It's lucky that doughnuts get their day — their National Doughnut Day — on Friday, June 7. But seriously: We celebrate a lot more than one day a year.
You can probably find a doughnut store on nearly any corner. But we want to point you to some of especially beloved ones. Here are 8 delicious doughnut shops in Dallas-Fort Worth:
We called it "the cutest new doughnut shop in Dallas" when Jarams Donuts opened its second North Texas shop in late 2018.
Jarams might be best known for its letter-shaped doughnuts, most notably for things like "HAPPY BDAY KEVIN," or whoever's celebrating another year in your house. (I have a birthday coming up too, just sayin'.)
Jarams also sells pretty, specialty doughnuts that tend to be beloved among little kids who want to dive face-first into a circle of sprinkles. The shop also sells more mature options, like a pretty cream cheese doughnut topped with berries that might make sense for an office party.
17459 Preston and 2117 Abrams roads, Dallas.
The Dapper Doughnut
For a tiny indulgence, head over to the Dapper Doughnut, where Brooke and Leo Sanchez and their staff make miniature, made-to-order doughnuts. The fried pastries are made with vanilla cake; customers' favorites include Nutella Dream, S'mores and Lemon Blueberry. Be sure to leave room for the doughnut milkshake, which Brooke says is like "eating cake and melted ice cream."
13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, on the bottom level of Galleria Dallas near the ice rink; and 2033 W. McDermott Drive, Allen.
Kids everywhere agree: It isn't Saturday morning unless Dad agrees to lug the kids to the doughnut shop. One of the biggest is global operations is Dunkin' — and even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has invested in it. Dunkin' spans 43 countries and has nearly 13,000 stores. The coffee's good, too.
Find your Dunkin' Donuts here.
We'd never seen such fervor over fried dough. When Hurts Donut opened in Frisco in 2017, lines were out the door. Colorful, iced treats were all over Instagram and even on the evening news. Though Hurts Donut sells, well, doughnuts, just like every other shop on this list, it's got some special sparkle that draws both kids and adults up to the 'burbs.
Part of Hurts' appeal might be its relatively good prices: A dozen doughnuts starts at $12. It also might be the hours: It's open 24 hours a day — or "25 hours a day" if you ask its savvy owners — 365 days a year. "We don't even close on Christmas," owner Kas Clegg tells us. There's a shop in Fort Worth now, too.
3288 Main St., Frisco; and 901 Foch St., Fort Worth.
"You've got to respect the people who drive to eat doughnuts," says Hypnotic Donuts owner James St. Peter. His East Dallas shop, which opened in 2010, is the granddad of artisan doughnuts in D-FW and helped make wacky doughnuts cool here. People traveled to his Dallas shop from as far away as Denton, so in August 2014, St. Peter opened a second Hypnotic in Denton County.
His staff will serve you a glazed doughnut if you really want it, but you don't. Maybe the Evil Elvis — a doughnut slathered in peanut butter and topped with bacon, slices of banana and honey — is for you. Hypnotic also does vegan doughnuts, blueberry fritters, chicken biscuits and much more.
In Dallas: 9007 Garland Road. In Denton: 235 W. Hickory St.
If you're in the mood for a hot glazed doughnut, there isn't much better than Shipley. While you're there, you'll need at least a dozen doughnut holes. And a sausage and cheese kolache. And oh, those fruit-filled doughnuts. Better get enough for the whole office.
You can find Shipleys in Mesquite, Garland, Lewisville, Carrollton, Plano, Arlington, Bedford and beyond. (The one Dallas location is listed below.)
10332 Ferguson Road, Dallas.
Sweet Daze Dessert Bar
Some of Dallas' most beautiful, colorful doughnuts come from Richardson shop Sweet Daze. The shop also sells frozen yogurt, slices of cake and whole, custom-made cakes. (Check out their Instagram for a taste.) But you're here for doughnuts, and what you'll find at Sweet Daze are hot-pink unicorn doughnuts, blue ones with mermaid tails, glittery "galaxy" doughnuts and the like. Get your cameras ready.
581 W. Campbell Road, Richardson.
Repeat after me: I need to try the design-your-own-doughnut bar. At Urban Donut in Uptown Dallas, DYO-doughnutters start with a red velvet doughnut, blueberry cake, yeast, long john or others. Then comes the choice of filling (Bavarian cream, raspberry, lemon or blueberry?), frosting (cream cheese, vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry or blueberry?) or icing (chocolate, vanilla, caramel, maple or peanut butter?) Then top it with candy or fruit, almost as if you're at a frozen yogurt shop.
This place is fun.
2805 Allen St., Dallas. urbandonutdallas.com.
Other doughnut stories
- Find new mochi doughnuts in Richardson.
- Doughnuts and beer? Match made in heaven. Find them at FunkyTown Donuts' two Fort Worth locations.
- A restaurant called Duck Donuts will open in Addison — but it's not ready yet.
- Check out 3 trendy doughnut shops.
This story was written in 2018 and updated in 2019. Glazed Donut Works was removed (both locations, in Deep Ellum and Plano, are currently closed).
Nataly Keomoungkhoun contributed to this story.