The Best Desserts in Every State

Always dreamt of driving Route 66 and scoping out all the best sweet treats along the way? It's time to stop dreaming (and save on gas) by touring America one state dessert at a time.

Alabama: Cream Cheese Pound Cake

"I'm a northern girl, who tries so hard to cook southern delights — this cake does not disappoint. It was a HIT!"


Alaska: Individual Baked Alaska

"What a wonderful and impressive recipe!"


Arizona: Mexican Wedding Cookies

"Delicious! Just like Grandma used to make. Very easy too."


Arkansas: Banana Pudding

"WOW! That's the only word appropriate for this wonderful pudding. Super easy to put together and lovely to the taste buds!"


California: Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

"I've been using this recipe for a couple years now. My family requests this on all their birthday cakes. I've never had any problems, it is a super easy recipe."


Colorado: Mug Brownie

"Super quick and easy when you're wanting something sweet."


Connecticut: Anise Cookies

"Yummy and delicious — a great recipe that can be halved with ease."

-LB in Middle Georgia

Delaware: Banana Cake

"This was a fabulous cake — REALLY FABULOUS! It's no wonder it has been made and reviewed so many times! Its name is accurate!"

-Supper Lady

Florida: Key Lime Pie

"This is the perfect summer pie. Cool, creamy and a great lime favor."


Georgia: Peach Cobbler

"An out-of-body peach cobbler experience!"


Hawaii: Butter Mochi

"This is an excellent butter mochi. It has the right amount of sweetness, and the crystallized crust, which forms on the top and sides, is a total bonus points."

Idaho: Spudnuts

"I used two cups of instant mashed potatoes; they tasted great, and using instant potatoes cut the prep time!"

-Alysann Alves

Illinois: Brownies

"Chocolate heaven right here! This is my go-to brownie recipe!"


Indiana: Cherry Delight Dessert

"My adult children will ask me to make this when they come home for a visit. They have eaten desserts from around the world, and this is still one of their favorites."


Iowa: Jell-O Cake

"The pudding layer makes this cake even better. Who knew it could be better?!"


Kansas: Caramel Puff Corn

"Warning: You'll need to make a double batch of this because it doesn't last long in my house. We all take handfuls each time we walk by — very addicting."


Kentucky: Peanut Butter Fudge

"I could not believe how easy this was, and it turned out perfectly!"

-Deb W.

Louisiana: Brennan's Bananas Foster

"A fantastic recipe for bananas Foster that had everyone begging for more!"


Maine: Blueberry Pie

"Excellent. My family loves this so much I am going to have to start making two pies at a time."

-Renegade Chef

Maryland: Smith Island Cake

"Very good custard-like batter that bakes into a dense and delicious yellow cake."


Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie

"The cake was moist and sweet — so much tastier than a boxed cake."

-Mary Christmas

Michigan: Cherry & Chocolate Fudge

"This is a delicious fudge — very rich."


Minnesota: Seven-Layer Bars

"Awesome — a wonderful salty, sweet and chocolatey treat."


Mississippi: Slow-Cooker Candy

"I absolutely love this recipe! As a person who works full-time and is always making something for bake sales for my daughter's school, it's extremely easy to make and tasty."

-Paula Olive

Missouri: Gooey Butter Cake

"Whoever invented this recipe is a genius. My boyfriend grew up eating gooey butter cake, and he said this was the best version he's had."


Montana: Homemade Almond Roca

"This is the best homemade roca recipe I have found. It is easy to make and comes with great directions."


Nebraska: Cream Cheese Mints

"The taste, texture and everything really was great!"

-Hauer Mom

Nevada: Vanilla Cupcakes

"Love this recipe! It turned out great and is very easy to make for beginners and children. I would recommend it to new bakers and kids."


New Hampshire: Pumpkin Pie Bread

"Delicious! It is good plain, and it's even better lightly toasted and buttered."


New Jersey: Saltwater Taffy

"The taffy turned out perfect, and it really did take only about an hour to make."


New Mexico: Natillas

For a grandmother-approved dessert with Spanish flair, look no further.

New York: Cheesecake

"To say this recipe is outstanding is a huge understatement. It's a remarkably easy cheesecake with stunning results!"


North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie

"Loved this recipe. Never knew it was so easy to make a sweet potato pie. It was really tasty too."


North Dakota: Caramel Rolls

"Easy, delicious, heavenly, sinful, amazing, addicting, shall I go on? Forget store-bought; try these."


Ohio: Buckeyes

"Excellent recipe made out of two of the best ingredients in the world."


Oklahoma: Chocolate Delight

"One of many variations on a dessert we make often and enjoy. This is luscious, and it will be an instant hit among anybody who likes it sweet and creamy."

-Lavender Lynn

Oregon: Apple & Blackberry Pie

"Our family LOVED this pie recipe."


Pennsylvania: Whoopie Pies

"Dense filling and dark, almost shiny 'cookies' are the markers of the great Amish whoopie, and this recipe fits the bill. They're the real deal."


Rhode Island: Grape Nut Pudding

"Being from New England, I know this is on most menus at diners and good restaurants. I often order it because I love it so much. This is my first time making it, and I have to tell you, it won't be my last!"


South Carolina: Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

"My grandma has been making this forever, and they remind me of my childhood. My sister and I give them away as Christmas presents every year, and people fight over the 'fuller' containers."


South Dakota: Kuchen

"Perfect amount of sweet and tart."

-MRS Montgomery

Tennessee: Moon Pies

Here's a Tennessee classic you can finally make at home.

Texas: Pecan Pie

"Look no further! This is the only pecan pie recipe you will ever need."


Utah: Jell-O Fluff Dessert

"Super yummy! This truly was terrific."


Vermont: Maple Cinnamon Rolls

"Oh, my. These were the best sweet rolls I have ever made! Just excellent!"

-Mary Kay R.

Virginia: Lemon Chess Pie

"FABULOUS! And I normally don't even like lemon pie. This recipe is just so fantastic and easy to make."


Washington: Nanaimo Bars

"This was by far one of the best desserts I've ever made!"


West Virginia: Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

"Followed the recipe exactly and they came out wonderfully! If you love peanut butter, these are to die for!"


Wisconsin: Kringle

"Wow! This is amazing. I have fond memories of the kringles we got in Wisconsin when I was growing up. This recipe takes me right back to my childhood."


Wyoming: Cowboy Cookies

"Holy cow! I couldn't stop sneaking bites of dough, and the baked cookies are awesome as well."