This post is a one-stop-shop for Southern dessert lovers who crave a good old-fashioned sweet treat.
What are Southern desserts?
Southern desserts are classic after-dinner favorites primarily from the Southern US states.
How do you make Southern desserts?
These aren’t your average Southern desserts.
When possible, I’ve used an Instant Pot pressure cooker or the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven to make the same Southern comfort food desserts with buttery-rich flavors in a fraction of the traditional time!
Your taste buds will be delighted by these tried and true traditional desserts – now quicker and easier to make.
Why not add some Southern flair to your meal?
These are recipes for the same classic Southern desserts – with a new contemporary twist!
- Pie crust cookies Southern desserts
What’s better than cookies? How about cute little pie crust ones! Heavenly, crispy, and flaky pie crust cookie bites. Get the best flavors of each season in every bite.
- Black folks Southern peach cobbler recipe
Southern peach cobbler is an iconic Southern dessert first created with biscuit dough, dropped over sliced peaches, and placed at the bottom of an iron pot. It was baked in an open hearth, cooking over hot coals for… Presto – peach cobbler!
- Instant Pot Southern banana pudding from scratch
Pudding desserts in Southern style. Why not?
Instant Pot Banana pudding is a Southern dessert specialty that everyone should know how to make from scratch. I’ve made it even easier to learn how with this Instant Pot recipe.
- Strawberry pretzel salad
This Southern dessert isn’t just any salad; it’s the new queen of salads! A classic Southern dessert and a decadent dish called a salad. Probably because it won’t leave you feeling weighed down as many heavy desserts do!
- Lemon meltaway cookies
The days are long, the sky is blue, and lemon meltaway cookies remind you of everything that tastes lemon juice zesty and new! So if you want to serve the most popular cookie in the South, make this ultimate Southern cookie treat.
- Strawberry rhubarb pie
The strawberry-rhubarb filling provides tart flavor, with sweet notes balanced by a crust that’s crunchy around the edges yet still tender in the middle. It’s very symbolic of what Spring has to offer. This pie will have you looking forward to warmer days that have arrived.
- Lemon zucchini bread
This classic bread is a perfect light dessert, snack, or even a quick breakfast. Made with an all-natural blend of zucchini and lemon zest, the bread comes out full of flavor and is perfect for any occasion!
- Instant Pot banana bread
Banish the days of dry and flavorless quick bread! Instant Pot banana bread puts a stop to bland bakery loaves with ultra-moist banana goodness within an hour!
Traditional African American desserts
What do African-Americans eat for dessert?
Check out these best recipes for some of what Black folks include as part of our soul food Southern desserts menu.
- Black folks Southern banana pudding
Why would you serve another type of pudding when it could be Black folks Southern banana pudding?
This mouth-watering recipe has been tempting Southerners for generations with ingredients like cream cheese and vanilla wafer cookies. There’s nothing like this Southern dessert recipe’s whipped creamy texture and sweet taste.
- Black folks chocolate Southern banana pudding recipe
- Black folks baked apples
Is it a dessert or a side dish? Of course, it’s 100% a dessert if you add vanilla ice cream! But you can let guests decide the role of this conversation starter recipe at your next Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas feast!!
- Cranberry sauce cornbread
Also, check out this recipe for how to make fresh cranberry sauce even easier in an Instant Pot!
- Black folks red velvet cake
- Black folks sweet potato pie
Black folks’ deep-south sweet potato pie is somewhere between a Southern candied yam and an old-fashioned gingersnap!
- Purple sweet potato pie
Try Black folks sweet potato pie’s contemporary cousin made with Stokes purple sweet potatoes!
- Black folks Southern pecan pie recipe
- Soul food almond flour pie crust
An almond flour pie crust is so easy to make, just like a regular pie crust. Even if you don’t have any baking experience at all, trust me, you’ll be able to whip this up in minutes!
- Black folks Southern tea cakes
- Cranberry brie bites
What do you think about this best Southern desserts recipes list?
What’s your favorite Southern dessert recipe here?
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