Kids can make their own banana boats with custom toppings. We use different berries and honey or peanut butter instead of chocolate chips. They're also good topped with crushed graham crackers or granola—whatever your family likes. —Rebekah Viers, Taylors, South Carolina
This sweet berry dessert makes an especially pretty final course in the spring. With berries, a creamy topping and a sprinkle of meringue cookies, it always earns praise. —Lillian Julow of Gainesville, Florida
Lots of moist, fruity flavor and nutty crunch give these sweet/spicy bites a
kind of gumdrop richness. They make a delicious addition to cookie trays. Sneak one early—they’ll be gone before you can lick the sugar off your fingers!
—CORLEEN HEIDGERKEN, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
Whether you serve it in chilled bowls or scooped into cut lemon halves, this creamy four-ingredient sorbet is both sweet and tart. “It makes a delightfully refreshing finish to any meal,” says Goldene Petersen of Brigham City, Utah.
This sweet-savory recipe is a favorite. Use Brie instead of blue cheese if you like things creamier. My tip? Bake the apples in a muffin tin so they won’t roll around. —Jessica Levinson, South Nyack, New York
From Danielsville, Georgia, Marsha Richmond shares this luscious after-dinner crowd-pleaser. The perfect finale to your Thanksgiving celebration, the cheesecake delivers wonderful pumpkin flavor, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and a unique spiced-cookie crust.