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20 Famous Texas Desserts That Are Big on Flavor

Everything is bigger in Texas and these larger-than-life Texas desserts will prove it. They’re big on sweetness, flavor, and, well, they’re just BIG.

You’ll love each and every one!

These are the desserts you want when you need something over-the-top and decadent.

Creamy, chocolatey, ooey-gooey, buttery, silky, fried, fruity… This round-up has it all! 

Sweet Chocolate Cake with Pecan Nuts
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Do you want cakes, pies, cookies, pudding, and Tex-Mex creations? Yep, it’s all here!

I can’t say anything on this list will be good for your health. But these desserts sure are good for your soul! 

So, wrangle up some ingredients and some equipment. Then, get to baking. These 20 decadent Texas dessert recipes can’t make themselves. 

Don’t forget to unclasp your belt buckles because you’ll need to make some room. 

1. Cowboy Cookies

For city slickers, it’s hard to appreciate the physical labor a cowboy does every day.

Cowboys require a lot of calories and they get hungry. Enter cowboy cookies. 

It’s said that this delicious treat started as a sort of energy bar for the trails.

Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. What I do know is that cowboy cookies are filling and scrumptious. 

Cowboy cookies are essentially oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

They’re crispy on the edges and perfectly chewy inside. They’re buttery, chocolatey, and irresistibly delicious.  

2. Texas-Style Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler is a southern classic. But Texas-style peach cobbler is its own beautiful creation. 

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Traditional peach cobbler features a crust made from biscuits or dumplings, like an upside-down pie. Texas cobbler is more like a peach cake. 

Rather than biscuit dough, the peaches are covered in a buttermilk batter. This batter is thin, so it works its way down between the peach slices. 

The result is a tender, moist, cake-like cobbler with slices of peach in every bite.

This cobbler is also loaded with butter, so it’s seriously indulgent. Serve it with peach ice cream! 

3. Homemade Funnel Cake

Bring the county fair right to your kitchen with this homemade funnel cake. It’s so easy to make! 

You only need to make a simple batter and fry it to golden perfection.

There’s no creaming, proving, or fancy techniques involved. Mix the wet ingredients, add in the dry goods, and fry it. 

You can eat this funnel cake plain or add any toppings that speak to you. Whatever you do, your family will love this! 

4. Texas Pecan Pie

It’s like your average pecan pie, but bigger (well, taller). And it’s award-winning, so you know this pie is good.

This pecan pie has a deliciously thin, flaky, and golden crust. It’s almost surprising it can hold the weight of the filling and piles of pecans!

This pie is the perfect balance between crunchy and creamy. Plus, each bite is rich, nutty, and utterly decadent. 

5. Hummingbird Cake

Sweet enough to attract a hummingbird (or so they say), this cake is classic southern goodness.

If you love tropical flavors, nuts, and warm spices, I know you’ll love this cake. 

Hummingbird cake is dense, moist, and creamy. Its flavors are spiced, fruity, and nutty.

It’s a deliciously fun combination of banana bread, pineapple upside-down cake, and carrot cake. 

A sweet and tangy pineapple cream cheese frosting brings everything together. Yum. 

6. Sopapillas

Sometimes called Mexican doughnuts, this Tex-Mex treat is one of my favorites. Sopapillas are puffy little fried bites of happiness. 

They’re reminiscent of beignets but a little smaller and easier to make. My favorite part is the toppings.

I love to douse them in honey and cinnamon, but you do you! 

7. German Chocolate Cake

I have some news for you, German chocolate cake isn’t actually German. In fact, it originated in Texas in the late 50s!

It was the brainchild of a woman named Mrs. George Clay. 

This cake gets its name from the brand of chocolate used in the original cake.

This baking chocolate was created by (and named for) an American baker named Samuel German.

Although the name might be a revelation, the recipe is classic. It’s a super moist chocolate cake with layers of coconut pecan frosting.

It’s sweet, nutty, and amazing. 

8. Easy Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

Well, this might be the only (sort of) healthy dessert in this round-up.

And it’s ridiculously simple to make. It’s light, refreshing, chocolatey, and so tasty! 

9. Texas Sheet Cake

Simple. Chocolatey. Delicious. 

This cake is great because it requires minimal effort, but it always tastes amazing. It’s a soft chocolate cake with chocolate icing. It’s rich and buttery. 

Plus, it’s big, like feed-the-whole-state-of-Texas big! So, it’s perfect for entertaining.  

10. Buttermilk Pie

This rustic pie doesn’t look like much, but it’s mouthwatering and decadent. 

It tastes like custard with notes of bourbon, lemon, nutmeg, and vanilla. The consistency is like that of custard, too. It’s silky and luxurious. 

11. Orange Creamsicle Cake

This sweet and summery cake will be a hit at your next event! 

It’s positively bursting with bright orange and vanilla flavors. It’s light, moist, and fresh. So yummy!

12. Cracker Barrel Coca-Cola Cake (Copycat Recipe)

Cracker Barrel is the place to go when you want good old-fashioned comfort food. They’re known for their southern-inspired, home-style desserts. 

Now, you can make their famous Coca-Cola cake at home! It’s rich, intensely chocolatey, and very moist. Of course, it has notes of classic Coca-Cola flavor. 

13. Thick Chocolate Chip Cookies

These giant cookies are seriously delicious. And since they’re approximately the size of a fist, they are indeed thick. 

These chocolate chip cookies might actually be perfect. They’re crisp and buttery outside but insanely soft and chewy inside. 

Plus, they’re loaded with chocolate chips, so what’s not to love?

14. Texas Best Loaded Carrot Cake

It has carrots so it’s healthy, right? Maybe not, but I won’t tell if you don’t. 

Regardless of its health benefits, this cake is good for your soul. It’s dense and moist and loaded with flavor.

It bursts with sweet, tropical, tart, and nutty sensations. 

The batter features carrots, coconut, orange, cranberry, vanilla, and cinnamon.

It’s topped with a lemon cream cheese frosting for even more deliciousness.

15. Heavenly Hash Donuts (Gourdoughs Copycat Recipe)

I struggle to find the words to describe just how decadent these donuts are.

Chocolate chips, brownies, marshmallow creme, chocolate fudge… It’s a sugar-holic’s dream.

16. Mini-Donuts

I don’t think I know a single person that doesn’t like mini-doughnuts. It’s the first smell to assail your nose when you head to the fair.

This recipe for mini-brioche donuts will knock your socks off. They’re soft and fluffy and perfectly sweet, with a crispy outside.

The best part is, you get to eat them warm! 

17. Chocolate Delight Dessert

This creamy dessert bears its name well as it’s both chocolatey and delightful! This chocolate delight consists of layers upon layers of goodness. 

You start with a buttery, honeyed graham cracker crust.

Then, you add a layer of chocolate pudding and a layer of no-bake cheesecake. Finally, you finish it off with whipped topping.

It’s silky smooth and super luxe. The best part is that it’s completely customizable. Change up the crust, flavors, toppings, or fillings. 

18. Chocolate Mayonnaise Sheet Cake

I know this cake sounds weird, maybe even unappetizing, but I promise it’s delicious.

See, mayonnaise is a secret ingredient found in many cakes. I guarantee you’ve never noticed. 

That’s because mayo is basically just eggs and oil. Both of those ingredients are already part of many cake batters.

And their job is to make your cake moist. Mayo makes it even better!

This recipe features a decadent chocolate cake with hints of cinnamon.

It’s topped with a chocolate cream cheese buttercream. Everything about this cake is indulgent. 

19. Texas Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is an iconic southern dessert. It’s creamy, cool, and fantastically fruity.

I guarantee that this easy version will become a family favorite.  

Essentially banana pudding is a vanilla and banana trifle. It features layers of vanilla wafer, vanilla pudding, fresh bananas, and whipped cream. 

The addition of caramel drizzle and graham cracker crumble make this recipe heavenly. 

20. Sock It To Me Cake

This cake will definitely make an impression! It bursts with buttery, cinnamon-flavored, and nutty deliciousness. 

Brown sugar adds a depth of flavor that will knock your socks off.

The cake is moist and soft but has a lovely, crunchy streusel surprise. It’s topped with a simple icing. 

20 Best Texas Dessert Recipe Collection

These larger-than-life Texas desserts prove that everything’s bigger in Texas! From cookies to cakes to donuts and pie, get ready to say, ‘Yee-Haw!’


  • Cowboy Cookies

  • Texas-Style Peach Cobbler

  • Homemade Funnel Cake

  • Texas Pecan Pie

  • Hummingbird Cake

  • Sopapillas

  • German Chocolate Cake

  • Easy Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

  • Texas Sheet Cake

  • Buttermilk Pie

  • Orange Creamsicle Cake

  • Cracker Barrel Coca-Cola Cake (Copycat Recipe)

  • Thick Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Texas Best Loaded Carrot Cake

  • Heavenly Hash Donuts (Gourdoughs Copycat Recipe)

  • Mini Donuts

  • Chocolate Delight Dessert

  • Chocolate Mayonnaise Sheet Cake

  • Texas Banana Pudding

  • Sock It To Me Cake


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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