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Comfort Food Desserts

Give yourself a well-deserved treat with these recipes for comfort food desserts, including candy, cookies, pie, cakes, pudding, fruitcake, granola bars, parfaits and more.

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With two kinds of fruit, these bars from our Test Kitchen have mass appeal. The lovely lattice top makes it special for get-togethers.
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Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Rhubarb Crumb Cake

When the rhubarb comes up, I'm the first one in our household to get at it. I treat my family to this cake every spring.

Fresh Blueberry Shortcakes

Fresh Blueberry Shortcakes

Fresh Blueberry Shortcakes

What better way to end a summer meal than with fresh blueberries and real whipped cream sandwiched between classic shortcake? It's one dessert that's sure to delight.

Contest-Winning Glazed Pineapple Pie

Contest-Winning Glazed Pineapple Pie

Contest-Winning Glazed Pineapple Pie

Just for fun, I enter my favorite pie recipes in area contests and fairs. This one is a guaranteed winner. It's so pretty with a golden crust and drizzles of glaze. Plus, the coconut adds a tropical accent to the tangy pineapple inside.
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Cookie Ice Cream Pie

Cookie Ice Cream Pie

Cookie Ice Cream Pie

Because you use your freezer to prepare this crunchy, creamy treat—not your oven—it won't heat up your kitchen on sweltering days. Whip it up and serve to company or the neighborhood kids. —Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Madison, Wisconsin

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Edna Hoffman of Hebron, Indiana gives a timely twist for two to this traditional old-fashioned dessert.

Grandma's Hickory Nut Cake

Grandma's Hickory Nut Cake

Grandma's Hickory Nut Cake

This recipe's more than a recipe to us—it's a family tradition, three generations old. The frosting's a must—otherwise it's not the "true" cake! We have a timber stand with hickory trees on our farm, so getting enough nuts is easy. The problem is finding someone to crack and pick them and the "someone" usually ends up to me! I bake a lot of pies, cakes, rolls and bread. Three of our four children are now married, but with eight grandchildren, I still have plenty of takers for

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

There’s a pear tree in my yard that inspires me to bake with its fragrant fruit. My upside-down pancake works best with a firm pear, not fully ripe. —Helen Nelander, Boulder Creek, California

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

Piggy Pops

Piggy Pops

Piggy Pops

Anyone with a sweet tooth will go hog wild for these candy-coated pigs. My mother-in-law and I made the cute, cookie pops for a bake sale.—Lorri Reinhardt, Big Bend, Wisconsin

Pear Cranberry Crisp

Pear Cranberry Crisp

Pear Cranberry Crisp

"It's a pleasure to combine the tart cranberries we grow with sweet pears in this lovely crisp," reports Dot Angley of Carver, Massachusetts.

French Vanilla Cream Puffs

French Vanilla Cream Puffs

French Vanilla Cream Puffs

French vanilla filling dotted with mini chocolate chips is sandwiched in puffy pastry for this elegantly sweet dessert. You could substitute white chocolate or chocolate pudding for the vanilla if you like.
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