10 Classic American Desserts

A collection of timeless treats and sinful sweets from across the nation

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There's nothing like a sweet finish. Seriously, what's not to love about desserts? Americans adore their sugary treats and candied confections, many of which are at the heart of our country's food culture. After all, what would birthdays be without cake? Holidays without pie? Summers without ice cream?

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Our sweets-loving nation is renowned for many iconic, notable indulgences — from regional specialties to tried-and-true classics. These unmistakably traditional treats are beloved by the masses, recognized around the globe as all-American, and have been referenced repeatedly in pop culture for decades. Just think about the red velvet armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias, the famous pie-eating contest scene in Stand by Me, or even Homer Simpson's donut obsession.

Desserts also play a fundamental role in the way we celebrate special occasions, mark memorable times throughout the year, and can signify a perfect ending to a delicious meal shared among family and friends. Plus, they serve as the ultimate reminder that we should always savor the sweetest moments in life!

So what is it about nostalgic confections that keep us coming back again and again? It seems like unwavering cravings for comfort will always keep timeless after-dinner delights relevant. And whether your palate is pining for sweet or tart, chewy or gooey, crunchy or creamy, fruity or chocolaty… there's a flavor to meet every dessert desire out there.

When indulging your sweet tooth, there's nothing quite like homemade. And really, not much can beat the smell of warm, freshly baked goods wafting through your kitchen… So if you're hungry for a taste of what makes this country so sweet, we've rounded up this list of classic dessert recipes that are as American as, well, apple pie.

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Darren Lean's picture



If you wish to consider yourself a journalist, you really need to research your subject matter, something that you obviously neglected for this article. You state that these dishes are considered as All American around the globe, but this is a laughable untruth, let me correct you.
Cheesecake has been eaten in Europe since antiquity. Invented in Ancient Greece, it was brought to The UK in Roman times.
Pecan Pie is French, brought to the US when they settled New Orleans.
cheesecake has been around since medieval times, revived in the UK during the Blitz in WW2.
Ice Cream has been around since it's invention in ancient Persia. King Charles I of England bribed his ice cream maker with a lifetime pension if he would keep the recipe for 'Frozen Snow' a secret.
It is hard to believe you have any worth and integrity as a journalist if you can't tell the truth about your subject matters. If uncertain,a few minutes searching Google will prevent you from making such a fool of yourself again.


I think maybe you need to get out more.....

nycfoodguy's picture

great article! i am going to make all of these!

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