American Classics

Lost classic desserts from our wide and varied past.

American Classics: Boston Cream Doughnuts

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Say no to waxy brown, chocolate-esque frosting and cloying, gloppy, fake-y vanilla flavored goo. Making everything from scratch is time commitment and a labor of love, but if you count yourself as a doughnut enthusiast, this is well worth trying. More

American Classics: 5 Easy Cereal Treats to Try

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In my experience, if you take cereal and add melted butter and marshmallows you're going to end up with a quick, easy, and crowd-pleasing dessert. But why should Rice Krispies and their generic "crisp rice" counterparts have all the fun? These are some of my favorite cereal treats I've cooked up. What are yours? More

American Classics: Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers

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Sure, you can buy chocolate graham crackers at the store, but making them at home is super easy. As a bonus, when you make your own graham cracker dough you can cut out your crackers into whatever shape you please! The eggless, easy-to-roll-out dough makes baking time fun with even the littlest kitchen helper. More

American Classics: Untraditional Hot Cross Buns

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The trouble with hot cross buns, at least in my experience, is they tend to not be very good. After finding sweet, sweet success using challah dough to make monkey bread, I realized that the water + yeast proofing technique used in challah dough, made for a fluffier, chewier bun than the scalded dairy technique I had tried before for other sweetened yeasted breads and this inspired me to play with the dough to make hot cross buns with the texture that I had been searching for. More

American Classics: Lucky Charms Marshmallow Squares

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Lucky Charms! They're magically delicious. And if you're a marshmallow lover like me, what could be more magically delicious than adding extra marshmallows to make marshmallow squares? More

Top 5 American Classic Pies for Pi Day

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Every year I look forward to March 14th (3.14, baby!). It's a day that unites math nerds and food nerds in glorious pie-fueled gluttony. These are my top 5 top American Classic pies to celebrate. You've got a week to get baking. More

American Classics: Mardi Gras Tie-Dye Cake

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If you're looking for something delicious and fun to put everyone in the Fat Tuesday spirit, try out this Mardi Gras-themed tie-dye cake. More

American Classics: Classic Egg Creams

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Egg creams have been a popular beverage at soda fountains and delis in NYC for well over a century. Here's how to make the classic concoction at home. More

American Classics: Easy Frosted Valentine's Brownies

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It's Valentine's Day! Still looking for sweets for your sweet? These super easy frosted brownies are fun to make and more fun to eat. More

American Classics: Chocolate Frosted Heart-Shaped Doughnuts

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With a heart-shaped cookie cutter it's easy to make a special treat for your favorite doughnut-loving Valentine. More

American Classics: Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch Squares

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There's no reason cereal treats need to be confined to Rice Krispies or their crisp rice generic counterparts. Cereal + butter + marshmallows = delicious. Add chocolate to that mix and hello, easy treatland! More

American Classics: Chocolate Buttermilk Pudding

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A tangy chocolatey pudding that's quick, easy, and a great way to use up leftover buttermilk. More

American Classics: Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Sherbet

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Sherbet doesn't have to be the bland, kind of cloying, neon-dyed confection you might remember from your youth. In fact, it can be a lovely way to showcase fruit in a dessert that's a little less decadent than ice cream but not quite as sweet as an ice or sorbet. More

American Classics: Challah Monkey Bread

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I've recently had a brainstorm that's caused me to rethink monkey bread completely: Challah. After some hours in the test kitchen, I'm forsaking all other monkey breads for this one. More

Top 5 American Classics of 2013

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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. More

American Classics: Apple Cinnamon Kringle

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This tender, buttery, fruit or nut-filled pastry takes its name from the Danish word for pretzel. But make no mistake, it's not your supermarket Danish. More

American Classics: Iced Lemon Cookies

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These cookies are a hybrid of a classic Italian and a classic American treat. They're soft and chewy like a really good sugar cookie, but with more than a hint of pucker from lemon juice, zest, and extract. More

American Classics: Peppermint Brownie Cookies

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These fudgy, cakey cookies are perfect for those of us who love brownies but perhaps don't trust ourselves around a full unguarded pan. My favorite thing about making my own homemade "bake and slice" logs is that it allows you to enjoy these cookies at their peak, ie fresh and warm from the oven, as you need them. More

American Classics: Browned Butter Squash Pie

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When it's turkey time, pumpkin pie takes center stage, but a humble squash can still steal the show especially when it's dressed up with browned butter and plenty of spices. More

American Classics: Gouda and Tart Apple Pie

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When it comes to cheese infused apple pies, cheddar isn't the only game in town. This Pushing Daisies inspired pie pairs the tartness of Granny Smith apples with nutty Gouda cheese. More

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