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Blissful Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cheesecake

When I think of this specialty cheesecake, three words come to mind: "decadent," "fun" and "delicious. One bite and I think you'll agree this dessert is pure bliss. —Julie Ruble, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Says Mary Ann Dell of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: “I can’t count the times I’ve made this wonderful dessert. It’s a favorite at our summer barbecues. People think you really fussed, but it couldn’t be easier—and there are never any leftovers!”

Apple Crisp Crescents

Apple Crisp Crescents

Apple Crisp Crescents

Cinnamony apples are wrapped in a tender pastry to create a crispy delicacy. The flavor reminds me of apple crisp.—Betty Lawton, Pennington, New Jersey

Carrot Ice Cream Pie

Carrot Ice Cream Pie

Carrot Ice Cream Pie

This refreshing dessert tastes a little bit like orange sherbet. I make several pies at a time and keep them on hand in the freezer. My guests are always surprised to learn they're eating carrots!—Bethel Anderson, St. James, Minnesota

Favorite Cheesecake

Favorite Cheesecake

Favorite Cheesecake

No one can resist the smooth, creamy texture of this classic cheesecake. Whether topped with berries or enjoyed as is, it's a favorite way to celebrate any occasion.

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Tuxedo Cheesecake

Nothing is more elegant then a cheesecake but this one looks so beautiful, you will be receive so many compliments. Not only does it look wonderful, it also tastes delicious.—Cindy Morris, Coyle, Oklahoma

Cheesecake Diamonds

Cheesecake Diamonds

Cheesecake Diamonds

Here's a simple recipe that's good to have when guests are coming over. I found it in an old cookbook.

Popcorn Candy Cake

Popcorn Candy Cake

Popcorn Candy Cake

This fun cake's made of popcorn. It's sweetened with gumdrops and miniature marshmallows, so kids loves it!—Roberta Uhl, Summerville, Oregon

Contest-Winning Neapolitan Cheesecake

Contest-Winning Neapolitan Cheesecake

Contest-Winning Neapolitan Cheesecake

As a child, I loved Neapolitan ice cream. I thought it would be fun to create a cheesecake with the same flavors. This smooth, creamy layered beauty is the result. Each layer is just rich with flavor. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Pineapple Cheesecake

Pineapple Cheesecake

Pineapple Cheesecake

"A co-worker shared the recipe for this easy elegant dessert years ago, and our family has enjoyed it many times since," relates Phoebe Carre of Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Can't find ladyfingers at your grocery store? Make your own using the recipe on page 43.

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one eye-catching treat. "Kids really fall for it," she says with a laugh, "but it's impressive enough to satisfy any adult."

Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Peach-Blueberry French Toast

Our most-requested dish, this golden brown custard is stuffed with fresh peaches and blueberries. The toast has a crunchy outer crust and soft custard center. My own caramel sauce provides a sinful start to the day.
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