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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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Try these terrific granola bars from Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois. The chewy bars have plenty of oats and nuts, and the dried cherries add just the right amount of tang. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
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Fall Cookies

Fall Cookies

Fall Cookies

These fall cookie recipes are the perfect treats for the changing season. From pumpkin to butter pecan and chocolate chip to peanut butter, we've got fall cookies covered.

Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini Cupcakes

I asked my grandmother for this recipe after trying these irresistible spice cupcakes at her home. I love their creamy caramel frosting. They're such a scrumptious dessert you actually forget you're eating your vegetables, too! —Virginia Lapierre, Greensboro Bend, Vermont

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a wonderful recipe I discovered and changed a bit to suit my taste. I love the flavor of pumpkin and the cinnamon makes ordinary cream cheese frosting extra special. When I made a batch for my husband to take to work, he said they disappeared in record time.—Debbie Wiggins, Longmont, Colorado
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Pear Desserts

Pear Desserts

Pear Desserts

These pear desserts, including pear cake, pear crisp, baked pears and more pear dessert recipes, will be a sweet ending to a cozy fall meal.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

The desserts of my dreams have both chocolate and peanut butter. So, when I came up with this rich treat, it quickly became my all-time favorite. It's a cinch to whip together because it doesn't require any baking. —Debbie Price, LaRue, Ohio

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

There's more to pumpkin than pie, as this impressive trifle proves. It looks so elegant with alternating layers of gingerbread cake and pumpkin/butterscotch pudding. Try making it ahead of time for a fuss-free dessert when you're planning to entertain guests. —Lyla Lehenbauer, New London, Missouri

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

I said I'd bring dessert to a holiday party and tried this recipe. I'm sure you'll agree it tastes as luscious as it looks! —Dawn Lowenstein, Hatboro, Pennsylvania

William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake

William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake

William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake

I bake my family-favorite fall cake to usher in this abundant season. It looks so luscious that eating one piece is nearly impossible. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia

Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

Your slow cooker makes it ultra easy to warm up with cozy desserts like bread pudding, decadent chocolate cake, baked apples, berry cobbler and more slow cooker dessert recipes.

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

Chocolate Caramel Candy

This dazzling treat tastes like a Snickers bar but has homemade flavor beyond compare. When I entered it in a recipe contest at our harvest festival, it won five ribbons, including grand prize and the judges' special award. —Jane Meek, Pahrump, Nevada

16 Coffee Dessert Recipes

16 Coffee Dessert Recipes

16 Coffee Dessert Recipes

Get your coffee fix with these decadent desserts! From mocha recipes and coffee ice cream desserts to chocolate and coffee treats, these cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies and more coffee dessert recipes are flavored with coffee granules or brewed coffee.

Chunky Apple Cake

Chunky Apple Cake

Chunky Apple Cake

This tender cake is full of old-world comfort, and the yummy brown sugar sauce makes it special. For a festive occasion, top with a dollop of whipped cream. —Debi Benson, Bakersfield, California

Layered Turtle Cheesecake

Layered Turtle Cheesecake

Layered Turtle Cheesecake

After receiving a request for a special turtle cheesecake and not finding a good recipe, I created my own. Everyone is thrilled with the results and this cheesecake remains a favorite at the coffee shop where I work. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Rhubarb Custard Bars

Once I tried these rich gooey bars, I just had to have the recipe so I could make them for my family and friends. The shortbread-like crust and rhubarb and custard layers inspire people to find rhubarb they can use to fix a batch for themselves. —Shari Roach, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Rugelach with a Twist

Rugelach with a Twist

Rugelach with a Twist

Once I read about making rugelach with ice cream, there was no stopping me! My family loved these flaky cookies so much, I had to bake more right away. —Diane Fuqua, Baltimore, Maryland

Pistachio & Coconut Cake

Pistachio & Coconut Cake

Pistachio & Coconut Cake

This coconut cake is good any time of the year, but the color is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. The secret is adding instant pistachio pudding mix into the cake mix and the frosting. —Dora May Meredith, Rockford, Illinois

Toffee-Peach Ice Cream Pie

Toffee-Peach Ice Cream Pie

Toffee-Peach Ice Cream Pie

A sugar cone and brickle crust, fresh peaches and ice cream—you can't go wrong! Top with hot caramel for a delectable frozen treat. —Kim Ciepluch, Kenosha, Wisconsin
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