10 Classic American Desserts You Should Try At Least Once

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American dessert is some of the most famous in the world. And there’s good reason for that! Everyone loves a nice, hot apple pie for dessert or some warm chocolate chip cookies to go with that glass of milk. These desserts aren’t just confined to the United States, but have been adopted all around the world because they’re just so delicious. That’s why everyone has got to try the most famous American desserts at least once in their lives. If you’re not doing this, then you’re definitely going to miss out on some amazing flavors in your mouth.

That’s why, down below, we’ve combined all of the top classic American desserts that you should treat your taste buds to. You definitely have got to try them out! All of these are going to be amazing for you to taste and they’re not that tough to make yourself or find in a store near you! Keep reading down below to learn some more.

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first item on our list is something that’s classically American that you’ve got to have had at least once in your life. If you’ve never had a fresh chocolate chip cookie that’s come right out of the oven, then you’re just not living. These cookies that are still warm and a bit goopy are the absolute best to have for dessert after dinner or just as a little midnight snack with a cup of cold milk. There’s no wonder that these are Santa’s favorite cookies whenever he comes around for Christmas! They’re super easy to make, as well. Just find a simple recipe online and you’ll be cooking up some great chocolate chip cookies in no time!

2. Cheesecake

Another classic American recipe that you should try your hand at making is cheesecake. This might not be something that you’ve tried to make before or even tasted, but it’s absolutely delicious! There’s no cheese involved, actually, so if that’s been turning you off, then don’t worry! Cheesecake is super fluffy and that crust is absolutely amazing to finish it off with. There’s just something about sinking your fork into a nice and fluffy cheesecake right after dinner. Plus, there are plenty of places where you can just pick up a slice of cheesecake in the US and around the world.

3. Bananas Foster

This next one is specific to the New Orleans and Louisiana area of the US, but it’s just as delicious as any other dessert in the US. Bananas foster is a combination of flambéed fruit that’s served right along some vanilla ice cream. Your taste buds are going to be in for a wild ride with this one, so definitely try out making it if you have the culinary skill. There are plenty of recipes online that you can try out, so what are you waiting for?

4. Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is one of the most famous American desserts that’s all the rage across the southern states of the United States. If you’re wanting a true Southern experience, then this is the dessert that you’ve got to have after dinner. Filled with tons of delicious pecans and plenty of even more delicious sugar, you’re going to be on a sugar high for days when you have a slice of pecan pie after dinner. This one is going to take a bit more of a baking skill to make, but once you do, you’re going to be super happy!

5. Whoopie Pie

This is a great dessert to make if you want more of a playful recipe. Whoopie pies are notorious for being both fun to say and fun to eat! You just take two cakes together and mash them together with some icing or even ice cream in the middle. Whatever you choose to make these cakes out of, they are going to be absolutely delicious and fun to have around at a party!

6. Carrot Cake

Who knew that carrots would go well with dessert? Well, when you mix up some carrots into a carrot cake, you are going to be on for a wild ride. There’s nothing better than this spice-filled cake that has plenty of little carrot chunks throughout. This is perfect for pretty much any occasion, but you should be warned that it’s a bit of an acquired taste for many people. Try it out and see if you like it!

7. Ice Cream

Another classic American dessert is ice cream, which pretty much everyone loves! Ice cream is that delicious dessert that goes well with any other kind of cake or sweet bread. You can get just plain vanilla or chocolate or spruce things up a bit with cookie dough or rocky road. Make it by yourself or just go out to the store and get some to have at home!

8. Brownies

Another really great American dessert baked good are brownies. These tiny or large baked goods are going to be perfect after any dinner or just to have at some event you are throwing. You can just have them filled with tons of chocolate or add some nuts to spice things up a bit.

9. Boston Cream Pie

This spongy cake is filled to the brim with chocolate and custard, which is a favorite of anyone from Boston or the Massachusetts area. This is great for those of you who love to have more of a spongey texture in your baked goods. However, no matter what kind of cake you like, you’re going to love this one!

10. Apple Pie

Of course, this list wouldn’t be completed without the American apple pie. Apple pie is one of the most American things out there, so if you’re going to go with an American dessert, then this one should be the first that you reach for.

There you have it! When you’re looking for American desserts to try, these should be the top ones at your list. So, what are you waiting for? Get your baking on!


A traveller by day and reader by night' is how I would sum up my life. My wanderlust led me to quit my cushy job at 28 and finally embark on a journey around the world. Since then, I have lived in many countries and soaked in as many books as possible during my travel journeys. Among them, the "Book of Mirdad" is still my personal favourite and holds a special place in my heart. My progression towards writing was inevitable and happened quite naturally. I have been writing for a few years now an...

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