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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.

Fruit-Filled Pie

Fruit-Filled Pie

Fruit-Filled Pie

Your holiday guests will be sweet on slices of this fruit-filled pie! For a special touch, cut out fall shapes in the top pastry.

Grandmother's Bread Pudding with Lemon Sauce

Grandmother's Bread Pudding with Lemon Sauce

Grandmother's Bread Pudding with Lemon Sauce

Comforting is the best way to describe this lovely, flavorful bread pudding. And the drizzle of tangy lemon sauce offers a little zing!

Fudge Layer Cake

Fudge Layer Cake

Fudge Layer Cake

“My mom first made this terrific layer cake in the early 1960s,” recalls Cheryl Feller of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. “The date and walnut filling is delicious.”
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Pecan Double-Chip Cookies

Pecan Double-Chip Cookies

Pecan Double-Chip Cookies

I created this recipe one day when I decided to revise a family favorite. My kids loved the variation, and I've been making these cookies this way ever since.

Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars

Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars

Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars

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

Peach Rice Pudding

Peach Rice Pudding

Peach Rice Pudding

This old-fashioned rice pudding is layered with sliced peaches, then topped with a sweet raspberry sauce. It makes for a pretty presentation in parfait glasses.

Old-Fashioned Jam Cake

Old-Fashioned Jam Cake

Old-Fashioned Jam Cake

I remember my Aunt Murna telling me she made this cake often when she was a young girl. Through the years, she made improvements to it, and her cake become a real family favorite. It has been a popular staple at our reunions.

Sandra's Apple-Rhubarb Pie

Sandra's Apple-Rhubarb Pie

Sandra's Apple-Rhubarb Pie

Apple trees line our driveway, so it's easy to find the ingredients for this tasty pie.—Sandra Gonzales, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Nectarine Plum Crisps

Nectarine Plum Crisps

Nectarine Plum Crisps

A fusion of late-summer fruits, these crisps make a simple dessert—and what's left can be kept for breakfast. Look for apple crisp mix in the produce department of your grocery store. —Nicole Werner, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Three-Fruit Shortcakes

Three-Fruit Shortcakes

Three-Fruit Shortcakes

A pantry staple -biscuit mix- makes this dessert from Jean Komlos of Plymouth, Michigan, a snap. Liven it up with miniature chocolate chips and the summer's freshest berries and fruits.
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