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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Chocolate Glaze for Doughnuts

If smooth, glossy, rich and chocolately is your way to glaze, you’ll love this quick, easy ganache for your homemade doughnuts. Karen Moore, Jacksonville, Florida
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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

Raspberry Coconut Cream Pie

Raspberry Coconut Cream Pie

Raspberry Coconut Cream Pie

I like coconut pies and my husband likes raspberries. Here's a little stroke of genius I had when I wanted to make the ultimate dessert for both of us. —Susan Jolly, Wilmington, Delaware

Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Cake

Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Cake

Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Cake

My grandmother taught me the tricks to making this cake, and I've added my own special touches. The melted chocolate keeps the icing from being too dry and gives it a texture similar to chocolate ice cream. I have more requests for the icing than I do anything else!—Susan Hayes, Massapequa, New York

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Cherry Pecan Torte

Cherry Pecan Torte

Cherry Pecan Torte

Field editor Dolores Lueken of Ferdinand, Indiana says, "Soda crackers are the 'secret ingredient' in this meringue.

Frosted Blackberry Cake

Frosted Blackberry Cake

Frosted Blackberry Cake

Ann Kelly of Gallatin, Tennessee takes advantage of boxed mixes to bake this moist berry-flavored cake. "My husband and I started watching our fat and sugar intake, so I made several changes to the original recipe to come up with this lighter version," she says. "It's best prepared the day before serving, and it freezes well, too."

Noel Ice Cream Cups

Noel Ice Cream Cups

Noel Ice Cream Cups

Each year, our family enjoys a dessert that's much more fun than the typical pies and cakes. With refreshing ice cream chock-full of holiday ingredients like nuts, cherries and candies, these treats are a delightful end to a perfect meal. -Dorothy Anderson, Ottawa, Kansas

Pumpkin Apple Pie

Pumpkin Apple Pie

Pumpkin Apple Pie

The first time I made this for my family, they gobbled up this wonderful change-of-pace holiday dessert. It has a scrumptious layer of apples under the pumpkin.—Elizabeth Montogomery, Taylorville, Illinois

Fresh Pear Pie

Fresh Pear Pie

Fresh Pear Pie

Field editor Marcia Severson of Hallock, Minnesota says, "When I serve this to friends, they often tell me they've never heard of pear pie."

Fruity Pastel Cookies

Fruity Pastel Cookies

Fruity Pastel Cookies

Conna Duff from Lexington, Virginia shares her variation on spritz cookies. "Lime Jell-O tints the dough and gives these wreaths a hint of fruity flavor," she says. "Try other flavors and shapes, too."

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Cupcake Cookie Pops

Take sugar cookie dough to a whole new level. Using purchased refrigerated dough allows more time for the fun stuff — decorating! For accompanying recipes and decorating tips visit Spring Has Sprung. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Makeover Lemon Custard Ice Cream

You'll love this fantastic light ice cream that matches the wonderful, yet heavier original in taste and texture. We think it'll quickly become a staple for your family. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Lucky Lime Salad

Lucky Lime Salad

Lucky Lime Salad

To start your St. Patrick's Day feast off right, be sure to hand out lucky shamrocks—in the shape of those that top this sweet salad! Making them is merely a matter of cutting gelatin with a cookie cutter. Want to prepare the recipe for another celebration? No problem—just change the cookie cutters to suit the occasion. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Rhubarb Tart with Shortbread Crust

Rhubarb Tart with Shortbread Crust

Rhubarb Tart with Shortbread Crust

Here's a perfect ending to a grilled summer meal! Between the creamy texture, the pretty color and the buttery crust, this recipe is simply delightful. —Emily Seefeldt, Red Wing, Minnesota

Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

I'm a great-grandmother, and my whole family enjoys this dessert. I received this recipe from my niece. It's very chocolaty.

Butterscotch Basketball Cookies

Butterscotch Basketball Cookies

Butterscotch Basketball Cookies

I didn't need a special basketball player cookie cutter to shape these sporty cookies—gingerbread men cutters make the team! I like this cookie's rich taste better than that of a basic sugar cookie. —Sharon Landeen, Tucson, Arizona

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

Chocolate-Raspberry Cutout Cookies

When my daughter, Katie, was 2, the juicy, ripe raspberries in my backyard inspired me to create this cutout cookie. It's become a mother-daughter tradition to pick the raspberries, choose the cutter shapes, cut out the cookies and frost them. We treasure the hours we’ve shared in the kitchen creating not only delightful cookies, but lasting memories.—Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois

White Candy Bark

White Candy Bark

White Candy Bark

"Here is a speedy candy recipe that can be varied depending on the type of fruit or nuts you have on hand," sends Marcia Snyder of Grand Junction, Colorado. "Since we have a walnut tree, I use walnuts, but pecans could also be substituted as well as dried cherries for the cranberries."
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