A Sweet Road Trip

Try these sweet restaurant recipes — pie, cupcakes, bread pudding and more — from across the country in the comfort of your own kitchen.
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Cardamom-Semolina Shortbread Cookies

Between the standard chocolate and vanilla, and experimental flavors like rosemary-caramel and rose-pistachio, Ici owner, Mary Canales, cranks out 1,350 gallons of ice cream every week — plus other treats like these shortbread cookies. 2948 College Ave., Berkeley, CA; 510-665-6054; ici-icecream.com

Get the Recipe: Cardamom-Semolina Shortbread Cookies

Lulu's Cupcakes

Sandy Russo, owner of the now shuttered Lulu's Bake Shoppe, gave her North End store a nostalgic touch, decorating the space with a vintage oven and baking supplies and decorating her chocolate cupcakes with a familiar little squiggle of white icing.

Get the Recipe: Lulu's Cupcakes

Linzer Cookies

Russo learned during her years working in restaurant kitchens that customers are much more impressed by her simplest treats — sugar-dusted linzer cookies, chocolate-cream-filled cupcakes and big slices of layer cake covered with frosting — which you can still try at home with Lulu's recipes.

Get the Recipe: Linzer Cookies

"Oreo" Cookies

Sometimes the simplest desserts are the best medicine. "I have noticed that people are eating a lot more cookies and cupcakes lately," says Emily Isaac, owner of Trois Pommes Patisserie in Brooklyn, N.Y. "I think they're seeking comfort." 260 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.; 718-230-3119; troispommespatisserie.com

Get the Recipe: 'Oreo' Cookies

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Hoosier Mama Pie Company sells pies like double-crust apple and lemon meringue in the Windy City's Ukranian Village. "This whole American art form has been disappearing," owner Paula Haney says about handcrafted pie. "I want to do what I can to bring it back." 1618 1/2 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago; 773-758-2076; hoosiermamapie.com

Get the Recipe: Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Sugar Cookies With Almond Frosting

These edible favors from Silver Restaurant in Park City, Utah, look way more complicated than they are: Pastry chef Chad Horton dresses up his go-to sugar cookie recipe, passed down from his grandmother, with frosting and silver Jordan almonds (Food Network Magazine used nonpareils for a similarly elegant effect). Every customer gets a few in a gold box like this one ($24 for 24 boxes; papermart.com). 508 Main St.; silverrestaurant.com

Get the Recipe: Sugar Cookies With Almond Frosting

New Orleans-Style Pralines

Homemade pecan pralines are all but required in a New Orleans home, so Alex Brennan-Martin, a Big Easy native, knew he had to carry on the tradition at the family business. His Creole restaurant always has complimentary pralines on hand. Follow the restaurant's lead by making a batch of these treats and leaving them on a tray near the door, along with cocktail napkins so everyone can grab a few for the road. 3300 Smith St.; brennanshouston.com

Get the Recipe: New Orleans-Style Pralines

Tastykake Bread Pudding

Most Philly natives grew up eating Tastykakes, a regional line of snack pastries. The treats are now sold around the South, so more people can get their hands on those famous butterscotch Krimpets (you can also order them at tastykake.com). Use them to make this easy bread pudding.

Get the Recipe: Tastykake Bread Pudding

Banana-Cream Cheese Breakfast Cakes

The service at Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco is legendary, and Gary Danko makes sure his dinner guests wake up to a great breakfast, too. The chef's banana cakes, filled with cream-cheese mousse, are so famously indulgent that cab drivers have been known to beg customers for their treats when making pickups from the restaurant. Set each one on a gold mini cake round ($3.50 for 25; pastrychef.com) and wrap it in a cellophane bag for easy travel. 800 North Point St.; garydanko.com

Get the Recipe: Banana-Cream Cheese Breakfast Cakes

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