Classic Southern Desserts from the Editors of Southern Living: Review and Giveaway

Heather says:

Before I get started, I’d like to note that the timing of this review is just cruel. I had my tonsils out on Friday and I’ve had to page through hundreds of gorgeous dessert recipes and pictures with no hope of even tasting one in the near future. As part of my revenge and twisted sense of humor, this post has been sprinkled with desserts that caught my eye. Also, grammar police, hang up the red pens for this post, I know it’s riddled with mistakes. We’ll just suffer through together.

Caramel-Applesauce Cobbler with Bourbon-Pecan Ice Cream

To make the FTC happy:

I received a new copy of Classic Southern Desserts: All-time Favorite Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Puddings, Cobblers, Ice Cream & More from the Editors of Southern Living. I will be passing this copy along to one lucky reader through a random giveaway.

Fresh Georgia Peach Pie

Classic Southern Desserts CookbookThe cookbook contains over 200 excellent dessert recipes, most from scratch, but some take advantage of short cuts, using refrigerated pie crust for example. However, we all know where to go for a pie crust tutorial, right?

Brown Sugar Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise

If you’re after eye candy, this cookbook would be right at home on the coffee table as a conversation starter, is here where I mention Banana Pudding?

The instructions are clear, with step-by-step photographic instruction for tricky techniques, such as rolling out a tart crust.

The ingredient lists are manageable for most parts of the US and while the recipes naturally skew toward Southern cuisine, the flavor combinations are for the most part familiar and appealing. It’s a safe gift for Mother’s Day or any other time where you may be subjected to the results of the inspiration.

Can I interest you in a slice of Praline-Crusted Cheesecake or how about Texas Sheetcake?

Do I recommend this cookbook? Absolutely, along with a slice of Chocolate Icebox Pie and a cup of coffee.

The giveaway is easy peasy, just leave an entertaining comment, because really, the popsicles and chicken stock are getting old. Fast.

If you would like a second chance, use your favorite social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, blah blah blah) and mention the contest. Leave a second comment with the url (that’s the link)* to wherever you mentioned the contest. On Twitter and Facebook the url of a tweet can be obtained by right clicking the date stamp – ie about five minutes ago and selecting copy link address.

This contest will end at 9pm Eastern on May 8, 2010 and the winner will be announced on Monday the 10th and contacted by email.

Good luck.


  1. Kath on May 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Bought and love this cookbook but wonder why Duncan Hines brownies are mentioned as a tested ingredient in Mississippi Mud Cake on page 73 and then not inclluded in the recipe–is this a shortcut, or an error? Agree–the book is wonderful!

    • HeatherSolos on May 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      I didn't happen to notice that error. A quick google showed that a lot of people compared Mississippi Mud Cake recipes to brownies, so perhaps you are onto something with the short cut theory.

      • Kath on June 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm

        Thanks Heather!! Southern Living has never led me wrong so I think I'll try it the "long" way–already bought the pecan pie for the Pecan Pie Brownies–am goinng to have one happy workplace!
        Love this site–appreciate you!! Kathryn

  2. James Moffitt on May 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, this looks like a nice book. I am hoping to give this to my sweet wife who has put up with me for the last 20 years. Our anniversary is on the 12th. 🙂 I would love to try out any of these recipes.

  3. P J @ home decor on May 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I hope you are feeling better. This cookbook sounds marvelous, but I need the cookbook to be sure by trying all the recipes. My husband and I say everyday we just have to start that diet, but we can put that off for a little while longer while I try out the recipes. LOL

  4. Allyson A. on May 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Oh, good. My waistline expanded just looking at the photos of this book. To fulfill the requirements of entry, I'll leave y'all with this little gem (timely too, since it's Mother's Day and all):

    While assembling furniture, Mary asked her roommate’s five-year-old son to bring her a screwdriver. “Do you want a ‘Daddy’ screwdriver or a ‘Mommy’ screwdriver?” the little boy asked. Confused with the question, Mary said, “Bring me a ‘Mommy’ screwdriver.” The child came back and handed her a butter knife.


  5. Eris on May 5, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Desserts… can one ever have enough cookbooks for them? Banana pudding sounds good right now.

  6. Melanie on May 5, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Just cook some really great food and invite them over:) Hope you get well soon.

  7. bashtree on May 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I pretty much need this cookbook. I grew up in the south, but with northern parents, so my southern culinary knowledge is severely lacking. I now live in Denver, where there is NO hope of finding a real biscuit anywhere. I also have a diet that needs sabotaging really badly before I go insane.

  8. tinkerschnitzel on May 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I need a good Southern cookbook. The only dessert cookbook I own is British. How sad is that? I need this book!

  9. Dana on May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Hope you feel better soon Heather. At least graduate to Jello!

    In the meantime, why couldn't Dairy Queen get pregnant? She was married to Mister Softee! :o)

  10. Lisa on May 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I've never met a dessert that I didn't like! I cook for 3 men at our home, so I'd love to win the cookbook. Hope you feel better soon!!!

  11. Nikki on May 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Ooh, I have a couple Southern Living cook books and they are reliably delicious! Fingers crossed for this giveaway-I haven't properly broken in my KitchenAid, and this looks like just the book to help with that.

  12. Hannah Elizabeth Lee on May 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

    In 11 days i'm going to be a wife! I'm a real southern woman (born & raised in Alabama) with some skills and needs a REAL recipe book! I am getting married May 15, 2010 to a southern man (born and raised in Alabama) and I want to be prepared to cook up some sweets for my sweetheart! I've used my new mixer a few times but need some wonderful dessert recipes to really impress him with my cooking skills!
    Thank you Southern Living!!

  13. Vera Thomas Hannaford on May 4, 2010 at 11:49 am

    i posted on Facebook. Get well soon.

  14. Lanell on May 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Mmm! It all sounds sooo good! Could you send a little southern sunshine with it? It's cold up on the Frozen Tundra.

  15. JulieH on May 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I like two kinds of dessert….hot and cold. so yeah I need this cookbook….my thighs however do not.

  16. Annette on May 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I’m trying to lose not GAIN weight, but I still want the cookbook!

  17. Mrs. Jen B on May 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

    What do you call cheese that isn’t your cheese?

    NACHO cheese!

    Lame, I know, but I really want that cookbook!!!

  18. Karen Carter on May 4, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I have been spying this book for a few weeks and I can vouch for the wonderful, typically Southern, desserts. The ones that caught my eye was the Coca-Cola Cake and the Texas Sheet cake. The pies are so tempting and if you are on a diet, you will be so tempted to cheat with this collection!

  19. Kara on May 4, 2010 at 7:24 am

    You (er… they?) had me at Praline-crusted Cheesecake. Yum!!

  20. Mary on May 4, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I tweeted!

    mary at deepsouthdish dot com

    Hope you feel better soon!

  21. jenny in cg on May 4, 2010 at 4:23 am

    I have 5 testosterone-laden eating machines at home and I cook for an eldercare foster home. I could use some new, delectible desserts! Please enter me in the contest!

    To fulfill the requirements of entry: a quote by Bill Cosby

    "A word to the wise ain't necessary; it's the stupid ones that need it!"

  22. Mary on May 4, 2010 at 2:06 am

    What do you call a cow with a twitch?

    A: Beef Jerky

    mary at deepsouthdish dot com

  23. Sara on May 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I need new desserts, I'll be cooking for two hungry men this summer! Also I do love to look at pretty pretty pictures.

  24. Connie on May 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I facebooked you.

    Now one more attempt at entertainment:
    "The Elegant Universe" from Nova:
    It's about 3 hours long. You love string theory, right? 🙂

  25. Heather White Sorensen on May 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Oh, yes!

  26. Carol Shive Mirek on May 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Looks like a great book, so when I finally hook up with all my sweet Southern ladies I can impress them all. Really are y'all as proper in the south as you look? LOL

  27. Melinda on May 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    How about chicken stock popsicles? LOL Hope you get to feeling better soon.


  28. barb on May 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Hey so I'm first? Yeah! I like to do mini pie crusts in the muffin tin filled with nutella, nuts,coconut, dried fruits. Bake about 12 minutes then when cooled top with cool whip & a dash of cinnamon & maybe some more nuts. They are very good.

  29. Courtney on May 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Oh yes! Sounds good!

  30. Karen Lopeman on May 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I love desserts!!

  31. Connie on May 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Heather, I'm sorry you're still on the chicken stock and popsicle diet. Hopefully it'll all be worth it and now with those pesky tonsils gone you'll feel better all the time. {{{ hugs }}}

    And now 3 attempts at entertaining you….

    A quote from The Big Bang Theory about degrees of wrongness: "It's a little wrong to say a tomato is a vegetable. It's very wrong to say it's a suspension bridge."

    A lame joke from the interwebz:
    One day a college professor was greeting his new college class. He stood up in front of the class and asked if anyone in the class was an idiot, and if they were, they should stand. After a minute a young man stood up. The professor then asked the kid if he actually thought he was an idiot. The kid replied, 'No, I just didn't want to see you standing there all by yourself.'

    And a link to a way to waste some time online:

    Hope you feel better soon!

  32. Paul on May 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Southern desserts? Yes please.

  33. Layla on May 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm
  34. Layla on May 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I think winning this cookbook would be the perfect way to celebrate the end of my exile in the Midwest. I've endured South Bend, IN for two years, and I'm moving HOME to Nashville in just a couple of weeks.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  35. Isabel on May 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    This looks fab! I've recently moved back to my homeland of the Deep South, so I'd love to make a bunch of culturally authentic desserts. 🙂

    And I hope you finish recovery soon!

  36. barb on May 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I subscribe by rss google reader for an added entry I hope!

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