10 Essential Southern Dessert Recipes (Slideshow)

There's nothing quite like a Southern dessert

Pecan Pie

A favorite on holidays and every day, this delicious pecan pie recipe is a definite go-to dessert.

Click here to try this David Guas' Pecan Pie Recipe

Carrot Cake

Another classic dessert, this carrot cake features a rich layer of cream cheese frosting.  

Click here to try this Classic Carrot Cake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake

"To add a special twist, I macerated the berries in a bit of balsamic vinegar, which gives an extra layer of flavor to this simple, delicious dessert." — Special Contributor, Carly Goldsmith. 

Click here to try this Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Peach Cobbler

Who could resist the unbeatable original Peach Cobbler spiced up with some peach brandy??

Click here to try this Peach Cobbler Recipe

Red Velvet Cake


This Southern classic is a rich, buttery, and brightly colored addition to your next dinner party or celebration.

Click here to try this Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Coconut Cream Pie

For something both new and classic, try this coconut cream pie featuring toasted coconuts and lime whipped cream.

Click here to try this Toasted Coconut Cream Pie with Lime Whipped Cream Recipe

Grilled Peach Hand Pies

Grill up these peach hand pies for another unique and delicious take on a Southern classic.

Old-Fashioned Grilled Peach Hand Pies Recipe

Key Lime Pie

Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this delicious key lime pie recipe, which is given a rich and creamy texture by using condensed milk in the filling. 

Click here to try this True Original Key Lime Pie Recipe 

Pound Cake


This airy pound cake recipe is a delicate variation on an American dessert original. 

Click here to try this Classic Pound Cake Recipe

Sweet Potato Pie


What Southern dessert list would be complete without sweet potato pie? This recipe adds candied bacon to this classic favorite.

Click here to try this Sweet Potato Pie with Candied Bacon Recipe