30 Classic American Desserts You Need to Bake

From coast to coast, these 30 American desserts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

1. New York Cheesecake

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Creamy and rich, a Big Apple classic that’s best enjoyed in a bustling NYC bakery.

2. Pecan Pie

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Sweet and nutty, this Southern favorite is perfect for any occasion.

3. Brownies

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Fudgy and chocolatey, a classic American treat.

4. Apple Pie

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Flaky crust and sweet apple filling, a timeless dessert.

5. Banana Pudding

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Layers of creamy pudding, bananas, and wafers, a Southern comfort dessert.

6. Key Lime Pie

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Tart and creamy, a Florida Keys specialty.

7. Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Soft and chewy, a beloved treat that’s perfect with a glass of milk.

8. Red Velvet Cake

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Rich and velvety, with cream cheese frosting, a Southern delight.

9. Pumpkin Pie

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Spiced and creamy, a fall favorite.

10. S’mores

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Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, a campfire classic.

11. Carrot Cake

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Spiced cake with cream cheese frosting, often studded with nuts.

12. Lemon Bars

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Tart lemon filling on a buttery crust, a refreshing dessert.

13. Cupcakes

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Mini cakes with endless flavor possibilities.

14. Blondies

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A butterscotch-flavored brownie, soft and chewy.

15. Peach Cobbler

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Sweet peaches with a biscuit topping, a Southern staple.

16. Molten Lava Cake

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Rich chocolate cake with a gooey center.

17. Whoopie Pies

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Soft cookies with a creamy filling, a fun treat.

18. Rice Krispie Treats

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Chewy and sweet, made with marshmallows and cereal.

19. Blackberry Cobbler

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Sweet blackberries with a biscuit topping.

20. Boston Cream Pie

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Sponge cake filled with custard and topped with chocolate glaze.

21. Bread Pudding

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A rich and comforting dessert made with leftover bread.

22. Cherry Pie

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Sweet cherries in a flaky crust.

23. Angel Food Cake

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Light and airy, perfect with fresh berries.

24. Snickerdoodles

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Soft cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar.

25. Peanut Butter Cookies

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Soft and chewy with a rich peanut butter flavor.

26. Mississippi Mud Pie

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Chocolatey and rich, with a gooey topping.

27. Gingerbread

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Spiced cake often enjoyed during the holidays.

28. Strawberry Shortcake

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Light cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

29. Oreo Cheesecake

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Creamy cheesecake with an Oreo crust and topping.

30. Rocky Road Ice Cream

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Chocolate ice cream with marshmallows and nuts.

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