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Strawberry Cream Dessert

Strawberry Cream Dessert

Strawberry Cream Dessert

This fluffy creation is a variation on two recipes - a delicious four-layer dessert my mom used to make and a gelatin pie I came up with one day when I was short on ingredients. My family just loves it! -Rachel Lynn Rioux, Lisbon, Maine

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

I bake from scratch because I believe that love—and sweetened condensed milk—are the best ingredients. —Kathryn Work, Louisville, Kentucky

Eggnog Cheesecake

Eggnog Cheesecake

Eggnog Cheesecake

I make good use of extra eggnog bu creating this luscious cheesecake. A bit of rum extract adds a special taste. —Kristen Grula, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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Frosted Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Frosted Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Frosted Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

“Heavenly” is a good description for this luscious dessert, conveniently made a day ahead. When I don’t have a candy bar on hand, I melt ¾ cup of chocolate chips to use in the frosting. Whipped cream can be used in place of the whipped topping.—Arlene Butler, Ogden, Utah

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

I'm originally from Paraguay, and dulce de leche reminds me of where I came from. If you can't find it at your grocery store, try caramel ice cream topping instead. It tastes different, but this decadent dessert will still be amazing. —Sonia Lipham, Ranburne, Alabama

Caramel Cheesecake

Caramel Cheesecake

Caramel Cheesecake

This caramel-topped cheesecake is a divine way to savor the goodness of cream cheese. It always gets rave reviews whenever I serve it to friends and family alike.—Rena Fields, Sackets Harbor, New York

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

I created this creamy cheesecake using two favorites—caramel and pecans. It's a stunning cake and rivals any I've tasted.

Caramel Praline-Topped Cheesecake

Caramel Praline-Topped Cheesecake

Caramel Praline-Topped Cheesecake

This cheesecake is a showstopper with its pretty wafer crust, creamy center and the ooey-gooey carmel-pecan topping cascading down the sides. —Laurel Leslie, Sonora, California

Peanut Butter Pies

Peanut Butter Pies

Peanut Butter Pies

I absolutely love peanut butter and peanut butter pie is one of my favorites. But I'm a Registered Dietitian, so I knew just how high my original recipe was in fat and calories. I cut down on several critical things, and the resulting pie is great! —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina

Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Fall always makes me yearn for this pecan cheesecake, but it’s delicious any time of year. You’ll want to put it on your list of favorite holiday desserts.—Laura Sylvester, Mechanicsville, Virginia

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

I used to think cheesecake sounded intimidating, but since I started making them I can’t stop! This simple but special cookie-topped version will make your family feel fussed over. Seconds, anyone? —Rose Yoder, Middlebury, Indiana
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