from scratch and baked fresh daily), and a dozen Blue Bell ice cream flavors to choose from, you can make an ice cream sandwich just the way you want it. And for less than $3, the prices can’t be beat.

Treat to try: The Sweet Sammie, of course. Our choice is Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies with Homemade Vanilla ice cream. You can also get the cookies (huge and tasty) and ice cream, separately.

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Although they also serve deli dishes, such as soups, sandwiches and salads, and breakfast (fans love the omelets), the Swiss Pastry Shop is a “save room for dessert” kind of place. A Fort Worth favorite for over 30 years, this homey shop is known for their pastries, cakes and pies, all delicious and reasonably priced. But arrive early–it’s always busy during lunch.

Treat to try: 
Their famous Black Forest Cake, made with layers of cream, light pastry and chocolate shavings. Though it’s not really “cake” (it’s been dubbed the “UnCake”), this light and crunchy dessert is a must-try–and it almost always sells out.

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If you’re craving for frozen custard (or just want to take a break from its less smooth, and less creamy cousin — ice cream), then make a beeline for Woolley’s. But be prepared to face a dilemma. With the unbelievable number of toppings and concretes (mixed custards) to choose from, plus the flavors of the week, choosing a custard may not be as simple as it looks.

Treat to try: Although we like making our own topping-custard combos, we also recommend “Dan’s Favorite” (chocolate with peanut butter sauce), and “Natalie’s Favorite” (vanilla with cookie dough and caramel). And how charming is it that they name flavors after employees?

Can’t get enough sweet treats? Check out these other great local spots: Tiff’s Treats (Dallas), Stein’s Bakery (Dallas), Nothing Bundt Cakes (Dallas and Fort Worth), McKinley’s Bakery (Fort Worth),  Yogolait (Fort Worth), SugarLush Cupcakes (online orders for Dallas and Fort Worth)