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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 Mom's Apple Dumplings

Makeover Mom's Apple Dumplings

Makeover Mom's Apple Dumplings

The result of this makeover is a decadent dessert from Gina Hill of Ottawa, Kansas, with a still syrupy-sweet sauce and tender, flaky, homemade crust. Best of all, it's got half the calories of the original. It also has 60% less fat, saturated fat and cholesterol of Gina's Mom's recipe. And, inadvertently, as a bonus, Makeover Mom's Apple Dumplings are also much lower in sodium.

Makeover Spiced Cocoa-Apple Cake

Makeover Spiced Cocoa-Apple Cake

Makeover Spiced Cocoa-Apple Cake

"This recipe was given to me years ago," writes Wendy Keys from Reno, Nevada. "I love it and used to make it often, but haven't done so in a while because of its high fat and calorie count. Can you help?" Our Test Kitchen lightened up her original recipe for this healthier version that tastes even more delicious than the original. How sweet is that?

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
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Makeover White Texas Sheet Cake

Makeover White Texas Sheet Cake

Makeover White Texas Sheet Cake

This tried and true recipe is absolutely delicious. Nearly 15 years ago, Joanie wrote, “With its creamy frosting and light almond flavor, no one can stop at just one piece!” That certainly is still accurate today. Another reader, Kaye Buckley, from Springfield, Massachusetts loves this recipe and was wondering if we could do a makeover on it. Without being able to see a noticeable difference in flavor, our team cut over 50% of the fat, and more than a third of the calories. Enjoy!

Makeover Dirt Dessert

Makeover Dirt Dessert

Makeover Dirt Dessert

This lightened-up dessert from the original sent in by Kristi Linton of Bay City, Michigan makes an amazing after-dinner treat. Break out the spoons and make sure you get a bite, because this is one dessert that won't be around for long!

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

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!
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