“I created this recipe to reduce the sugar and fat in the original high-calorie version,” notes Diane Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas. “Although it uses sugar substitute and reduced-fat ingredients, you can’t tell the difference between this dessert and the original.”
To reduce the fat, they replaced the shortening with about half the amount of butter, substituted two egg whites for one of the eggs and used only half the peanut butter, substituting the reduced-fat variety. They also cut the amount of chocolate chips in half and switched to miniature chips so they would be better distributed in the dough. They cut back on the amount of sugar in the original recipe, too. And finally, they added a bit of cornstarch to keep the cookie's melt-in-your-mouth texture.
This lovely, torte from Barbara Joyner of Franklin, Virginia features lady fingers, a creamy filling and a crushed pineapple topping that would be great for the holidays. “It's a special treat for my large family, and a must at Christmas and Easter,” she relates.
“This refreshing gelatin mold is delicious and always a big hit! For a patriotic buffet, I add a scoop of frozen whipped topping, then place a fancy-cut strawberry and a sprinkling of blueberries for festive, red-white-and-blue color.” —Anne Marie Papineau, Hanover, Connecticut
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.
Celebrate spring with the sweet-tart taste of rhubarb in Jackie Hutshing’s simple sauce. The Sonoma, California cook enjoys it on toast, English muffins and pancakes, but it’s just as good drizzled on pound cake or ice cream.