Top notch chocolate combined with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers make these a cut above your garden variety, preservatives-laden, store-bought moon pies. Fans of this nostalgic treat will, er, be over the moon.
2. Potato Doughnuts
If you told me a year ago that I would fall in love with doughnuts made of mashed potatoes, I would have told you that you were crazy. And yet. These traditional Maine doughnuts are irresistibly light and a perfect use for leftover mashed potatoes.
3. Pig Pickin' Cake
I consider this the cake that got away. Trying to practice a little bit of moderation, I only took a small sliver of this wonderfully light and moist mandarin orange cake with pineapple whipped cream. I've been thinking about it ever since. This is a cake to gorge on.
4. Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie
This Hoosier favorite is super simple to make. It has all of the wonderful creaminess of a perfect custard without all the fuss.
Light and airy, these little chocolate pastry cream-filled Italian doughnuts are a special treat for St. Joseph's Day. But they're so good you'll want to celebrate the rest of the year.
6. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Southern friends have told me that they call this addictive cheesecake-like concoction with a pretzel crust a "salad" that so they can squeeze in two desserts to their meal. I like their reasoning and I love this retro Jell-O topped dessert. It makes you wonder why everything doesn't come with a pretzel crust.
7. Chocolate Crack
As long as you keep butter, brown sugar, saltines, and really good chocolate in the house, you'll never be without a killer dessert. The effort-to-reward ratio on this retro chocolate covered cracker bark classic is most definitely in your favor. Sub in matzoh for Passover for a tasty post Seder treat.
All the tender, flakey goodness of a danish with about a quarter of the work. This Wisconsin classic makes for an impressive brunch sweet or after dinner treat for when company's coming.
9. Mint Sticks
WARNING: These triple layer fudgy mint bars shared by Serious Eats community member, CityMinx, are extremely addictive and may inspire hoarding behavior.
10. Grape-Nuts Pudding
This was my very first recipe and all these weeks later, it's still a favorite. Whether served warm from the oven or cool from the fridge, Grape-Nuts pudding is pure New England comfort food.