I have wonderful memories of eating Bananas Foster in New Orleans, and as a dietitian, wanted to find a healthier version. I combined the best of two recipes and added my own tweaks to create this Southern treat. —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina
When I was in high school, my best friend's mom used to make this light berry dessert...and I fell in love with it! Now I fix it for my family on special occasions. Yogurt gives it a deliciously tangy taste.
-Deb Sandoval, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Who wouldn't want to find a jar of this simply delicious cookie mix, loaded with cranberries, walnuts and shredded wheat, under their tree as a gift? Be sure to include a list of added ingredients and instructions for quick baking. Yum! —Sarah Wilson, Republic, Washington
These versatile dumplings can be made with peaches or mixed berries in place of apples, and drizzled with hot caramel sauce instead of icing. Add vanilla custard or ice cream, and it’s the perfect dessert.—Evangeline Bradford, Erlanger, Kentucky
Iola Egle of Bella Vista, Arkansas enhances a medley of fresh berries with sugar, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Serve berries on lettuce. like Iola does, for a fun summer salad...or showcase them in pretty phyllo cups, as our Test Kitchen suggests, for an impressive dinner finale.
I created this recipe because I just love carrot cake. I wanted something that I could take with me anywhere and not need a fork. I entered my recipe in the Los Angeles County Fair and the cookies not only won first place, but were also named Best of Division. —Marina Castle, Canyon Country, California
"With its fun combination of chocolate, coffee and cinnamon, this smooth dessert is one of my favorites," informs Cindy Bertrand from Floydada, Texas. A garnish of whipped topping and chocolate wafer crumbs provides additional appeal.