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S'mores Cheesecake

This sweet and decadent cheesecake features graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Enjoy! —Kurt Anderson, Minong, Wisconsin
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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.

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.

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
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Apple Jack Crumb Pie

Apple Jack Crumb Pie

Apple Jack Crumb Pie

I serve this apple pie at my monthly bridge club meetings and it always gets thumbs up. You don't need to serve it with a slice of cheese, since there is cheese in the streusel.—Mary June Donovan, Clinton, Massachusetts

Almond Pistachio Baklava

Almond Pistachio Baklava

Almond Pistachio Baklava

I discovered this traditional recipe at a Greek cultural event and often get requests for it. The original version called for walnuts, but I substituted almonds and pistachios with yummy results.

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.

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

I combined two of my favorite cheesecake recipes and added the delicious homemade caramel sauce for a cheesecake that's now my favorite! —Hannah Halstead, Blair, Nebraska

Pretzel Log Cabin

Pretzel Log Cabin

Pretzel Log Cabin

Longing to live in a log cabin? The house plans on these pages put the next best thing at your fingertips. And a kitchen, not a contractor, is all you need to do the construction! This miniature abode, created by the CW Test Kitchen staff, consists mostly of ready-made ingredients. It's so easy to put together that kids (or grandkids) will love to "hire on" as part of your holiday building crew. So, if a real log cabin's not in your immediate future, why not put up this cozy rep

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

Chocolate Cheese Pie

Chocolate Cheese Pie

Chocolate Cheese Pie

Mark and I were married in a casual outdoor ceremony. Our "wedding cake" consisted of 30 delicious cheesecakes, including this easy but special one.

Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Every slice of this creamy cheesecake is a standout. The classic pairing of chocolate and coffee is sure to please partygoers.—Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
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