10 Classic American Desserts

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.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Speckled with melty cocoa chips, this classic cookie just begs for a tall glass of milk.

Click here to see Milk & Cookies Bakery Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe.


The Big Apple is celebrated for its rich rendition of this smooth, cheese-based cake. Try this delicious twist on the classic.

Click here to see Cheesecake Factory's Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake Recipe.

Bananas Foster

A luscious, flambéed fruit and liqueur-laced dessert made famous in New Orleans.

Click here to see the Amaretto Bananas Foster Recipe.

Pecan Pie

A Southern staple for decades, this delicious pie has become wildly popular in recent years.

Click here to see David Guas' Pecan Pie Recipe.

Whoopie Pie

Fun to say, even more fun to eat! Dig into these notorious cake-cookie sandwiches.

Click here to see the Gluten-Free Whoopie Pies Recipe.

Carrot Cake

This spicy, creamy, carrot-filled confection remains one of America's most popular.

Click here to see the Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe.

Ice Cream

I scream, you scream for this dairy-based delight — a true frozen favorite!    

Click here to see How to Make Homemade Ice Cream Like a Pro.


Fudgy, chewy squares that have been satisfying chocolate cravings since the 19th century.

Click here to see the Double Fudge Brownies Recipe.

Boston Cream Pie

The official dessert of Massachusetts layers spongy cake with creamy custard and chocolate.

Click here to see the Boston Cream Pie Recipe.

Apple Pie

Served alone or à la mode, nothing screams Americana more than warm apple pie

Click here to see the Apple Pie Recipe.