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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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Mom made this fudgy sauce to drizzle on cake. It’s also pretty darn good over ice cream. To make it even richer, use half and half. —Mike Miller, Creston, Iowa
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops

Set out a basket of these pleasing "lollipops" at your next bazaar or family event and watch them disappear! You can easily create characters by icing the cookies with store-bought frosting like the CT home economists did here or serve them plain just as Jan Cassidy of El Reno, Oklahoma often does. "Our children love eating cookies either way," Jan details. "What I enjoy is the fact that serving the sweets on sticks like this keeps messy hands to a minimum."—Jan Cassidy, El Reno, Oklahoma

Apple Raisin Pie

Apple Raisin Pie

Apple Raisin Pie

Whenever I serve this pie, someone at the table usually asks for a second piece. It has old-fashioned goodness and a delicious, crunchy topping.

Date Bar Dessert

Date Bar Dessert

Date Bar Dessert

MY MOTHER copied this recipe from a Quaker Oats box in the 1950s, and it remains one of our favorite treats today. I serve these date-filled squares as a snack or for dessert topped with a dollop of whipped cream. -Jill McCon, Montrose, Michigan
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Cranberry Creme Brulee

Cranberry Creme Brulee

Cranberry Creme Brulee

Dress up classic creme brulee with an easy-to-make cranberry sauce. The sweet-tart sauce compliments the rich, creamy custard. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Cranberry-Apple Lattice Pie

Cranberry-Apple Lattice Pie

Cranberry-Apple Lattice Pie

Two favorite fall fruits bring out the best in each other — and rum works its own mellow magic. Few people pass up a piece of this pie. — Adri Barr Crocetti, Sherman Oaks, California

Hot Chocolate Cake Balls

Hot Chocolate Cake Balls

Hot Chocolate Cake Balls

Serve these chocolaty delights and everyone will know yours isn't an ordinary holiday party. The little cakes are festive, fun and yummy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

A neighbor gave me this recipe when we first moved to this small town, saying it dated back to the 1800s and everybody in the area made it. I soon discovered why when I took a taste...and I'm not a fruitcake fan! —Lorraine Groh, Ferryville, Wisconsin

Homemade Ladybug Cookies

Homemade Ladybug Cookies

Homemade Ladybug Cookies

The spotlight shines on these confections every time Sharon Kotsovos serves them. "The sugar cookies themselves are so yummy," she attests from Coos Bay, Oregon. "But they're even better when I decorate them."

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

No-Bake Cherry Dessert

“I adapted this recipe from one given to me by my first best friend, Sandy, in 1966,” said Judy Harris of McRae, Georgia. “I often made it for my children and now when they come home for a visit, they still love it. I shared this recipe with a local restaurant owner and he tweaked it for his menu.”

Horn of Plenty Pie

Horn of Plenty Pie

Horn of Plenty Pie

I've been making this pie for 24 years, especially during the holidays. Since we live on Cape Cod, we have plenty of access to abandoned cranberry bogs.

Roaring Twenties Spice Cake

Roaring Twenties Spice Cake

Roaring Twenties Spice Cake

My grandmother developed this cake during World War I when eggs were in short supply, as well as being very expensive if you could find them. This is not a sweet cake, and it is great for people who cannot eat eggs. It is also inexpensive to make. As an added bonus, you can change the cake's taste a little by frosting it or pouring pudding over it.
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