Gallery: American Classics: Top 10 Recipes

Moon Pies
Moon Pies

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.

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2. Potato Doughnuts
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.

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3. Pig Pickin' Cake
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.

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4. Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie
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.

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5. Zeppole
5. Zeppole

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.

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6. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
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.

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7. Chocolate Crack
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.

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8. Kringle
8. Kringle

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.

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9. Mint Sticks
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.

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10. Grape-Nuts Pudding
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.

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