Looking for a truly elegant finale for your holiday dinner? My dessert will do the trick. It looks so regal surrounded by pretty sugared fruit, and the flavor is divine. A friend gave me this recipe several years ago, and it's been in high demand at my house ever since.
"Dinner guests are never too full for this light luscious dessert," says Cyndi Brinkhaus of South Coast Metro, California. "You can make it ahead to cut down on last-minute fuss. Plus, the graham cracker crust and pretty layers always draw raves."
For an eye-appealing addition to a picnic, potluck or other gathering, try this molded gelatin salad shared by Cyndi Fynaardt of Okaloosa, Iowa. With lovely color, creamy texture and refreshing flavor, it's sure to disappear in a jiffy.
Since this is originally my daughter's recipe, she or I will make it for one or more of our holiday get-togethers. It can be served as a fruit salad along with the meal or as a light dessert. It's particularly pretty in a cut-glass bowl on a buffet.
"With six children, I'm always looking for wholesome quick recipes," shares Mabel Yoder of Bonduel, Wisconsin. "This colorful salad can be fixed by school-age children and looks so pretty served in a glass bowl."
Finish things off with a bang with this colorful gelatin garnished with a chorus of fresh grapes. Chock-full of mandarin oranges and crushed pineapple, it's so refreshing that guests won't be able to refrain from seconds.
Chilled peach pie is a delectable change of pace from the traditional baked fruit pie. With its peachy gelatin filling sandwiched between layers of fluffy cream, this pie slices beautifully and always draws compliments.
-Lois Dunlop, Venice, Florida
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