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These soft, buttery cutouts are always a hit, plus you can flavor the dough any way you like. I've used almonds, walnuts…even maraschino cherries. —Kerry Barnett-Amundson, Ocean Park, Washington
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Peppermint Cheesecake

Peppermint Cheesecake

Peppermint Cheesecake

People are thrilled when they see me coming with this rich, smooth cheesecake—it's always a crowd pleaser. Not only does it look sensational, but it is so scrumptious. —Carrie Price, Ottawa, Illinois

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

You'll love this fantastic light ice cream that matches the wonderful, yet heavier original in taste and texture. We think it'll quickly become a staple for your family. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Frozen Raspberry Delight

Frozen Raspberry Delight

Frozen Raspberry Delight

Light and refreshing, here's a dessert created with busy holiday hostesses in mind. It's easy, lovely, serves a crowd and can be made days ahead for convenience.
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Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberries are a big crop in my area, so I've made this pretty double-fruit pie many times. I can always tell when my husband wants me to make it because he brings home berries that he picked behind his office. —Linda Chinn, Enumclaw, Washington

Sweetheart Brownie Sundae

Sweetheart Brownie Sundae

Sweetheart Brownie Sundae

I MAKE this special treat for my family whenever there's a birthday or anniversary. Even without a special occasion, it caps any meal with a festive flair. I especially like to prepare the brownies in a heart shape for Valentine's Day and garnish them with berries. -Dottie Miller, Jonesborough, Tennessee

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Classic ribbon gelatin salad gets an up-to-date makeover with this tropical treatment. Cream of coconut creates the creamy layers in these showstopping parfaits. I like to surprise my nieces and nephews with this Jell-O mold done in neon colors. —Dan Kelmenson, West Bloomfield, Michigan

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

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.

Creamy Citrus Sherbet

Creamy Citrus Sherbet

Creamy Citrus Sherbet

This recipe was handwritten in a booklet that came with my family's first refrigerator in the early 1940s. I was very young at the time, but I can still remember the iceman delivering huge blocks of ice. Since finding the booklet among my mother's things, I make this refreshing dessert often. -Maribelle Culver, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mocha Cheesecake

Mocha Cheesecake

Mocha Cheesecake

I've relied on this dessert many times when company comes calling, and it's never let me down. It's simple to make, which is a big plus.

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries

Cheesecake with Berries offers a grand finale that will bring rave reviews. It’s so rich and tasty, you’ll have a hard time believing it’s light. “This creamy cheesecake is ideal for any special occasion,” writes Julie Kocur from Abingdon, Maryland. We’re sure you’ll agree!
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