10 American dessert ideas
Get inspired by these Stateside sweet treats, from crumbly, chewy chocolate chip cookies to showstopping ice cream cakes – perfect for Thanksgiving
Whether you're throwing an American-themed party for a festivity like Thanksgiving or watching the Superbowl, or you're just intrigued by the cultural differences between American and English desserts, these are the ones you have to try.
Check out our American recipes for more Stateside favourites, from burgers and hotdogs to pancakes and pies. And if you want inspiration for throwing an entirely vegan Thanksgiving, check out our vegan Thanksgiving recipes for help with your spread.
There might be some European variations, but we all know that saying, "as American as apple pie". Try our classic Bramley apple pie with homemade shortcrust pastry. It has a wonderfully tart and spiced apple filling, and the pastry is beautifully buttery. Simplicity is key to this traditional dish, which makes for a comforting family pudding.
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Scandinavia has gingerbread, the UK has biscuits and America has chocolate chip cookies. Soft and chewy are the keywords here – the perfect cookie is baked until it’s just set. This easy chocolate chip cookie recipe makes soft biscuits with a squidgy middle that will impress family and friends. Make plenty, as they're sure to be a hit.
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This ultimate cheesecake is a classic New York favourite. It boasts a dense, rich, and creamy texture without needing a water bath, making it exceptionally straightforward to prepare.
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4. Key lime pie
This zesty oven-baked treat is made from lime juice, egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk. It can be served with no topping or adorned with your choice of either a meringue topping made from egg whites or a dollop of whipped cream, offering a refreshing and indulgent end to a meal.
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With just three ingredients, these simple peanut butter cookies will delight kids and grown-ups alike – and they're gluten-free, too. They take under 30 minutes to prepare and make 16 cookies, so they’re great for serving many guests. Or, stop yourself from finishing the lot as you enjoy them with an afternoon cup of tea.
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What dessert is more fun than a banana split? They take only five minutes to prepare and involve no cooking, so they’re a great energy-saving dessert. Halve your bananas and top with ice cream and your choice of toppings. Stick to the classic chocolate sauce and sprinkles, or check out our variations such as coconut ice cream, PB&J or speculoos biscuits for inspiration.
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Wow family and friends with this quintessentially southern dessert that's everything you want in a slice of pie. It's sweet, gooey, crunchy and buttery, with the option to make the pastry yourself. Top it with the silky, sweet maple cream and enjoy it warm with added chocolate chips for that extra indulgence.
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Combine chocolate, peanuts and caramel flavours to make these divine brownies. The sauce is optional, but it makes them more of a dessert. Served warm, it pairs perfectly with vanilla ice cream for a combination of hot and cold.
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9. Easy s'mores
Ever tried an American-style marshmallow s'more? It's a Bonfire Night-friendly stack of sweet joy, with cookies and chocolate spread for good measure. Traditionally made on the open fire, we have adapted this recipe so you can melt your marshmallows on a grill.
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Try our strawberry & ice cream cake, it makes a great summer dessert and is ideal for entertaining as it serves 10-12 people. The inside is made from juicy strawberries and creamy strawberry ice cream.
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