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Layered Turtle Cheesecake

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Sue Gronholz (Field Editor)
After receiving a request for a special turtle cheesecake and not finding a good recipe, I created my own. Everyone is thrilled with the results and this cheesecake remains a favorite at the coffee shop where I work. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Watch for the oohs and ahs when you present this luxurious cheesecake. The lemon flavor gives it a bright and tangy flair. —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

This mold is always on our holiday table. The raspberry layer makes an eye-catching base for the creamy cream cheese layer. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars

The colors of the season featured in this moist bars, which are layered with cherry and apricot preserves.—Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
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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

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

“Whenever I see the word ‘lemon’ in a recipe, it jumps out at me because lemon is my favorite flavor,” says Barbara Blickensderfer of Edgewater, Florida. “It’s rightfully up front in this refreshing pie.”

Chocolate Berry Freeze

Chocolate Berry Freeze

Chocolate Berry Freeze

This lovely make-ahead cake tastes as good as it looks. Rich, creamy and decadent, it’s perfect for company! Thanks to Lisa Ruehlow of Blaine, Minnesota for the recipe.

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

This pretty layered Italian cake is called cassata. It takes some time to prepare this eye-catching dessert but it conveniently chills overnight.—Karen Albert, Prineville, Oregon

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

"Mom prepared this light and fluffy citrus dessert whenever Dad grilled outdoors," recalls field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "It gave our meals a fresh-tasting finish!"

Strawberry Sundae Sauce

Strawberry Sundae Sauce

Strawberry Sundae Sauce

“My husband and kids simply love this recipe over their ice cream! It may also be used in banana splits. If you choose not to use liqueur, replace 1-1/2 cups of the mashed strawberries with 1-1/2 cups mashed raspberries instead.” Peggy Townsend - Florence, Colorado

Cappuccino Cheesecake

Cappuccino Cheesecake

Cappuccino Cheesecake

Instead of pouring the decadent ganache over the top of this coffee-flavored cheesecake, I use most of it to cover the chocolate crust.—Linda Stemen, Monroeville, Indiana

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

I've always loved to cook and try new dishes. But there are just some recipes—like this fancy cheesecake—that I turn to time after time. This is a favorite of family and friends. —Ardyth Voss, Rosholt, South Dakota
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