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12 Comforting Desserts for Cold Fall Weather in D.C.

Filling, nostalgic treats to bundle up with

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Something about the cooler air, the darker evenings, and the desire to pull on a scarf and block out the wind makes fall a go-to time to reach for comforting desserts. These calorie-laden dishes are made up of more than sugar and butter; they’re both filling and nostalgic. These D.C. area restaurants offer up sweets perfect for the season.

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Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treat at Summer House Santa Monica

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The traditional Rice Krispie treat recipe gets a rich boost from the addition of brown butter and an extra pinch of salt. This upscale treat is a good reminder of one of the first desserts most kids learn to make, and Summer House adds seasonal flavors such as Oreo, Fruit Loops, Caption Crunch, and pumpkin spice. For a comfort food combo, there’s always the  Brown Butter Rice Krispie topped Chocolate Chip Cookie as an option.

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The Royal Falooda at Toli Moli

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For those unfamiliar with the layered dessert drink popular in South Asia, falooda may feel like a throwback to rice pudding. At Union Market, they come with rice noodles, pomegranate-ginger jellies, basil seeds, paprika-infused milk, vanilla ice cream and house-made rosewater syrup.

Happy Camper at Buttercream Bakeshop

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Head to the cake shop in Shaw for a comforting riff on a s’more done in bar form, a combination of crispy graham crumble, chocolate ganache, and homemade honey-vanilla marshmallow fluff.

Happy Camper at Buttercream Bakeshop.
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Warm Chocolate Cookie Pie at America Eats Tavern by José Andrés

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A large cast iron skillet holds a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie topped with bourbon-vanilla ice cream, sea salt, and macerated cherries.

Mascarporeos at Alta Strada (Multiple locations)

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This Italian version of the ubiquitous sandwich cookie consists of chocolate shortbread served with a dipping bowl of vanilla mascarpone filling. It’s particularly perfect for people who like to pull apart their Oreos and eat the filling first.

Oat Cream Pie at Mirabelle

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Fans of the Little Debbie’s version should check out the newly reinvented restaurant’s soft oatmeal cookie sandwich stuffed with a vanilla marshmallow cream.

Downtown’s glitzy Mirabelle serves fantasy desserts like an oat cream pie.
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Chimi Chimi Pow Pow Egg Roll at Pow Pow

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This fried vegan dessert is stuffed with banana and dairy-free nutella and topped with agave and a sugary Asian five-spice blend.

Pancake Batter Pie at Dangerously Delicious Pies (Multiple locations)

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Stuffed with either blueberries or chocolate chips, it’s more fun to eat pancake batter in a pie than licking it off a spatula.

Assorted circular-shaped sweets at Dangerously Delicious Pies.
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S’mores in a Jar at The Smith

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The Penn Quarter location of the Smith offers the combination of chocolate pudding, graham cracker crumble, toasted marshmallow and a dark chocolate crunch bar — all served in the jar — that brings toasty reminders of the campfire treat without any of the mess.

Dat-O Cookies at Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar and Eatery

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Check out this New Orleans-influenced spin on the traditional Oreo cookie with the Dat-O Cookies, which are a bigger handmade version of the traditional black and white treat. The hybrid, also available at sister spot Lil’B near Logan Circle, features creamy and sweet buttercream icing with hints of real vanilla sandwiched between two dark chocolate cookies.

Dat-O Cookies at chef David Guas’ Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar and Eatery.
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Milkshakes and Ted’s Tarts at Ted's Bulletin (Multiple locations)

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Come for the milkshakes and leave with Ted’s take on a pop tart. Everything at Ted’s Bulletin is geared toward comfort food, or at least a ‘50s-era version of it, and the desserts are no exception. If milkshakes and breakfast pastries aren’t your thing, you can always leave with a slice of one of layer cake.

Banana Split at The Salt Line

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At The Salt Line, the classic comes with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream topped with hot fudge, caramel, berry sauce, roasted peanuts, and sprinkles. For more of twist, try the pumpkin spice shake with vanilla caramel ice cream, a ginger-molasses donut, and a milk stout marshmallow.

A photo of Salt Line’s outdoor seating area.
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
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Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treat at Summer House Santa Monica

The traditional Rice Krispie treat recipe gets a rich boost from the addition of brown butter and an extra pinch of salt. This upscale treat is a good reminder of one of the first desserts most kids learn to make, and Summer House adds seasonal flavors such as Oreo, Fruit Loops, Caption Crunch, and pumpkin spice. For a comfort food combo, there’s always the  Brown Butter Rice Krispie topped Chocolate Chip Cookie as an option.

Summer House Santa Monica/Facebook

The Royal Falooda at Toli Moli

For those unfamiliar with the layered dessert drink popular in South Asia, falooda may feel like a throwback to rice pudding. At Union Market, they come with rice noodles, pomegranate-ginger jellies, basil seeds, paprika-infused milk, vanilla ice cream and house-made rosewater syrup.

Happy Camper at Buttercream Bakeshop

Head to the cake shop in Shaw for a comforting riff on a s’more done in bar form, a combination of crispy graham crumble, chocolate ganache, and homemade honey-vanilla marshmallow fluff.

Happy Camper at Buttercream Bakeshop.
Buttercream Bakeshop/official photo

Warm Chocolate Cookie Pie at America Eats Tavern by José Andrés

A large cast iron skillet holds a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie topped with bourbon-vanilla ice cream, sea salt, and macerated cherries.

Mascarporeos at Alta Strada (Multiple locations)

This Italian version of the ubiquitous sandwich cookie consists of chocolate shortbread served with a dipping bowl of vanilla mascarpone filling. It’s particularly perfect for people who like to pull apart their Oreos and eat the filling first.

Oat Cream Pie at Mirabelle

Fans of the Little Debbie’s version should check out the newly reinvented restaurant’s soft oatmeal cookie sandwich stuffed with a vanilla marshmallow cream.

Downtown’s glitzy Mirabelle serves fantasy desserts like an oat cream pie.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Chimi Chimi Pow Pow Egg Roll at Pow Pow

This fried vegan dessert is stuffed with banana and dairy-free nutella and topped with agave and a sugary Asian five-spice blend.

Pancake Batter Pie at Dangerously Delicious Pies (Multiple locations)

Stuffed with either blueberries or chocolate chips, it’s more fun to eat pancake batter in a pie than licking it off a spatula.

Assorted circular-shaped sweets at Dangerously Delicious Pies.
Dangerously Delicious/Facebook

S’mores in a Jar at The Smith

The Penn Quarter location of the Smith offers the combination of chocolate pudding, graham cracker crumble, toasted marshmallow and a dark chocolate crunch bar — all served in the jar — that brings toasty reminders of the campfire treat without any of the mess.

Dat-O Cookies at Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar and Eatery

Check out this New Orleans-influenced spin on the traditional Oreo cookie with the Dat-O Cookies, which are a bigger handmade version of the traditional black and white treat. The hybrid, also available at sister spot Lil’B near Logan Circle, features creamy and sweet buttercream icing with hints of real vanilla sandwiched between two dark chocolate cookies.

Dat-O Cookies at chef David Guas’ Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar and Eatery.
Bayou Bakery/official photo

Milkshakes and Ted’s Tarts at Ted's Bulletin (Multiple locations)

Come for the milkshakes and leave with Ted’s take on a pop tart. Everything at Ted’s Bulletin is geared toward comfort food, or at least a ‘50s-era version of it, and the desserts are no exception. If milkshakes and breakfast pastries aren’t your thing, you can always leave with a slice of one of layer cake.

Banana Split at The Salt Line

At The Salt Line, the classic comes with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream topped with hot fudge, caramel, berry sauce, roasted peanuts, and sprinkles. For more of twist, try the pumpkin spice shake with vanilla caramel ice cream, a ginger-molasses donut, and a milk stout marshmallow.

A photo of Salt Line’s outdoor seating area.
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
Greg Powers/Greg Powers Photography

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