As odd as it is to have a dessert that heavily features a vegetable, here we are. Sweet potato pie is a classic dish from this Southern state that shouldn’t be ignored when it comes to its flavor, since it features plenty of butter, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, and more. Not only that, but you get a little bit of a healthy bonus when you indulge in this dessert, since sweet potatoes have a lot of fiber and vitamin A.
Even better, this recipe is a cinch to make, since you more or less just have to throw all the ingredients together into an unbaked pie shell and then toss it in the oven for a little while. Some recipes require some tricky oven temperature lowering, but that’s not too hard, is it?
New Mexico – Biscochito
As New Mexico’s State Cookie, biscochitos bring a savory taste to balance out the natural sweetness. They’re similar to shortbread or butter cookies, but they have a couple of twists to keep them from being too common. These include things such as cinnamon, orange zest, lard, and one of the main ingredients, anise seed.
It’s more like a pie crust while you’re working the dough, but make them properly and you’ll have an amazing cookie that is a hit at all sorts of formal events, or during the holiday season. These very well might be the first cookie to be given the title of an official state cookie, so try out a little bit of history the next time you’re trying to figure out what dessert to make for an event.
New York – Cheesecake
Lots of people around the world love cheesecake, but New York is crazy for the stuff. This state has given their cheesecake a bump by adding a ton of cream cheese and extra eggs – for a normal recipe that calls itself New York cheesecake, you’ll be using something like thirty-two ounces (that’s two pounds!) of cream cheese.
You’ll also need six, count them SIX large eggs. There are also going to be a couple of cups of sugar, some sour cream, and more. No wonder New York likes it so much. Sure, the stuff is great on its own, but it will be even better if you top it with something like blueberries or strawberries. Plus, if you do that, you can at least pretend it’s a little bit healthy. Fruit is healthy, right?
North Dakota – Krumkake
If it’s coming out of North Dakota, you know that it’s going to originate in the Scandinavian area of the world, and krumkake is no exception. It’s a crispy wafer cookie that is rolled into a cone while it’s still hot. Once they cool, you can fill them with whipped cream or dip them in chocolate, or anything else you can think of.
The name means “curved cake” in Norwegian, and they’re usually made with the help of a decorative griddle. This kind of treat will take a little bit of experimenting to get right, but thankfully a normal batch of batter can make something like fifty krumkakes. That gives you plenty of chances to work on mixing, cooking, and rolling them until you get something that you like.
Ohio – Buckeye
Of course, buckeyes are the best dessert from Ohio – it is the buckeye state, after all! But people from every state should be able to enjoy this simple and delicious dessert. If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, then these are something you should add to your recipe book. Blend creamy peanut butter, regular butter, and vanilla with confectioner’s sugar until you achieve a stiff mixture.
Then shape the mixture into balls and refrigerate for about an hour, or until the balls are firm. Place chocolate and shortening in a double boiler until it’s a smooth mix. Use a toothpick to pick up the peanut butter balls and dip them in the chocolate, and you’re done. They’re a killer recipe when it comes time for Christmas, but they’re also a great choice any time of the year.