Whenever we have a family potluck, I always volunteer to make dessert. It first stemmed from me being tired of the same old store-bought pie or cake every time, but now I've grown to actually love baking! I'm lucky that my friends and family aren't picky at all, so whatever I choose to make will always go over well.
The issue, though, is that choosing a recipe becomes a bit of a chore. I never know which recipes to trust, and I don't want to take a risk on making something when it's for a group of people. What if it doesn't turn out and then I'm stuck using that store-bought pie I just knocked?
Luckily Paula Deen is here to save the day. You're basically guaranteed a winner when you make one of her recipes, even her savory dishes like casseroles.
These are some of the best Paula Deen dessert recipes to bring to your next family gathering...or to make on a Wednesday night when you have a craving for sweets. We won't tell anyone, promise.
1. S'mores Cake
This will leave your guests asking for "some more s'mores!" A chocolate cake, marshmallow frosting, and graham cracker crumbs? It's a slam-dunk. Who says s'mores can only be made over the fire?
2. Lemon Bars
Who doesn't love a good lemon bar? Paula's recipe is simple, yet delicious. I never really liked lemon bars growing up because to me, chocolate was the ultimate dessert. Now I'll choose lemon bars over everything else, especially at a summer BBQ.
Think of this as a crossover between a peanut putter cup and a s'more! Chocolate, peanut butter, and graham crackers all team up together to make a delectable candy that everyone will be fighting over! My Nanny used to make something very similar to this but I could never figure out the recipe after she passed. This was so similar I almost started to tear up.
This just sounds like a Paula recipe, does it not? It's a perfect recipe you can throw together on short notice and it's just as tasty as if you spent hours baking! Cream cheese, powdered sugar, yellow cake mix and oh ya, BUTTER!
5. Apple Pie
Paula uses green apples to make this pie extra tart and extra delicious. I always struggle with balancing the spices in an apple pie, but this recipe is as close to perfection as you'll ever come!
Now for some less traditional recipes that still taste like home.