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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 Hummingbird Cake

Makeover Hummingbird Cake

Makeover Hummingbird Cake

With pineapple, bananas, nuts and just a hint of cinnamon, this cake gets raves at potlucks and parties! —Sue Jernigan, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Makeover Meringue Coconut Brownies

Makeover Meringue Coconut Brownies

Makeover Meringue Coconut Brownies

A chocolate lover’s dream, these bars have a rich, pleasant chocolate taste. —Ellen Aho, South Paris, Maine

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake has a shiny glaze, and only about half the calories and cholesterol as the original version. But it’s still moist, tender and as good with coffee in the morning as it is after a special meal. Now that’s definitely something worth celebrating. —Catharine Seman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Makeover Semisweet Espresso Cheesecake

Makeover Semisweet Espresso Cheesecake

Makeover Semisweet Espresso Cheesecake

With fabulous flavor and a firmer texture that cuts like a breeze, this dish has only half the saturated fat and cholesterol as the original. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California

Makeover Chocolate Croissant Pudding

Makeover Chocolate Croissant Pudding

Makeover Chocolate Croissant Pudding

“My father is French, and I have a lot of family recipes that involve croissants. Any way to make this one healthier?” Our test kitchen transformed one of Sonya’s best-loved recipes into a delectable, slimmed-down version without giving up the croissants she loves. —Sonya Labbe, Santa Monica, California

Makeover Pick-Me-Up Cream Cheese Brownies

Makeover Pick-Me-Up Cream Cheese Brownies

Makeover Pick-Me-Up Cream Cheese Brownies

The lightened up version of these brownies tastes absolutely decadent but weighs in at a modest 159 calories and 8 g fat per serving.

Makeover White Fruitcake

Makeover White Fruitcake

Makeover White Fruitcake

This recipe has been passed down through the generations. I remember my mother making this every Christmas, and it just wouldn’t be Christmas in our home without it. But it’s in dire need of a makeover. —Judy Grebetz, Racine, Wisconsin

Makeover French Silk Pie

Makeover French Silk Pie

Makeover French Silk Pie

A chocolaty rich, smooth and creamy dream of a makeover that mimics Cindy Evanoff’s original recipe in everything but calories, fat and cholesterol! Even our Test Panel had a hard time believing this fantastic makeover with nearly 200 fewer calories and half the fat and saturated fat wasn’t the original recipe. Cindy can be proud to serve this lightened up version of her family favorite to friends in Louisville, Ohio.

Makeover Peanut Butter Fudge

Makeover Peanut Butter Fudge

Makeover Peanut Butter Fudge

Christmas wouldn't be the same for Diana Osborn and her family in Wichita, Kansas without this traditional treat. Our Test Kitchen cut the fat and calories so she could keep her family's luscious tradition.

Makeover Chocolate Truffle Dessert

Makeover Chocolate Truffle Dessert

Makeover Chocolate Truffle Dessert

The original version of this unbelievably over-the-top truffle dessert tastes like it took all day to make! But after our makeover, it can be made with just 30 minutes of hands-on work, so you can focus on other things during this busy season.

Makeover German Sweet Chocolate Cake

Makeover German Sweet Chocolate Cake

Makeover German Sweet Chocolate Cake

"This is a delicious family recipe that I just love," writes Patricia Peebles from Springfield, Missouri. It's been slimmed-down using, but hasn't lost any of its original flavor.
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