The Most Iconic Desserts in America

Chocolate chip cookies 
No cookie is more American than a chocolate chip cookie. With very little variety, this recipe has remained basically the same since the 1930s

Chocolate chip cookies

Nothing smells quite like an apple pie, with its buttery crust baking in the oven and fruit juices bubbling out the sides

Apple pie

A mix of sweet, soft cream cheese, sugar, and flavorings, cheesecake has become the official dessert of New York, with other areas of the country claiming it as well

Cheesecake

If you appreciate sugar and nuts, chances are you will like a pecan pie

Pecan pie

A descendant of British carrot pudding, the modern-day carrot cake is a dense

Carrot cake

Buffalo milk, flour, and camphor made up the ingredients of the first ice-cream-like dessert in China during the Tang Dynasty

Ice cream

Combining light vanilla cake, vanilla custard, and chocolate ganache, Boston cream pie is a gem of a dessert

Boston cream pie

Banana pudding is a quintessential Southern treat, but it's also one of the most popular desserts in the United States

Banana pudding

A Baked Alaska features cool ice cream on top of a sponge cake, completely covered with meringue, and baked quickly in the oven to brown

Baked Alaska

Banana pudding