16 Southern Desserts

Get a true taste of the South no matter where you live with our recipes for sweet, traditional treats like buttery chess pie, hummingbird cake and rich pecan pie.

Part of: Comfort Food: Baking and Desserts

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Texas Sheet Cake

"This is a great recipe. I’ve made it several times and it always turns outs moist and delicious."

-PsychRN

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Buttermilk Pie

"I had never heard of buttermilk pie before, but I just loved this! It was like a pie full of sweet, creamy, buttery custard. It was great warm AND after being popped into the fridge. A perfect recipe!"

-Maura666

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Tennessee Hummingbird Cake

"This is a delicious cake! I made it in a 9-by-13-inch pan and just baked it a little longer. We didn't even frost it because it was so moist, but a cream cheese frosting would be really good with this."

-zaar mate

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Southern Pecan Pie

"Cooking the sugar and corn syrup together first really made the difference. This was an awesome hit and is now my new pecan pie recipe!"

-For JT's Grandma

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Lemon Bars

"I've been making this lemon bar recipe for many years and I always get high compliments on the texture, flavor and appearance! Don't eliminate the lemon zest from these — it totally makes the bars POP!"

-mom2threekiddos

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Red Velvet Cake

"This is easy to make, and the frosting really accentuates the cake. You must add the pecans in the frosting to give it that Southern taste! My family really enjoyed this."

-SELENA1

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Sweet Potato Pie

"This is wonderful! The spices are perfect. I had all the ingredients on hand, and loved how you mix it all in one bowl. I'll make this again!"

-Stephie Biggs

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New Orleans Praline Fudge Cake

"Everyone loved it! It makes a beautiful presentation. The cake itself is wonderfully moist and easy to make. All in all, a win-win recipe!"

-@ngdarlen

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Chocolate Chess Pie

"What a great chocolatey creamy pie. It almost tastes like an undercooked brownie. I took it to work and everyone raved about it!"

-wicked cook 46

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Creamy Fruit Ambrosia

"I loved this light and fresh dessert! It was so quick and easy. I'll definitely make it again!"

-PanNan

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Key Lime Pie

"This is an excellent Key lime pie. The sour cream topping is so much better than meringue or whipped cream. I made a gingersnap crust instead of graham cracker, which was very good."

-Northwest Suechef

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Bananas Foster

"I've made this recipe several times and it gets better each time I make it. Bananas, cinnamon, rum and vanilla ice cream — how could it be anything but GOOD!"

-Chef Howe

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Fresh Peach Cobbler

"A fantastic dessert! It's almost like a bread pudding with a crispy crust and a bottom layer of fruit. Yum! It's especially good warm with vanilla ice cream."

-Chef #463996

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Kentucky Chess Pie

"Wonderful! Chess pie has a buttery, caramel-y sweet filling, and this is exactly how it should be. My kids devoured this pie in no time."

-LonghornMama

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Perfect Divinity

"Divinity is one of the first things I look for when I walk into a candy store — now I can make it at home! I couldn't believe how easy it was. It will be on my Christmas trays this year for sure!"

-mamaindakitchen

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Simple Bread Pudding

"This is absolutely delicious. Serve with vanilla ice cream and everyone will want seconds."

-shortstuff

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