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Makeover Dessert Recipes

Looking for makeover dessert recipes? Find makeover dessert recipes for a lighter version to your favorite recipes.

Makeover Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Makeover Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Makeover Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Our Test Kitchen cut half of the fat from the recipe Kristi Wells of Raleigh, North Carolina originally sent. The result, however, is nothing short of delicious. In fact, our tasting panel couldn't get enough of the moist chocolate cake and rich icing.

Makeover Cherry Coconut Bars

Makeover Cherry Coconut Bars

Makeover Cherry Coconut Bars

This made over recipe has less than half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol of the original recipe...plus 32% fewer calories. Yet the thin crust retains its buttery taste and the fruity filling is still sweet and gooey.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Molten Chocolate Cakes

Makeover Molten Chocolate Cakes

Makeover Molten Chocolate Cakes

If you want to indulge in an irresistible dessert for a special dinner or the holidays, try these trimmer treats. They have 40% fewer calories and about 60% less fat and cholesterol than the originals. Yet they are still full of chocolaty flavor.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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Makeover Crispy Oat Cookies

Makeover Crispy Oat Cookies

Makeover Crispy Oat Cookies

This revised recipe makes a smaller batch than the original but yields cookies the same size as the original. The trimmed-down treats have 40% fewer calories and just half the fat and saturated fat of the original. So nibble one of these cookies anytime.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover White Layer Cake

Makeover White Layer Cake

Makeover White Layer Cake

Compared to the original recipe it is modified from, this pared-down dessert has nearly 60% less fat, just half the cholesterol and about a quarter less calories and sodium.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Our Test Kitchen home economists dreamed up these chewy sugar cookies with a lightly sweet flavor. Decorated for the holidays with colored sugar, sprinkles or frosting, they won't last long...so make sure you stash away a few for Santa!

Makeover Coconut Cookies

Makeover Coconut Cookies

Makeover Coconut Cookies

Pat Doctor of Cocoa, Florida loves these coconutty cookies, but because she is watching her cholesterol, she asked us to help her lighten this recipe. Our Test Kitchen staff came up with trimmed down treats that have two-thirds the calories, half the fat and just a quarter of the saturated fat of the original.--Taste of Home's Test Kitchen

Makeover Out-on-the-Range Cookies

Makeover Out-on-the-Range Cookies

Makeover Out-on-the-Range Cookies

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.

Makeover Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Makeover Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Makeover Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Our home economists accepted Janice Perdue's challenge to slim down both the cake and frosting for this tried-and-true treat. The Oroville, California baker was delighted with this revamped recipe that serves 113 fewer calories, almost half the cholesterol and 10 less grams of fat.—Taste of Home's Test Kitchen

Makeover Pumpkin Cake

Makeover Pumpkin Cake

Makeover Pumpkin Cake

This makeover recipe is a winner! Packed with warm pumpkin flavor and spices, it's taller than the original cake but weighs in with just about half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and 187 fewer calories per piece. And if you ask us, that's sweet success no matter how you slice it.—Shirley Dellinger, Elwood, Indiana

Makeover Peach Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Peach Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Peach Upside-Down Cake

Our kitchen crew used a little less sugar, brown sugar and butter, then added buttermilk to replace some of the moisture in this classic dessert remake.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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