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American Classics: Top 10 Recipes

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[Photographs: Alexandra Penfold]

Over the past year I've hunted down American desserts, be they retro Betty Crocker-era fare or obscure heritage treats. As someone who takes her sweets very seriously, choosing just 10 picks from a year's worth of desserts was a challenge—I'm a love-the-dessert-you're-with kind of gal—but if I must play favorites, these are them.

Go Straight to the Recipes

1. Moon Pie
2. Potato Doughnuts
3. Pig Pickin' Cake
4. Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie
5. Zeppole
6. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
7. Chocolate Crack
8. Kringle
9. Mint Sticks
10. Grape-Nuts Pudding

Got a favorite classic American dessert recipe you'd like to see featured here? Email us with the subject: "American Classics."

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered children's book editor by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie and a Midtown Lunch contributor. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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