Essential Western Cookbook: Best Desserts

These are the top-rated and most reviewed dessert recipes from The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook.

  • Blackberry Hazelnut Honey Crisp
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Blackberry Hazelnut Honey Crisp

    Foods that grow in the same place tend to taste good together, as this pairing of blackberries and hazelnuts proves.

  • Brown Sugar Strawberry Tart
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Randy Mon

    Brown Sugar Strawberry Tart

    This recipe is so simple that you'll find yourself getting creative with the berries you put on the top. The combination of the brown sugar crust, creamy filling and sweet fruit topping make this the perfect summertime treat.

  • Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

    Mexican chocolate, usually described on the package as "Mexican chocolate drink mix," is a spiced chocolate bar that's commonly melted for hot chocolate. It gives the ice cream a pudding-like texture.

  • Tangerine Olive Oil Cake
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Tangerine Olive Oil Cake

    A glass of Roussanne wine gives this citrusy cake a light floral note. Use fruit with tightly fitting skins (loose-skinned ones are more difficult to zest) and a good olive oil that's been crushed with tangerines, rather than infused after crushing.

  • Pineapple Satay with Coconut Caramel
    Photo: Erin Kunkel

    Pineapple Satays with Coconut Caramel

    Pineapple holds up to skewering, doesn’t fall apart on the grill, and makes an elegant, surprising dessert—especially when drizzled with a simple-to-make caramel sauce. You’ll need 16 wooden skewers for this recipe.

  • Rhubarb Cardamom Galette
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Rhubarb Cardamom Galette

    This dessert is far from the ordinary, but completely worth the effort for the phenomenal flavor. A French-inspired pastry with a mild tart flavor and hint of pungent spice give you a simply unique Western-instilled treat.

  • Huckleberry Skillet Cobbler
    Photo: Thomas J. Story

    Huckleberry Skillet Cobbler

    One of our all-time favorite desserts, with just a hint of spices to pull out the complex, wine-rich flavor of the huckleberries—and also delicious made with blueberries.
  • Pear Upside-down Cake
    Leigh Beisch

    Pear and Pecan Upside-down Cake

    When cooked, Bosc pears have an appealing density and graininess that bring the tender bourbon-infused crumb of the cake down to earth beautifully. A rich flavor and soft crumb made this cake a favorite in our test kitchen.

  • Almond Toffee
    James Carrier

    Almond Toffee

    This buttery almond toffee is easy and delicious and can make the perfect homemade holiday gift.

  • Anjou Bakery's Marionberry Pie
    Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson  

    Marionberry Pie

    At a little bakery in the eastern Cascades, you'll find this amazing pie, which has a shortbread-like crust and a Northwest berry filling.

  • The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook
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    The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook

    Take in all the West has to offer with even more best-loved classics and fresh new favorites from The Sunset Essential Western Cookbook.  

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