America's Most Wanted Recipes Just Desserts: Sweet Indulgences from Your Family's Favorite Restaurants

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A mouth-watering cookbook from the New York Times bestselling author of America’s Most Wanted Recipes features more than 100 dessert recipes from your family’s favorite restaurants.

New York Times bestselling author Ron Douglas serves more than 200 copycat dessert recipes from your family’s favorite restaurants!

More than a million home chefs across the country have enjoyed America’s Most Wanted Recipes, More of America’s Most Wanted Recipes, ...

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A mouth-watering cookbook from the New York Times bestselling author of America’s Most Wanted Recipes features more than 100 dessert recipes from your family’s favorite restaurants.

New York Times bestselling author Ron Douglas serves more than 200 copycat dessert recipes from your family’s favorite restaurants!

More than a million home chefs across the country have enjoyed America’s Most Wanted Recipes, More of America’s Most Wanted Recipes, and America’s Most Wanted Recipes Without the Guilt, in which author Ron Douglas uncovers the best of the best recipes from hundreds of popular restaurants, including Applebee’s, Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, The Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s, IHOP, and more. Within the pages of his fantastic cookbook series, they’ve found the answer to that daily, nagging question: What can I cook at home that will taste just as good and be just as much of a treat as eating out?

America’s Most Wanted Recipes Just Desserts features more copycat recipes, this time for the sweetest treats from some of the most deliciously decadent menus available.

Ron has perfected his versions of recipes from more than seventy-five different billion-dollar establishments. Think Applebee’s Deadly Chocolate Sin, The Cheesecake Factory’s Banana Cream Cheesecake, and Cracker Barrel’s Banana Pudding. Just Desserts will cover what Ron’s rapidly growing fan base craves: inexpensive, easy, and delicious dishes that the whole family can enjoy. Perfect for satisfying sweet tooths—at home and minus the cost of eating out. Holidays, birthday parties, and impromptu dinner parties will be even more fun to prepare and more memorable. Sweet!

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Going strong since 2009, "America's Most Wanted Recipes" just got sweet. Over 100 recipes, from "Applebee's Deadly Chocolate Sin" to "Cracker Barrel's Banana Pudding."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451623369
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: America's Most Wanted Recipes Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 385,800
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Douglas is a former finance director at JP Morgan and founder of the #1 copycat recipe website, and author of the New York Times bestseller America’s Most Wanted Recipes. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

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My grandma used to always say that desserts are actually good for you because they make you happy. With all the stress of everyday life, I guess that’s not too far from the truth.

When I think of the happy times in my life, I realize most of them were celebrated with some kind of dessert. Birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, holidays, job promotions, anniversaries—you name it—there was always dessert, a special treat to cap off a great day and put a smile on everyone’s face.

Well, it’s my hope that this cookbook will help brighten your day and put a smile on your face with the secret recipes from some of the top dessert makers in the country.

My team and I have been reverse-engineering restaurant recipes and publishing them on my website,, since 2003. What started out as just a hobby has evolved into one of the best-selling cookbook series in America. Since then, we’ve shared our results with over a million curious home cooks just like you.

And after nearly a decade of doing this, the number one question we’re asked over and over is … “Where did you get all those recipes?”

People can’t believe how easy it is to recreate dishes that taste just like you’d experience them at a restaurant.

Our answer is simple: It’s been a collective effort.

I am fortunate to have a great team of contributing chefs at Recipe I couldn’t do it without the help of Chef Tom Grossmann of, Chef Todd Mohr of, and Marygrace Wilfrom (aka Kitchen Witch) of

And, most important, we would be nowhere without the help of our legion of over 300,000 subscribers, who contribute recipes that they’ve mastered and provide valuable feedback to help us improve our copycat creations.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make the amazing desserts served at your favorite restaurants, you’re going to love this cookbook. Inside you’ll find copycat recipes for hundreds of popular restaurant desserts that you can easily prepare in your own kitchen. Just imagine how impressed and downright amazed your family and friends will be when you tell them you made these desserts yourself. And when you wow your guests with these spectacular desserts, we want to hear about it. Please find us on Facebook or on and share your experience. That will make all our hard work worthwhile.


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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Basic Baking Tips and Frequently Asked Questions xv

1900 Park Fare™

Bread Pudding 1

Vanilla Sauce 2

'21' Club™

Eggnog Soufflé 3

Flourless Chocolate Tone 5

Rice Pudding 7


Everything Mud Pie 9

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall™

Princess Cake 10

The American Club™

Three-Nut Torte 12


Chocolate Soufflé Torte 13


Chimi Cheesecake 15

Chocolate Sin Cake 17

Cinnamon-Apple Turnover 19

Maple Butter Blondies 20

Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Shooter 22

Triple-Chocolate Meltdown 24


Apple Turnovers 26

Babbo™ Ristorante E Enoteca

Fregolotta 28

Saffron Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Marmellata 30

Sachertorte 32

Bahama Breeze™

Banana Supreme with Butterscotch 34

Pina Colada Bread Pudding 35

Bakers Square™

French Silk Pie 37


Turtle Pie 38

The Bazaar™

Traditional Spanish Flan 39


Azuki Red Bean Ice Cream 41

Biergarten Restaurant™

Apple Strudel 43

Black Forest Cake 45

Big Boy™ Restaurant

Strawberry Pie 47

Bistro De Paris™

Crème Brûlée 49

Boardwalk Bakery™

Brownie Cheesecake 51

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cakes 53

Boatwright's Dining Hall™

Sweet Potato Pancakes 55

Boma-Flavors of Africa™

Cocomisù 56

Passion Fruit Meringue Tart 58

Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake 59

Boston Market™

Cinnamon Apples 61

Sweet Potato Casserole 62

Bouchon Bakery™

Chocolate Bouchon 64

Hot Chocolate 66

Boulangerie Patisserie™

Chocolate Mousse 67


Bananas Foster 68

Burton's Sunnybrook Restaurant™

Apple Dapple Cake 69

California Pizza Kitchen™

Butter Cake 71

Pumpkin Cheesecake 73

Carnival™ Cruise Lines

Chocolate Melting Cake 75

Carrabba's Italian Grill™

Chocolate Dream 77

Chart House™

Mud Pie 79

The Cheesecake Factory™

French Toast Napoleon 80

Carrot Cake Cheesecake 82

Hershey's Chocolate Bar Cheesecake 84

White Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake 86


Buttery Sugar Cookies 88


Apple and Raisin Cobbler 90

Chocolate Brownie Sundae 92

Mighty Ice Cream Pie 93

Cici's™ Pizza

Cherry Pizza 94

Cinderella's Royal Table™

Blueberry-Cheese Buckle 95


Cinnamon Roll 97


Gingerbread Ice Cream with Chocolate Soup 99


Burnt Crème 100


Harvest Pie 101

Nutella Crepes 103

Cold Stone Creamery™

Slab Cake Batter Ice Cream 104

Commander's Palace™

Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce 105

Coral Reef Restaurant™

Baileys and Jack Daniel's Mousse 107

Chocolate Wave Cake 109

Key Lime Parfait 111

Cracker Barrel™

Pumpkin Custard n' Ginger Snaps 112

Baked Apple Dumplings 114

Chocolate Pecan Pie 116

Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake 117

Dairy Queen™

Ice Cream 119


Maple Bacon Sundae 120

Dunkin' Donuts™

Pumpkin-Spice Muffins 121

Vanilla-Filled Doughnuts 122

Duquesne Club™

Macaroons 124

Eat'n Park™

Strawberry n'Crème Muffins 125


Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie

Ice Cteam 126

El Chico™

Fried Ice Cream 127

El Torito™

Kahlúa Mousse 128

Sweet Corn Cake 129

Fannie May™ Candy

Trinidads 130

Fleming's™ Steakhouse

Chocolate Lava Cake 132

Furr's Fresh Buffet™

Fruit Punch Jell-O Salad 133

Pineapple Millionaire Pie 134

Ghirardelli™ Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

Chocolate Chip-Pecan Cookies 135


Peach Cobbler 137

House of Plenty™

Turtle Pie 138


Cheesecake Pancakes 139

Jack in the Box™

Eggnog Milkshake 141

Marshmallow-Rice Krispies Shake 143

Jai by Wolfgang Puck™

Caramelized Lemon-Lime Tart 144

Joe's Crab Shack™

Crabby Apple Crumble 146

Strawberry Comfort 148

Joe's Stone Crab™ Restaurant

Apple Pie 149

Key Lime Pie 151


Huckleberry Cake 153

Pecan Pie 154

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafé™

Rice Cream with Strawberry Sauce 155

Krispy Kreme™

Glazed Doughnuts 157

La Creperie™

Fresh Berry Crepes 159

La Madeleine™

Strawberries Romanoff 161

Liberty Tree Tavern™

Caramel Apple Tart 162

Lemon-Strawberry Trifle 164

Ooey-Gooey Toffee Cake 166

Loca Luna™

Cream Cheese Turde Cake 167

Luby's™ Cafeteria

Chocolate Chess Pie 169

Hawaiian Pie 170

Chocolate Icebox Pie 171

Maggiano's Little Italy™

Italian Trifle with Seasonal Fruit 173

Spiced Pear Crostada 175

Main Street Cafe™

Holiday Banana Split 177

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano™

Cappuccino Crème Brûlée 178

Mama's Fruit Salad 179

Marie Callender's™

Sour Cream-Blueberry Pie 180

Max and Erma's™

Banana Cream Pie 182


Apple Muffin 183

Fruit Smoothie 184

Mrs. K's Restaurant™

Toll House Pecan Pie 185


Homemade Bread Pudding with Butter-Rum Sauce 186

Old Key Lime House™

Key Lime Pie 188

Olive Garden™

Apple-Praline Cheesecake 190

Brownie Banana Fantastico 192

Chocolate Ricotta Pie 193

Raspberry Mousse Cheesecake 195

Outback Steakhouse™

Candied Cinnamon Pecans 197

Sweet Potato 198

Sydney's Sinful Sundae 199

Paci Restaurant™

Coconut Cake 200

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen™

Key Lime Pie 202

Payard Patisserie and Bistro™

Milk Chocolate Truffles à l'Ancienne 204

Piccadilly™ Cafeteria

Carrot Soufflé 207

Pecan Delight 208

Planet Hollywood™

White Chocolate Bread Pudding 209

The Plaza Restaurant™

Walt's Favorite Chocolate Soda 211


White Chocolate Crème Brûlée 212

Prantl's Bakery™

Burnt Almond Torte 214

Raglan Road™

Bread and Butter Pudding 217

Rainforest Cafe™

Coconut Bread Pudding 219

Volcano 221

Rather Sweet™ Bakery and Cafe

Tuxedo Cake 222

Red Lobster™

Bananas Foster Cheesecake 225

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers™

Gingerbread Milkshake 227

Restaurant Marrakesh™

Apple Crepes 228

The Ritz-Carlton™

Chocolate Chip Cookies 230

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room™

Baileys Irish Coffee Trifle 231

Sticky Toffee Pudding 233

Ruby Tuesday™

Apple Pie 235

Smurf Punch 237

Ruggles Grill™

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake 238

S&W Cafeteria™

Egg Custard Pie 240

Sandhill Inn

Cold Sabayon with Fresh Fruit 241

Shutters at Old Port Royale-Disney World™

Caribbean Sand Bars 242

The Source™

Chocolate Soufflé 243


Cheesecake 245

Dessert Pancakes 247

Pot de Crème 248

Springs Cafe™

Crème Brûlée Tart 250


Caramel Macchiato 252

Chocolate-Espresso Pudding 253

Cranberry Bliss Bars 254

Heath Bars 256

Iced Vanilla Latte 257

Marble Pound Cake 258

Old-Fashioned Coffee Cake 260

Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Muffins 262


Chocolate Chip Cookies 263

Taco Bell™

Caramel Apple Empanadas 264

Crispitos 266

Ted's™ Montana Grill

Strawberry Shortcake 267

T.G.I. Friday's™

Brownie Obsession 269

Ultimate Strawberry Daiquiri 271

The Lady & Sons™

Blueberry Cream Pie 272

Tim Hortons™

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts 273

Oatmeal Muffins 275

Tony's Town Square Restaurant™

Lemon Panna Cotta 276


Buttercake 278

Tusker House Restaurant™

Banana-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce 279

Waldorf Astoria™

Red Velvet Cake 281


Frosty 283

The Willows™

Coconut Cream Pie 284

The Yardarm™

Rich Lemon Pie 285

Zingerman's Bakehouse™

Whoopie Pies 286

Zuni Café™

Scones 288

Trademarks 289

Restaurant Websites 295

Index 299

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