Everyone has heard of good ole' American apple pie, pecan pie, and key lime pie, but those desserts are just the scraping of the surface when it comes to the terrific desserts that the American culture has to offer. The desserts in this article are also traditional American favorites, but they rarely get the attention they deserve. So, if you are looking for easy recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave your tummy purring, I definitely recommend the following. Enjoy! Mississippi Mud Pie Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1/4 lb butter (melted) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 cup finely chopped walnuts 1 tbsp grated coconut 1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese 1 cup sugar 1 (9 oz) container whipped cream 1 (6 oz) pkg chocolate pudding Directions: In a large bowl, mix together the flour, butter, brown sugar, walnuts, and coconut. When it is well mixed, press it into a 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Remove the crust from the oven and set aside. Next, mix together the cream cheese and sugar. It's best if you can use a hand mixer for this, as you want it to be nice and fluffy. Fold in one cup of the whipped cream. When the crust has cooled, spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust. Prepare the pudding according to the directions specified on the package. Spread the pudding over the cream cheese mixture, then top with the remaining whipped cream. This looks fabulous when decorated with chocolate shavings or maraschino cherries. Allow this to refrigerate overnight before serving. Red Velvet Cake Ingredients: 2 oz red food coloring 1/2 cup shortening 2 eggs 2 1/4 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla 3 tbsp Nes-Quik chocolate powder 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup buttermilk 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbsp vinegar Directions: Mix together the food coloring and the Nes-Quik chocolage powder, then let it stand for a bit. In a separate bowl, mix together the shortening, eggs, sugar, and food coloring mixture. Beat the buttermilk and add in some sugar; when this is well blended, mix it into the shortening mixture. Add in the vanilla, flour, and salt and beat well. Mix in the baking soda and vinegar. When the mixture is thoroughly combined, pour it into two well grease 8-inch baking dishes. Bake at 375 degrees F for about half an hour. Allow them to cool before frosting with your favorite brand or recipe for cream cheese frosting. Peach Cobbler Ingredients: 1 stick of butter (melted) 1 cup + 3 tbsp sugar (divided) 1 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 1 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 ripe peaches (peeled, pitted, and sliced) 1/2 tsp cinnamon Directions: Pour the melted butter into an 8-inch baking dish. In a mixing bowl, mix together one cup of sugar, baking powder, flour, and salt. Mix this together well. Add in the milk and vanilla and give it a good stir. Pour the batter over the butter in the baking dish, then toss the peaches in a bowl with three tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon. Arrange the peach slices so they sit evenly on top of the batter, then bake at 375 degrees F for about half an hour. Serve hot with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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