Ultimate List of American Desserts (A to Z)

by Gina Elizabeth
American Desserts List

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From Apple Pie to Red Velvet Cake, America has a love affair with dessert.

Here is an alphabetically-organized list of American desserts. 

American Desserts that Start with A

What are American desserts that start with the letter A?

Angel Food Cake

The first detailed recipe of this cake was published in the Boston Cooking School Cook Book in 1884.

Some historians think that the first angel food cakes were baked by African-American slaves from the South.

It’s spongy cake made with egg whites, flour, and sugar. Its aerated texture comes from whipped egg white. A slice of heaven in every bite.

Amish Friendship Bread

A common quick bread that includes a substantial amount of sugar and vegetable oil, with a mild cinnamon flavor.

It has characteristics of both pound cake and coffee cake.

Acorn Squash Pie

An alternative to pumpkin pie, these pies are filled with acorn squash, a delicious yet underused vegetable.

Long before the Old World debut of squash it was cultivated by indigenous people in the Americas.

Ambrosia

A fruit salad that includes miniature marshmallows, heavy cream and coconut.

Ambrosia began appearing in cookbooks in the late 1800s when citrus fruit became more prevalent in markets across the United States.

Applesauce Cake

The preparation of applesauce cake dates back to early colonial times in the New England Colonies of the northeastern United States.

From 1900 to the 1950s, recipes for applesauce cake frequently appeared in American cookbooks.

In the United States, National Applesauce Cake Day occurs annually on June 6.

Apple Dumplings

A baked or boiled pastry-wrapped apple. The hole from the core may be filled with cinnamon, butter and sugar and sometimes dried fruit such as raisins.

Apple dumplings are believed to be native to the northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania. Often found among the delicious Amish recipes, it is frequently eaten as a breakfast item.

Apple Pie

An American classic, this dessert is made from cooked apples inside a pie crust.

Although the patriotic origins of the classic dessert date back to 1600s colonial America — apple pie originated in England.

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Apricot Crisp

A dessert made with a streusel topping. An apple crumble is a dessert of baked chopped apples topped with rolled oats and brown sugar.

A crisp is a type of American dessert, usually consisting of a type of fruit, baked with a crispy topping, hence the name. 

Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding

This easy no-bake dessert relies on the smooth, creamy texture of avocado to form a stiff, custardy base — and good ol’ American Jell-O chocolate pudding.

Garnish with banana slices.

Apricot Crumble

A sweet dessert that contains stewed apricots topped with a crumbly mixture of fat, flour, and sugar.

Crumbles are an American and British tradition during the fall, when apples are plentiful. 

The dessert originated in Britain during World War II.

American Flag Pie

It is the patriotic centerpiece every 4th of July party needs. Filled with blueberries, strawberries and topped with a stars and stripes crust.

All American Trifle

Also known as Tipsy Parson and Tipsy Squire in America. The difference is the original trifle is made with dried cake, rather than fresh.

The English call versions of this cake a Tipsy Cake or Pudding, Tipsy Squire, and Tipsy Hedgehog.

Apple Strudel

A traditional Viennese strudel pastry that is popular in the U.S.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

This all-American favorite becomes gluten free while remaining delicious and familiar.

The almond flour replaces the regular all-purpose, adding a nice hint of nuttiness and creating a thin, crispy cookie with a chewy texture.

American Desserts that Start with B

What are American desserts that start with the letter B?

Baked Alaska

A sponge cake with an ice cream layer, it’s covered completely in meringue, which is either baked or torched to brown.

The name “baked Alaska” was supposedly coined at Antoine’s, a restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana to honor the acquisition by the United States of Alaska from the Russian Empire in 1867.

Bundt Cake

Bundt pans were invented by Minnesota’s Nordic Ware company to recreate traditional kugelhopf—a dense, ring-shaped, German cake.

Brownies

Square or rectangular chocolate dessert bars. Brownies may be either fudgy or cakey, depending on their density.

One legend about the creation of brownies is that of a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel. 

Boston Cream Pie

A dessert made with yellow butter cake, custard cream, and chocolate glaze.

Banana Split

An ice cream dessert made with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream sandwiched between two banana halves — it’s drizzled with chocolate and strawberry syrup, sprinkled with nuts, and topped with whipped cream and cherries.

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Boxed Cake

A convenient cake in a box easier than baking it from scratch.

In 1933, P. Duff and Sons, a Pittsburgh molasses company, patented the first cake mix after blending dehydrated molasses with dehydrated flour, sugar, eggs, and other ingredients. 

Banana Bread

A type of loaf made with mashed bananas.

It is often a moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread; however there are some banana bread recipes that are traditional-style raised breads.

Bananas first started to appear in the United States in the late 19th century.

It is believed that the bread was first made in the 19th century when housewives discovered Pearlash, a chemical leavening agent.

Buckle

A charmingly old-fashioned dessert that deserves a comeback, a buckle is a single-layer cake with berries or cut-up fruit in the batter, giving it a “buckled,” or indented, appearance.

The origins of buckle are a bit mysterious. The dish has been in the United States for centuries, suggesting that it may have been developed by colonists.

Baklava

A layered pastry dessert made of filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts, and sweetened with syrup or honey. 

Bread Pudding

A bread-based dessert popular in many countries’ cuisines, made with stale bread and milk or cream, generally containing eggs, a form of fat such as oil, butter or suet, and depending on whether the pudding is sweet or savory, a variety of other ingredients.

Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie

The original San Francisco treat! This pie is frosted with a rich coffee flavored whipped cream.

Sadly, Blums bakery and restaurant closed in the 70’s. But their pie recipe is open for business.

Brown Betty

A vintage American dessert made from fruit and sweetened crumbs. The fruit is baked, and sweetened crumbs are placed in layers between the fruit.

Betty was a popular baked pudding made during colonial times in America.

Betties are an English pudding dessert. 

Bananas Foster

A dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur.

The butter, sugar and bananas are cooked, and then alcohol is added and ignited. The bananas and sauce are then served over the ice cream.

Origin: New Orleans, Louisiana

Bird’s Nest Pudding

A pudding containing apples whose cores have been replaced by sugar.  

The apples are nestled in a bowl created by the crust.  

Also called Crow’s Nest Pudding.

Buckeyes

Made from a peanut butter fudge partially dipped in chocolate to leave a circle of peanut butter visible. Buckeyes are similar to peanut butter balls, which are completely covered in chocolate.

Buckeyes were invented in 1964 by Gail Tabor in Ohio.

Boston Brown Bread

Boston brown bread is a mixture of rye and wheat flours and cornmeal, sweetened with molasses, moistened with buttermilk, and steamed in a steamer for hours atop the stove.

Brown Derby Cake

It’s called a brown derby cake because the domed shape is supposed to resemble a derby hat.

Derby cake was invented in 1927 by a caterer named Harry Baker, in Los Angeles.

Black and White Cookies

A black-and-white cookie, half-and-half cookie, or half-moon cookie is a round cookie iced or frosted on one half with vanilla and on the other with chocolate.

The origin of the black-and-white cookie in New York City is commonly traced to Glaser’s Bake Shop, founded in 1902 by Bavarian immigrants in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan.

Banana Pudding

A sweet dessert originating from the Southern United States.

It typically consists of layered vanilla custard, sliced bananas, and wafers or ladyfingers. And then topped with either meringue or whipped cream.

This dessert became closely associated with the American South after WWII, when numerous banana pudding recipes started to get published in newspapers.

Butter Cake

A basic cake made with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and leavening agents such as baking powder or baking soda.

The first gooey butter cake was made by a St. Louis by a baker trying to make regular cake. The amount of sugar and flour was accidentally reversed.

Bumpy Cake

A rich chocolate cake topped with piped lines of sweet frosting and covered in shiny fudge icing. The bumpy texture makes for an artful cross-section of cake each time a serving is sliced.

Originally created in the early 1900s in Detroit, this cake sports a poured fudge frosting over “bumps” of vanilla buttercream, creating the name by which Midwesterners have known and loved it for many years.

Blackout Cake

Sometimes called Brooklyn Blackout cake, its a chocolate cake filled with chocolate pudding and topped with chocolate cake crumbs.

Blondie

A variety of dessert bar. It resembles a chocolate brownie, but substitutes vanilla in place of cocoa which gives it a “blonde” in stead of brown color.

One legend about the creation of brownies is that of a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel. 

Broken Glass Jell-O

Also known as Stained Glass Jell-O. This classic make-ahead dessert recipe looks so lovely on a buffet table and is always a hit at holidays, potlucks, and luncheons!

Peter Cooper (1791-1883), industrialist, inventor, and philanthropist, secured a patent (US Patent 4084) for a gelatin dessert powder called Portable Gelatin, requiring only the addition of hot water. 

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

A popular butter flavored vanilla ice cream with roasted pecans.

Butter pecan ice cream originated in the United States.

Bear Claw

A bear claw is a sweet, yeast-raised pastry, a type of Danish, originating in the United States during the mid-1920s.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

A super premium, U.S. ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet brand.

Bean Pie

A sweet custard pie whose filling consists of mashed beans, usually navy bean, sugar, eggs, milk, butter and spices. Common spices and flavorings include vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Bean pies are commonly associated with cuisine of African American Muslims as an alternative to soul foods, except those containing vanilla extract or imitation vanilla extract because they contain alcohol.

Black Bottom Pie

The creamy, bittersweet-chocolate “bottom” of this early-twentieth-century icebox pie rests on a graham cracker crust.

Its invention has been claimed by Monroe Boston Strause of Los Angeles.

Blueberry Pie

A pie with a blueberry filling. Blueberry pie is readily made because it does not require pitting or peeling of fruit. It usually has a top and bottom crust.

Blueberry Pie was brought to the United States by settlers from northern Europe and Scandinavia. The first blueberry pie recipe was documented in the Appledore Cook Book in 1872.

Bob Andy Pie

A sweet pie. It is similar to a custard pie that is spiced with cinnamon and cloves. It is thought to have originated among the Amish and is named for two legendary gelding workhorses.

Buttermilk Pie

It is one of the desperation pies, made using simple, staple ingredients. It is similar to, and sometimes confused with, chess pie, but it does not include cornmeal.

Buttermilk pie is an American cuisine, typically associated with the south.

It is believed to have originated inEngland.

American Desserts that Start with C

What are American desserts that start with the letter C?

Crème Brûlée

The most popular dessert in the world. It consists of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hardened caramelized sugar. 

Churros

Churros are long, doughy, crispy deep-fried yeast dough encrusted with sugar.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

A classic cookie for a reason…beloved by all, and easy to make.

Ruth Wakefield, invented chocolate chip cookies in the 1930s in Massachusetts.

Cobbler

Cobblers are an American deep-dish fruit dessert or pie with a thick crust and a fruit filling (such as peaches, apples, berries).  

Cobblers originated in the British American colonies. English settlers were unable to make traditional suet puddings due to lack of suitable ingredients and cooking equipment.

Chocolate Cake

A popular Philadelphia cookbook author, Eliza Leslie, published the earliest chocolate cake recipe in 1847 in The Lady’s Receipt Book.

The history of chocolate cake goes back to 1764, when Dr. James Baker discovered how to make chocolate by grinding cocoa beans between two massive circular millstones. The Baker Chocolate Company was an American company.

Custard

American custard is made with sweetened milk, cheese, or cream cooked with egg or egg yolk to thicken it, and sometimes also flour, corn starch, or gelatin.

The origin of custard is British.

Coconut Cream Pie

Features a thick and creamy coconut filling, crispy homemade pie crust, mounds of sweet whipped cream, and toasted coconut.

The coconut cream pie has been around for over a century. Back in the late 1800s Americans and Europeans were really in to their imported tropical fruit like pineapples and bananas, but the coconut hadn’t yet taken off.

Cupcakes

A small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminum cup. Typically topped with frosting, sprinkles and other decorations.

Amelia Simmons invented the cupcake. And if that wasn’t enough for the history books, when she first published her cookbook in 1796, she cemented herself as the author of what is now recognized as the first American cookbook.

Crisps

American crisps are baked with the fruit mixture on the bottom with a crumb topping.

The crumb topping can be made with flour, nuts, bread crumbs, cookie or graham cracker crumbs, or even breakfast cereal.

A Crumble is the British version of the American Crisp.

Crumble

Crumbles became popular in Britain during World War II, when the topping was an economical alternative to pies due to shortages of pastry ingredients as the result of rationing.

Cannoli

Italian pastries consisting of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta—a staple of Sicilian cuisine.

Chipwich

Created in New York City in 1978, the original Chipwich was made up of vanilla ice cream sandwiched by two chocolate chip cookies, with the sides rolled in chocolate chips, which stick to the ice cream.

Chocolate Pudding Mix

General Foods in the U.S. introduced chocolate pudding mix in 1934.

Traditional chocolate pudding originating in England in the 17th century and was brought to colonial America.

Coffee Cake

American coffee cakes may have originated from the concept of kaffeeklatsch brought by German immigrants.

Coffee may refer to a sponge cake flavored with coffee or, in the United States, a sweet cake intended to be eaten with coffee or tea.

Carrot Cake

A cake that contains carrots mixed into the batter. Sometimes nuts are added into the cake batter, as well as spices such as cinnamon, ginger and ground mixed spice.

The earliest receipt for modern Carrot Cake was published in New York in 1939. Many food historians believe carrot cake originated from European carrot puddings in the Middle Ages.

Cherry Pie

A pie baked with a cherry filling. Traditionally, cherry pie is made with sour cherries rather than sweet cherries.

Cake Pops

A form of cake styled as a lollipop. Cake crumbs are formed into small spheres before being given a coating of icing and attached to lollipop sticks.

Cinnamon Rolls

A sweet baked dough filled with a cinnamon-sugar filling.

Made with a rich dough leavened with yeast, their characteristic form is due to rolling a dough sheet containing sweetened cinnamon filling.

Philadelphia-style cinnamon rolls date back to the 18th century. It contains honey, sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Although they are popular all over America.

Cracker Pudding

An easy Pennsylvania Dutch dessert pudding thickened with saltine cracker crumbs and coconut.

Confetti Cake

Who doesn’t love confetti cake? To make sure this cake exceeds your confetti expectations, put the cake in the fridge in between frosting each layer to make the process easier.

Caramel Apples

Created by dipping or rolling apples-on-a-stick in hot caramel, sometimes then rolling them in nuts or other small savories or confections, and allowing them to cool.

Crab Landers

Fried pies are mainly dessert pies that are similar to turnovers, except that they are smaller and fried. 

Historically in the American South, fried pies were known as Crab Lanterns, a term that dates back to at least 1770, and may originate from crab apple pies that had slits for ventilation, thus resembling a lantern.

Chess Pie

The recipe for a classic chess pie is simple—butter, lots of sugar, flour, milk, cornmeal, eggs, and a dash of vinegar (there are also variations like lemon and chocolate).

Coca-Cola Cake

A wonderfully rich and chocolatey southern cake with coca cola in both the cake and icing.

Coconut Cake

A popular dessert in the Southern region of the United States. It is a cake frosted with a white frosting and covered in coconut flakes.

Crunchy Candy Clusters

Cereal and marshmallow clusters are so simple for the holidays.

Caramel Slice

Also known as caramel shortbread, caramel shortcake, caramel squares, millionaire’s shortbread, millionaire’s slice, its a rectangular or sometimes circular dessert topped with caramel and milk chocolate.

Champagne Jellies

Guests will go gaga over these gummy-like champagne treats. Eat them on their own or try dropping them into a glass of wine for a fun treat.

Cinnamon Rolls

A big, sweet, fluffy, soft & delicious cinnamon flavored roll.

German settlers around Philadelphia created their own spin on the baked good, adding brown sugar, honey, and raisins to their buns—a morning-time version of their famous Shoofly Pie.

Cream Pie

It comes in many forms, including vanilla, lemon, lime, peanut butter, banana, coconut, and chocolate. One feature of most cream pies is a whipped cream topping.

Candy Cane Butter Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies are a popular Christmas cookie. These red and white cane shaped cookies are tender sweet with a lovely buttery almond flavor.

Cassandra’s “Light” Fruitcake

This bourbon-doused fruitcake is sure to turn the taste buds of even the most skeptical holiday guest.

Christmas Spice Cutout Cookies

Traditional spiced cookies cutout in the shape of gingerbread men, Christmas trees, stars, candy canes, and other iconic Christmas shapes.

Continental Slice

A deliciously gooey, tasty treat. Similar in shape and size to a brownie.

Creamsicle Jell

Mold – Cubes of fresh gelatin seemingly floating in a sea of wobbly vanilla ice cream.

Creamy Grape Salad

A sweet and sour combination with bright green and purple grapes frosted with silky smooth sour cream and topped with a crunchy pecan.

Just imagine big, juicy crisp grapes surrounded by a creamy goodness.

Crow’s Nest Pudding

A pudding containing apples whose cores have been replaced by sugar.  

The apples are nestled in a bowl created by the crust.  

Also called Bird’s Nest Pudding.

Creme de Menthe Cream Puff Tree

A tower of creme de menthe-flavored puffs makes a spectacular centerpiece for your dessert table.

Country Apple Dumplings

Who knew that fresh apples, crescent roll dough, and citrus soda could make such a wonderful treat!

Champulado Pudding

A pudding from Guam (a U.S. territory) made by boiling short-grained or medium-grained rice until it develops a soft texture.

It is then combined with milk, sugar, and cocoa powder in order to create a delicious pudding.

Cider Cake

Cider cakes were among the first truly American cakes.

In the late 18th century, Americans began to substitute inexpensive locally-made hard cider in place of costly imported European brandy and wine for the liquid in their newfangled chemically-leavened butter cakes.

Crumb Bun

A crumb bun is a New Jersey original.

You came across something called a crumb cake; it’s a sheet cake that has a streusel topping on top.

When you cut it into squares, it becomes a bun.

Church Spread

An Amish dessert made from molasses or corn syrup, marshmallow cream, and peanut butter, often found at Amish church services and community events.

American Desserts that Start with D

What are American desserts that start with the letter D?

Derby Pie

Derby pie is a chocolate and walnut tart in a pie shell with a pastry dough crust.

It is made with walnuts and chocolate chips.

The pie was created in the Melrose Inn of Prospect, Kentucky.

Drop Cookies

As the name implies, you make them by dropping spoonfuls of cookie batter onto a baking sheet. Some of the most popular cookie recipes, like sugar and oatmeal raisin, are drop cookies.

The most famous – chocolate chip cookies – were invented in Whitman, Massachusetts.

It is a multilayered, glazed, sweet pastry in the viennoiserie tradition.

Dondurma

A Turkish ice cream, typically including the ingredients cream, whipped cream, salep, mastic, and sugar.

It is believed to originate from the city and region of Maraş and hence also known as Maraş ice cream.

Doberge Cake

A layered dessert originating in New Orleans, Louisiana, adapted by local baker Beulah Ledner from the Hungarian Dobos torte.

Daifuku

A Japanese dessert shaped into small round balls, which consist of a mochi outer layer and a sweet filling.

Dutch Baby Pancake

A large American popover. A Dutch baby is similar to a large Yorkshire pudding.

Compared to a typical pancake, a Dutch baby is always baked in the oven, rather than being fried on both sides on the stove top, it is generally thicker than most pancakes.

Dulce de Leche

Also known as caramelized milk or milk jam in English, is a confection from Latin America prepared by slowly heating sugar and milk over a period of several hours.

Death By Chocolate Cake

A chocolate cake with 2 layers of fudgy chocolate cake, lots of mini chocolate chips, a creamy chocolate frosting and a chocolate ganache.

Chef Marcel Desaulniers, then owner of the Trellis Restaurant in Virginia, created one of the best-known chocolate masterpieces.

Dirt Cake

An American cake made from sandwich cookies (like Oreos), vanilla pudding, and other ingredients to create a dessert that has a resemblance to soil or earth.

Desperation Pie

These pies were more common during the Great Depression and rationing of World War II.

They’re made using staple ingredients like butter, sugar, eggs and flour, and other ingredients on hand to substitute for ingredients that were out of season or too expensive.

Derby Cake

It’s called a brown derby cake because the domed shape is supposed to resemble a derby hat.

Derby cake was invented in 1927 by a caterer named Harry Baker, in Los Angeles.

Dessert Dumplings

Dessert Dumplings are old-fashioned, desserts that are pure fruity bliss!

A great summer alternative to cobbler since you don’t need to turn on your oven.

Dump Cake

A super easy dessert that’s a cross between a cake and a cobbler.

It gets its name because all the ingredients are literally dumped into a 9×13 baking dish.

Danish

A traditional breakfast pastry eaten in America — it has it’s origins in Denmark.

Depression Cake

A cake made during the Great Depression. It includes little or no milk, sugar, butter, or eggs, because the ingredients were expensive or hard to obtain.

Dove Bar

A mocha whipped cream and dark chocolate coated dessert popsicle perfect for after dinner in the summer.

Dove Bar is an American ice cream bar originating in Chicago in 1956.

Donut Icebox Cake

A dessert that sandwiches salted maple whipped cream between donut slices.

Icebox cake was first introduced to the United States in the 1930s, as companies were promoting the icebox as a kitchen appliance.

Ding Dongs

A chocolate dessert cake produced and distributed in the United States by Hostess Brands.

Devil’s Food Cake

A moist, rich chocolate layer cake. It is considered a counterpart to the white or yellow angel food cake.

It originated in the southern United States. The first printed recipe appeared in 1902, in Mrs. Rorer’s New Cook Book.

Do Nothing Cake

This dessert gets its name because it originated in the 1940’s and recipes were usually made from scratch, had a lot of ingredients, and hard to make. 

This one is very easy, takes no time to throw it together, and is so delicious.  

Dairy Queen Hot Fudge Sundae

A vanilla ice cream dessert with sprinkles, hot chocolate sauce (“hot fudge”), whipped cream, nuts, and a single bright-red maraschino cherry on top.

Dairy Queen is an American chain of soft serve ice cream and fast-food restaurants.

Dried Mango Squares

An American “bar cookie” that has the texture of a firm cake or softer than usual cookie.

They are prepared in a pan, baked in the oven, and then cut into squares or rectangles.

Dairy Free Banana Split

A simple vegan banana split with bananas, vegan ice cream, nuts, cherries, and coconut whipped cream!

American Desserts that Start with E

What are American desserts that start with the letter E?

Eclairs

Get ready for the most decadent ‘donut’ of your life. This French dessert pastry filled with fresh cream is very common in America and Europe. So good you don’t miss the donuts!

Elephant Ears

Not to be confused with funnel cakes, elephant ears originated in America. Inspired by the fry bread of Native Americans.

A popular, dessert snack that gets its name from the shape the dough takes once deep-fried – looking very similar to an elephant ear!

Elderberry Pie

Some parts of the elderberry bush, when harvested and prepared correctly, are completely safe to eat.

When you can have chocolate and cheesecake together at the same time, who needs a boyfriend?

Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake, has been called “Chicago’s most famous dessert”

Egg Tart

The egg tart is a kind of custard tart found in Chinese cuisine derived from the English custard tart and Portuguese pastel de nata.

The dish consists of an outer pastry crust filled with egg custard.

Elvis Presley Cake

A moist pineapple and pecan cake that Elvis’ grandmother used to make. The story goes that he requested it every time he visited her.

Election Cake

Turn the clock back to colonial America, when elections were a national holiday and celebrated with cake while the votes were being counted, which went on for weeks.

Egg Nog

During the 1700s, eggnog came to America from England and became a symbol of the holidays.

Historically also known as a milk punch or an egg milk punch when alcoholic beverages are added.

It is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks and served at Christmas Time.

Edy’s Pie

This dessert was formerly known as Eskimo Pie. Vanilla ice cream coated with chocolate? Bring it on.

Eskimo Pie was invented in 1920 in Onawa, Iowa, when a boy in his store was unable to decide whether to spend his money on ice cream or a chocolate bar.

Entenmann’s Pound Cake

The perfect pound cake.

Entenmann’s is an American company that manufactures baked goods

Eli’s Cheesecake

Entenmann’s is an American company that produces baked goods throughout the United States to supermarkets and other retailers.

So addictive.

Eggo Waffles

Sliding into your morning like a champ. Eggo Waffles are a popular toaster oven breakfast treat.

They are typically topped with syrup and butter, similar to pancakes. You could also top it with ice cream or cool whip—your call.

American Desserts that Start with F

What are American desserts that start with the letter F?

Funnel Cake

Funnel cake is a lovely light batter fried until golden brown, most often topped with powdered sugar.

They are associated with the Pennsylvania Dutch, German immigrants who came to Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Fruit Cake

Traditional American fruitcake is rich in fruit and nuts. Mail-order fruitcakes in America began in 1913.

Fruit cake has been around since ancient Roman times, where it was made of a mix of pine nuts, barley mash, pomegranate seeds, raisins, and honeyed wine.

Fudge Brownies

A chocolate brownie is a square or rectangular baked dessert. Brownies come in a variety of forms and may be either fudgy or cakey.

One legend about the creation of brownies is that of a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel.

Frozen Yogurt

A frozen dessert made with yogurt and sometimes other dairy and non-dairy products. Frozen yogurt is a frozen product containing the same basic ingredients as ice cream, but contains probiotic cultures.

A man named H. P. Hood introduced a soft-serve frozen dessert he dubbed “Frogurt” in Boston (1978).

Friendship Cake

A ‘friendship cake’. Similar to the Amish friendship bread, the starter is passed from person to person and continues to grow as it contains yeast and lactic acid bacteria.

One starter can, in theory, last indefinitely.

Fig Newtons

In 1891, the first Fig Newtons were baked at the F.A. Kennedy Steam Bakery. The company named the pastries after the town of Newton, Massachusetts.

It’s OK if you want to call this delectable sweet a cake, but according to most food professionals, it is a cookie.

Fritter

Corn fritters originated in Native American cuisine, they are a traditional sweet and savory dessert snack in the Southern United States.

They are deep-fried cakes of a yeast dough. Fruits can also be added.

Fruit Salad

A dessert consisting of various kinds of fruit, sometimes served in a liquid, either their own juices or a syrup.

Both William Vere Cruess of the University of California, Berkeley and Herbert Gray of the Barron-Gray Packing Company of San Jose, California have been credited with the invention of fruit cocktail.

Funfetti Cake

One of life’s greatest mysteries…why is it that funfetti cake is *so* much better than regular yellow cake?

The cake was created when the Pillsbury Company introduced a new type of cake called “Funfetti” cake, a portmanteau of fun and confetti.

Fried Pie

A dessert pie that are similar to a turnover, except smaller and fried. The fruit filling is wrapped in the dough, similar to the dough of a pie crust.

The famous Oklahoma fried pies started out as a simple recipe south of the Arbuckle Mountains.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Given the absence of flour, this cake is less cakey and more fudgy in texture, with a bit of airiness from the egg whites that are whipped and then folded into the batter.

Fried Sweet Potato Pies

Creamy sweet potato filling in a buttery pie crust. Fried sweet potato hand pies are so easy to make homemade from scratch!

George Washington Carver developed more than 100 uses for sweet potatoes including his own recipe for sweet potato pie.

Fudge Bottom Pie

The historic rivalry that begat this striated pie makes slicing into it even more interesting. Even if you aren’t a University of Wisconsin-Madison alum, this is a pie worth your attention.

Flag Pie

It is the patriotic centerpiece every 4th of July party needs. Made with blueberries, strawberries and doughy stars and stripes.

Funny cake

A Pennsylvania Dutch dessert which is a combination of pie and cake that is made by baking a cake surrounded by pie crust, marbled throughout with chocolate streaks.

Fortune Cookie

Most agree that fortune cookies were invented in San Francisco.

A crisp, after-dinner cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and sesame seed oil with a piece of paper inside, a “fortune”, usually an aphorism.

Flan de Queso

Flan de Queso is a Puerto Rican dessert (Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory).

This dessert is a rich and creamy cheesecake-like baked custard that’s not too sweet thanks to the slight tang of cream cheese.

Fluffy Oatmeal Muffins

This recipe calls for old-fashioned oats. Hot tip: Throw in your other usual oatmeal toppings like raisins or slivered almonds for the perfect muffin.

Muffins are known as “American muffins” in England. English muffins are more bread-like and are toasted on both sides.

American Desserts that Start with G

What are American desserts that start with the letter G?

Gelatin Mold

Also known as a Jell-O mold, is a brightly colored dessert made of sweetened refrigerated gelatin. It is often layered and displayed before serving to show off its smooth, sculpted shape.

Peter Cooper (1791-1883) secured a US Patent for a gelatin dessert powder called Portable Gelatin, requiring only the addition of hot water. 

Gingerbread

Waves of immigrants brought gingerbread to America (George Washington’s mother is credited with one recipe).

The first known recipe for gingerbread came from Greece in 2400 BC.

Glorified Rice

A dessert salad popular in the Midwest, Upper Midwest, and other places with Norwegian populations in the U.S. It is popular in more rural areas with sizable Lutheran populations of Scandinavian heritage.

Green Tomato Pie

Green tomato pie is a pie in American dessert that can be made like other fruit pies by sprinkling sugar, flour, cinnamon and other spices or raisins over sliced tomatoes and pieces of butter.

Galaxy Mirror Glaze Cake

Galaxy mirror glazed ‘box’ cake has a shiny, mirror like frosting that looks like the stars.

Geode Cake

This cake is designed to look like quartz or a crystallized rock structure. They are typically crafted with rock candy and can be made in different sizes and colors.

Created by Intricate Icings Cake Design in Denver.

German Chocolate Cake

German chocolate cake is an American innovation. Unlike Black Forest cake which is the most popular chocolate cake from Germany.

Golden Graham S’mores

Easy no-bake Golden Grahams s’mores are made with cereal, marshmallows, & chocolate chips and take less than 15 minutes to make.

No one knows for sure who invented the s’more. However, the first published recipe for “some mores” was in a 1927 Girl Scouts publication. 

Giant Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

An ice cream sandwich the size of a regular cake. It’s everything you love about a chocolate chip ice cream cookie sandwich—except the size.

Created in New York City in 1978, the original was made up of vanilla ice cream sandwiched by two chocolate chip cookies.

Grilled Apples A La Mode

Grilled apples make the best summer dessert! Grill them with sugar and spices until tender, then serve them with “a la mode” with melty vanilla ice cream.

Pie a La Mode originated in New York in the late 1890s.

Grape Pie

A fruit pie made from Concord grape — and part of harvest time traditions in the Finger Lakes region of New York in the United States.

Gingerbread House

A dessert shaped like a building that is made of cookie dough, cut and baked into appropriate components like walls and roofing. The usual material is crisp ginger biscuit made of gingerbread.

Grunt

Grunts are biscuit or dumpling-topped stewed fruit desserts that are cooked on the stovetop in a covered Dutch oven or cast iron skillet.

What is called a Grunt in Massachusetts is known as a Slump in Vermont and Maine.

They were popular New England dishes with a close resemblance to British steamed puddings.

Gooey Butter Cake

Traditionally made in St. Louis, Missouri, it’s a flat and dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar, and eggs, typically near an inch tall, and dusted with powdered sugar.

Groom’s Cake

While a wedding cake may often be decorated in white and light in texture or color, the groom’s cake can take a variety of forms, many incorporating chocolate or fruit.

Golden Glow Salad

Also known as a Jell-O mold. It is usually sweet and tangy, sometimes creamy or salty, occasionally crunchy and briny.

Green Leprechaun Shortbread

They’re the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert and work just as nicely for Christmas.

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

American strawberry shortcake is a delicious dessert, full of strawberries and cream – a treat for special occasions and among the most beloved and enduring of American foods.

Among food historians, the history of strawberry shortcake dessert begins around 1847 in the United States. 

The first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588.

Golden Oreo Dirt Pudding

This recipe is super simple, but so tasty with cream cheese, pudding, whipped cream, and delicious Golden Oreos.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

An American Christmas tradition that originated in England.

Cute as can be. Decorate with raisins, currants or cinnamon red hot candies for eyes and buttons. Or, pipe icing onto cookies.

Gingerbread men were first attributed to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, who served the figurines to foreign dignitaries.

Grandma’s Pecan Rum Bars

Ooey goey dessert bars that we all love. The candied cherries are a must.

Pecans are native to North America; the nuts were propagated by Native Americans. 

Grasshopper Pie

This American retro, crunchy, mint-chocolate dessert was a favorite of Southern hostesses in the 1950s and 1960s.

The recipe may have been developed by the Knox Gelatine and Heublein Cordial companies as a way to promote their products.

Grama’s Cornflake Peanut Butter Cookie

There is nothing healthy about this cookie recipe but it is a great sweet-tooth fixer.

Green Jell-O Salad

Also known as Mormon Jell-O Salad, this retro American dessert is a classic.

American Desserts that Start with H

What are American desserts that start with the letter H?

Hazelnut Brownies

Plain flour, butter, hazelnuts, and sugar.

One legend about the creation of brownies is that of a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel. 

Hot Fudge Sundae

That combination of warm, rich chocolate fudge mixing with frozen ice cream and melting it slightly is absolutely irresistible. With a cherry on top.

Soda fountain owner, Ed Berners of Two Rivers, Wisconsin is reputed to have invented the first ice cream sundae in 1881.

Huckleberry Pie

Huckleberries are the prefect balance between sweet and tart. Many describe the taste of huckleberries as a combination of blueberries and cranberries.

Huckleberries are native to the eastern and southeastern United States.

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch pudding is luxuriously creamy and velvet-rich. Top with salted caramel, fresh whipped cream, and toffee bits for a truly unforgettable dessert.

This classic American dessert is prepared with caramelized brown sugar that is blended with a creamy mixture of butter, milk, and eggs.

Although not much is known about the origin of this creamy delicacy, the term butterscotch was originally used to refer to the famous English confectionery created in 1817.

Hoosier Pie

Also known as Indiana sugar cream pie, it’s a single-crust pie with a smooth filling made from flour, butter, salt, vanilla, cream, and brown sugar.

Hermits Cookies

With their soft and chewy texture, their spicy flavor, and how they’re loaded with raisins, dates, and nuts.

Hermit Cookies may be so named because of how long they can be stored.

They started out in the Champlain Valley of New York.

Holiday Watergate Cake

Some say it was named Watergate Cake because of the scandal (the cake has a ‘cover-up’ icing and is full of nuts) and satirically named recipes were a trend at the time.

Hootenanny Pancakes

Hootenanny pancakes are just another term for a Dutch Baby invented by the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Hawaiian Wedding Cake is a basic cake mix cake with three layers on top: a crushed pineapple layer that seeps into the cake, a creamy pudding

Happy Cake

A tropical cake made in Hawaii. It is often referred to as Hawaii’s version of a fruit cake.

Herman Cake

A ‘friendship cake’. Similar to the Amish friendship bread, the starter is passed from person to person and continues to grow as it contains yeast and lactic acid bacteria.

One starter can, in theory, last indefinitely.

Hot Milk Cake

A butter sponge cake from American cuisine. It can be made as a sheet cake or a layer cake, or baked in a tube pan.

The hot milk and butter give the cake a distinctive fine-grained texture, similar to pound cake.

Hummingbird Cake

A traditional banana-pineapple spice cake popular dessert in the southern United States since the 1970s.

It originated in Jamaica.

Hello Dolly Bars

The Week magazine featured a recipe shared by 11-year-old Alecia Leigh Couch, of Dallas (in 1965).

The bars are also known as magic cookie bars, or 7 layer bars. With the combination of pecans, chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and a graham cracker crust, you can’t go wrong.

Holiday Snowflake Cake

The coconut sprinkled on this old-fashioned, fluffy white cake gives the impression of snow, without the cold. It’s a beautiful dessert that is fitting for the Holidays.

Hawaiian Shave Ice

An ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice and flavoring it with syrup and other sweet ingredients.

American Desserts that Start with I

What are American desserts that start with the letter I?

Ice Cream

A sweetened frozen food typically eaten as a snack or dessert. It may be made from dairy milk or cream and is flavored with a sweetener, either sugar or an alternative, and a spice, such as cocoa or vanilla, or with fruit such as strawberries or peaches.

Vanilla ice cream was introduced to the United States when Thomas Jefferson discovered the flavor in France and brought the recipe to the United States. Thomas Jefferson wrote his own recipe, which is housed at the Library of Congress.

Instant Pudding

A no-cook pudding made by Jell-O. It contains sugar, flavoring agents and thickeners as primary ingredients. My favorite flavor is pistachio.

Icebox Pie

An icebox pie consisting of lemon juice, eggs, and condensed milk in a pie crust, frequently made of graham crackers and butter. It is a variant of key lime pie.

Ice Box Pie is a delicious classic southern dessert that was named after the ice box that they were kept cool in.

Indian pudding

A traditional, New England, sweetened stove-top Thanksgiving dessert that was brought over from the 17-century English colonists in the original form known as hasty pudding.

Traditional Indian pudding is a combination of cornmeal, water, molasses, butter, and eggs, along with available spices, fruits, and nuts.

Island Pecan Pie

It’s loaded with pineapple, coconut, and pecans in a delicious creamy filling. A tropical twist on a pecan pie classic!

There are some who believe that the pecan pie originated in New Orleans. Early pecan recipes first appeared in Texas cookbooks in the 1870s and 1880s.

Ice Cream Sandwich

A frozen dessert consisting of ice cream between two biscuits, skins, wafers, or cookies.

Indiana Sugar Cream Pie

Also known as Hoosier pie, it’s a single-crust pie with a smooth filling made from flour, butter, salt, vanilla, cream, and brown sugar.

Instant Pot Cobbler

You can bake this recipe in either an Instant Pot or an oven. And since it’s made with just three ingredients (eggs + cream cheese + milk chocolate), you really can’t go wrong.

Cobblers are an American deep-dish fruit dessert or pie with a thick crust (usually a biscuit crust) and a fruit filling.

Icebox Cakes

An icebox cake or chocolate ripple cake or log is a dessert typically made with cream, fruits, nuts, and wafers and set in the refrigerator.

Icebox cake was first introduced to the United States in the 1930s, as companies were promoting the icebox as a kitchen appliance.

Ice Cream Bars

A frozen dessert on a stick or a candy bar that has ice cream in it. The coating is usually a thin layer of chocolate used to prevent the melting and dripping of ice cream.

They were invented in Iowa.

Iced Donuts

Mmm… doughnuts! Baked, not fried — they’re drizzled with icing.

The quintessential American donut was brought to early New York by Dutch settlers.

Ice Cream Cake

The dessert is very popular at birthday parties and similar celebrations in North America, although some believe that it originated in England.

Its popularity caught on during the 19th century, when ice cream was considered a luxurious item reserved only for the well-off.

American Desserts that Start with J

What are American desserts that start with the letter J?

Jelly Loaf

An effortless dessert that your kids will love, just pour into a loaf pant.

Jelly Slice

The secret to achieving perfect layers with your Jelly Slice, is to make sure you let the cheesecake layer cool in the fridge and begin to set before pouring the COOLED jelly over the top.

Jumpin’ Jimmy Coffee Cake

The batter is made with coffee and the glaze is made with espresso powder. You get a double shot of caffeine and chocolate in every bit.

Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This three-layer salad includes a pretzel crust, cream cheese center, and strawberry top.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These classic cookies are made with a simple sugar cookie dough, rolled in sparkling sugar, and then indented and filled with jam.

Jefferson Davis Pie

Easy to make, this is a fabulously rich pecan pie without the pecans. The topping is an incredible whipped bourbon cream.

Jelly Roll Cake

Soft, sweet, and full of jam, this sponge cake is easy to roll and makes for a simple yet impressive dessert!

Jailhouse Cake

Aka Oat cake is an easy cake spiced with cinnamon and a caramel coconut topping.

Junket

A milk-based dessert, made with sweetened milk and rennet, the digestive enzyme that curdles milk. Some older cookery books call the dish curds and whey.

Java Chip Bundt Cake

This cake is loaded with coffee and chocolate flavor. A white chocolate glaze on top adds the perfect touch.

Bundt pans were invented by Minnesota’s Nordic Ware company to recreate traditional kugelhopf—a dense, ring-shaped, German cake.

Jello Mold

Making a jello mold is as simple as setting almost any liquid with a little bit of gelatin. You barely even have to turn on the stove.

Jam Squares

An American “bar cookie” that has the texture of a firm cake or softer than usual cookie. They are prepared in a pan and then baked in the oven. They are filled with fruit jam and cut into squares/rectangles.

Jalapeno Brownies

Heating things up on a hot summer day with the jalapeno brownies. Serve them with dairy-free whipped cream or vegan vanilla ice cream for cool contrast.

One legend about the creation of brownies is that of a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel.

Jell-O Raspberry Bundt Cake

Jell-O is blended with chunks of angel food cake, raspberries, and whipped cream, then set in a bundt pan or mold of your choice. The result is truly heavenly!

Bundt pans were invented by Minnesota’s Nordic Ware company to recreate traditional kugelhopf—a dense, ring-shaped, German cake.

Jar Desserts

Aka party in a jar, these fun, individual serving desserts layers your favorite cake, frosting, fruit, sprinkles, and/or ice cream served in a mason jar.

Jeweled Gelatin Torte

A holiday dessert featuring colorful Jell-O cubes and dainty ladyfingers.

Jicama Apple Pie

A lot of recipes call for apple pie filling, which isn’t low carb. You can use a jicama filling instead which is much lower in sugar.

Jaboticaba Ice Cream

An ice cream dessert flavored with jaboticaba fruit. Jaboticaba berries are both sweet and acidic, with tough, tart skin and a pale, fleshy center that’s incredibly sweet.

Jaboticaba first made their way to Santa Barbara, California around 1904. Today Jaboticaba trees can be found growing in various Southern California.

Jackfruit Upside-Down Cake

An upside-down cake is a cake that is baked “upside-down” in a single pan, with its toppings at the bottom of the pan. It’s made with jackfruit instead of traditional pineapple.

Jackfruit upside down cake replaces pineapples for a Filipino twist on a classic American dessert. Jackfruit provides a tropical sweetness.

American Desserts that Start with K

What are American desserts that start with the letter K?

Key Lime Pie

An American dessert pie made of Key lime juice, egg yolks, and sweetened condensed milk.

It may be served with no topping, topped with a meringue topping made from egg whites, or with whipped cream; it may be cooked in a pie crust, graham cracker crust, or no crust.

Kentucky Derby Pie

It is made with walnuts and chocolate chips. It is often associated with the Kentucky Derby.

King Cake

A cake associated in many countries with Epiphany. Its form and ingredients are variable

Karo Pecan Pie

The Karo Syrup Pecan Pie recipe is the orginal pecan pie recipe.

Kiss Cookies

Hershey’s Kiss Cookies are soft and chewy chocolate cookies topped with a Kiss.

Kiwi Squares

It is a rich and buttery dessert bar paired with a kiwi topping, the contrast of rich butter and slightly sweet and tart kiwi filling is magic.

Kolache

At the 2007 Kolache Festival in Burleson County Texas, around 25,000 guests consumed more than 60,000 kolache.

A kolach is a Czech sweet pastry that holds a portion of fruit surrounded by puffy dough. It is made from yeast dough and common flavors include quark spread, fruit jam, and poppy seeds.

Kalamai

This traditional pudding from Guam (a U.S. terriroty) is made with corn (masa harina), sugar, water, and coconut milk in the original version, while cornstarch was added later as a thickening agent.

It can be flavored with vanilla or cinnamon.

The dessert is traditionally left to cool off, and it is then sliced into squares and served.

Keto Cheesecake

A dessert that’ll actually satisfy your sugar craving, without the sugar! Finally, a dessert that won’t destroy your diet.

Kentucky Butter Cake

An insanely moist pound cake with a sweet, buttery sauce that soaks through the cake.

Kite Cookies

A high-flying kite shaped dessert perfect for celebrating springtime or an uplifting occasion. Top with sprinkles and frosting.

Kue Cubit

Traditionally made in a cake mould pan and cooked over a stove top, these mini pancakes require only the simplest baking ingredients to make.

Kentucky Bourbon Cake

Pecan cakes, using milk as the liquid, began showing up in American cookbooks in the 1880s.

In Kentucky, these nut cakes were typically made with the state’s most famous libation bourbon.

American Desserts that Start with L

What are American desserts that start with the letter L?

Lemon Bars

Also called lemon square, its a popular type of dessert bar in the United States consisting of a thin, shortbread crust and a lemon curd filling.

Betty Crocker Inc. invented the lemon bar, and indeed they published the first known printed recipe in 1963. 

Lamington

Aan Australian cake made from squares of butter cake or sponge cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate sauce and rolled in desiccated coconut.

Lava Cake

Also known as molten chocolate cake, or chocolate moelleux it’s a popular dessert that combines the elements of a chocolate cake and a soufflé.

The Chocolate Lava Cake is known to have invented in 1987 in New York.

Its name derives from the dessert’s liquid chocolate center.

Lane Cake

Also known as prize cake or Alabama Lane cake, is a bourbon-laced baked cake traditional in the American South.

Lebkuchen

Also known as honigkuchen or pfefferkuchen, is a honey-sweetened cake molded cookie or bar cookie that has become part of Germany’s Christmas traditions.

It is similar to gingerbread.

Lemon Chess Pie

A simple combination of eggs, sugar, and butter, and lemon. With the tiniest bit of flour or cornmeal for thickening.

Chess pie originated in the South.

Little Old Lady Pound Cake

Adding a touch of lemon to a classic pound cake gives it that extra something.

A recipe for pound cake is in the first U.S. cookbook, American Cookery, which was published in 1796.

It is believed that the pound cake is of northern European origin that dates back to the early 1700s.

Layer Cake

A layer cake or sandwich cake is a cake consisting of multiple stacked sheets of cake, held together by frosting, jam, or other filling.

Layer cakes as we know them first appeared around the latter half of the 1800’s in the United States.

Historically, layer cakes originated in Europe in the mid-19th century.

Lemon Squares

A popular type of dessert bar in the United States consisting of a thin, shortbread crust and a lemon curd filling.

Lady Baltimore Cake

An American white layer cake with fluffy frosting and a fruit and nut filling. The cake is believed to have been created in the Southern United States in the early 20th century.

Laplanders

Also known as popovers, they are an American version of Yorkshire pudding. Typically baked in muffin tins or dedicated popover pans.

The first cookbook to print a recipe was M. N. Henderson, Practical Cooking, 1876.

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Soft and light with incredible lemon flavor! I topped it with a sweet lemon buttercream frosting to make the perfect Spring dessert!

Chiffon cake was invented by an insurance agent, Harry Baker, in Los Angeles.

Love Heart Cupcakes

Sweet chocholate-y cupcakes for Valentine’s Day… or just any day you want to wear your heart on your treats!

Lemon Meringue Pie

A type of dessert pie, consisting of a shortened pastry base filled with lemon curd and topped with meringue.

A Philadelphia invention born out of the Victorian-era, courtesy of Mrs. Elizabeth Goodfellow, a 19th century pastry shop proprietress who ran America’s first cooking school.

Limber

This coconut ice cream, originating in Puerto Rico (a U.S. territory), comes in many flavors.

Limber is named after the pilot Charles A Lindbergh, who landed on the island in 1928.

He was greeted with this delicious frozen dessert, which came to be called limber, it’s said, after how many on the island pronounced the pilot’s name.

Lighter Ambrosia

Lighter Ambrosia can be classified as the “nectar of the Gods,” minus the guilt! The sweet, creamy and fruity flavors are practically unbeatable.

Rumoured to have begun in the southern U.S. in the 1800s, with the earliest written reference of the salad published in a cookbook from 1867, Dixie Cookery by Maria Massey Barringer.

Little Layer Chocolate Cake

A stately layer cake can be found at all Southern gatherings – this incredible and height-defying chocolate cake is anything but little – the 18 layers used are thin and perfectly baked.

American Desserts that Start with M

What are American desserts that start with the letter M?

Mochi

Mochi are small cakes made out of glutinous rice, are an important part of Japanese cuisine.

Although its origins are Chinese, mochi has been associated with Japan for centuries.

Mousse

This light, fluffy, creamy dessert originated in 18th-century France.

The word mousse itself means foam in French.

Muffins

Also known as “American muffins” in Britain, or just “muffins” in the U.S.

These are baked, individual-sized, cupcake-shaped foods with a “moist, coarse-grained” texture.

Muffins are available in sweet varieties such as blueberry, corn, chocolate chip, lemon or banana flavors.

Madeleines

A traditional small cakes from France.

Madeleines are very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape acquired from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions.

Millionaire Pie

A no-bake American pie. This pie is a dish from the Southern United States and originally from South Carolina. Because it was so rich, it gave rise to the name.

Mississippi Mud Pie

A chocolate-based dessert pie that is likely to have originated in the U.S. state of Mississippi, hence the name.

Marble Cake

A cake with a streaked or mottled appearance achieved by very lightly blending light and dark batter. It can be a mixture of vanilla and chocolate cake.

Marble cake made its way to America with German immigrants before the Civil War. Originally the cakes were marbled with molasses and spices.

Maple Syrup Bars

Made with real maple syrup so every single bite in insanely rich and delicious.

AccoChief Woksis of the Native American Iroquois discovered the sweet (syrup) when he threw his tomahawk at a maple tree in the cold of winter.

Molten Chocolate Cake

A popular dessert that combines the elements of a chocolate cake and a soufflé.

Its name derives from the dessert’s liquid chocolate center, and it is also known as chocolate moelleux, chocolate lava cake, or simply lava cake.

Montgomery Pie

A Pennsylvania Dutch pie with a buttery crust with a gooey molasses and lemon filling and a buttermilk cake topping.

Mint Julep Cake

A delicious, moist chocolate bourbon cake with a mint swiss buttercream and chocolate ganache drip.

Macadamia Nut Slice

A no-bake dessert that makes the most of crunchy macadamias – you’ll love it!

Marsala Panettone Pudding

Make your guests feel special with a panettone bread pudding you can serve all year round.

Marshmallow Fudge Sundae

A sundae topped with marshmallows and fudge. Yes, please!

Soda fountain owner, Ed Berners of Two Rivers, Wisconsin is reputed to have invented the first ice cream sundae in 1881.

Mascarpone Cheesecake

This no-bake cheesecake incorporates whipped heavy cream and mascarpone cheese for a silky, creamy texture.

Meringue Pie

A pie, consisting of a shortened pastry base and topped with meringue.

Mile High Deep Dish Apple Pie

This extra thick, mile-high apple pie has a buttery crust double stacked with apples.

Mango Sorbet

What summer dreams are made of: intense mango flavor, a touch of lime for acidity.

Mini Chocolate Cakes

Miniature chocolate cakes baked in ramekins and decorated with vanilla frosting and fresh berries or sprinkles.

Mirror Glaze Cake

Mirror cakes are glossy and gorgeous. A thick, shiny glaze is poured over a cake, only to harden into a mirror-like reflective smooth shell.

Mulled Wine Jelly Candies

Mulled wine is an old European beverage of wine steeped in spices and served warm, often around holidays.

Maple Syrup Pie

Folks in New Hampshire apparently appreciate maple syrup almost as Vermont. These pies are popular at diners and restaurants.

Mahogany Cake

America’s first chocolate cake and depended more on the science of baking for its color than a little bottle of dye. It’s a throwback boiled milk frosting.

Molded Gelatin

Making a jello mold is as simple as setting almost any liquid with a little bit of gelatin. You barely even have to turn on the stove.

Mamie Eisenhower’s Chocolate Fudge

This was the go-to recipe for fudge in the 1950s and 60s. It took advantage of packaged products from the grocery store, such as chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and a jar of marshmallow cream.

Mayonnaise Cake

Mayonnaise Cake has to be one of the most decadent, delicious and easy ever! Simply combine mayonnaise into your cake batter, pour into a pan and bake.

Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are chewy, perfectly spiced – and are always a holiday favorite.

Milkshake

What can make a milkshake better? Sprinkles! If you want to get real fancy, top with a whipped cream.

The modern milkshake was born in 1922, when an employee at a Chicago Walgreens, Ivar “Pop” Coulson, was inspired to add two scoops of ice cream to malted milk.

Monkey Bread

A soft, sweet, sticky pastry served in the United States.

It consists of pieces of soft baked dough sprinkled with cinnamon. It is often served at fairs and festivals.

According to conventional lore, the fanciful term monkey bread comes from its appearance – said to resemble a barrel of monkeys.

Microwave Cheesecake

With its Graham cracker crumb crust, cheesecake filling, and fresh fruit topping, you’ll never need to turn on your oven again to make a satisfying dessert.

American engineer Percy Spencer is generally credited with inventing the modern microwave oven after World War II from radar technology.

Mormon Jell-O Salad

Did you know that Utah eats more Jell-O than any other state? Made with lime Jell-O, cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, evaporated milk and chopped nuts.

Maple Spice Cake

Maple spice cake is a New Hampshire variation that adds maple syrup or flavoring.

An incredibly moist, flavored with a mixture of spices, with a texture that almost melts in your mouth! It’s quick and easy to make.

Maraca Pie

A Floridian dessert pie made from sticky rice pudding and bananas inside a pastry base.

Monmouth Pudding

A traditional British dessert, consisting of a baked, breadcrumb-thickened mixture, spread with jam and topped with meringue. Similar recipes are called Queen of Puddings and Manchester Pudding.

Milk Punch

Historically also known as egg nor or an egg milk punch when alcoholic beverages are added. It is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks and served at Christmas Time.

Moravian Sugar Cake

A sweet coffee cake that is often made in areas around Moravian Church settlements, particularly in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Macarons

French Macarons are small cookies, typically made from ground almonds, coconut or other nuts, with sugar and sometimes flavorings, food coloring, glacé cherries, jam or a chocolate coating.

French macaron bakeries became trendy in North America in the 2010s.

Magic Cookie Bars

The bars, also known as hello dolly bars, or 7 layer bars features a combination of pecans, chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and a graham cracker crust.

The Week magazine featured a recipe shared by 11-year-old Alecia Leigh Couch, of Dallas (in 1965).

Magnolia Cupcakes

The original Magnolia Bakery was opened in 1996 in New York City by Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey.

The bakery began making cupcakes with leftover cake batter.

Make Ahead Apple Pie

If you’re planning way ahead, you can also bake an apple pie in advance, cool it, and pop it in the freezer.

Molasses Crumb Cake

Also known as Shoo-fly cake. This is a quick and easy version of a Pennsylvania Dutch classic.

Microwave Mug Cake

This chocolaty fudgy treat is truly decadent and great for nights when I need a yummy dessert that is ready in less than 10 minutes!

American engineer Percy Spencer is generally credited with inventing the modern microwave oven after World War II from radar technology.

McDonald’s Baked Apple Pie

McDonald’s Baked Apple Pie  features 100% American-grown apples, and a lattice crust baked to perfection and topped with sprinkled sugar.

American Desserts that Start with N

What are American desserts that start with the letter N?

New York Cheesecake

The larger, richer and more indulgent cousin of the traditional cheesecake.

Nougat

An after-dinner sweet with coffee, crumble it over ice cream or use it in desserts and puddings. It’s made of whipped egg whites, sugar and/or honey, and nuts.

Nazareth Cookies

Also known as sugar cookies, they are believed to have originated in the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

German Protestant settlers created this round, crumbly and buttery cookie.

Nut Brittle

A confectionary dessert consisting of flat broken pieces of hard sugar candy embedded with nuts such as pecans, almonds, or peanuts, which are usually less than 1 cm thick.

New Hampshire Fried Pie

New Hampshire fried pies were popular with U.S. president Franklin Pierce.

It’s a dessert pie similar to a turnover, except smaller and fried. The fruit filling is wrapped in the dough, similar to the dough of a pie crust.

No-Bake Cheesecake

A no-bake cheesecake “sets” by chilling in the fridge. The no-bake version is a lot softer and almost mousse-like.

Cream cheese was invented in 1872 by American dairyman William Lawrence of Chester, New York.

Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

An upside-down cake is a cake that is baked “upside-down” in a single pan, with its toppings at the bottom of the pan. It’s made with nectarines instead of traditional pineapple.

Nesquik Chocolate Brownies

Nesquik chocolate drink powder can be used instead of cocoa powder as a substitute. Just reduce the amount of sugar the recipe calls for and substitute 2 tablespoons of Nesquik for every 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

New England Spider Cake

Cornmeal, sweet syrup, and heavy cream are the building blocks of this simple dessert. Cleverly named for the leggy cast iron skillet that was used to set on top of open fires, it’s a cream-soaked sweet cornbread sensation.

No-Bake S’mores

These No-Bake S’mores Treats only have 4 ingredients and taste just like S’mores. Golden grahams taste just like graham crackers with marshmallows and chocolate.

Nutmeg Muffins

These are baked, cupcake-shaped foods flavored with nutmeg.

Also known as “American muffins” in Britain, or just “muffins” in the U.S.

Muffins are available in other sweet varieties such as blueberry, corn, bran, lemon or banana flavors.

American Desserts that Start with O

What are American desserts that start with the letter O?

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Typically include flour, sugar, eggs, salt, and spices. A descendant of the Scottish oatcake, the oatmeal raisin cookie has become one of the most popular cookies in the United States.

Ohio Lemon Pie

Also known as shaker lemon pie, is a fruit pie typical of the Midwestern United States.

Oreo Cake

A decadent cake is chock full of creamy, crunchy chopped Oreos, and the whole thing is crowned with a rich chocolate ganache!

Oklahoma Fried Pies

Fried pies are mainly dessert pies that are similar to turnovers, except that they are smaller and fried. 

The famous Oklahoma fried pies started out as a simple recipe south of the Arbuckle Mountains.

Historically in the American South, fried pies were known as “Crab Lanterns”, a term that dates back to at least 1770, and may originate from crab apple pies that had slits for ventilation, thus resembling a lantern.

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

This traditionally southern buttermilk pie with a flaky crust filled with a custard-like filling.

Oklahoma Strawberry Shortcake

From the award-winning cookbook Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters. Serve to someone very special.

Over the Moon Chocolate Pie

This mile-high chocolate pie is inspired by a Southern classic: the MoonPie. With a graham cracker crust, a Tennessee whiskey-chocolate filling.

Orange Sorbet

A frozen dessert made with fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest, sugar, and water are all you’ll need. Plus, the orange flavor, much like French sorbets, is both intense and refreshing.

Oatmeal Pudding

Also known as white pudding or mealy pudding, it’s a meat dish popular in Scotland, Ireland, Northumberland, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland.

Orange Tart

A sweet twist on the classic citrus tart sold in pastry shops everywhere. A little less sharp and a lot sweeter than the lemon version.

Ozark Pudding

A cake-like pudding made with apples and pecans for flavor.

Oh Henry Bars

Oats bound with peanut butter and salted butter are topped with a chocolate peanut butter topping.

Oval Cake

A cake shaped like an oval, rather than a circle or rectangle.

One Bowl Banana Bread

Super easy to make in one bowl in just a few minutes. Then just pop in the oven to bake.

Okra Cupcakes

Vegetables like carrots, zucchini and okra are perfect for baking.

Orange Jello Salad

Orange Jell-O Salad tastes like a Dreamsicle. Bright orange flavor with a creamy, mousse-like texture. A sweet addition to any meal.

American Desserts that Start with P

What are American desserts that start with the letter P?

Parfait

Parfait is a frozen dessert made from a base of egg yolks, sugar, and whipped cream, and can be flavored with fruit, nuts, or coffee.

Parfait means perfect in French. 

Pudding

American pudding is a sweet, milk-based dessert similar in consistency to egg-based custards.

Often set using cornstarch, gelatin or similar coagulating agent such as Jell-O.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Canned pineapples originated in 1901 at Dole, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company.

In 1925, Dole sponsored a contest calling for pineapple recipes. It is said that 2,500 of the 60,000 submissions were recipes for pineapple upside-down cake. 

Pavlova

Named for the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this dessert is an airy meringue topped with fruits.

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler Day was created by the Georgia Peach Council in the 1950s to sell canned peaches.

The rough look of the pie gives the dish its name. It looks “cobbled” together. 

Cobblers originated in the British American colonies.

Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin and molded. The cream may be aromatized with coffee, vanilla, or other flavorings.

Pie a La Mode

Pie served with ice cream, it originated in New York in the late 1890s.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin is native to North America.

Pumpkin pie is the quintessential American Thanksgiving dessert. 

Early American settlers of the Plymouth Colony in southern New England (1620-1692), may have made pumpkin pies, of sorts, without crusts.

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Persimmon Pudding

Persimmon pudding is a traditional American dessert made with persimmons.

It is similar to traditional English dessert. And evolved from a Native American bread made from a type of persimmon fruit.

Pandowdy

Pandowdy dates back to American colonial times.

It is a sort of pie made with sliced fruit — usually apples — sweetened with sugar or molasses, then topped with a rolled biscuit dough, or according to some old recipes, a pastry dough.

Prize Cake

Also known as lane cake or Alabama lane cake, is a bourbon-laced baked cake traditional in the American South. 

Peanut Butter Cookies

A peanut butter cookie is a type of cookie that is distinguished for having peanut butter as a principal ingredient. 

The peanut butter cookie was invented in the 1910’s, when George Washington Carver of Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute published a peanut cookbook.

Pecan Logs

Pecan log rolls are fluffy, cherry-laced nougat wrapped in fresh caramel and pecans.

While it’s not exactly known who created the very first pecan log roll, many would argue that it was Mrs. Stuckey who actually perfected it.

Stuckey’s is a roadside convenience store chain found on highways throughout the United States.

Peppernuts

A traditional German cookie often made in Mennonite communities in the US.

They are a kind of biscuit, baked from flour mixed with honey, sugar or syrup, larded with pepper and other seasonings.

Pulled Taffy

Entrepreneurs Enoch James and Joseph Fralinger are the most famous names in taffy making and both claim to have invented the original recipe in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The recipe includes salt and water, as well as sugar, corn syrup, butter, cornstarch, flavoring, and coloring.

Plum Cake

Plum cake in the United States originated with the English settlers.

The term “plum cake” and “fruit cake” have become interchangeable.

Pecan Pie

Pecan pie may be a variant of chess pie, which is made with a similar butter-sugar-egg custard.

Pecans are native to the United States and grow in a wide swath from Illinois down throughout the South.

[RELATED: 10 Pecan Pie Problems And How To Fix Them]

Pop Overs

The popover is an American version of Yorkshire pudding. Typically baked in muffin tins or dedicated popover pans.

The first cookbook to print a recipe for popovers was M. N. Henderson, Practical Cooking, 1876.

Pistachio Pudding

Pistachio pudding is smooth and creamy, intensely nutty — and green.

The Jell-O brand, which introduced a line of pistachio pudding mix in 1976. 

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Sweet and pillow-soft, crescent rolls are more a borderline savory cake than a dinner roll or a flaky butter-spiked croissant.

Pillsbury was founded in 1869 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peanut Brittle

A sweet treat made with sugar, corn syrup, peanuts, and butter that has the flavor of buttery, caramelized sugar surrounding a flat layer of peanuts.

Peanut brittle made with corn syrups and nuts began appearing in cookbooks around the 19th century.

Peanut brittle recipes most commonly appear in American cookbooks — starting around the 19th century — it is generally recognized as American.

PieCaken

The PieCaken has layers of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and spice cake all held together with cinnamon buttercream and topped with apple pie filling.

The dessert was developed in 2015 for a hotel restaurant in Manhattan.

Popcorn Sundae

It’s a sundae topped with a handful of caramel corn and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce.

Soda fountain owner, Ed Berners of Two Rivers, Wisconsin is reputed to have invented the first ice cream sundae in 1881.

Prune Bars

They have a oatmeal crumble crust, and are filled with prune paste made from fresh California Prunes. 

Prune bars are similar to fig newtons, which were invented in Florida.

Poor Man’s Cookies

They are the BEST oatmeal cookies and are made without eggs, butter, milk or nuts!

In the 1930s, producers of a popular Ohioan radio program called Jake and Lena invited listeners to write in for this recipe.

Peppermint Pattie Brownies

A dark chocolate brownie with a strong peppermint flavor.

The York Peppermint Pattie was first produced in Pennsylvania in 1940 and sold in the Northeastern United States. 

Potato Candy

A traditional Philadelphia confection. 

It arrived in recipe form – possibly memorized rather than written – with German immigrants.

The candy consisted of two main ingredients: potato and sugar.

Palmer House Brownie

Brownies are sweet and rich, fudgy squares, topped with walnuts.

The first reference to the “brownie” in America appears in the Sears Roebuck Catalog published in Chicago in 1898.

Specifically at the direction of Bertha Palmer, the brownie was created in the Palmer House Kitchen in the late 19th century. 

Potluck Cake

Potluck sheet cake is an easy dessert to feed a crowd.

Potlucks, are believed to have originated in the 1860s, when Lutheran and Scandinavian settlers in the Minnesota prairies would gather to exchange different seeds and crops.

Panocha

In New Mexico and southern Colorado, Panoch is a pudding made from ground sprouted wheat and piloncillo.

It is traditionally eaten during Lent.

Poppy Seed Muffins

Poppy seed Muffins are perfectly sweet and full of bright texture. They are light and airy and the absolute best breakfast food.

Fun fact: Muffins are known as “American muffins” in England. English muffins are more bread-like and are toasted on both sides.

Poor Man’s Cake

Also known as war cake. Its an easy to make, simple raisin spice cake using common ingredients to create a moist and delicious version of this timeless classic.

American Desserts that Start with Q

What are American desserts that start with the letter Q?

Quickbread Muffins

Also known as “American muffins” in Britain, or just “muffins” in the U.S.

These are baked, individual-sized, cupcake-shaped foods with a “moist, coarse-grained” texture.

Muffins are available in sweet varieties such as blueberry, corn, chocolate chip, lemon or banana flavors.

Quaker Oats Cookies

Quaker’s Oatmeal Cookies taste just like grandma used to make. This classic cookie is full of flavor with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Quince Pie

Quince is a very aromatic, almost floral-tasting fruit that resembles a cross between an apple and a pear. Quinces are used in the same manner as apples in pies.

Quick Chocolate Pudding

Satisfy your chocolate comfort food cravings in mere minutes, thanks to your microwave.

Quik Chocolate Brownies

These brownies are made with Nestle’s Quik Chocolate Drink powder instead of cocoa powder. Simply subtitute 2 tablespoons of Nesquik for every 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

Quartz Cake

Also known as a geode cake, this cake is designed to look like a crystallized rock structure. They are typically crafted with rock candy and can be made in different sizes and colors.

Quark Chocolate Mousse

Quark is a light, creamy cheese – very similar in texture to a Greek yogurt or sour cream.

Quinoa Pudding

Like rice pudding. Nutritious superfood quinoa is the star of this creamy, coconut milk-based Quinoa Pudding, that tastes like a cross between rice pudding and tapioca.

Quick Bread

Quick breads include many cakes, brownies and cookies—as well as banana bread, beer bread, biscuits, cornbread, muffins, pancakes, scones, and soda bread.

Quick bread” most probably originated in the United States at the end of the eighteenth century.

Quinault Strawberry Shortcake

A sweet cake in the American sense that is a crumbly bread that has been leavened with baking powder or baking soda. Made with quinalt strawberries.

American Desserts that Start with R

What are American desserts that start with the letter R?

Red Velvet Cake

This delectable, scarlet-hued cake is a classic for a reason. Layers of smooth cream cheese icing and rich red velvet cake will impress even the pickiest of guests.

The legend goes that a chef at the Waldorf Astoria created the recipe for red velvet cake and it became a popular dessert at the hotel.

Raisin Bread

Raisin bread is a sweet bread often served as a dessert.

Thoreau experimented frequently with his bread. When he added raisins to the dough, it was said that he became the inventor of raisin bread.

Henry David Thoreau was an American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher.

Robert Redford Pie

A decadent, creamy, pudding-like pie. It has thick chocolate filling, thick cream cheese filling, a butter/nut crust, and is topped with whipped cream. 

Rhubarb Pie

This pie is a traditional dessert in the United States. It is part of New England cuisine.

Europeans introduced rhubarb first to the New England region in the 1820s. Sometime in the nineteenth century it made its way south and became very popular among southerners.

Rocky Road Ice Cream

William Dreyer, of Dreyer’s Ice Cream, is thought to be the original concoctor of Rocky Road.

Rocky Road ice cream has a tie to the most financially dire time in United States history. 

Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow cookies are typically composed of layers of brightly colored, almond-based sponge cake, apricot and/or raspberry jam, and a chocolate coating. 

Rainbow cookies were first introduced by Italian-American bakeries in the late 19th or early 20th Century. They are particularly popular at Christmas.

Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are a confection commonly made with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal 

Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day at the Kellogg Company as a fund raiser for Camp Fire Girls.

American Desserts that Start with S

What are American desserts that start with the letter S?

Soufflé

A baked egg-based dish originating in France in the early eighteenth century.

Combined with various other ingredients it can be served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert.

Sponge Cake

American sponge cake calls for cake flour – unlike the European version that uses self-rising flour.

The American sponge cake also does not require butter and it has more eggs in it. The yolks and whites are separately beaten–resulting in a spongier and finely-textured cake.

The resulting product is light and airy because of the air beaten into the eggs.

Sherbet

Sherbet (pronounced “shur-bit”) is the standard American spelling for the frozen mixture made from fruit and an additive of either milk, egg white, or gelatin.

Sherbet is the fruitier cousin of ice cream. It’s got a pastel color and rich, creamy texture.

Shortbread

A traditional Scottish biscuit usually made from one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three to four parts plain wheat flour. Unlike many other biscuits and baked goods, shortbread does not contain any leavening, such as baking powder or baking soda.

Snickerdoodle

A type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, salt, and flour, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Eggs may also sometimes be used as an ingredient, with cream of tartar and baking soda added to leaven the dough.

Soda Bread Pudding

A custardy bottom and crusty top is the simplest way to turn pantry ingredients like eggs, sugar and bread, into a decadent dessert.

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour cream pound cake is a popular American variation of the British pound cake.

It involves the substitution of sour cream for some of the butter, which also is intended to produce a moister cake with a tangy flavor. 

Slump

A slump is a fruit dessert traditionally served on America’s east coast that is a combination of a pie and a cobbler. 

But it’s baked on the stove top in a skillet.

Strawberry Shortcake

American strawberry shortcake is a delicious dessert, full of strawberries and cream – a treat for special occasions and among the most beloved and enduring of American foods.

Among food historians, the history of strawberry shortcake dessert begins around 1847 in the United States. 

The first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588.

Sugar Cookies

The sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

German Protestant settlers created a round, crumbly and buttery cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie.

Sundae

Soda fountain owner, Ed Berners of Two Rivers, Wisconsin is reputed to have invented the first ice cream sundae in 1881.

Sweet Potato Pie

In the early 20th century, George Washington Carver, a black scientist and inventor, came up with his own recipe for sweet potato pie, which featured sliced rounds instead of the typical mash.

Sweet potato pie appears in the southern United States from the early colonial days.

The use of sweet potatoes in Southern and African-American cuisine traces back to West African influences.

Sonker

An Appalachian term for a deep-dish pie similar to a cobbler served in many flavors including strawberry, peach, sweet potato, and cherry.

It is a dish unique to North Carolina.

Sweet Rolls

Also called a sweet bun or breakfast roll (chiefly US) – can refer to a variety of sweet, yeast-leavened breakfast breads or dessert foods. 

They may contain spices, nuts, candied fruits, etc., and are often glazed or topped with icing.

S’mores

A s’more is a campfire treat popular in the United States, consisting of toasted marshmallows, and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

No one knows for sure who invented the s’more. However, the first published recipe for “some mores” was in a 1927 publication called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. 

Scones

American scones are rich and sweet.

They’re typically made with a healthy amount of butter and heavy cream and are often enriched further with the addition of an egg.

The texture is dense, crumbly, and tender.

Southern Teacakes

Traditional Southern Tea Cakes are an old-fashioned classic, buttery sugar cookie that is as well-loved as any cookie in the south.

Sandwich Cake

Also known as layer cake. It’s a cake consisting of multiple stacked sheets of cake; held together by frosting, jam, or other filling.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Old-fashioned Strawberry Pretzel Salad consists of a salty pretzel crust topped with a creamy and sweet cream cheese layer and a strawberry Jell-o topping filled with fresh strawberries.

Shoofly Pie

Shoofly pie is a type of American pie made with molasses associated with Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.

Related to the Jenny Lind pie, it may have originated among the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1880s as molasses crumb cake.

It was traditionally served not as a dessert pie, but as a breakfast food with hot coffee.

Swiss Rolls

In the U.S., commercial versions of Swiss rolls are widely known under brand names like Ho Hos, Yodels, and Swiss Cake Rolls.

A Swiss roll, jelly roll, roll cake, cream roll, roulade or Swiss log is a type of rolled sponge cake filled with whipped cream, jam, or icing.

Snickerdoodle

A type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, salt, and flour, and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

Snickerdoodles, have been around since the late 1800s. They probably originated in New England and are either of German or Dutch descent.

Shave Ice

Also called Hawaiian shave ice, is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice and flavoring it with syrup and other sweet ingredients.

Seven-Layer Bars

The Week magazine featured a recipe shared by 11-year-old Alecia Leigh Couch, of Dallas (in 1965).

The recipe included the now familiar combination of graham cracker crumbs, flaked coconut, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and condensed milk. The name was reportedly Alecia’s idea.

Southern Pecan Pie

Pecans are native to the United States and grow in a wide swath from Illinois down throughout the South. Though many other southern states have pecans.

Sugar Cream Pie

The dish is the unofficial state pie of Indiana, where it is believed to have originated with Quaker settlers who came from North Carolina in the early 19th century, and thereafter settled in east-central Indiana, particularly around the cities of New Castle, Portland, Richmond, and Winchester.

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

As fresh fruits and vegetables became more prominent in the American diet in the 1930s, congealed salads were considered an elegant way to present them.

Stack Cake

Also called apple stack cake, are stacked cakes layered with filling. Traditionally the cakes are made in a cast iron skillet, but they can be baked as well. 

Squiche

Also known as a sweet quiche, its the newest trend to hit the brunch table. It’s a close cousin to a custard tart, but less sweet and with the density of a savory quiche.

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

The best desserts cook themselves. Add the peach pie filling to the slow cooker and top with walnuts, cake mix, and butter. You’ll cook it on high for 2.5 hours and then scoop some out in a bowl and top with ice cream!

Scotcheroos

Dessert bars with chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies. They are popular in the Midwestern United States, especially Iowa.

Smith Island Cake

Resembling the Prinzregententorte, with 8 to 15 thin layers alternating with cooked chocolate frosting.

Sopaipilla

A fried pastry and a type of quick bread of Spanish heritage served in the Americas.

Strawberry Delight

A dessert salad in the South and more rural areas of Minnesota. It’s made from milk, whipped topping, cream cheese, strawberries and strawberry gelatin over a graham cracker crust.

Snickers Salad

A a dessert salad consisting of a mix of Snickers bars, Granny Smith apples, whipped cream and often pudding or whipped topping served in a bowl. It is sometimes included in church cookbooks.

Stump de Noel

This stupendous holiday dessert, a twist on the classic, elegant French bûche de Noël (so called because it looks like a log, or bûche). 

Shaker Lemon Pie

Also known as Ohio lemon pie, is a fruit pie typical of the Midwestern United States.

Sponge Fingers

Also known as ladyfingers, or in the ultra Orthodox Jewish community as baby fingers, are low density, dry, egg-based, sweet sponge cake biscuits roughly shaped like a large finger.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Following World War I, pasteurization in America became widespread and practically eliminated various old-fashioned homemade naturally-fermented dairy products.

American innovation led to the addition of sour cream in various baked goods, including coffee cake.

American Desserts that Start with T

What are American desserts that start with the letter T?

Tiramisù

This Italian dessert is made with coffee-soaked ladyfingers layered with mascarpone cream.

Its name stems from the phrase tirami sù, an Italian expression which literally means pick me up, a reference to the uplifting effects of sugar, liquor, and coffee.

Tapioca Pudding

According to the MINUTE® Tapioca Company, it originated in Boston in 1894. In the home of housewife Susan Stavers was a sick sailor. Among his belongings were cassava roots carried home from a sea journey.

Tteok

Korean rice cakes made with steamed flour made of various grains, including glutinous or non-glutinous rice.

Steamed flour can also be pounded, shaped, or pan-fried to make tteok.

Tipsy Cake

Also known as Tipsy Parson and Tipsy Squire in America.

Tipsy cake originated in the mid-18th century. It came to the American colonies via the British, who settled in the coastal south. The name refers to the amount of alcohol used in the dessert.

The English call versions of this cake a Tipsy Hedgehog or pudding.

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake is an amazing chocolate cake recipe made in a jelly roll pan and covered in warm chocolate frosting. It the easiest chocolate cake to make, and perfect for a party or potluck.

Toffee

American toffee is a hard substance, synonymous with brittle; while British toffee is more the consistency of what we call taffy—a hard, chewy candy made of brown sugar or molasses and butter. 

Other sources say that British toffee is hard, and American toffee is softer recipe.

Tin Roof Sundae

Created in 1916, in Potter, Nebraska. Harold Dean “Pinky” Thayer, worked in the soda fountain as a teenager and is credited for inventing the ice cream dessert.

Tandy Cake

Tandy Cake is well-known packaged snack from Tastykake baking company in Philadelphia.

This vintage cake combines chocolate and peanut butter.

Three Kings Cake

A cake associated in many countries with Epiphany. Its form and ingredients are variable, but in most cases a fève such as a figurine, often said to represent the Christ Child, is hidden inside.

Tomato Soup Spice Cake

A classic cake spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, as well as the secret ingredient of Campbell’s Condensed Tomato soup.

The recipe was created by the Campbell’s Soup Company in the 1920’s.

Thin Mints Cookies

Thin mint cookies are crisp, chocolaty cookies made with natural oil of peppermint.

The Girl Scouts debuted the Thin Mint made in 1959. 

Thin Edge of the Wedge (Chocolate Pudding)

This dessert comes from the cookbook The Eating in Bed Cookbook (MacMillian, 1962). It is a voluptuous chocolate pudding.

Toasted Marshmallow S’mores

Toasted s’mores are made with graham crackers, marshmallows, & chocolate.

No one knows for sure who invented the s’more. However, the first published recipe for “some mores” was in a 1927 Girl Scouts publication. 

The Palmer House Brownie

One legend about the creation of brownies is that of a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel. 

Brownies may be either fudgy or cakey, depending on their density.

Tahini Cookies

Made of tahini, flour, sugar and butter and usually topped with almonds or pine nuts.

Trinity Creme

Also known as crème brûlée, burned cream, or burnt cream, it’s a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hardened caramelized sugar.

Thumbprint Cookies

These classic cookies are made with a simple sugar cookie dough, rolled in sparkling sugar, and then indented and filled with jam.

Twinkie

James A. Dewar, a manager of the Continental Baking plant in Illinois, concocted the Twinkie by filling a shortcake with a sugar and cream mixture.

Tembleque

This creamy pudding is a Puerto Rican (U.S. territory) specialty. Made by cooking coconut milk with cornstarch and sugar, then topping the concoction with cinnamon.

The name tembleque means wiggly, referring to a slight wiggle when the pudding is shaken.

American Desserts that Start with U

What are American desserts that start with the letter U?

Upside Down Cake

A cake that is baked “upside-down” in a single pan, with its toppings at the bottom of the pan. When removed from the oven, it is flipped over and de-panned onto a serving plate.

Utah Scones

Utah scones are almost identical to sopaipillas, said to have originated 300 years ago in what is now Albuquerque, N.M.

Umbrella Cupcakes

Dessert fabulousness in the form of cocktail cupcakes (Blue Hawaii, Margarita, Pina Colada, Mai Tai, and Strawberry Daquiri) topped with a tiny umbrella.

Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie

A decadent, ooey, gooey pecan pie that lives up to its name. Just add bourbon.

Unglazed Donuts

A plain donut sometimes topped with nuts, sprinkles, powdered sugar, or other ingredient that isn’t glaze.

The quintessential American donut was brought to early New York by Dutch settlers.

Ultimate Chocolate Cake

This cake is chocolate, plus chocolate, with a little chocolate.

The history of American chocolate cake goes back to 1764, when Dr. James Baker discovered how to make chocolate by grinding cocoa beans between two massive circular millstones. The Baker Chocolate Company was an American company.

Ugly Pie

Offering homestyle pies, the Ugly Pie company is based in Maryland.

Unicorn Sundae

This fun unicorn sundae that incorporates both popcorn and rainbow sprinkles. Try chocolate or vanilla ice cream, if you like or feel free to experiment with any of your favorite flavors.

Soda fountain owner, Ed Berners of Two Rivers, Wisconsin is reputed to have invented the first ice cream sundae in 1881.

Ugly Cake

Chocolate ugly cake is a flourless cake that you have to see and taste to believe.

Chocolate cake enthusiasts… you won’t regret it.

American Desserts that Start with V

What are American desserts that start with the letter V?

Volcano Cake

Molten chocolate cake is a popular dessert that combines the elements of a chocolate cake and a soufflé. Its name derives from the dessert’s liquid chocolate center, and it is also known as chocolate moelleux, chocolate lava cake, or simply lava cake.

Two chefs claim to have invented it. Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Drake Hotel in New York City. And Michel Bras, debuted his chocolate coulant (French for “runny”) at his restaurant in Laguiole, France six years earlier.

Vanilla Cream Pie

Vanilla cream pie is rich, silky, and indulgent yet so light and dreamy. Creamy vanilla custard topped with lots of whipped cream.

Cream pies originated in the United States.

Vintage Strawberry Shortcake

Old-fashioned Strawberry Shortcake is easy to make—no rolling or cutting involved. And the difference in taste is well-worth the tiny bit of extra work.

Among food historians, the history of strawberry shortcake dessert begins around 1847 in the United States. 

The first strawberry shortcake recipe appeared in an English cookbook as early as 1588.

Vinegar Pie

This old-fashioned pie recipe might surprise you. While apple cider vinegar is an unusual ingredient, it works out very well.

It’s a Depression-era recipe. The custard-like filling includes walnuts and raisins, and the crust is deliciously buttery.

Vanilla Pudding

Creamy and flavorful homemade Vanilla Pudding is easy and delicious! Serve alone or with cookies, berries or whipped cream.

General Foods in the U.S. introduced pudding mix in the 1930s.

Velveeta Cheesecake

Velveeta, sour cream, and a chocolate sandwich cookie crust. Sooo easy.

Vanilla Wafers

A round, thin, light wafer cookie made with flour, sugar, shortening, and eggs.

The recipe for vanilla wafers or sugar wafers was first invented in the late 19th century by German-American confectioner Gustav A. Mayer on Staten Island.

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla is frequently used to flavor ice cream.

It was introduced to the United States when Thomas Jefferson discovered the flavor in France and brought the recipe to the United States. Thomas Jefferson wrote his own recipe, which is housed at the Library of Congress.

Vanilla Milkshake

A smooth and creamy liquid dessert of vanilla ice cream, milk, vanilla extract topped up with whipped cream.

The modern milkshake was born in 1922, when an employee at a Chicago Walgreens, Ivar “Pop” Coulson, was inspired to add two scoops of ice cream to malted milk. 

Vanilla Cupcake

Everyone loves cupcakes! They are super easy to make and the texture is light, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth good.

Amelia Simmons invented the cupcake. And if that wasn’t enough for the history books, when she first published her cookbook in 1796, she cemented herself as the author of what is now recognized as the first American cookbook.

Viennetta Frozen Dessert

Good Humor Vanilla Viennetta is a wavy vanilla ice cream between crisp chocolatey layers.

Valedictorian Cake

Honor your graduate’s honors with this 3D Valedictorian Medal Cake.

America has a cake for every occasion, including graduation.

Vintage Desserts

Old-fashioned desserts like bananas foster have mostly disappeared. But some like angel food cake, stand the test of time.

American Desserts that Start with W

What are American desserts that start with the letter W?

Wagashi

Traditional Japanese dessert made from natural, plant-based ingredients such as grains and azuki beans.

Wagashi is typically served with tea.

Washington Cake

Mary Simpson, also known as Mary Washington, claimed to be one of George Washington’s slaves who he freed upon leaving New York City for Philadelphia.

Wanting everyone to remember her former master’s birthday (February 22, 1732), she celebrated by preparing Washington cake.

It was eaten along with a glass of punch or coffee.

Whoopie Pies

An American baked product that may be considered either a cookie, pie, sandwich, or cake. It is made of two round mound-shaped pieces of usually chocolate cake, or sometimes pumpkin, gingerbread or other flavored cakes, with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them.

White Boxed Cake

Betty Crocker debuted and white boxed cake in 1952.

Wacky Cake

Also called crazy cake, Joe cake, wowie cake, and WW II cake, is a spongy, cocoa-based cake. It is unique in that unlike most pastries and desserts, no eggs, butter or milk are used to make the cake batter.

“Worms and Dirt” Poke Box Cake

A moist chocolate cake filled with frosting loaded with Oreos and layered with more Oreo crumbs! It’s even got gummy worms.

Watergate Cake

Watergate Cake brings together pistachio, coconut, and pudding in a delicious layer cake! And a light whipped frosting and pecans.

Walnut Cupcakes

Walnut cupcakes! Made with fresh chopped walnuts and sweetened with maple syrup.

Amelia Simmons invented the cupcake. And if that wasn’t enough for the history books, when she first published her cookbook in 1796, she cemented herself as the author of what is now recognized as the first American cookbook.

White Chocolate Cake

Both decadent and delicious! White chocolate is incorporated into the cake layers, the frosting, and the drip for a stunning monochrome effect.

The consensus is that Nestle started the production of white chocolate commercially in 1936.

Whiskey Glazed Brownies

Because the only way to improve on a fabulously decadent frosted brownie is to add whiskey, of course!

According to legend, brownies were invented at the Chicago, Palmer House Hotel. 

White Chocolate Mousse

Simply elegant is a fitting description for this smooth treat. Whipped cream teams up with white chocolate to make this easy dessert in a cup.

In 1977, New York chef Michel Fitoussi created a white chocolate mousse.

Waffles

Waffles for dessert? Yes please! Just add whipped cream and layer. Top with fresh fruit.

War Cake

It is unique in that unlike most pastries and desserts, no eggs, butter or milk are used to make the cake batter.

Similar cakes are known as “War Cake”, as they avoided ingredients that were scarce or were being conserved for the use of soldiers.

Walnut Brownies

Classic fudge walnut brownies are deliciously rich and dense. They are quick and easy to make and SO much better than a boxed mix!

One legend about the creation of brownies is that of a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel. 

Wendy’s Frosty Cookie Sundae

At Wendy’s fast food chain you can get either a vanilla (game-changer!) or chocolate Frosty, and then top that sucker with chocolate chunk cookie bites and Ghirardelli chocolate sauce.

Soda fountain owner, Ed Berners of Two Rivers, Wisconsin is reputed to have invented the first ice cream sundae in 1881.

Wowie Cake

Also called crazy cake, Joe cake, WWII cake, wowie cake, and wacky cake is a spongy, cocoa-based cake. It is unique in that unlike most pastries and desserts, no eggs, butter or milk are used to make the cake batter.

Wheat Muffins

Also known as “American muffins” in Britain. Sweet muffins are single-serving quick breads, which rise with the help of baking soda or baking powder and eggs instead of yeast.

They tend to be sweet and somewhat moist, but heavier than a cake or cupcake.

American Desserts that Start with X

What are American desserts that start with the letter X?

Xmas Cake

Christmas cake is a type of cake, often fruitcake, served at Christmas time in many countries.

Xmas Cookies

X-mas (Christmas) cookies/biscuits are traditionally sugar cookies or biscuits cut into various shapes related to Christmas.

Xylocarp Cupcakes

Delicious cupcakes featuring xylocarp fruit.

Amelia Simmons invented the cupcake. And if that wasn’t enough for the history books, when she first published her cookbook in 1796, she cemented herself as the author of what is now recognized as the first American cookbook.

American Desserts that Start with Y

What are American desserts that start with the letter Y?

Yellow Layer Cake

Yellow Cake dates back to the 19th century when leavening agents such as baking powder replaced yeast or egg whites to incorporate air into the batter.

It is known in the US as a celebration cake and is thought to be derived from the English pound cake.

Yodels

Yodels are frosted, cream-filled cakes made by the Drake’s company in Ohio.

Year-Round Cherry Pie

Enjoy the flavor of cherry pie all year long with frozen, tart cherries.

Pie came to America with the first English settlers.

Yellow Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie was invented in Florida in the late 1800s.

American Desserts that Start with Z

What are American desserts that start with the letter Z?

Zebra Domes

Originating at Disney theme parks. This dessert is an Amarula cream liquor mousse surrounded by a layer of white chocolate, which is drizzled with chocolate and chocolate shavings.

And underneath it all is a thin base of cake. 

Zonker

An Appalachian term for a deep-dish pie similar to a cobbler served in many flavors including strawberry, peach, sweet potato, and cherry.

Also known as sonker in Surry County, North Carolina.  

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread tastes like the combination of spices you add to the batter. This zucchini bread, however, also tastes like vanilla and brown sugar.

The zucchini bread was first made in America in the 19th century when housewives used pearlash as a chemical leavening agent.

Zebra Cakes

This classic snack is made with moist yellow cake, layered with creme, covered in white icing and then it’s decorated with delicious fudge stripes.

Zingers Hostess Cakes

Zingers are flavored vanilla cakes with icing. Zingers come in chocolate, vanilla, and raspberry flavors. They’re filled with tasty crème that will leave your taste buds dancing.

ZAGNUT Peanut Butter and Coconut Candy Bar

The ZAGNUT Candy Bar has a crunchy peanut butter center surrounded by toasted coconut flakes. Made by Hershey.

American Dessert FAQs

What are the most popular desserts in America?

The most popular desserts in the U.S. are cheesecake, cupcakes, Jell-O, carrot cake, apple pie, ice cream, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate cake.

What is hard sauce?

It’s a dessert sauce made with creamed butter, sugar with rum, brandy, sherry, whiskey, vanilla or other flavorings. It is served cold.

What’s the Difference Between a Cobbler, Crumble, and Crisp?

Cobblers, crumbles, and crisps are all baked desserts of fresh fruit topped with some kind of pastry. Cobblers have a biscuit topping on the fresh fruit.

The biscuits are usually dropped onto the fruit in small rounds, giving it the appearance of a cobbled road and hence the name. Crumbles and crisps both contain fresh fruit with a streusel-like topping that gets baked until the fruit is cooked.

The original difference between the two lay in the streusel topping: crisps would contain oats and crumbles would not. In an actual crisp, as in apple crisp or strawberry crisp, the oats in the topping crisp up as it bakes, hence the name.

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