Not-to-Miss Pumpkin Treats in San Diego

From French macarons to flan — we have you covered
November 2, 2015
by Darlene Horn

Just because Halloween is over doesn't mean pumpkin goodies disappear. From now until the end of the year, bakeries and restaurants around San Diego are pumping out pumpkin treats with abandon to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth. If you're looking for donuts, French macarons, flan and more, you'll find it here. Read below for the best pumpkin treats to check out this season in San Diego.

Pumpkin Flan at Azucar

Chef and owner Vivian Hernandez-Jackson transforms flan into a must-try seasonal treat available from now until the end of November. For her single-serving pumpkin flan ($6.50), pieces of housemade pumpkin seed brittle and mounds of pumpkin purée mixed with cream cheese top a round of pumpkin cake creating a smooth, decadent treat that’s also available in larger sizes come Thanksgiving. Also try her pumpkin-packed scone ($2) baked with lots of butter, almonds and cranberries.

4820 Newport Ave.; 619-5232-2020

Pumpkin Spice French Macarons at Le Parfait Paris

Delicate pumpkin-infused shells hold spiced pumpkin filling at Downtown’s only French bakery. They're priced at $1.95 each, and we recommend buying them by the dozen for yourself or to share.

555 G St.; 619-245-4457

Pumpkin Spice Donuts at Nomad Donuts

This North Park donuttery takes the classic raised donut and doubles down on the goodness with puréed pumpkin incorporated into the dough and glaze for its pumpkin spice donut ($4). Fried until golden, this pastry gets its crunch from candied pepitas on top. Also look for a pumpkin cake donut with ginger cream cheese, housemade salted dulce de leche pumpkin macarons as well as a seasonal pumpkin latte to wash it all down.

4504 30th St.; 619-431-5000

Pumpkin Toaster Tart at Tender Greens UTC

You'll find this flaky handheld ($5) only on Thursdays at the La Jolla location. Take a bite into the crumbly crust to reveal the spiced puréed pumpkin tucked into the fresh-baked treat. A generous drizzle of glaze on top finishes this dessert. It's available until the end of the month.

4545 La Jolla Village Dr.; 858-455-9395

Pumpkin Cheesecake at Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

After you've demolished a plate of barbecue, there's still reason to linger a while longer at this Mission Valley outpost: its seasonal pumpkin cheesecake ($6.95). Pumpkin and cream cheese makes for a decadent dessert that’s topped with caramel, whipped cream and crunchy pecans.

7510 Hazard Center Dr. #215; 619-764-4411

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls at Donut Bar

It’s pastries galore at this Downtown bakery. All season long, you’ll find the Big Poppa-Tart donut stuffed with a pumpkin toaster tart, pumpkin cream and pumpkin spice donuts. We recommend also trying the freshly baked pumpkin cinnamon rolls ($4) with puréed pumpkin baked right in and finished with a cream cheese glaze.

631 B St.; 619-255-6360

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffle at The Cravory

Part cookie and part candy, this seasonal truffle cookie flavor pairs the creaminess of sweetened cream cheese chunks with pumpkin throughout the dough. Available online or at the Point Loma bakery now until the end of November at $2 each.

3960 W. Point Loma Blvd.; 619-795-9077

Pumpkin Pisco Sour at Seasons 52

For a short time only, both UTC and the Headquarters locations are serving up this seasonal creation. Available at the bar and served in the restaurant, the pumpkin pisco sour ($12) includes a mix of Crop Organic pumpkin vodka, pisco and aromatic bitters.

4505 La Jolla Village Dr.; 858-450-1252
789 W. Harbor Dr.; 619-702-0052

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