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Quick Desserts

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Mini Chocolate Wafer Cakes

I first made these cakes for a friend when I lived in the dorms at college and had no access to appliances. Little did I know I would be making them 20 years later for my children! — Lara Pennell, Mauldin, South Carolina
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Lemon Fondue

Lemon Fondue

Lemon Fondue

"As pretty as it is luscious, this sunshiny sauce is a lovely complement to angel food or pound cake," says field editor Diane Hixon of Niceville, Florida. "It's just right for a special luncheon."

Pecan Cream Cheese Pie

Pecan Cream Cheese Pie

Pecan Cream Cheese Pie

Toasted coconut, nuts and caramel sauce top a cream cheese layer in this special pie from Mildred Troupe of Wartrace, Tennessee. "A friend who loves to give out recipes shared this with me...I'm so glad she did!" Mildred reports.

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

"This treat combines two favorites -- fruit and chocolate," notes field editor Dorothy Anderson, Ottawa, Kansas.

Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Cherry Gelatin Flowers

Our Test Kitchen had fun creating these jolly gelatin jigglers—but not as much fun as your kids are likely to have helping to make them! Best of all, you can vary the cookie-cutout shapes (and gelatin flavors) to suit a year of seasonal holidays—from Halloween to Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Mint Pudding

Chocolate Mint Pudding

Chocolate Mint Pudding

Our Test Kitchen came up with this creamy, lactose-free dessert that could also be used in a parfait, as a filling or as a dip for fruit or pound cake. You'll love the rich chocolaty-mint flavor. TIP: If you don't care for mint, leave out the extract. For a more mousse-like dessert, stir in some non-dairy topping.

Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding

Fruited Pistachio Pudding comes from Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. It's a quick dessert with broad appeal and so easy to make, Sue reports.

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

“I adapted this recipe from one given to me by my first best friend, Sandy, in 1966,” said Judy Harris of McRae, Georgia. “I often made it for my children and now when they come home for a visit, they still love it. I shared this recipe with a local restaurant owner and he tweaked it for his menu.”

Peanut Chocolate Squares

Peanut Chocolate Squares

Peanut Chocolate Squares

I received this recipe from a friend at our local fire hall’s annual quilting bee, where ladies bring in treats to serve at break time. It was a big hit with our family.

Creamy Raspberry Pie

Creamy Raspberry Pie

Creamy Raspberry Pie

The only thing difficult about my pie is letting it chill. We can't wait for that first light, fluffy slice.—Lorna Nault, Chesterton, Indiana

Microwave Rhubarb Sauce

Microwave Rhubarb Sauce

Microwave Rhubarb Sauce

This sweet sauce is scrumptious served over ice cream. My sister shared the quick and easy recipe with me.—Carol Gode, Lamberton, Minnesota

Chocolate Peanut Dream Pie

Chocolate Peanut Dream Pie

Chocolate Peanut Dream Pie

"I love the flavor of peanut butter cups, so I dreamed up this creamy, rich pie to serve to company," shares Rosanne Marshall of Depew, New York. "It's wonderfully simple to make and always get rave reviews."
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