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We have banana trees in our backyard that bear fruit virtually all year. After making banana bread, muffins and cookies, I still had some of our bountiful crop left, so I decided to try this recipe. —Sera Smith, West Palm Beach, Florida
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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

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.

Fresh Strawberry Mousse

Fresh Strawberry Mousse

Fresh Strawberry Mousse

With a whipped topping, this strawberry treat from Mary Jo Vanderwest of Grant, Michigan makes a sweet, elegant dessert.
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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!”

Cookies and Cream

Cookies and Cream

Cookies and Cream

"This rich and fluffy no-bake dessert has a proven track record in our family," reports Teena Lang from Mt. Vernon, Ohio. "It's easy to make the night before a reunion or church supper. Then just take it out of the fridge and go."

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!"

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

Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake

Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake

Frozen Raspberry Cheesecake

I got this recipe from my sister years ago and like to fix it when times are rushed. It's fancy enough for the most special occasions but so easy to prepare with ingredients I always have on hand. Try varying the juices and fruits. —Donna Rear, Red Deer, Alberta

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Refreshing peppermint ice cream plus fudgy chocolate plus fluffy meringue equals the perfect pie for the holidays! Kelli Bucy of Red Oak, Iowa shares this lovely dessert that's become a Christmas tradition. You can make and freeze the pie well in advance.

Creamy Orange Gelatin

Creamy Orange Gelatin

Creamy Orange Gelatin

After celebrating two graduations in less than a year, it was clear that this recipe was definitely everyone's favorite.

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

I worked in a health club where bagels arrived daily, so I experimented with leftovers. I wasn’t a bread pudding fan until I tried it with bagels. —Kathy Hawkins, Ingleside, IL
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