7 Desserts You Can Make with Sour Cream

Here at Delish, sour cream is one of our all-time favorite secret weapons in the kitchen. Sure, sour cream immediately brightens up tacos, nachos, and baked potatoes, but there are so many other ways to use this versatile ingredient. We love how it lends tons of fluffiness to our favorite cake, bread, and pancake recipes, as well as a signature rich tang we can’t get enough of. After you try these sour cream recipes, you’ll never just use it for sour cream and onion dip again, we promise!

Sour cream, like buttermilk and yogurt, is naturally acidic, which tenderizes the gluten in your favorite baked goods. This means when you add it to your sour cream coffee cake, banana pancakes, and chocolate birthday cake, you’re going to be digging into a moist, fluffy result. Try our sour cream pound cake and you’ll instantly be able to taste the difference! You can see both savory and sweet sour cream uses with our recipe for chicken and waffles. The sour cream, you guessed it, makes those waffles perfectly tender and fluffy.

Potatoes and sour cream are one of the most iconic duos of all time. And it’s easy to see why, especially after you try our Instant Pot mashed potatoes, potato knishes, and Southern potato salad. And what would our dill & cheddar pierogis and house latkes with horseradish be without sour cream? We don’t like to imagine it, TBH. Another thing we can’t imagine? Our beef stroganoff without that rich spoonful of sour cream to finish. Does not compute! So we kindly won’t.

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Sour cream isn’t just for savory dishes.

Sour cream is an incredibly versatile ingredient; it’s delicious in everything from traditional American beef stroganoff to creamy onion dip — and of course, it’s a baked potato necessity. But sour cream provides moisture in baked treats and an all-around tang, making it great for sweet applications. Here are seven sour cream dessert recipes to prove it.

Brown Butter-Sour Cream Crumb Cake

This moist cake from former F&W editor Grace Parisi has lots of crisp, salty, buttery crumbs on top.

Slow-Cooker Sour Cream Cheesecake

Cheesecake cooked in a slow cooker has an unbelievably silky texture because the machine steams the cake as it bakes.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

These fragrant breakfast muffins are topped with pecan-cinnamon streusel. Scott Finley and John Schulman’s Two Old Tarts was a superpopular farmers market stand before becoming a brick-and-mortar café in Andes, New York. It’s famous for the sour cream coffee cake sold at the pastry counter; this is the muffin version.

Riesling-Poached Peaches with Tarragon and Salted Sour Cream

This five-ingredient dessert is an elegant way to serve and enjoy peak-season peaches. For the rosiest color, look for peaches that have a lot of blush to the skin.

Sour cream gives this airy mousse a wonderful, subtle tanginess. Sprinkle chopped pistachios and blueberries on top and serve in glassware.

Apple Cider Cream Pie

Sour cream combines with apple cider, sugar, and eggs to make a luscious filling for this autumnal pie. In 2009, Allison Kave and her boyfriend, Jay Horton, were winners in Brooklyn, New York’s Pie Bake-Off with this clever recipe. The challenge was to use a local ingredient, so they chose this delicious combination. Winning the contest was the impetus for Kave to open First Prize Pies in Brooklyn.

Triple-Layer Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

This magnificent, elaborate dessert, from Cheryl and Griffith Day, has three layers of moist, tender chocolate with a hint of cinnamon and a silky chocolate ganache.

This Sour Cream Coffee Cake is not only incredibly EASY to make, it’s absolutely delicious! A tender crumb cake with cinnamon pecan topping. You wont be able to stop at just one piece.

Nothing says brunch like homemade coffee cake!  If you love breakfast/brunch recipes, you may also like Quiche Lorraine, Easy Homemade Scones, andLemon Blueberry Bread.

Why I Love this Recipe

1. Ingredients I have on hand. This recipe uses simple pantry ingredients which makes it perfect for an easy brunch or dessert.

2. The pecan topping. The topping is where this cake really shines.  It’s layered both inside the cake and on top, adding the best cinnamon sweetness throughout, and the perfect crunch on top.

3. Enjoy it anytime of day.  The cake is soft and tender without being overly sweet and I feel like it can pass as breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.

Why is it called coffee cake?

Coffee cake is a term given to foods that are intended to be eaten with coffee, or other brunch type foods.  Imagine little cakes you would serve at a tea party or having coffee with a group of friends.  There is generally not coffee in the actual cake but it is usually a sweet cake with light streusel or icing.

How to make Sour Cream Coffee Cake

1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix.

2. Add dry ingredients: In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix just until combined.

3. Add ½ batter to pan.  Make the pecan topping by combining the ingredients in a bowl. Spoon half of the batter into a greased 8×8 pan and smooth into an even bottom layer. Sprinkle half of the pecan topping over the batter.

5. Add remaining batter.  Spoon remaining batter on top and smooth into an even layer. Sprinkle remaining topping mixture over the top.

6. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Check the mixture about half way through baking –you may want to put a piece of tinfoil over the top to keep the top from browning too much.  Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions

To make ahead: This cake can definitely be made the morning of or even the night before. Store it on the countertop for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It does dry out easily so it tastes best made fresh!

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  • Lightly grease an 8×8” baking pan.*
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine topping ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add egg and mix. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  • Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix just until combined.
  • Spoon half of the batter into your prepared pan and smooth into an even bottom layer.
  • Sprinkle half of the topping mixture over the top. Spoon remaining batter on top and smooth into an even layer.
  • Sprinkle remaining topping mixture over the top.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with few crumbs.
  • Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

*Double the recipe for a 9×13” pan and you may need to cook it for about 5 extra minutes.

Make ahead instructions: This cake can definitely be made the morning of or even the night before. Store it on the countertop for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It does dry out easily so tastes best fresh!

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If you have sour cream around, these muffins, cakes, and comforting main dishes are just moments away.

Every time you open the refrigerator, there’s a reminder that you bought sour cream and didn’t use it all. These sour cream recipes can help you avoid wasting that tub—there are so many dishes that can benefit from a little tangy richness. Below you’ll find easy dinners made luxurious with sour cream as well as an assortment of our favorite baked goods. Scroll down for simple pastas and easy fish dinners, crowd-pleasing potato salad (hint: there are potato chips on top), impressive cheesecake, and a bunch of options for the bread basket at your next brunch. You’ll find yourself staring at the bottom of the sour cream container before you know it.

  • Cheesy Corn Spoon BreadServe this creamy and garlicky spoonbread hot out of the oven for a cozy cold-weather side.
  • Chicken Stew With Potatoes and RadishesThis one-pot stew takes its cues from chicken paprikash. Cooking low and slow is the key to getting deep flavor—and ensuring the potatoes are creamy and the chicken is pull-apart tender.
  • Sour Cream and Scallion Drop BiscuitsAll that sour cream keeps these biscuits super moist and tender—they reheat well, even after sitting out for hours (pop back into 350°F oven for 5 minutes).
  • Our Favorite Mashed PotatoesWe can’t imagine making mashed potatoes without sour cream. This version is light and fluffy yet rich and creamy, perfect for serving with a pork chop or a holiday turkey.

These sour cream cakes will change the way you bake forever!

How foolish I was to once believe that sour cream was limited to nachos and baked potatoes.

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As I’ve ventured further into creating beautiful, delicious baked goods, I’ve found that sour cream is an incredible addition to cakes! Trust me on this one!

Because of its fat and moisture content, it makes an excellent substitute for oils in cakes.

When you use sour cream in your baked goods, you’ll find your cakes are springy, moist, and balanced in flavor.

I have compiled a list of 25 of my favorite sour cream cake recipes, and I promise there is something on here for everyone.

Go ahead and break out your sour cream, and let’s get to baking!

25 Delicious Cakes Made with Sour Cream

I’m a sucker for chocolate cake. Chances are if you make this cake, you will be, too.

This is the best birthday cake recipe, especially if you’re making the cake a couple of days in advance. The layers won’t dry out, and everyone will rave over your delectable chocolate cake!

Lemon Sour Cream Cake

There’s something to be said for a heavenly pound cake.

This recipe reduces the butter content and replaces it with sour cream. This results in the same richness, but a lighter pound cake.

Passion Fruit Drizzle Cake

This is a beautiful gifting cake if you’re looking to bake for your friends and family. It’s so beautiful, simple, and balanced in texture and flavor.

After baking the sour cream loaf cake, you poke and drizzle a delicious, sweet, and tart passion fruit glaze that saturates the cake.

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This recipe combines the delicious elevation of sour cream in the cake, with the tangy, rich cream cheese and pecan filling.

Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is quite simple to make from scratch. You’ll be blown away by how easily you can whip together a fabulous, homemade red velvet cake.

This recipe encourages you to use cake flour and sour cream, which makes for incredibly light and moist cake layers. Those layers are perfectly balanced with sweet and rich cream cheese frosting.

Strawberry Sour Cream Cake

I was incredibly surprised by the gentle sweetness of this cake. This is a wonderful summertime sweet cake.

This recipe is built with a base of a sour cream bundt cake, raised with fresh strawberries, then drizzled with a simple powdered sugar glaze. Yum!

Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This is an easy recipe for a classic pecan coffee cake.

Simple layers of pecan streusel and thick sour cream coffee cake batter. You can easily modify the ingredients of the streusel to fit your tastes at home!

Easy Salted Caramel Cheesecake

I have a hard time turning down anything with salted caramel.

This cheesecake recipe shows how deliciously tangy sour cream in place of heavy cream is in cheesecake recipes.

Please note that this cheesecake must be baked and fully cooled before serving, best if left to cool overnight. Don’t plan to eat this dessert as it comes out of the oven!

Pineapple Dream Cake

Looking for a cool summer treat for your next bbq? Or how about looking to bring the tropics indoors while battling the winter cold?

Either way, this cake is a win.

Sour Cream Mocha Cake

Words cannot espresso how delicious this cake is – oops I mean express!

The mocha flavor of this cake is so gentle, so the espresso and bittersweet chocolate are able to work in harmony with the rich texture from the sour cream.

If you’re looking for a sweeter or richer cake to serve, you could make a chocolate espresso ganache for the drizzle, or replace the bittersweet with milk chocolate.

Poppy Seed Cake with Dulce de Leche Buttercream

Poppy seed cake is quite popular in European countries, and after trying this, I can see why.

I was blown away by how sophisticated this cake looked and tasted. The textures, flavors, and layers were impressive alone and combined.

The poppy seeds and walnuts in this recipe create a lovely texture paired with the soft, rich sour cream cake batter.

The chocolate ganache and dulce de leche add an undeniably delicious sweetness to the cake.

Cherry Sour Cream Cake

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This recipe is actually an almond sour cream cake with cherry filling and frosting.

The sour cream cake is incredibly delectable, and I enjoyed it without any frosting or filling. I imagine this would be delicious with mixed berry filling as well!

Rhubarb Sour Cream Cake

Who needs rhubarb pie when you can have rhubarb cake?

In all seriousness, this rustic and tart cake is a delicious summertime treat. This cake is much less sweet than other cakes, due to the acidity of the rhubarb.

This cake pairs quite well with a vanilla bean or ginger milk custard.

Louisiana Crunch Cake

The contrast of toasted sugary crunchy coconut flakes paired with delicate, moist cake is something this Louisiana cake has done right.

This is the perfect dessert to treat your guests to after a spicy Cajun boil.

Fresh Fig Cake with Crumb Topping

Don’t be deceived, this cake tastes nothing like Fig Newtons.

Figs are a delicious fall fruit that are juicy, sweet, and have an earthy berry-like flavor. This cake has figs layered into the cake batter, so they’ll really saturate the cake layers.

Eagle Brand Cheesecake

Don’t let the photo fool you, the cherry pie filling is optional.

Or replaceable. Whatever suits your fancy! I personally love blueberry cheesecake.

The core of this recipe is the easy preparation of rich cheesecake, with texture closer to New York Style cheesecake.

Honey Vanilla Cake

If you’re looking for a less sweet, more naturally flavored cake batter, you’ve found it.

Once the cupcakes were assembled and frosted, this recipe reminded me of warm milk and honey, and they were absolutely divine.

You’ll love how gently flavored these are with natural ingredients.

Banana Sour Cream Cake W/ Cream Cheese Glaze

Holy banana bundt cake, Batman!

I’m not sure I’ll ever look at banana bread the same way. Sure, it’s fine, but why settle for fine when you can have banana cake?

Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Do you ever sneak a bite of dessert at breakfast, and feel a bit guilty?

Well, how about you just make dessert for breakfast and call it even?

This apple coffee cake is heavenly. All of the flavor of apple spice cake, all of the moisture and richness of a sour cream cake.

Do yourself a favor and make two so you can freeze one.

Norwegian Gold Cake with Sour Cream Ganache

I’m throwing you a curveball on this one. Rather than the cake itself featuring sour cream, the chocolate ganache does.

The sour cream ganache is perfectly rich and smooth, and a delicious switch on traditional frostings for your cupcakes.

Glazed Sour Cream Gem Cakes

These gems are beautiful blossoms of the baked breakfast goods world. These are stunning personal cakes that are perfect to serve at any get-together, from breakfast to dinner.

They’re a bit more tedious than other cakes, simply because of the ingredients list, but the glazes are stunning and well worth the effort.

Sour Cream Blueberry Bundt Cake

Brunch is the best with a delicious blueberry bundt cake. Even better if that bundt cake is filling, light in texture, and rich in flavor.

Despite a longer ingredient list, this recipe is seriously so simple. You’ll throw together sour cream bundt cakes on the regular after your first time making this recipe.

Easy Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Can we make a pact to bring this cake to holiday feasts?

I’m not a fan of cranberry sauce on my turkey, but I can definitely enjoy a delicious slice of this moist, tangy, cranberry upside-down cake after a big plate of potatoes, stuffing, and gravy.

White Cake Recipe

If you ever plan on baking a child’s birthday cake, go ahead and bookmark this recipe now!

This white cake recipe is absolutely perfect for coloring layers and customizing your cake.

Kids will love how creatively you can decorate a white cake, and adult guests will love how delicious the cake itself tastes!

The Best Texas Sheet Cake

Is it just me, or did anyone else think these were just lighter brownies when they were a kid?

Knowing what I do now about sour cream making for richer cake, it makes sense I thought this chocolate cake was a frosted brownie.

Texas sheet cake is a classic cake that calls in the sour cream and is prepped in a larger pan for feeding a crowd. The chocolate frosting is a must for topping this southern staple.

These sour cream desserts can’t be topped! Whether you’re in the mood for cakes, pies, cupcakes, or mousse, you can do a lot with sour cream.

You’re probably familiar with several sour cream dip recipes, but dips and cheese balls aren’t the only things you can make with sour cream.

Adding sour cream to your cakes makes them lighter and moister, but it doesn’t thin out your batter or make it slow to cook.

With cheesecake, it adds a bright tanginess to the overall flavor as well, but you won’t really taste it in most other desserts.

So if you’re hoping to sit down and make something sweet tonight, give these 25 sour cream desserts a try. You’ll undoubtedly be glad that you did.

Sour Cream Pound Cake

If your main complaint with pound cake is that it’s too dry and crumbly, try this recipe. You’ll never have that complaint again.

This one is so moist and so buttery, it’ll practically melt on your tongue.

It has a gorgeous golden-brown color, and once you dust it with powdered sugar, there’s a light sweetness that’s hard not to love. It’s one you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Sour Cream Peach Cake

The only thing better than a soft, fluffy, straight-from-the-oven cake is a soft, fluffy, straight-from-the-oven cake made with fresh peaches.

That’s exactly what you’ll get with this scrumptious cake. Finish it off with a cinnamon and sugar topping for extra decadence.

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Drop Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting

Sour cream drop cookies are super soft sugar cookies with extra moistness from the sour cream and decadent brown butter frosting.

They’ll take a bit of time to make, but they’ll taste great and look beautiful, so they’re worth the effort.

Usually, I’m all about simplicity in the kitchen. The easier a dish is to make, the more I enjoy creating it. This cream cheese coffee cake is an exception. It takes some work.

But one bite of its dense, moist cream cheese layer and the tantalizing crumble topping is all you’ll need to know why it was worth the trouble.

It’s that wonderful combo of sweet and tangy, and it’s the ideal pairing for a cup of coffee or a mug of hot tea.

Slow Cooker Classic Cheesecake

Slow cooker cheesecake might sound a little strange, but making a cheesecake in a slow cooker is actually one of the best ways to do it.

It gives you the smoothest, creamiest, most non-cracking cheesecake possible, and you’ll only need eight ingredients to make it.

Top it with berries, nuts, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, or anything else you like.

Lemon sour cream cake is just as light and moist as the sour cream pound cake above. The difference is this one is much tarter, thanks to the sticky lemon glaze.

This incredible chocolate cake features the robust flavors of both coffee and chocolate and is so light and spongy that it’s unlike any chocolate cake you’ve ever tried.

It’s sweet and rich, and whether you use chocolate frosting or chocolate cream cheese icing, everyone is sure to want a second (or third) piece.

Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

If you’re excited about the idea of chocolate sour cream cake but want a few more layers for added indulgence, use this recipe instead.

It’s just as moist and wonderful as the other, but those layers make it even tastier.

Sour Cream Shortcake Biscuits

These may look like ordinary breakfast biscuits, but they’re anything but.

Once you top them with strawberries and whipped cream, you’ll have some of the best strawberry shortcakes you’ve ever had.

Blueberry Mousse

If you’re looking for a quick and easy sour cream dessert, try this five-ingredient blueberry mousse.

It takes only 10 minutes to prepare, and all you’ll need are blueberries, sugar, sour cream, cream cheese, and heavy cream.

It’s thick, creamy, and features bright, bold flavors. Just be sure you give it plenty of time to chill.

Classic Maine Whoopie Pies

For those of you who’ve never had them, whoopie pies are two soft, chewy chocolate wafers sandwiched together with a sugary sweet marshmallow buttercream filling.

They’re fantastic – like the better, homemade version of Moon Pies but with fluffier cookies.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

These whoopie pies are just as decadent and delicious, but they’ll have red velvet cookies instead of pure chocolate cookies.

You’ll love their lovely red and white color, but you’ll enjoy their fantastic taste even more.

Sour Cream Peach Pie

Filled with spices and covered with a sweet and crumbly streusel topping, sour cream peach pie is one dessert you won’t want to miss.

You’ll also make it with fresh peaches, giving it that down-home, Southern Georgia flair that makes it taste so good.

Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Sour cream raisin pie might not be something you’re all that familiar with (unless you live in the Midwest), but I assure you that it’s scrumptious, if a bit rich.

The pie crust is buttery and flaky, and the spiced custard filling is the perfect complement to the slightly tangy raisins. Top it off with toasted meringue, and you’ll have a real hit on your hands.

It’s not the most beautiful pie on the list, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t insanely yummy.

If slow cooker cheesecake is just too out there for you, Eagle Brand cheesecake might be a more traditional option.

It features a delightfully crumbly graham cracker crust, a tangy layer of pure cheesecake filling, and cherry pie filling on top. It has it all.

Sour Cream Apple Pie

Believe it or not, even good old-fashioned American apple pie tastes better when you make it with cream cheese.

It has everything you love most about homemade apple pie – the apples, flaky pie crust, buttery filling, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc. – and even more!

Every bite is full of juicy apple cinnamon flavor, and adding walnuts gives it a bit of crunch. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

Strawberry Cupcakes

Attention all strawberry addicts: This recipe is for you. Not only do these fluffy, moist cupcakes feature rich strawberry frosting, but you’ll also add chopped strawberries into the batter!

That means it doesn’t matter how you eat your cupcakes. If you bite them straight through or lick all the icing off first, you’ll still get a massive dose of berries in every bite.

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts

These sour cream doughnuts are sticky, messy, and melt-in-your-mouth divine. If your mom or grandma ever made homemade doughnuts when you were little, they probably used this recipe.

They’re perfect, pretty rings of deep-fried goodness, and while they may not be good for your waistline, your taste buds will adore them.

Red Velvet Cheesecake with Oreo Crust

If this black, pink, and white cheesecake doesn’t grab your attention, no dessert will ever. This cheesecake combines three distinct layers for one unique taste.

There’s the sweet, crumbly Oreo crust. Then, you’ll add a layer of decadent red velvet cheesecake. Finally, you’ll crown it with more rich cream cheese frosting.

It might spike your sugar, but it’s unbelievably good.

Chocolate Stout Cake

A robust chocolate beer ganache is what sets this soft and flavorful chocolate cake apart from other chocolate cakes you’ve tried.

This simple cake may only have one layer, but it packs enough flavor for three or four. It takes only an hour to make, and the stronger the beer, the bolder the flavor.

Cinnamon Walnut Croissant Cookies

These sweet, funny-shaped cookies are nutty and covered in powdered sugar. They’ll look like they’d be dry and crunchy, and the walnuts do add a slight crunch.

Thanks to the sour cream, though, they’re actually really moist and soft, and you won’t find many people who don’t love them.

Cheesecake Bars

These seven-ingredient cheesecake bars are basically just a cheesecake someone has cut into convenient slices.

If you enjoy cheesecake – the graham cracker crust and tangy filling – you’ll appreciate these because that’s precisely what they are.

Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Here’s another easy-to-make cheesecake, but this one is much sweeter and a lot busier. It has a warm, rich butter pecan flavor, and you can go absolutely nuts with the toppings.

Whether you want to stop at adding pecans or go all out with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and more, go for it! It’s your cheesecake, after all!

Heaven on Earth Cake

Oooh, Baby, do you know what that’s worth? Ooh, Heaven is a place on Earth!

Heaven may or may not be a place on Earth, but this cake is certainly divine. It’s layer upon layer of cold, creamy deliciousness.

You’ll start with an angel food cake (or boxed mix) and add vanilla pudding, milk, sour cream, cherry pie filling, Cool Whip, and toasted almond slivers.

It’s so good that you’ll want to lick the plate clean after eating it.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple upside-down cake is a popular sweet treat, but if you’re looking for something a bit tangier and tarter, try cranberry upside-down cake instead.

It takes a hair over an hour to make, and it features the same soft, pillowy vanilla cake batter as pineapple-upside down cake.

The cranberries, cinnamon, and light brown sugar add a whole other depth of flavor to it, though. If you want to try something new next holiday season, this is a great recipe to use.

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

Banana bread is the queen of loaf cakes, sure. And just plain pumpkin bread is truly fantastic. But you know what might be the dark horse in the race to loaf cake royalty? This pumpkin zucchini bread. The zucchini adds a level of moisture and subtle sweet flavor that will make this bread a must-make for your next brunch, Thanksgiving, or potluck.

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Baked Spinach-Artichoke Dip

There are a lot of spinach-artichoke dip recipes out there. What’s so special about ours? Well, for one thing, the ratios are perfect. Our recipe contains the perfect proportion of spinach and artichokes, and uses a trifecta of cream cheese, mayo, and sour cream to create ultimate creaminess.

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Coffee cake is so simple to make, and that’s just one of the reasons it’s so beloved and perfect for serving to guests. Sour cream makes this one moist and tender and will stay that way for days. Brew a fresh pot and enjoy this with friends for an easy brunch or afternoon snack.

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This easy pound cake is a wonderful dessert for all occasions. Take it to a friend, bring it to Christmas, serve it at your dinner parties. It’s always the perfect ending. Simple and moist, we can’t speak highly enough of the pound cake.

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Sour Cream & Onion Dip

Letting the onions caramelize properly is key to the flavor of this dip. Going low and slow lets them develop color while breaking down and becoming sweet and jammy. It will stay good in the fridge for a few days, so it’s great to make ahead of time!

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Esquites Fritters

We’re happy to report that esquites, the irresistible and less-messy version of everyone’s favorite cotija-coated snack, elote, were the perfect inspiration for these bite-sized fritters. Paired with a lime and garlic-spiked sour cream sauce, these crisp patties are guaranteed to disappear in a crowd in minutes.

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Apple Coffee Cake

Apples work wonders in this easy coffee cake. They add extra sweetness as well as making the cake moist and tender. We love it with Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples, but your favorite baking apple will do the trick!

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Classic Chicken & Waffles

Making fried chicken and waffles at the same time is quite a feat, but this soul food classic is worth the effort. Brining your chicken beforehand is NOT required! Sure, it’ll make your chicken taste even better, but we understand if spending 3+ hours on brunch isn’t really up your alley.

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Potato Knishes

These hearty pastries—mashed potatoes, studded with bits of caramelized onion, enveloped in a thin crust—are easy, delicious, and so comforting. Our recipe includes classic potato & onion knishes, spanakopita-style knishes, and samosa-style knishes. The simple potato filling is ripe for riffing, so feel free to invent your own.

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Honey Cake

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The honey cake is an underestimated cake and perfect to bring along to Rosh Hashanah or any gathering. The trick here is to use really good honey. We used a wildflower honey, which is sweet and floral, and gives the cake lots of flavor. An orange blossom honey would also work well!

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House Latkes With Horseradish

When Passover rolls around, it’s time to get your box grater out and a batch of latkes on the stove (plus a slow-braised brisket in the oven). Though latkes are commonly served with applesauce and plain sour cream, here they get a flavor-boost with a spicy horseradish and chive sour cream topping, which adds savory depth to each bite.

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Dill & Cheddar Pierogis

When you’re looking for something warm, comforting, and carb-y, do Polish pierogi come to mind? We think they should, and this cheesy dill version certainly satisfies on all fronts. Loaded with sharp white cheddar, sweet caramelized onions, and creamy mashed potatoes, the only thing more gratifying than making them from scratch is stuffing them in your mouth. 😋

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Fluffy Banana Pancakes

These are by far the fluffiest pancakes we’ve ever made. If you don’t like bananas, you can skip them or add in your favorite fruits. Don’t have sour cream? Sub in full-fat plain yogurt, and they’ll be just as fluffy.

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