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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Cookie Dough Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

This creative recipe couldn't be easier — or more impressive! Made from a standard box mix, simply fold in cookie dough and then decorate with the unbeatable ganache frosting. What's not to love!? —Morgan Phillips, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

A friend gave me this recipe when I first moved into my neighborhood 40 years ago. It might seem more time consuming than it is, but it's easy and the results are incredible. —Monique Caron, Buxton, Maine

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Blueberry Crumble Tarts

Pop one in a lunch box, share a batch at work or wait until dessert—these are sweet anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, I refrigerate prepared tarts overnight and bake them while making dinner the next day. Foolproof. —Carole Fraser, North York, Ontario

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

I combined two of my favorite cheesecake recipes and added the delicious homemade caramel sauce for a cheesecake that's now my favorite! —Hannah Halstead, Blair, Nebraska

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Cherry Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

Cherry Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

Cherry Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

Here in sunny southern California, we have many types of fruit growling in our yard, which makes this spectacular-looking dessert all the more fun.

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

I enjoy baking from scratch and sharing my treats with others. This recipe for nicely spiced pumpkin pound cakes one I've come to rely on. It's impossible to resist a slice topped with the sweet walnut sauce.

Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream has long been our family's favorite pastime, and this butter pecan recipe is our first choice in fall.
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Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop

This festive display is a delightful change from the tradition gingerbread house. It features a jolly Santa and his adorable workshop.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Aloha Brittle

Aloha Brittle

Aloha Brittle

A vacation to Hawaii inspired me to create this mouthwatering brittle. Coconuts, macadamia nuts and pecans make my tropical-tasting recipe deliciously different.

Cranberry Molasses Cake

Cranberry Molasses Cake

Cranberry Molasses Cake

Bursting with berries, warm squares of this homemade dessert are elegant drizzled with a sweet butter sauce. "Friends baked this wonderful cake for my bridal shower," writes Brenda Knable from Bagley, Minnesota.

Jayne's Peach-Pear Pie

Jayne's Peach-Pear Pie

Jayne's Peach-Pear Pie

This pie is my own creation and always draws compliments whenever I make it. I like to serve it cold with vanilla ice cream. I've been collecting recipes since I was a teen and enjoy changing them to suit my family's tastes.

Chocolate Dream Pie

Chocolate Dream Pie

Chocolate Dream Pie

What an impressive finish our Test Kitchen whipped up with this dreamy, creamy chocolate pie topped with peaks of golden meringue! It’s sure to be a family favorite.

Maple Walnut Fondue

Maple Walnut Fondue

Maple Walnut Fondue

Angela Pohl, Marquette, Michigan, serves this fun fondue for two. The praline-flavored mixture is great with cake cubes, strawberries, apple wedges and other delicious dippers.

Baked Banana Boats

Baked Banana Boats

Baked Banana Boats

Kids can make their own banana boats with custom toppings. We use different berries and honey or peanut butter instead of chocolate chips. They're also good topped with crushed graham crackers or granola—whatever your family likes. —Rebekah Viers, Taylors, South Carolina

Lemon Whirligigs with Raspberries

Lemon Whirligigs with Raspberries

Lemon Whirligigs with Raspberries

Golden whirligigs with a tart lemon flavor float on a ruby raspberry sauce in this delectable dessert. I love serving it for guests. My children also like it made with blackberries. —Vicki Ayres, Wappingers Falls, New York

Stars and Stripes Parfaits

Stars and Stripes Parfaits

Stars and Stripes Parfaits

From Big Rock, Virginia, Mrs. Fred Stacy suggests, "Bright berries make this rice pudding perfectly patriotic."

Iced Orange Cookies

Iced Orange Cookies

Iced Orange Cookies

I usually make these bite-size cookies at Christmastime, when oranges in Florida are plentiful. Every time I sniff their wonderful aroma, I remember my grandmother, who shared the recipe. —Lori DiPietro, New Port Richey, Florida

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Pizzelle

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Pizzelle

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Pizzelle

I've experimented with different varieties of pizzelle recipes, but this is definitely a favorite. My dad likes to help make them so that we don't run out!—Aimee McCullen, Youngwood, Pennsylvania
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