Makeover Dessert Recipes

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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 Traditional Cheesecake

Makeover Traditional Cheesecake

Makeover Traditional Cheesecake

Though softer than a full-fat cheesecake, this lightened-up dessert has all of the original's delectable flavor. It's sure to make any special event more festive. The recipe comes from Anne Addesso of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Makeover Frozen Grasshopper Torte

Makeover Frozen Grasshopper Torte

Makeover Frozen Grasshopper Torte

Who doesn’t love the frosty, refreshing combo of mint and chocolate? Even better when it comes in the form of an awesome ice cream dessert! This Taste of Home Test Kitchen makeover is just as good as the original. The crunch of the chocolate crust and creamy mint filling make a great pair. Although softer-set than the original, this dessert won’t stick around long enough to melt!
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Makeover Moist Carrot Cake

Makeover Moist Carrot Cake

Makeover Moist Carrot Cake

One sweet bite of this heavenly carrot cake and you'll be on cloud nine. Not only is the cake moist and flavorful, the icing is truly to-die-for. —Geri Frahm, Gretna, Nebraska

Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Makeover Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

This trimmed-down treat has just half the fat, a quarter of the cholesterol and a third fewer calories and carbohydrates, but it still tastes terrific.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Blueberry Whipped Topping Dessert

Makeover Blueberry Whipped Topping Dessert

Makeover Blueberry Whipped Topping Dessert

This lightened-up dessert is so yummy, one of our taste testers even said it “tastes like summer in every bite.” Now that’s sweet success! Laura M. Baudoin - Raceland, Louisiana

Makeover Peanut Butter Pie

Makeover Peanut Butter Pie

Makeover Peanut Butter Pie

Using fat-free cream cheese, reduced-fat peanut butter, skim milk and fat-free frozen whipped topping, they trimmed down the fat in this fabulous pie. It is every bit as mouthwatering as the original version.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Chocolate Layer Bars

Makeover Chocolate Layer Bars

Makeover Chocolate Layer Bars

Our makeover recipe boasts all the delicious decadent flavor of Anita Nickless' original bars but with 38 percent less fat and 75 fewer calories each. Now friends and family in Platte City, Missouri can enjoy them guilt-free! Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Makeover Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Roll

Makeover Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Roll

Makeover Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Roll

This dessert is so convenient to make ahead of time and keep in the freezer for company. Cake and ice cream make it the best of two worlds! The original recipe's caramel sauce was high in fat and calories. Our Taste of Home Test Kitchen makeover version tastes great—and makes a nice topping for ice cream, too.

Makeover Toffee Crunch Dessert

Makeover Toffee Crunch Dessert

Makeover Toffee Crunch Dessert

I cut 90% of the fat and nearly half the calories from one of my favorite desserts. Try it for yourself! Guests will never suspect the fluffy, layered specialty is on the light side. —Kim Belcher, Kingston Mines, Illinois

Makeover Crunchy Pumpkin Dessert Squares

Makeover Crunchy Pumpkin Dessert Squares

Makeover Crunchy Pumpkin Dessert Squares

By combining Cindy’s efforts with our own, we created a decadent dessert worthy of praises. And with 100 less calories per serving than the original, too! Now that’s something to celebrate at any gathering this year! Cindy Styles — Goldsboro, North Carolina
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