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Top 5 American Classics of 2013

Lemon Italian ice. [{Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

From bright and tangy lemon Italian ice to super chocolatey haupia pudding, I managed to pack a lot of delicious regional and retro treats into this year. These are my top five.

Lemon Italian Ice

This is one of the easiest and most refreshing desserts I've ever made. The freshly made ice is like a frozen lemonade. As you let it firm up in the freezer, it will take on more of the the fluffy snowlike texture of a traditional Italian ice. Either way it's absolutely delicious.

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Persian Buns

Looking for a special occasion breakfast treat? These dark chocolate frosted fried cinnamon buns are the sophisticated cousins of chocolate frosted doughnuts with sprinkles.

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Potato Chip Cookies

Soft, chewy, melty and gooey chocolate chip cookies get a nice salty crunch from crushed potato chips. These cookies have a tendency to disappear rapidly.

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls With Browned Butter Icing

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Using leftover pizza dough makes it easy to have hot, fresh cinnamon rolls in a fraction of the time it takes to make regular rolls. Plus there's simply no resisting this browned butter icing.

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Chocolate Haupia Pie

This simple dessert is made from coconut milk, milk, and lots of chocolate. Oh and did I mention the chocolate cookie crumb crust? It's the sort of dish that would make this avowed former anti-coconut-ist reconsider.

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About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlondieBrownie.

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