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Desserts

If you're looking for something sweet, try this easy-to-use dessert guide. Find recipes for cakes, pies, cookies, bars, parfaits and more.

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Hot Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

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Colleen Delawder
Hot chocolate is my go-to winter indulgence. To go with it, I like this moist pumpkin cake dusted with cocoa for an extra chocolate boost. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Buttermilk Lemon Meringue Pie

Buttermilk Lemon Meringue Pie

Buttermilk Lemon Meringue Pie

For lemon lovers everywhere, this wonderful pie with a little tang beats lemon meringue every time, no contest. The compliments roll whenever I serve it. —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

German Christmas Cookies

German Christmas Cookies

German Christmas Cookies

This little spice cookie tastes very European and is similar to Pfeffernüsse or “peppernut.” We make ours with cozy spices, anise flavoring, almonds and candied citron. —Carole Mueller, Florissant, Missouri

Hot Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Hot Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Hot Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Hot chocolate is my go-to winter indulgence. To go with it, I like this moist pumpkin cake dusted with cocoa for an extra chocolate boost. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Honey-Nut Apples

Honey-Nut Apples

Honey-Nut Apples

When apples are ripe for the picking, you're bound to get many requests for this tempting treat. It's a fun, festive way to bring a fall feel to your table. The recipe can be easily doubled. So it's the ideal dish...no matter how many folks you're feeding.

Chocolate Glazed Cheesecake

Chocolate Glazed Cheesecake

Chocolate Glazed Cheesecake

This rich, triple-layer cheesecake is guaranteed to appeal to all dessert lovers. I've been making it for years and still receive requests for it! —Caryn Wiggins, Columbus, Indiana

Apricot Almond Blondies

Apricot Almond Blondies

Apricot Almond Blondies

My mom shared this recipe with me after sampling these cookies at a bed-and-breakfast. For a little variation, I sometimes substitute cranberries and pecans for the apricots and almonds. —Amy Forkner, Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Jeweled Fruitcake

Jeweled Fruitcake

Jeweled Fruitcake

I promise this jeweled fruitcake is simply fantastic. Even my friends and family members who don’t normally care for fruitcake say they love it! —Sharon Hoffman, Donna, Texas

Cookie Pizza a la Mode

Cookie Pizza a la Mode

Cookie Pizza a la Mode

This yummy dessert can't be beat—especially because it's so easy to make. It's like eating a chocolate chip cookie and ice cream sundae all in one! —Dee Drew, Aliso Viejo, California

Puff Pastry Hearts

Puff Pastry Hearts

Puff Pastry Hearts

These adorable cream-filled hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time you want to serve a loving treat. The delightful recipe and pretty way to present it come from Sarah Vasques of Milford, New Hampshire.

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze

This versatile glaze is shared by our Test Kitchen. You can make the basic recipe and tint it with food coloring if desired. For chocolate lovers, skip the food coloring and stir in some baking cocoa.

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

Raspberry Coconut Cake

This seemed like a festive dessert to fix for the holidays, so I decided to try it out on my co-workers. They loved it!—Joanie Ward, Brownsburg, Indiana

Popcorn Candy Cake

Popcorn Candy Cake

Popcorn Candy Cake

This fun cake's made of popcorn. It's sweetened with gumdrops and miniature marshmallows, so kids loves it!—Roberta Uhl, Summerville, Oregon

Toasted Angel Food Cake

Toasted Angel Food Cake

Toasted Angel Food Cake

"A scrumptious dessert just for one is even more satisfying if it's quick and easy like this fun treat," says Tammy Clark from Duvall, Washington. "I love the crusty chewy cake and warm raspberry filling."



Reindeer Treats

Reindeer Treats

Reindeer Treats

You'll hardly be able to rein folks in once they see these crispy critters! CT's cooks hurried the herd together using a sweetened mix of chocolate, rice cereal and peanut butter, then designed deer with pretzels and candies.

Giant Peanut Brittle Cookies

Giant Peanut Brittle Cookies

Giant Peanut Brittle Cookies

Topped with leftover peanut brittle bits, these giant cookies take star billing on holiday cookie trays—or all year long, guarantees Carolyn Horne from Tigard, Oregon. “Folks can’t get enough of them.”

Kahlua Truffles

Kahlua Truffles

Kahlua Truffles

I discovered this recipe tucked away in a box of my mother's things. It's such a sweet way to remember her at Christmastime. —Betsy King, Duluth, Elizabeth King, Duluth, Minnesota

Pineapple Angle Food Torte

Pineapple Angle Food Torte

Pineapple Angle Food Torte

In Duncansville, Pennsylvania, Jane Lynn uses a few simple ingredients to transform prepared angel food cake into an impressive dessert. "It can be whipped up in 10 minutes and adds a festive look to your table," she promises.
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