A highlight of the St. Patrick's Day party in Mary Berger's family is her aunt's special dessert. "Every year, she serves this elegant cheesecake all of us look forward to," Mary relates from Bernville, Pennsylvania. "I was delighted when she passed along the recipe to me. The combination of chocolate and peppermint quickly becomes a favorite of everyone who tries it."
Patricia Kaesta of Brockton, Massachusetts jazzes up a packaged cookie mix, then lets Junior Mints melt on top of the warm treats to create an easy frosting. "These delicious cookies are requested at every gathering," she says.
When I first spread my cream pie wings, this seemed like the right recipe for a house of chocolate lovers. I guessed right. This is more of an adult New Year's Eve pie, but some have made it for Christmas dessert—served after the kids have gone to bed! —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
My custard pie features two tropical flavors I love. Plus, it’s a breeze to make. I throw most of the ingredients in the blender to whip up the filling, then pour it into a purchased crust.—Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina