Tender apple slices and a simple confectioner's-sugar drizzle make this old-world treat yummy and comforting. It's especially good served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.—Tracey Rosato, Markham, Ontario
Mom would make this German delicacy and other sweets a day ahead to keep the oven free for the roast goose. Similar to coffee cake, this attractive dessert is filled with sweet fruit and topped with chopped nuts and a drizzle of icing.
White Stone, Virginia
You'll need just four items to stir up this tasty gingerbread cake topped with canned pears. "You can also use fresh ripe pears when they're in season," suggested Cindy Reams from Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.
"I've had the recipe for this cake for years--it's a chocolate lover's delight!" writes Ann Purchase of Panama City, Florida. "It's so easy to make...and is perfect for cupcakes and bake sale treats, too. I get many requests for the recipe."
"I always try to do something special with my fair entries. This cookie bouquet was a blue-ribbon winner," says Marlene Gates, Sun City, Arizona. "It is a great gift for a loved one or makes a nice Valentine's Day centerpiece."
Since my husband is a cherry grower, I had our grandsons help me develop an ice cream recipe that used the fruit. This is what we came up with. Loaded with almonds, coconut, chocolate and cherries, this ice cream has become our family's all-time favorite.
-Mary Lou Patrick
East Wenatchee, Washington
If you're thinking about pulling out all the stops for a dessert that says "wow," look no further. This cherry-crowned beauty stacked with layers of chocolate cake and cream filling will have everyone talking. —Doris Grotz, York, Nebraska
I love chocolate and cherries, but couldn't find the flavor combination in any ice cream. So I came up with this rich dessert that has a nice crunch from nuts. This pie is handy to keep in the freezer for unexpected company.—Diana Wilson Wing, Centerville, Utah