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Potluck Recipes

Looking for potluck ideas? Impress friends and family with these crowd-pleasing potluck recipes that range from appetizers and beverages to dinners, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, soups and chilis, desserts and more.

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It's a multilayered bar consisting of a shortbread cookie crust covered with chocolate and caramel and topped with more shortbread cookies. —Stephanie Salmento, Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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Sour Cream & Cranberry Bars

Sour Cream & Cranberry Bars

Sour Cream & Cranberry Bars

I turned sour cream raisin pie into a cookie bar with a crunchy oatmeal crust, custard-style filling and crisp topping. —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, OR

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

Salted Pecan Shortbread Squares

My shortbread squares are the ultimate go-to for cookie trays and gift-giving. The buttery caramel and toasted nuts make it a tough to eat just one. —Diana Ashcraft, Monmouth, OR

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher Torte Squares

Sacher Torte is a classic Viennese cake that requires several steps. My squares give you an easy way out that still features the classic apricot and chocolate flavors. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, IL

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Creamy Chocolate Crescents

Creamy Chocolate Crescents

Creamy Chocolate Crescents

"Homemade" chocolate-filled treats are easy when you start with convenient refrigerated crescent rolls. They're impressive yet easy to serve for breakfast or a midday snack. —Bill Hughes, Dolores, Colorado

Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake Cookies

Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake Cookies

Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake Cookies

I created this recipe because I just love carrot cake. I wanted something that I could take with me anywhere and not need a fork. I entered my recipe in the Los Angeles County Fair and the cookies not only won first place, but were also named Best of Division. —Marina Castle, Canyon Country, California

Citrus Wassail

Citrus Wassail

Citrus Wassail

"I found this healthy wassail recipe in a cookbook," writes Julie Williquette of Hartselle, Alabama. "My daughter first prepared it to go with our day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers meal, and everyone loved it!"
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Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Caramelized onions add a touch of sweetness to this elegant appetizer. Use the higher range of pepper if you like a little more zip. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Hawaiian Joy Bars

Hawaiian Joy Bars

Hawaiian Joy Bars

This is like a trip to the islands with the hint of rum and the nuts and coconut. I served them to my family and at my work and church, and I always hear murmurs of appreciation.—Jennifer Neckermann, Wentzville, Missouri

BBQ Chicken Bites

BBQ Chicken Bites

BBQ Chicken Bites

Chicken bites wrapped in bacon get a kick from Montreal seasoning and sweetness from barbecue sauce. We love the mix of textures. —Kathryn Dampier, Quail Valley, CA

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

This pretty, refreshing treat has been served many times at our church showers. We just love it.—Teresa Ryherd, Fairbank, Iowa

Cinnamon Spritz

Cinnamon Spritz

Cinnamon Spritz

With lots of cinnamon flavor, these rich buttery cookies are similar to a classic Snickerdoodle. The dough is so easy to work with.

Cherry Pecan Dreams

Cherry Pecan Dreams

Cherry Pecan Dreams

Packed with fruit, nuts and vanilla chips, these goodies are sure to please. If you prefer, replace the cherries with cranberries or apricots.

Pineapple Lime Gelatin

Pineapple Lime Gelatin

Pineapple Lime Gelatin

This recipe was passed down by my mother. We serve it often, but especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Of course, the green color makes it nice for St. Patrick’s Day, too. With the marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream, the sweet salad can even be served as a light dessert. I like to cook for both small groups and large crowds. When our entire family gets together for thanks and feasting, it’s a wonderful time!



Triple Treat Torte

Triple Treat Torte

Triple Treat Torte

A peanutty crust and three deliciously different creamy layers form a tempting treat you'll be proud to prepare and share. I usually draw a crowd when I set out this mouthwatering tort.—Inez Orsburn, De Motte, Indiana

Chocolate S'mores Tart

Chocolate S'mores Tart

Chocolate S'mores Tart

I created this tart for my kids, who love having s'mores on the fire pit. It’s truly indulgent. We simply can't get enough of the billowy marshmallow topping. —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Asparagus Ham Swirls

Asparagus Ham Swirls

Asparagus Ham Swirls

I came across the recipe for this hot appetizer years ago and have made it many tomes to share with friends and co-workers. Asparagus, ham and cheese combine into a fun finger food. —Nancy Ingersol, Midlothian, Illinois

Frozen Slush

Frozen Slush

Frozen Slush

In Hobson, Montana, Darlene White mixes up this sweet fruity slush using juices, berries and soft drink mix. Then she stores it in the freezer for unexpected company. Simply pour a little citrus soda over scoops of the colorful mixture for frosty and refreshing beverages.
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