Staff Picks

Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 4
This used to be the go-to recipe for fudge in the 1950s and 60s. Because it took advantage of packaged products from the grocery store, such as chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and a jar of marshmallow cream, this new-fangled fudge was considerably less persnickety than traditional cooked fudge that seems to look for any opportunity to turn grainy.We're told that this fudge was a family favorite of the President and Mrs. Eisenhower, which might or might not be true. It hails from an era when the wives of politicians were often asked to share recipes for family favorites. Sometimes these requests were fulfilled by the wife and other times from a staff assistant. Newspapers across the land printed the fudge attributed to Mrs. Eisenhower shortly after she became First Lady in 1953. The recipe had appeared previously under the name Million Dollar Fudge, but from that point on, this type of fudge was more often called Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge or simply Mamie's Fudge. It became so strongly associated with her that a copy of the recipe appears in the archives of the Eisenhower Presidential Center.By any name, it remains a benchmark for chocolate fudge. It's delicious, creamy, and fool-proof.

Kentucky Bourbon Pie

Rating: 5 stars 5
This pie's combination of chocolate, bourbon, and pecans has earned it a spot as one of the South's most beloved desserts.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Rating: 5 stars 5
When you're looking for a delicious layer cake that is easy to make, look no further than this Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

The stunningly simple summertime treat you didn't know your party was missing.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 3
Our Test Kitchen pros decided to bake up a batch of Brown-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, and the editors went wild.

Chocolate Cobbler

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Also known as chocolate pudding cake, chocolate cobbler is two desserts in one.

Chocolate Lasagna

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Dessert lasagna is here to stay, and once you discover it, your kitchen will never be the same!

Dr Pepper Brownies

Rating: 5 stars 1
Rich, chocolatey, and impossible to resist.

Fudge Cake Recipe

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
This indulgent yet totally portable dessert is everything you want in a make-and-take cake.

Chocolate Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars Recipe

Rating: 5 stars 3
Your favorite candy can also be your favorite bar.

Coca Cola Chocolate Cake Recipe

Rating: 4 stars 3
Coca-Cola cake was a favorite at family reunions during the 1950s.

Chocolate Icebox Cake

Chocolate is the best way to end a summer celebration.

Inspiration and Ideas

54 Vintage Cakes from the South That Deserve a Comeback
Some of your favorite confections are older than the heirloom china on which they're served.
Grasshopper Pie

The kids are sure to enjoy this pie thanks to its bright color and chocolate flavor.