My husband and I both work full-time, and taxiing our two teenagers around town leaves me little time in the kitchen. Using prepared graham cracker crust and canned pie filling, I can extend a no-bake mix to make two light, fancy-looking pies in less than 15 min.
-Pam Noffke, Tyler, Texas
After one bite of this rich caramel-drizzles dessert, you'll move it to the top of your recipe file. A buttery crust of crushed pecan cookies complements the cheesecake-like filling. "It's a glorious treat," promises Judy Atwell of Aptos, California.
Refrigerated buttermilk biscuits create the tender crust for these pretty slices sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. "They can be served warm or chilled, and they're extra special with fresh fruit," notes Betty Claycomb of Alverton, Pennsylvania.
For an airy delight on a summer afternoon, try this mouthwatering cheesecake from Hastings, Nebraska's Ken Gallagher. Because it doesn't contain eggs, it's lighter but also very creamy and refreshing.—Ken Gallagher, Hastings, Nebraska
This dazzling dessert is a dieter's delight. A light and refreshing alternative to classic cheesecake, the slim sweet calls for gelatin and lower-fat cheeses. Eva Wright, who sent the recipe from Grant, Alabama, recommends, "Vary the gelatin and pie filling flavors to suit your family's taste."
The line at the dessert table convinced me this cake was a winner when I served it at a party. It makes a pretty presentation, baking up nice and high. The zippy lime and gingersnap flavors really come through.
I have enjoyed this recipe since the 1960s, when my in-laws' dear neighbor shared it. Similar to a fruit fluff, this yummy dessert has a macaroon crust and plenty of fruit and nuts in the filling.
- Pamela O'Brien