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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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Try these terrific granola bars from Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois. The chewy bars have plenty of oats and nuts, and the dried cherries add just the right amount of tang. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
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Fruited Lemon Gelatin Salad

Fruited Lemon Gelatin Salad

Fruited Lemon Gelatin Salad

As light and pleasant as a summer breeze - that's how I would describe this sunny salad. With oranges, grapes and pineapple peeking out of every spoonful, it's a fun, fruity addition to any meal. -Erla Burkholder, Ewing, Illinois

Crunchy Lime & Berry Parfaits

Crunchy Lime & Berry Parfaits

Crunchy Lime & Berry Parfaits

Sometimes, for a lighter take, we make the lime topping for this fast-fixing summer treat with a reduced-fat whipped topping. It tastes just as great. Pretzels add a nice crunch. —Elizabeth Hayes, Brazil, Indiana

Peppery Peanut Brittle

Peppery Peanut Brittle

Peppery Peanut Brittle

A touch of hot pepper sauce gives a unique zip to this crunchy confection from Janie Sanders of Vicksburg, Mississippi. "We call it blistering brittle," she says. The mixture reaches hard-crack stage in the microwave, so you don't even need a candy thermometer for this brittle.
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Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Nothing says spring better than a fresh strawberry shortcake. Heaven. My mother and I usually make this with strawberries we picked ourselves. —Sarah Hatter, Brodhead, Wisconsin

Apricot Date Squares

Apricot Date Squares

Apricot Date Squares

Memories of her mom's fruity date bars inspired Shannon Koene of Blacksburg, Virginia to create this wonderful recipe. “I've had great results replacing the apricot jam with orange marmalade,” notes Shannon.

Easy Almond Bars

Easy Almond Bars

Easy Almond Bars

For a last-minute sweet treat for a potluck or classroom parties, you can't beat these delicate bars. Just takes a few moment, the master cookie mix and four other ingredients and you'll have bars ready to pop in the oven.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Fresh and Creamy Peach Pie

Fresh and Creamy Peach Pie

Fresh and Creamy Peach Pie

"This pie always receives rave reviews and is especially good when peaches are in season," says Mary Ann Bostic of Sinks Grove, West Virginia.

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie

For a good friend moving to L.A., I made a galette of blueberries, creamy goat cheese and fresh basil. Bake one, share it and start a precious memory. —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Waffles with Warm Strawberry Sauce

Waffles with Warm Strawberry Sauce

Waffles with Warm Strawberry Sauce

This warm and fruity sauce takes only minutes to make. It's a nice way to present frozen waffles or even pancakes and French toast. If you don't have cranberry juice, orange juice can be used.

Chocolate Coconut Dessert Bars

Chocolate Coconut Dessert Bars

Chocolate Coconut Dessert Bars

"It's impossible to resist this scrumptious dessert," says field editor Carolyn Kyzer of Alexander, Arkansas. "With nuts, chocolate and a creamy cheesecake-like layer, these treats taste like homemade candy bars. I keep the ingredients on hand so I can whip up a batch anytime."

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

Peach 'n' Pear Crisps

“I have such a sweet tooth that even when I’m trying to cut calories, it’s tough to skip dessert. So I adapted one of my favorite peach pie recipes to make this light, no-crust delight,” writes Susan Wilson from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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