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Make-Ahead Shortcake

This lovely layered dessert showcases strawberries. "This family favorite has all the satisfaction of traditional strawberry shortcake with just a dash of distinction," she promises.
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Peanut Butter Sauce

Peanut Butter Sauce

Peanut Butter Sauce

Add pizzazz to vanilla ice cream with this easy-to-prepare peanut butter sauce. You can even make it ahead and refrigerate it when you know time will be extra tight.

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

When Crafting Traditions staffers saw the enticing cake recipe Gloria shared recently, they excitedly added it to our sweet gathering of birthday treats. And for good reason—to make it, Gloria uses candy-flavored ice cream! "This is the kind of dessert that's perfect for any special occasion," Gloria comments. "Traditionally, I fix it for our December 24 celebration." What's also nice is the fact that the cake can be made a few days ahead and stored in the freezer until the celebration starts. "It always looks fresh and tastes great," Gloria assures.

Banana Caramel Topping

Banana Caramel Topping

Banana Caramel Topping

This dessert was made famous in New Orleans, and the recipe came from a hotel chef there. Guests rave about it when I make it, and it is very easy. —Angie Cassada, Monroe, North Carolina

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

Quick Frozen Pumpkin Pie

“The holidays are the perfect time to try this quick twist on a traditional pumpkin pie,” suggests Marion Stoll, Dent, Minnesota. “I often make it ahead, so it goes from freezer to feast!”

Iced Tea Parfaits

Iced Tea  Parfaits

Iced Tea Parfaits

Here’s a parfait that’s perfect for a garden or patio party. Tea adds a wonderfully unexpected flavor to gelatin. And kids will have fun finding the cherry at the bottom.—Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Strawberry Italian Ice

Strawberry Italian Ice

Strawberry Italian Ice

"We discovered Italian ice about a year ago, and it has become a family favorite," reports Jay Hansen of Winter Haven, Florida. "The recipes I found, however, required quite a bit of sugar, so I developed my own version using fresh strawberries, fruit juice concentrate and a hint of lemon."

Raspberry Chocolate Trifle

Raspberry Chocolate Trifle

Raspberry Chocolate Trifle

"Elegant but easy" perfectly describes this rich and creamy trifle. Prepared pound cake, frozen berries and instant pudding combine to create one mouthwatering masterpiece that is great for both weekday dinners or special—occasion suppers.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Apple Cider Sundaes

Apple Cider Sundaes

Apple Cider Sundaes

"I adapted one of my mother's recipes to create this terrific fall snack," recalls Jeanne Lee of Terrace Park, Ohio. "Apple cider makes these sundaes a hit."

Pay Dirt Cake

Pay Dirt Cake

Pay Dirt Cake

With layers of crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and creamy filling, this is definitely a “rich” dessert. You can decorate the top with a few wrapped chocolate coins.—Betty Jean Jordan, Monticello, Georgia

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

Icy Summer Treats Dessert

You won't break a sweat fixing these easy chillers! The frozen snack, made from fruity gelatin and powdered soft drink mix, can be whipped up in no time, according to Darlene Markel of Sublimity, Oregon. "Youngsters just love them. I know ours did when they were little," she adds. "And though the kids are grown, they still request the treats when they visit."

Banana Split Pudding

Banana Split Pudding

Banana Split Pudding

Our kids love banana splits, so I came up with this simple dessert which is so easy to prepare.—Sherry Lee, Shelby, Alabama
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