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Hidden Mint Morsels

Hidden Mint Morsels

Hidden Mint Morsels

Is it a cookie or a candy? No matter which answer folks choose, they find these minty morsels yummy. The recipe makes so much that you can whip up tons of gifts at once.

Coconut-Pineapple Sherbet Torte

Coconut-Pineapple Sherbet Torte

Coconut-Pineapple Sherbet Torte

I made up this torte one afternoon, and when I served it that night, it vanished within minutes. That's when I knew I'd struck gold. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California

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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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

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake pie with a raspberry layer is a light dessert after a heavy meal. —Steve Josserand, Decatur, Illinois

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

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Here’s the cream of the apple dessert crop. Fruit, caramel and cinnamon flavors enhance the rich, velvety custard. Served warm or chilled, it’s a classic end to a meal. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, NC

Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Coconut-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Friends have suggested over and over that I submit this creation to a magazine because it's so good. For the best texture, make sure not to overmix the batter. —Jamie Harris, Danville, Illinois

Double Chocolate Fudge

Double Chocolate Fudge

Double Chocolate Fudge

If you love chocolate, here's a receipt that's sure to please. This rich treat is a favorite of our family.

Frosty Lemon Pie

Frosty Lemon Pie

Frosty Lemon Pie

Meet the Cook: This pie is a nice light and refreshing finish to a summer picnic or patio supper. I like that it can be made ahead. Married for 35 years, I've always enjoyed cooking. We have two grown sons and three small granddaughters. -Judith Wilke, Dousman, Wisconsin

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
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