What are the Most Popular Desserts in the United States?

Dessert is the sweet course eaten at the end of a meal. Americans are known for their love for desserts. Dessert is not only delicious, but it also helps you keep a balanced diet. Eating healthy doesn’t mean only eating tons of vegetables. In fact, dessert can actually help you receive your daily amount of required nutrients. Eating a moderate amount of dessert is proven to be not only delicious but also nutritious. In addition to consuming a balanced diet of whole grains, vegetables, and protein, don’t be afraid to include a moderate amount of dessert as one of your daily meals. Here are the most popular desserts that every American loves.

Cookies with Chocolate Chips

A chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie whose main ingredient is chocolate chips or chocolate morsels. In 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield chopped up a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar and added the pieces to a cookie recipe. This is where chocolate chip cookies came from.

Usually, the recipe starts with a dough made of flour, butter, brown and white sugar, semi-sweet chocolate chips, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. The recipe can be changed by adding different kinds of chocolate or other things like nuts or oatmeal. There are also vegan versions that use vegan chocolate chips, vegan margarine, and egg substitutes instead of the real thing. Before chocolate chips are added, the dough for a chocolate chip cookie is made with chocolate or cocoa powder. Depending on the types of dough and chocolate used, these variations of the recipe are also called “double” or “triple” chocolate chip cookies.


Amelia Simmons wrote a recipe for “a light cake to bake in small cups” in her 1796 book American Cookery. This was the first time a description of what we now call a cupcake was found. Butter, sugar, eggs, and flour are the main ingredients in a standard cupcake, just like they are in a standard-sized cake. Almost any recipe for a layer cake can also be used to make cupcakes. For cupcakes, the cake batter can be flavored or mixed with other things, like raisins, berries, nuts, or chocolate chips.


A chocolate brownie, or just “brownie,” is a square or rectangle-shaped baked chocolate treat. Brownies come in many shapes and sizes, and depending on how dense they are, they can be either fudgy or cakey. Sometimes, but not always, the top crust of a brownie is shiny. They might also have nuts, frosting, cream cheese, chocolate chips, or something else. A blond brownie or blondie is a type of brownie made with brown sugar and vanilla instead of chocolate. The brownie was made in the United States at the end of the 19th century and became popular there in the first half of the 20th century.


A doughnut or donut is a type of food made from fried dough that has been left to rise. It is a sweet snack that is popular in many countries and can be made at home or bought at bakeries, supermarkets, food stands, and franchised specialty vendors. Donut is the shortened version of the word doughnut, but doughnut is the correct spelling. People often use the two words the same way.

Most doughnuts are made from flour dough that is deep-fried, but other batters can also be used. Different kinds use different toppings and flavors, like sugar, chocolate, or maple glaze. Doughnuts can also have water, leavening, eggs, milk, sugar, oil, shortening, and natural or artificial flavors.

Donut holes are sometimes made by cooking small pieces of dough. After being fried, doughnuts can be glazed with a sugar icing, spread with icing or chocolate, or topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon, sprinkles, or fruit. Balls, flattened spheres, twists, and other shapes are also used.

Apple pie

Apple pie is a type of pie where apples make up most of the filling. England is where the first printed recipe came from. Apple pie is often served with ice cream (“apple pie à la mode”), whipped cream, or cheddar cheese. It usually has two pastry crusts, one above and one below the filling. The top crust can be solid or made of lattices (woven of crosswise strips). So that it doesn’t get soggy, the bottom crust can be baked separately (“blind”). Usually, only the top crust goes on a deep-dish apple pie. The crust is on top when the tarte Tatin is baked, but it is on the bottom when it is served.

Apple pie is an unofficial American symbol and one of the country’s most famous comfort foods.

There are many kinds of apples that can be used to make apple pie. Apples like Braeburn, Gala, Cortland, Bramley, Empire, Northern Spy, Granny Smith, and McIntosh are often used for cooking. The pie’s fruit can be fresh, canned, or made from dried apples that have been rehydrated.

The filling usually has sugar, butter, cinnamon, and sometimes lemon juice or nutmeg. Apple cinnamon pie has cinnamon as filling. Many older recipes call for honey instead of sugar, which was more affordable back then.

Swiss Roll

A Swiss roll, jelly roll (in the US), roll cake, cream roll, roulade, or Swiss log is a type of rolled sponge cake filled with whipped cream, jam, or icing. Even though it’s called a “Swiss roll,” the cake is thought to have come from somewhere else in Central Europe, possibly Austria or Slovenia.  It looks like it was made in the 1800s, around the same time as Battenberg cake, doughnuts, and Victoria sponge. In the U.S., the cake is sold under brand names like “Ho Hos,” “Yodels,” “Swiss Cake Rolls,” and others. The Yule log is a type of roll cake that is often served at Christmas.

The Swiss roll’s spiral, layered shape has led to the use of the term “jelly roll” in science, quilting, and other fields. For example, the jelly roll fold is a way to fold a protein. The “Swiss roll” metamaterial is used in optics.


Cheesecake is a dessert that is sweet and has one or more layers. The main, thickest layer is made of a mixture of eggs, sugar, and a soft, fresh cheese, which is usually cottage cheese, cream cheese, or ricotta. If there is a bottom layer, it is usually a crust or base made of crushed cookies (or digestive biscuits), graham crackers, pastry, or sometimes sponge cake. You can bake or not bake cheesecake (and is usually refrigerated).

Most cheesecake is sweetened with sugar, but it can also have different flavors. The main cheese layer can be flavored with vanilla, spices, lemon, chocolate, pumpkin, or other things. Adding fruit, whipped cream, nuts, cookies, fruit sauce, chocolate syrup, or other ingredients on top of the finished dessert can give it more flavor and make it look better.

Carrot Cake 

Carrot cake is a kind of cake that has carrots mixed into the batter. It is also called “passion cake.” The frosting on most modern carrot cake recipes is white cream cheese. Spices like cinnamon, ginger, and ground mixed spice are sometimes added to the cake batter, as well as nuts like walnuts or pecans. You can also add natural sweetness with pineapple, raisins, or shredded coconut.


It’s a thick, sweet, cold mixture of milk, ice cream, and various flavorings or sweeteners, such as butterscotch, caramel sauce, chocolate syrup or even entire fruit, that’s served in a milkshake cup. It can also be made with a base made from plant milks like almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk instead of dairy.

Around the turn of the 20th century, milkshakes were first made in the United States. In the next 20 years, electric blenders made them even more popular. They became a big part of the culture of young people because ice cream shops were a socially acceptable place for them to meet, and milkshakes became a symbol of youth’s innocence.

Ice cream

Ice cream is a frozen dessert or snack that is usually sweetened. It can be made from milk or cream and flavored with sugar or an alternative sweetener, a spice like cocoa or vanilla, or fruit like strawberries or peaches. You can also make it by whisking together a flavored cream base and liquid nitrogen. Stabilizers are sometimes added, and food coloring is sometimes added as well. The mixture is cooled below the point at which water freezes and stirred to mix in air and stop ice crystals from forming that can be seen. The end result is a smooth, semi-solid foam that is solid at very low temperatures (below 2 °C or 35 °F). As its temperature rises, it gets easier to shape.


Not only do people in the United States enjoy eating sweets, but people all around the world find that indulging in sweet cuisine brings them joy. Desserts, like any other type of food, can have a negative impact on a person’s health if they are consumed in excess. But before you dive into the details of these mouth-watering desserts, keep in mind that sweet sugar is at the heart of any good dessert.

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