Pumpkin Pie, Croissant, and Doughnut All in One at Dessert Club, ChikaLicious

Sugar Rush

Your daily dose of something sweet.

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[Photographs: Niko Triantafillou]

Today's featured dessert is not a new offering; Dessert Club Chickalicious' Pumpkin Dough'Ssant ($5) has been available since summer. And although it technically falls into the category of a Cronut imitator, it manages to distinguish itself in at least two key areas. One, it's baked not fried. And two, all eight flavors are (usually) available every day.

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The Dough'Ssant is about three great texture experiences: baked laminated dough, vanilla pastry cream, and a thick ring of flavored glaze on top. The laminated dough layers are still quite heavy even though they're not deep fried (there's still a lot of butter in there!), but Chikialicious strikes just the right balance of dough and pastry cream so each bite has a bit of both. The same smooth, flavorful vanilla cream goes into all of the Dough'Ssants.

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The glaze on top isn't really a glaze at all—it's a massive layer of pumpkin pie frosting. There's a different form of frosting on each Dough'Ssant, but this pumpkin frosting replicates the flavor and texture of a real pie—complete with graham cracker crumbs on top.

Beyond pumpkin pie, the Dough'Ssant is available in the following flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Oreo Cookie, Meyer Lemon, French Vanilla, Dutch Apple Pie and Crème Brulee.