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Makeover Dessert Recipes

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

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Makeover Red Velvet Cake

Makeover Red Velvet Cake

Makeover Red Velvet Cake

I’ve had this recipe for over 45 years and it has become our family’s favorite cake, but I would love to see it get a light makeover. —Betty Selchow, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Makeover Coconut Cream Pie

Makeover Coconut Cream Pie

Makeover Coconut Cream Pie

Here's a wonderfully creamy and rich version of an impressive classic that was lightened up at the request of Didi Desjardins in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It now has less than half the fat of her original recipe...but every bit of sweet, old-fashioned coconut flavor!

Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Makeover Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This cake has all the moistness and rich chocolate flavor of the original version but with fewer calories, fat and sugar.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

Makeover Italian Cream Cake

This lightened up version of a classic cake will be a happy ending to any meal. The original recipe comes from Joanne Brininstool of Austin, Texas.

Makeover Rocky Road Fudge Brownies

Makeover Rocky Road Fudge Brownies

Makeover Rocky Road Fudge Brownies

This makeover recipe still remain sweetly satisfying, but have about 40% fewer calories and less than half the fat and saturated fat of the original.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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 Pineapple Nut Cake

Makeover Pineapple Nut Cake

Makeover Pineapple Nut Cake

This moist, chunky Makeover Pineapple Nut Cake from our Test Kitchen has even more tangy, tropical flavor than the original from Alice Hofmann, Sussex, Wisconsin. Now she can enjoy it even more often!

Makeover Chocolate Eggnog Pie

Makeover Chocolate Eggnog Pie

Makeover Chocolate Eggnog Pie

I always make this dessert over the holidays using leftover eggnog. Now that it boasts all the classic flavor but half the fat and a third fewer calories, we can savor this holiday tradition down to the last rich crumb. —Beth McCreedy, Lapeer, Michigan

Makeover Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Makeover Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Makeover Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Now all you rhubarb fans out there can minimize that mouth-puckering flavor without having to ladle on the sugar. This light recipe lets you enjoy one of springtime's quintessential treats and feel good about each bite you take. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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

Makeover Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Makeover Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Makeover Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

No one will ever guess this decadently rich, firmer-textured cheesecake, originally from Sharon Anderson of Lyons, Illinois has been lightened up. We promise!
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