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This eye-catching cheesecake showcases red raspberries and heavenly dark chocolate. It’s a treat in our house for special occasions. —Robinne Hurt, Crossfield, Alberta
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Cranberry Cheesecake

Cranberry Cheesecake

Cranberry Cheesecake

Every year when the cranberries are harvested, my family looks forward to eating this cheesecake. —Nairda Monroe, Webberville, Michigan

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.

Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets

Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets

Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets

Bite-size treats are a nice addition to a dessert buffet. You can store cooled, baked tart shells in an airtight container at room temperature overnight or in the freezer for a few weeks.
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Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cheesecake

This is my twist on Christmas gingerbread...cheesecake-style! I like to garnish it with small gingerbread men all the way around the sides and a dollop of whipping cream on each slice. —Cindy Romberg, Mississauga, Ontario

Rich Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

Rich Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

Rich Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

As if cheesecake wasn't enough of an indulgence, this version also features irresistible chocolate mousse. It's a delightful, do-ahead dessert for special occasions.—Julie Dunsworth, Oviedo, Florida

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

Nanny's Fruitcake Cookies

My grandmother always made a holiday fruitcake. I took her recipe and made it a cookie that’s perfect any time with a cup of tea. —Amanda Digges, South Windsor, Connecticut

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

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!"

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.”

Cottage Butterhorns

Cottage Butterhorns

Cottage Butterhorns

Start the dough for these attractive crescents the night before, and you’ll have rich, flaky golden rolls the next morning to enjoy with your coffee. A sweet drizzle makes the buttery rolls hard to resist.—Mary Schmittinger, Colgate, Wisconsin

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

When you set this gorgeous dessert on the table, your guests will sing your praises. You're the only one who has to know how simple it is to prepare. -Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
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